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Driving Innovation In the Health Care Marketplace:

A CEO Report

Cardinal Health, Inc.

The health care landscape is undergoing significant changes, and Cardinal Health plays an essential role in helping employees navigate those changes.

We know that demographic, economic and industry forces require a health care system that places a high priority on efficiency and cost effectiveness while ensuring high-quality outcomes. In order to accomplish this, it is clear that care will need to be more coordinated with an emphasis on delivering the right care, in the right setting, by the right caregiver. Furthermore, given the aging population, it is evident that more care will be delivered in the home, and people are starting to act more like traditional consumers who will be more deeply involved in their own care and, very importantly, in their own wellness. 

Cardinal Health is committed to leading the way in providing employee health care and wellness benefits, and engaging our employees in becoming more informed and efficient health care purchasers.

Through consumer-driven health plans, well-being programs, national health action campaigns and work/life initiatives, Cardinal Health is laying the foundation for our employees to be educated health care consumers. By increasing transparency and creating incentives for participation, we can help our employees adopt good health care behaviors and become responsible consumers.

Through a generous list of preventive care services covered at 100 percent and by offering exclusively consumer-driven health plans in 2015, Cardinal Health is encouraging employees to make proactive and educated health care decisions.

To reinforce our company’s shift toward consumerism, site leaders at large locations are being recruited to advocate for this change. Through a series of “Ready, Set, KNOW!” monthly communications, site leaders will be well equipped to help educate their colleagues and support the transition.

Site champions are also being identified to promote the company’s “Healthy Lifestyles” program,
which promotes physical, financial, social and emotional well-being through individual health resources, supportive work environments, a cultural emphasis on health and healthy practices within the community. This champion network expansion became a priority when our organization experienced a 4.7 percent decrease in the average number of health risks for employees who work at champion facilities.

The unified approach between top-down advocacy from site leaders and bottom-up support from Healthy Lifestyles champions is meant to reinforce a comprehensive consumerism message. The goal is to encourage employees to take a more active role in their health care, both in the form of coverage decisions and in focusing on wellness and prevention throughout the year.


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BRT companies provide health coverage to more than 40 million Americans. We help American workers and their families remain healthy, receive quality treatment when necessary and achieve better health outcomes. The private-sector innovations in the insurance marketplace that enable us to provide these services to our employees and their families serve as models for public programs — but additional reforms are necessary.

This report highlights the innovations we have made and the public policy changes we believe would drive value by promoting health and improving outcomes.