By Leah Binder

Modern Healthcare - - SPECIAL FEATURE -

The take-home from this year’s sur­vey from Modern Health­care: Growth in health costs fu­els growth in health costs. The bur­den of em­ployee health costs im­pacts the oper­a­tional ex­penses of hos­pi­tals, which in turn fu­els over­all health cost in­creases. There’s ev­i­dence that hos­pi­tals and sys­tems, chief among this year’s sur­vey par­tic­i­pants, are feel­ing the pinch of health cost in­creases, which av­er­aged 11% last year, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­port by the Kaiser Fam­ily Foun­da­tion and the Health Re­search & Ed­u­ca­tional Trust. The Modern Health­care sur­vey shows some health sys­tems mov­ing to­ward high-de­ductible health plans that re­quire em­ploy­ees to pay out of pocket for sig­nif­i­cant amounts of their health­care needs.

This is con­sis­tent with pri­vate in­dus­try. Anec­do­tally, I hear from em­ploy­ers who are not only shift­ing more costs onto em­ploy­ees, but are ac­tively re­view­ing op­tions to exit the health in­sur­ance mar­ket al­to­gether, in some cases to

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