With healthcare benefit costs predicted to increase 5% in 2018, a growing number of large U.S. employers plan to focus more on how healthcare is delivered and paid for, while still pursuing traditional methods of controlling costs such as cost sharing and plan design changes, according to The Large Employers’ 2018 Health Care Strategy and Plan Design Survey from the National Business Group on Health.

The NBGH survey found that employers will increasingly focus on value purchasing opportunities within the medical delivery system as well as improving the experience for healthcare consumers. With those findings as a backdrop, boosting productivity and engagement and battling increased healthcare costs remain stubborn, formidable challenges for employers.

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