New research on Integrated Health Care shows majority of employers are now connecting their benefits

Integrated Health Care or IHC is an employee benefits strategy that connects pharmacy, dental, vision, disability, absence management, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and supplemental health data to an employer’s health plan. Doctors and other health care providers can share actionable data to better diagnose and treat members, detect coverage gaps, and guide employees toward prevention and care management. New research shows that IHC has effectively become the norm among large employers.

IHC programs have been shown to:

  • Increase employee engagement in well-being programs

  • Lower health care costs

  • Improve health outcomes

  • Simplify employers’ benefits portfolios

  • Deliver a better health care experience for both employers and employees

An independent research company (TRC) tracks employers’ progress toward integrating pharmacy and ancillary benefits with medical coverage. While IHC has been on an upward trajectory since 2016, findings from the 2020 Integrated Health Care Report, Issue 4 show that a majority of employers are now integrating their benefits, indicating a tipping point in IHC becoming the prevailing standard.

Below is an infographic outlining the key 2020 research findings. To learn more about IHC, reach out to your broker, benefits consultant or insurance company representative. You can also find more information at

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