Employers are focused on expanding mental health services and care options for employees next year.
Looking ahead to 2020, employers plan to increase mental health services available to employees, according to a report on health benefits trends released by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) Tuesday morning.
Almost half of surveyed employers said they plan on conducting anti-stigma campaigns and training managers on recognizing mental health issues in 2020.
The findings are in line with a NBGH report released in August that found most employers remain bullish on the future of virtual care, especially as it relates to mental health benefits for employees.
Employers aim to also offer virtual care options for musculoskeletal conditions, prenatal coaching, and diabetes management in the coming years.
Among other health benefit trends, employers are focused paying greater attention to primary care, with almost half of surveyed leaders indicating they will have at least one advanced primary care strategy next year.
NBGH also expects an increase in the amount of employers offering high-performance networks (HPN), centers of excellence (COE), onsite or nearby health centers and accountable care organizations (ACO).
Over a quarter of surveyed employers said they will also expand COEs to cover clinical areas such as musculoskeletal and maternity programs.
Employers are concerned about high prescription drug costs and treatment therapies, though 60% said they plan on implementing prior authorization under the medical plan to address specialty drug management.
Jack O'Brien is the finance editor at HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.