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Costly Conditions White Paper

Health Action Council and UnitedHealthcare new white paper, “Costly Conditions: Identifying and Addressing Top Clinical Cost Drivers,” identifies the five clinical conditions that impact 50% of health care costs.
“Navigating through healthcare options and decisions can be daunting,” said Patty Starr, President and CEO of Health Action Council. “Employers who empower employees with more information about their care options, while also providing advocacy and encouragement to engage, can help employees and dependents make more informed and effective decisions and save time and money.”

For Health Action Council members, these top drivers account for nearly $2 billion in healthcare claims spend. Based on more than three years of research across hundreds of thousands of covered lives, the data is solid – and striking.  

The bottom line: Employee health can be improved and employer healthcare costs can be lowered by increased transparency and employee engagement.


Key takeaways also include: 

  • Community matters – Insights into gender, age, income, geographic and other social determinants are key to controlling costs and producing better health outcomes. 

  • Innovation matters – Better cost transparency, stakeholder collaboration and tech-enabled oversight of factors ranging from location to drug prices lead to better mitigation and measurable improvements in cost-of-care affordability. 


About Health Action Council
Health Action Council is a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization representing mid and large-size employers that enhance human and economic health through thought leadership, innovative services, and collaboration. It provides value to its members by facilitating projects that improve the quality and moderate the cost of healthcare purchased by its members for their employees, dependents, and retirees.
Health Action Council also collaborates with key stakeholders -- health plans, physicians, hospitals, and the pharmaceutical industry -- to improve healthcare quality and efficiency in the community.

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