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Smart Benefits: Tufts’ RightChoice Keeps it Simple for Consumers

Monday, November 18, 2013

 

Tufts Health Plan's 'RightChoice' is the first defined contribution model offered to large employers in MA and RI.

Tufts Health Plan is the first insurance carrier in Rhode Island and Massachusetts to offer a defined contribution model to large employers – those with 51 or more employees. Called RightChoice, Tufts’ defined contribution model allows an employer to fix a certain dollar amount as its contribution, and employees pay or save the difference, depending on the plan they select.

Defined Contribution’s Growing Appeal

Defined contribution models are quickly gaining the attention of employers, who like the ability to predict healthcare costs for budgeting purposes and simplified plan administration. And employees appreciate the greater options available, rather than just having one or two plans to choose from.

Options Abound

In its online marketplace, Tufts presents pre-bundled plan sets for employers with 51 to 99 employees – six in Rhode Island and eight in Massachusetts. For groups with 100 or more employees, Tufts will customize bundles, giving even more plan flexibility.

The plan bundles include choices of HMO, PPO and HSA plan selections, with a range of deductible options. There’s even a set that features a tiered network for further savings. Depending on the bundle selected, there can be as much as a 35% price difference between the lowest and highest cost plan offered.

Simplified Choice

With RightChoice, employers have the flexibility to offer up to five healthcare plans to employees. But more choices can mean tougher decisions for employees, so Tufts helps consumers select between plans with its simplified technology.

Before employees select a plan, they complete a short, easy-to-use survey that assesses what plan features and prices are important to them. Depending on their answers, consumers are guided to one or two plans that could be the best fit. Once they choose a plan, they can enroll online.

Is it the RightChoice?

If the growing, national trend is any indication of what Tufts can expect in the local market, its new defined contribution model may just be the right choice for large employers and employees.

Amy Gallagher has over 21 years of healthcare industry experience guiding employers and employees. As Vice President at Cornerstone Group, she advises large employers on all aspects of healthcare reform, benefit solutions, cost-containment strategies and results-driven wellness programs. Amy speaks regularly on a variety of healthcare-related topics, and is often quoted by national publications on the subject matter. Locally, Amy is a member of SHRM-RI, the Rhode Island Business Group on Health, and the Rhode Island Business Healthcare Advisory Council.

 

Related Slideshow: Central MA Non-Profit Hospital CEO Pay, From Least To Most

Here are the total annual compensation amounts for the CEOs of the four non-profit hospital groups in Central Massachusetts. The source is each hospital group’s latest available 990 Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, which is filed with the IRS and available at Guidestar.org. The CEOs are shown here, from lowest to highest total compensation.

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#4 Winfield Brown

Salary: $192,828

President and CEO, Heywood Healthcare, with campuses in Athol and Gardner

Note: Henry Heywood Memorial Hospital and Athol Memorial Hospital merged in January 2013 to form Heywood Health Care. Brown, who had been president and CEO of Athol Memorial, became head of Heywood Health Care in August 2011. Daniel Moen, who had been president and CEO of Henry Heywood Memorial, was terminated in January 2011. His total compensation for fiscal 2011 was $993,456.

Latest available 1099 filing: Athol Memorial

Latest available 1099 filing: Henry Heywood Memorial

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#3 Edward Moore

Salary: $461,607

President and CEO, Harrington Memorial Hospital, Southbridge

Latest available 1099 filing

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#2 Francis Saba

Salary: $603,232

CEO, Milford Regional Medical Center, Milford

Latest available 1099 filing

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#1 John O'Brien

Salary: $2,358,455

Former President and CEO, UMass Memorial Health Care, with campuses in Worcester, Clinton, Leominster, Marlboro and Palmer

Note: John O’Brien retired as president and CEO in January 2013. Dr. Eric Dickson, MD, became the new president and CEO the following month. The UMass Memorial news release announcing Dickson’s appointment did not include his compensation package. According to UMass Memorial’s latest available 1099 form, Dickson received a total of $650,589 in compensation during the fiscal year that ended September 30, 2012.

Latest available 1099 filing

 
 

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