The integration of virtual and in-person care, and expansion of mental health services is among the top health and well-being trends for next year.
Virtual care that integrates with in-person offerings and the continued expansion of mental health and well-being services are among six health and well-being trends that construct a “collective urgency” for employers and their workforces for 2022, according to a release by Business Group on Health.
The other trends identified by the Business Group are ongoing attention to health equity, quality and value; a reimagining of workforce well-being to support emerging needs; and a heightened focus on health policy.
All trends result of recent findings from the Business Group’s 2022 Large Employers’ Health Care Strategy and Plan Design Survey.
Released in August, the survey showed top concerns including health equity, the pandemic’s long-term impact, expanding access to mental healthcare, monitoring trends in healthcare delivery and preparing for an uptick in healthcare spending. The 136 large employers who took part in the Business Group survey in June 2021 represent diverse sectors of industry and provide health insurance for more than 8 million people.
“Each of these trends is critically important yet together underscore a collective urgency that requires prioritization,” said Ellen Kelsay, president and CEO of Business Group on Health. “To be sure, while COVID-19 still has an impact on almost every aspect of health and well-being, the upcoming year will be marked by large employers’ ongoing commitment to these critical areas.”
The six trends are: