ADP Offers Health Care Decision Support
The company known for processing payrolls and providing related employer services plans to offer online support tools straight to its clients' employees.Patients are increasingly presented with a bewildering array of options to pay for health care. In response, health plans are offering online tools to help patients estimate health expenses under different benefit plans. Now, employers are joining them. ADP Inc, known for processing payrolls and providing related employer services, announced plans Tuesday to offer online decision-support tools straight to its clients employees. ADP will team up with Subimo LLC to offer an online cost modeling tool. The tool will be integrated with ADPs ESS (employee self service) application to help employees evaluate health care plan costs based on individual medical needs. The tool takes into account a persons age, gender, geographic region and health condition to estimate a range of a familys health costs under each health plan available. Subimo spokesperson John Hallock said the tool would predict what health services an individual or family would be most likely to need by using predictive modeling based on data from some 60 million U.S. patients.
"This kind of information was traditionally only available to managed care professionals," said Hallock. Employees can use the information to pick plans and to decide how to fund a flexible spending account, HSA (health savings account) or HRA (health reimbursement arrangement).