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LeadWell expands services to include virtual health care


LeadWell, HSHS Medical Group’s corporate health and wellness program, now offers businesses access to virtual health care in addition to its traditional model of health-care services.

With the rising cost of health care negatively impacting large and small employers and their employees, LeadWell says it offers a more cost effective avenue for employers to increase access to care, while saving time and money to all parties. LeadWell’s virtual health care services are called Anytime Care.

LeadWell says it can help employers reduce overall insurance claims by providing employees convenient access to health care. With their traditional onsite clinic model, employers have the benefit of a medical provider onsite.

With Anytime Care, employers can pay a few dollars per month per employee to provide employees and dependents unlimited access to virtual health care services 24/7, LeadWell said. Using a computer webcam, tablet or smart phone, patients connect with medical providers who can diagnose and treat non-emergent health concerns.

According to the Wellness Counsel of America, over 70 percent of all emergency room, urgent care and doctor office visits can be handled over the phone or mobile devices.

Employers have the opportunity to customize LeadWell services to fit the needs of their company. Virtual health care services and an onsite clinic can be used independently or combined into one health care package. “Both large and small businesses have an opportunity to reduce claims by using Anytime Care,” says Dan Reece, director of Clinical Services for LeadWell and Occupational Health. “It’s also great for employees. It’s quick, easy and accessible. It’s a win-win situation.”

“HSHS Medical Group is helping employers make it affordable and easy for employees and other eligible members to see a provider and get informed medical expertise – even on evenings and weekends. We want to keep employees productive and healthy while eliminating wasteful costs to all, such as unnecessary ER visits,” says Vince Noel, vice president of strategy and business development.

LeadWell offers virtual care services to employers throughout Illinois and 13 other states, including Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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