7 health strategies employers are prioritizing, ranked

High-cost claims and specialty pharmacy costs are the top health trends large employers are prioritizing for the next five years, according to an annual health benefits survey from human resources consultant Mercer.

Mercer surveyed nearly 2,600 employers, weighing their answers to represent all U.S. employer health plan sponsors with at least 10 employees.

Here is how employers with at least 500 workers plan to prioritize seven health strategies in the next five years:

1. High-cost claims management and monitoring
2. Management of specialty pharmacy costs
3. Culture of health
4. Better advocacy, shared decision-making and care navigation for employees
5. Behavioral health strategies
6. More plan and benefit options
7. Healthcare affordability for low-income employees

Read highlights from the full Mercer report here.

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