Onsite healthcare clinics are proven to save companies money, attract top talent, and improve overall employee health. With the wealth of benefits, more and more businesses are turning to onsite clinics as an option for their employee healthcare. Choosing what your onsite clinic will look like is an important decision and includes several different factors.
What is your primary objective in implementing an onsite clinic?
Every aspect of an onsite clinic—from services to staffing—should be tailored to meet the needs of your specific organization. As an employer, it’s important to establish clear objectives—such as offering convenient access to providers or lowering medical costs—so that the clinic reflects these goals.
What types of care will your onsite clinic offer?
With your objectives at the forefront of your decision making, determine what type of care would you like to provide your employees—from wellness and preventive care exams, primary care, lab work and more. In-person disease management can help your reduce risk of illnesses—like heart attacks and strokes—that can drive up health care costs. Services like Telemedicine may reduce absenteeism and emergency room visits. Keeping your services aligned with your objectives will help you achieve the outcomes you’re looking for.
Who will staff your clinic?
Staffing your clinic depends on the services you’ve decided to offer. You may need a doctor, physician’s assistant, a nurse practitioner or some variation of the three. Keep in mind that physicians can provide a more robust range of services than other clinicians although their rate of compensation will be higher.
Who is your clinic accessible to?
There are several factors to consider when it comes to your clinic’s accessibility. How many of your employees will have access to your clinic—will you need to have more than one location? Making it easier for employees and their families to receive care can eliminate future costs. Will your clinic be open to spouses and dependents? You may also need to think about if retirees are eligible, as well as how your clinic impacts union members.
What type of management model will you implement?
There are several models you can choose when it comes to managing your onsite clinic: employer-managed, vendor-managed, provider-managed, or a combination of these. Most employers don’t want to take on the many associated tasks and responsibilities, so they contract the services to a third-party vendor to operate the clinic. Clinics run by hospitals or physician groups use their own clinic and staff to serve employees. Regardless of the model you choose, it’s important for you as an employer to stay engaged in the oversight and direction of your clinic so it stays true to your objectives.
Investing in an onsite clinic for your organization can bring many benefits—the most important of which is the health of your employees. Start your journey toward a healthier workplace by setting up a strategy that will work for you.