Major findings include:
- Medical costs are projected to increase 9% in 2011.
- More employers will move away from co-payments & toward co-insurance at the point of care.
- Hospitals, getting less from Medicare, will cost-shift to employers/commercial to make it up.
- Providers will merge and consolidate, creating greater leverage in negotiations with health plans.
- Employers plan to add more worksite wellness & health promotion programs.