A brand new survey of U.S. employers reveals elevated consciousness of workers’ psychological well being wants and continued help of telemedicine protection post-pandemic.
Launched Oct. 27, the 2022 Kaiser Household Basis Employer Well being Survey consists of 2,188 interviews carried out between February and July with non-federal private and non-private employers, capturing employer attitudes throughout a number of subject areas. This weblog put up will deal with survey responses concerning telemedicine and behavioral well being.
General, 96% of huge employers and 87% of small employers mentioned they provided not less than some healthcare companies by telemedicine of their largest well being plan. It is a appreciable improve from survey findings three years prior, when 82% of huge employers and 65% of small employers reported protection of telemedicine companies.
Two-thirds of employers mentioned on this yr’s survey that telemedicine shall be “vital” or “crucial” in providing entry to behavioral well being companies sooner or later. Massive corporations (55%) had been extra probably than small corporations (36%) to say telemedicine shall be “crucial” in offering behavioral well being entry for workers.
Employers additionally reported elevated demand for psychological well being companies. Forty-eight % of huge employers and 22% of small employers reported a rise within the variety of workers receiving psychological well being companies in 2022 in comparison with 2021. Employers additionally expressed considerations about assembly their workers’ psychological well being wants. Fifty-two % of huge corporations reported an sufficient variety of behavioral well being suppliers of their networks to fulfill their workers’ wants, far decrease than what they reported for entry to main care companies (89%). Moreover, 43% of employers had been not less than considerably involved concerning the rise of substance use situations amongst their employees, though solely 2% mentioned they had been involved “an amazing deal” concerning the progress of substance use situations.
ACHI has beforehand assessed telemedicine utilization traits amongst state and public college workers in Arkansas through the COVID-19 pandemic. Our evaluation confirmed a robust surge in using telemedicine through the early a part of the pandemic in 2020, with decreases in utilization by spring 2021. Nonetheless, telemedicine use nonetheless remained greater in Spring 2021 in comparison with pre-pandemic utilization.
Alternatives for employers to deal with workers’ behavioral well being wants warrant elevated consideration, with greater than 1 in 3 American adults reporting in 2020 that they had not too long ago skilled poor psychological well being days. ACHI President and CEO Dr. Joe Thompson provided six ideas for selling psychological well being within the office in a current Arkansas Enterprise column.