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Reining in Health Care Costs

Date: October 6, 2014

To manage the rising costs of health care, the Johns Hopkins Health System is conducting an audit to determine the eligibility of employees’ dependents who have enrolled in its medical plans.

Hope Marsh, the health system’s senior director of benefits and wellness, says an organization typically sees a 5 to 8 percent cost savings when it drops coverage for ineligible dependents—which could include divorced spouses, grandchildren and live-in partners—and when an organization no longer pays a portion of the dependent’s copayments, premiums and medical care claims. 

The audit will help the health system maintain a reasonably priced health care plan that features preventive care, wellness programs, and competitive premiums and copayments. 

HMS, an independent health care auditing firm, will mail employees correspondence with detailed eligibility information, a toll-free customer service number, a fax number and a customized Web address. 

The review, which began in September, affects faculty and staff of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, Johns Hopkins HealthCare, Sibley Memorial Hospital and Suburban Hospital. All Children’s Hospital, Howard County General Hospital, Johns Hopkins Home Care Group and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine will not undergo the audit at this time.

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