Stethoscope and dollar sign Employers are looking at strategies to bend the health care cost curve, such as alternative payment and delivery models including accountable care organizations and high-performance networks. (Image: Shutterstock)

Corporations are amping up their initiatives to take a bite out of rising health care benefit costs, according to the 2020 Large Employers’ Health Care Strategy and Plan Design Survey by the National Business Group on Health.

Top initiatives next year for the 147 large employers polled include implementing more virtual care solutions (51 percent) and devising more focused strategies to deal with high-cost claims (39 percent), while managing prescription drug benefit costs remains a high priority.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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