Is a Direct Contract with Health Services Worth It?


What All Employers Should Know:

How to Save Money through a Direct Contract with Health Services.

Rising healthcare costs are a sad sign of our times; few understand this better than employers that sponsor self-insured employee health benefit plans (“self-insured employers”).

Up until now, the model has been to have employers shop around for the best pricing for their employees for their business. Then the employee selects what health benefit is provided through the plan you purchased as a business owner.

We get in this vicious cycle of an uncontrolled expense based off of employee health issues.

Cost continue to rise for the business man because there is no set control on where employees go. This leads to higher deductibles, premiums, payment year after year all because of lack of control. What if you could shop for cost-effective medical services, which would, in turn, reduce costs?

When it comes to medical emergencies, it is unreasonable to expect anyone to research affordable care.

You cannot expect someone to drive long distances, during an emergency at which time, every second counts. In these instances, the decision of where to receive care should be based on proximity, convenience, with little to no wait times. A decision based purely on cost could put their health or even life at risk.[/vc_column_text][us_image image=”24295″ size=”full”][vc_column_text]

A Viable Solution to Lowering Health Care Costs

A much better option for self-insured employers is to consider sidestepping health insurers and negotiate directly with local health care providers like Altus Emergency Centers

to lock in reasonable pricing for health services.

A direct contract arrangement will allow employers to negotiate bundled case rates with provider organizations, which is a huge benefit for those businesses looking to cut their health care costs, while still guaranteeing quality care for their employees.[/vc_column_text][us_image image=”24296″ size=”full”][us_separator size=”small”][us_cta title=”Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.” btn_label=”FIND AN ER” btn_link=””][/us_cta][vc_column_text]

How it Works

When a direct contract is negotiated, a price is arranged for each treatment, diagnostic test, or health service. This means that the employer will make a single payment to providers and healthcare facilities for all services to treat a specific condition or provide a particular treatment.

Because the middle man was cut out, the providers can lower costs, making it more affordable for self-insured employers.

Benefits of a Direct Contract with Health Services

When you eliminate the middle man, in this case, the insurance company, there are benefits all around.

In a Direct Contract scenario, the course of treatment will be the same, but now at a fixed cost rather than variable.
There wouldn’t be a need to worry about prior authorizations and self-insured employers save money in the long run.

Additionally, employers have more control over employee health benefits.[/vc_column_text][us_image image=”24299″ size=”full”][vc_column_text]

Direct Contracting with Altus Emergency Centers

We encourage any employer who wishes to negotiate a direct contract for emergency health services, to visit us. We are willing to work with you to provide the best health care possible to your staff and their families.

We treat a wide range of conditions including:

  • Primary Emergency Care
  • Pediatric Emergencies
  • Head, back and neck injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Flu symptoms and complications
  • Chest pain
  • Cuts and scrapes
  • Abdominal pain
  • Orthopedic pain
  • Acute headaches

[/vc_column_text][us_image image=”24298″ size=”full”][vc_column_text]Additionally, all our facilities are staffed by top-rated emergency doctors and nurses, as well as the most technological diagnostic equipment.

All our centers provide the following services:

Dedicated Pediatric Rooms
Private Adult Patient Rooms
CT Scan
Digital X-Ray
Full-service Diagnostic Lab

If you are a self-insured employer and would like to know more about how you can reduce your health care costs with a direct contract for health services with Altus Emergency Centers, contact us or give us a call and schedule an appointment, together we can provide better care at a more affordable price.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]