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Healthcare Solutions Group
Care ATC Inc
Brentwood firm has docs making housecalls – at the office - Nashville Business Journal:
If that's the problem, repeat entrepreneur Ernie Clevenger believes he has part of the answer with a year-old company that is putting physicians in the workplace as part of a care management plan that has shown promise in lowering those costs. Clevenger co-founded Brentwood-based EBM Solutions with Paul Keckley about four years ago, and another of his companies, MyHealth-Guide.com, still distributes EBM's evidence-based health care guidelines.About five years ago, Clevenger was working with Healthcare Solutions Group, a third-party health care benefits administrator based in Oklahoma.One of that company's clients was experiencing tremendous health care cost increases. "Several ideas were reviewed and one of them was bringing a physician on site.We did that and over the course of five years, there were tremendous cost savings," he says."By last August we decided to brand it." Clevenger started CareATC with Ron Woods of Healthcare Solutions Group, Tom Rodgers and Bill Bennett. Clevenger takes another stab at on-site doctor firm concept [Nashville]
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Serial entrepreneur Ernie Clevenger is leaving Oklahoma-based CareATC to form a new provider of on-site health care to businesses with more than 100 employees and self-funded health plans.
Health insurance alternatives spring up - bizjournals.com
Part of the problem with the rising cost of health care is a lack of understanding among employees that the cost of going to the doctor outstretches the co-payments they make, says Ernie Clevenger, founder of CareATC.He sees the health care insurance business putting more of the cost in the hands of individual employees. Brentwood-based CareATC is a third-party health insurance claims administrator that contracts with physicians to visit its client companies on a weekly basis. Alternatives to the standard brand health management organizations and preferred provider network packages are springing up in increasing numbers, says Clevenger. "It's (consumer-directed health plans) going to be a growing aspect within the industry and within five years, I think 90 percent of health plans will have some form of consumer-direct component to them," he says. According to the Towers Perrin survey, cost-sharing on the part of employees in the form of higher contributions, deductibles and co-payments is a trend that will likely increase. That's something that, realistically, had to happen sooner or later, Clevenger says. "Look at the deductible employees pay today of $200 to $500 and compare that to what was paid in the 1960s.Using the Consumer Price Index for comparison, their share has gone down," he says."I think it's a way for the employer to shift that in the other direction."
News on Nashville's Health Care Industry
Serial entrepreneur Ernie Clevenger is leaving Oklahoma-based CareATC to form a new provider of on-site health care to businesses with more than 100 employees and self-funded health plans. By the end of the year, Clevenger expects his client roster to have grown to 11 companies, representing some 4,400 lives. "Fifty years ago, it was very common to make house calls or for the doctor to come to you," Clevenger says."We've come full circle." Clevenger says on-site health care can be a huge value to companies in today's health care system because it can handle the "in-between infrastructure that can often create costs." Clevenger is winding down his involvement with three-year-old CareATC, which focused on the Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas area and worked with third-party administrators.