Towers Watson: 90% of employers believe 'health reform' increases benefit costs–eHealth as remedy?

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Jane Sarasohn-Kahn’s HealthPopuli blog (she frequently works with the California HealthCare Foundation) takes on the Towers Watson study of 661 employers on ‘healthcare reform’, and delivers the depressing (and underreported) news that 90% believe that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will increase health care costs for employer plans–costs which will either be passed on to employees or benefits will be reduced. The opportunity as she sees it is to dump the tired, stale ‘educational’ model once adopted by HR and think ‘whole-health’, including self-care, home monitoring and mobile health, as part of managing costs and increasing value.  We can hope, along with Medicare (see next article), right? After health reform, employers will play, not pay – but employees will