Stethoscope and dollar signEmployers are looking at strategies to bend the health care costcurve, such as alternative payment and delivery models includingaccountable care organizations and high-performance networks.(Image: Shutterstock)

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

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