Increases in personal responsibility, a need to control employer costs and a desire to improve the health of employee populations are renewing an interest in the area of on-site and near-site clinics. Karen Hjerleid, the vice-president of National Business Development at Paladina Health shares her knowledge of this fast-growing solution and offers insight into an old concept that may make sense for an ever-increasing number of employers.
Karen joins us to talk about how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has increased populations seeking care from smaller networks and overburdened providers. Those characteristics can often result in employees not receiving care when they need it.
Coupled with deferred care due to ever-larger out of pocket amounts, Karen believes a new model of the old clinic structure can offer answers to these and other system-related problems.