SOURCE: Health Options Worldwide

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November 30, 2010 12:32 ET

Medical Travel Pros Health Options Worldwide (HOW) Presents Free Healthcare Webinar

"Health Care Trends and Employers: New Strategies for a Changing Marketplace"

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - November 30, 2010) -  To assist companies in managing their healthcare insurance options and show third party administrators (TPA), insurers and physicians how to react appropriately, Health Options Worldwide (HOW), an online vacation surgery resource, is offering a free webinar. Titled "Health Care Trends and Employers: New Strategies for a Changing Marketplace," the webinar takes place Thursday, December 2nd, at 10 am EST and 4 pm EST. HOW, an international and domestic medical travel and medical tourism agency, will cover the current state of the healthcare marketplace as well as value-based and competitively priced key service to businesses.

Participants can register for 10am EST: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/526273158

Participants can register for 4pm EST: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/505357078

If participants have any questions or problems registering for the webinar, please contact Chris Peterson at 1-877-234-1345 or via email at: Chris.Peterson@healthoptionsworldwide.com. For more information, visit the HOW website at: www.healthoptionsworldwide.com

"Due to rising healthcare costs, companies need new strategies to reduce healthcare spending, improve the quality of care, and educate employees to take a more active role in their healthcare. Employers are afraid of the high costs that come with a self-funded employer solution, but yet they still want to provide health insurance coverage for their employees," said David Goldstein, president of HOW.

Words like high deductible health plan surgery and voluntary surgery networks will become very popular in the healthcare market. As employee benefits claims and costs continue to rise, employers, TPAs and doctors can benefit from this webinar, says Goldstein. Employers can learn new ways to control risk and encourage employees to become more proactive in managing their healthcare and healthcare spending.

Current healthcare reform stipulations have not reduced claims or costs. Inflation, increased use of services, aging population, changes in provider treatment patterns, medical technology and drug therapy improvements have also influenced the upward healthcare spending trend. "The cost of employer health plans will probably increase within the next six months," said Goldstein, quoting a survey by Wells Fargo Insurance Services.

Value based healthcare plans and supplemental healthcare solutions are affordable coverage options for businesses that can benefit workers. An increasing number of employers are researching different types of health insurance plans for their employees, knowing they can help them in many different ways.

"HOW leverages the growing trend of consumer-driven health care by connecting patients with physicians that offer high quality, low cost healthcare in the United States as well as internationally," said Goldstein. He continued by saying that medical tourism will definitely affect the next generation of PPO's by giving employees more local and regional treatment options with substantial discounts and improved outcomes.

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