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Health Insurers, Employers Out of Synch

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 8, 2012

The Presidential election is not the only choice facing Americans this fall. Those who are offered health insurance through their employers' group plans will have coverage decisions to make during the annual open enrollment period.

But the results of a recent survey indicate some alarming gaps in knowledge among employers in the wake of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

First, according to the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, which has released the findings of its annual survey, employers are unaware of solutions that could improve the safety and quality of care while simultaneously reducing the cost of care.

And most employers say their company is “not well prepared” to implement the 2014 provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. They have heard about the individual mandate; 72% reported they were familiar with it, but understanding payment and delivery system changes? Not so much.

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