CHAPTER 7Consumer-Driven Health Plans

Diane S. Luedtke

Many public and private employers are embracing consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs) in the continuing quest for better ways to control spiraling health plan costs. CDHPs add a new dimension to the health care cost equation. Traditional managed care programs focus on the provider or supply side of health care, relying on discounted provider networks and care management intervention programs. Consumer-driven plans recognize the value of engaging the health care consumer to further contain costs. By incorporating the consumer into the equation, consumer-driven plans attack cost and utilization problems from both the provider/supply and the patient/demand sides.

CDHPs operate on the premise ...

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