A Case for On-Site Occupational and Non-Occupational Health Care for Health Care Workers Public Deposited

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  • February 27, 2019
  • Siemering, Karen
    • Affiliation: Gillings School of Global Public Health, Public Health Leadership Program
  • The cost of health care in the United States is high and is expected to steadily increase. Hospitals and health care systems are affected by the rising costs in the form of expenditures on behalf of their employees' health care needs. Health care workers (HCWs) have higher utilization rates and carry a higher burden of chronic illness than employees in other market segments. Finding better ways to manage risk levels of these employees is critical to reducing costs. Current health care strategies include wellness programs and health conscious worksites. Many employers in an array of industries have instituted on-site primary care clinics to not only take care of minor acute illnesses but to provide management of chronic conditions for employees realizing that a healthy employee is a more productive employee. These clinics are a convenient way for employees to receive medical treatment without having to go too far from the worksite and, at the same time, offer an opportunity for the employee to learn about other health- related services covered under the employer's company plan. This paper addresses the special circumstance of the higher than average health care cost for HCWs, how this might be addressed, and to make a case for on-site urgent and primary care options utilizing the concepts of the patient-centered medical home model in addition to the presently offered employer-sponsored occupational health and wellness services. With such an integrated and comprehensive health care system comes an expanded role for occupational health nurses and occupational health nurse practitioners to join with other health care professionals in devising and implementing effective methods of improving patient outcomes. Key words: Workplace Medical Clinics, Primary Health Care for Health Care Workers, Occupational Health Nursing
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  • Track: OHN
  • Paper type: Systematic review
  • Rogers, Bonnie
  • Randolph, Susan
  • Master of Public Health
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2013
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