TULSA, Okla. (PRWEB) June 04, 2018
The Zero Card (https://www.thezerocard.com) , a healthcare marketplace delivering the best combination of cost, quality and convenience, today announced receipt of the Diamond Award for the Product/Program category at the inaugural World Health Care Congress. More than 350 nominees competed in the 2018 Health Value Awards to showcase improvement in health outcomes, reduced costs and the implementation innovative health industry practices. The Health Value Awards Ceremony honored 47 finalists and 11 top Diamond winners in 11 categories. The awards presentation was hosted by Ian Morrison, Futurist and Author of: Future Tense: The Business Realities of the Next Ten Years, The Second Curve, Health Care in the New Millennium: Vision, Values and Leadership.
A Problem Persists
According to the 2013 report “The Anatomy of Health Care in the United States” in the Journal of The American Medical Association, since 2000, price and NOT demand for services or aging of the population, has produced 91% of the cost increases in the US healthcare system today. And in the 2015 report "The Burden of Medical Debt: Results from the Kaiser Family Foundation/New York Times Medical Bills Survey," from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, it’s reported that 92 percent of insured Americans report medical bills cause a major (44%) or minor (47%) impact on their families.
“We are honored that the World Congress, the Validation Institute and the Health Rosetta Institute have recognized the Zero Card for our efforts. For so long, our health care climate has forced employers to resort to cost shifting in the form of higher premiums and larger deductibles. And employees have had no easy way to shop for care and are faced with more and more financial stress. At The Zero Card we have sought to re-imagine the health care supply chain to create lower costs for employers and improve the experience and maximize value for employees and their families,” said James MIllaway, Co-founder and CEO, The Zero Card.
What The Zero Card Offers
The Zero Card is a supplemental employee benefit program that revolves around three pillars:
An Entirely New Approach
*Traditional networks have huge variation in both cost and quality while narrow-networks limit member choice.
*The Zero Card gives employers access to bundled case-rates that save 45% on average while simultaneously giving employees more choice.
*Healthcare prices have been disconnected from market forces and as a result costs just keep going up and up.
*The Zero Card offers employers 100% transparent case-rates so they know exactly what you are paying and how much they can save.
A Brand New Benefit
*Historically employers have had to shift the burden to plan members in an attempt to control rising costs.
*When plan members use their Zero Card the employer saves significantly and employees get access to the care they need for $0.
Adds Millaway: “The Zero Card empowers employers and their plan members by providing more choice and dramatically lowering costs. We are delighted that World Health Care Congress selected The Zero Card as the Diamond Winner in the Product/Program Provider category.”
About The Zero Card
The Zero Card is a privately held company headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Founded in 2014, the company has set out to develop the easiest way to lower employer health plan costs while simultaneously improving member benefits. The company is built on three fundamental principles….cost, quality and convenience.
The Zero Card achieves its goals of lowering plan costs and improving benefits by creating a new marketplace for common procedures such as labs, diagnostic imaging and surgeries through direct contracting. Our direct contracts lock in fair market prices that benefits all three parties in employer-based healthcare delivery system: the employee/covered member, the employer and the provider. It is a frictionless program that an employer installs as a supplemental plan to the underlying health plan. The Zero Card is a voluntary program so covered members can still access care through traditional employer programs but when a member uses The Zero Card, the employer saves money and the member receives necessary care for $0.