FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Manatee County, FL Chooses Empliant to Help Power New Consumer Driven Health Care Program to Control Rising Health Care Costs.
CHAPEL HILL, NC - August 11, 2005 - Empliant, Inc., announced today that Manatee County, FL has selected Empliant's new Qualifying Event Reimbursement Software (QERS) application to help integrate a worksite wellness program with a new consumer driven health plan for more than 3200 County employees and their families.
Manatee County's consumer driven health management program assigns employees to different levels of health plan reimbursement, based on participants completing annual qualifying health management events, such as a Health Risk Appraisal, Wellness Profile, Age-Based Health Management Screening, and Disease Management Screenings.
Using Empliant's new self-service QERS, participants enter their qualifying health management event information as part of the annual online enrollment process. The QERS calculates (in real-time) the plan reimbursement level for which the participant qualifies. Built-in workflow enables plan administrators to confirm and approve participant qualification.
The QERS also calculates and displays event and accumulated incentive dollars participants earn by completing specific health management events, such as non-tobacco use, exercise, weight management, and other wellness programs. Participants may assign their incentive dollars to reduce their contribution towards the Medical Plan, Dental Plan, or apply them to a Health Care Flexible Spending Account.
"Employees appreciate how convenient it is to use Empliant's self-service, Internet-based enrollment system to enter and maintain their qualifying health management events," said Bob Goodman, Employee Health Benefits Manager for Manatee County. "We have been using Empliant's online enrollment and benefits administration application for the past 12 months, for annual enrollment, new hires, and changes. The new QERS application now being implemented will provide the County with all the participant data we need to manage eligibility for our new consumer driven health care program in 2006. Since Empliant provides electronic interfaces with our health care management vendors, we can manage the entire process online, and the reduction of paper forms has produced additional administrative savings".
The Center for Prevention and Health Services at the National Business Group on Health estimates that every $100 per employee invested in preventive services will produce a $300 return in averted treatment costs. With its proactive approach that integrates Health Benefits with Health Management, Manatee County expects to cut its annual medical cost increase by more than 50 percent.
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