Why You Need A Healthcare Benefit For Every Employee

Healthcare doesn’t always mean Costly Insurance!

In today’s day and age, attracting talented full and part-time work to your business can be difficult, especially if you’re unable to provide your employees with worthy incentives that they know they can count on. These incentives can range anywhere from guaranteed pay raises, guaranteed hours/available work, and other workplace perks that may be of benefit to them. However, the one incentive that most of your employees will be interested in is always going to be healthcare.

When it comes to running a business, healthcare and payroll are likely going to remain your largest expenses. No matter how much you want to give your employees the best perks available- you simply may not be able to afford expensive healthcare insurance. With ModRN Health, you no longer have to feel powerless.

ModRN Health

ModRN Health, is a nurse-led, software-based healthcare solution specifically designed to provide reduced healthcare costs and greater accessibility for patients without the hard-hitting premiums of a traditional healthcare insurance plan. Essentially, ModRN Health enhances whatever plan you decide to put into place for all your employees,including your part-time employees. This is accomplished by helping secure lower costs, providing greater accessibility, and delivering a more personalized healthcare experience. ModRN Health partners with businesses and other healthcare solutions to offer a cutting-edge technological solution that gives patients more accessibility to tools that they can use to gain the services and treatments they need without having to go through an HMO they may or may not have.

A Modern, High-Touch Solution That Enhances Your Plan

ModRN Health works alongside your health plans and employee programs. Our platform and mobile application work to combine technology with more personalized, nurse-led healthcare coordination to help give your employees a more accessible healthcare experience, both financially and personally.

A New Perk And Incentive For Every Employee

By pairing with ModRN Health, you can work to improve your ROI on your chosen healthcare plan. In addition, you’ll instantly boost your human capital strategy, because your employees now have a tangible perk that they can count on. Remember, attracting skilled talent is difficult to begin with, and it’s even more difficult to retain that talent. Why not set yourself and your employees up for success by offering them a more comprehensive healthcare plan that other companies don’t?

Instantly enhance your benefits package without disrupting your current workflow and insurance procedures. By bringing technology into play, your employees can rest assured knowing that you’ve adopted innovation and technological advances into your everyday workflow and are always looking for ways to enhance their workplace experiences. They are happier, more engaged, and soon to be more proactively engaged in their own healthcare!

If you’re ready to learn more about how you can work with ModRN Health to enhance the healthcare experience of all your employees, contact us! Trust us, you’ll see just how far your investment can go when you invest in the right type of service!

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Harnessing the lifesaving potential of interactive mobile

Through ModRN Health, we’re realizing our vision that no one should be alone on their healthcare journey. The ModRN Health solution includes a mobile app, where a personal health record is combined with note-taking and information-sharing functionalities These tools give each member a 24/7 connection to personalized assistance from nurse-led coordination, plus access to the documentation to support the care.

Why does this matter?

The ability to share signatures and documents remotely can make a profound difference in a patient’s and family’s experience with quality of care. Sadly, I saw this play out in a situation where the consequences were devastating.

As a nurse, I was caring for two brothers, ages 13 and 15, who were born with a severe form of an autoimmune disease called epidermolysis bullosa, a heritable connective tissue disorder. Because the disorder is caused by protein defects in the skin, the most

striking symptom of epidermolysis bullosa is blistering, brought on by the separation of skin layers after only minor trauma. People with a mild form of the disease may have just a few blisters on their skin, whereas others may have many blisters. In some forms of the disease, blisters also form in the mouth, stomach, esophagus, bladder, and other parts of the body. Epidermolysis bullosa can be both disabling and disfiguring, and in severe cases may lead to early death.

The brothers under my care both had severe cases of epidermolysis bullosa. Both were nearing the end of life. They were no longer mobile due to extensive blistering, and they were severely disfigured. Understandably, the boys were uncomfortable leaving home. The boys’ parents had devoted their lives to caring for their sons, and this involved bandaging and re-bandaging the boys’ entire bodies several times each day. I was blown away by the parents’ dedication. Caring for their sons was an enormous undertaking. The boys had spent most of their lives at home, rarely seeing people outside the family.

One evening, I was getting the report from the day shift nurse as I began my night shift. The day nurse relayed that a children’s hospital was on its way to pick up the boys and fly them to the children’s hospital for specialized care, given their precarious and deteriorating conditions. The parents were not allowed to join the boys on the plane, and the children’s hospital was a three-hour drive away. The boys’ parents had to leave their sons before the flight departed so they could be at the children’s hospital when the flight landed and the boys were admitted. The boys said goodbye to their parents, and I began getting them ready for the flight. I reassured the parents that I’d keep in touch to let them know when the boys’ flight was scheduled to depart so they could time their road trip departure accordingly.

Two hours later, I got a message that there had been a problem with the plane and it would be a few more hours before the boys could be transported. This was so hard for the kids! They were already anxious about being under the care of someone other than their parents, especially since their skin was so traumatized and painful to the touch. And, they’d never been on a plane. The brothers were brave but understandably fearful.

Many hours later, at 3 AM (!), the flight team finally arrived. And, although they had received all of the paperwork at the beginning of my shift, they informed me that they could not uphold the boys’ current “Do Not Resuscitate” document. Instead, they now required that the parents sign a new form. Unfortunately, the parents had left hours ago to get ready to make the drive meet the kids at the hospital, and were waiting to hear from me about the status. Of course there was no way I was putting the kids on an airplane without a DNR! The slightest touch was excruciatingly painful and their skin literally slid off with a simple rub. Not to mention they were nearing the end of life. I couldn't imagine the pain they would suffer if CPR were performed on them. So, I asked the flight team to wait while the parents drove all the way back to the hospital to sign the new DNR. Finally, by 5:30 AM, the boys were ready to go. The parents left to start the three-hour drive, and we got the boys on the plane. I completed my night shift and went home.

When I came back that evening for my next shift, I learned that the older of the two boys had passed away during the flight, without his parents by his side, and, sadly, right in front of his younger brother. The delay in processing paperwork had caused the family to miss the last window of opportunity to be together before one of the brothers died. The ModRN Health app--if it had been available--would have permitted and facilitated electronic signatures and document sharing from the very beginning. This, in turn, would have saved those several critical hours that then would have allowed the entire family to be at the children’s hospital together.

How ModRN Health Helps Employee Health Engagement

How ModRN Health Helps Employee Health Engagement

ModRN Health is good for employers because it gives employees something that they don’t currently have. The biggest thing we found with employees that we didn’t know was such an issue, is they simply don’t know what they don’t know. I’m not a doctor, I’m not a nurse but I know that often times employees don’t know what is available to them. The gaps that we have identified- that have existed, and doctors and nurses have known about them, they exist for I’d say the majority of employees. They simply do not know what options are out there. Those are the gaps that we look to fill.

These three healthcare trends might surprise you

At ModRN Health, we are carefully watching the trends in health care. We know you are, too! Whether you’re a healthcare consumer, business owner, caregiver, or all of the above, today’s healthcare environment is impacting your life. Managing expenses and getting better outcomes are top of mind.

If you feel like the changes in the healthcare marketplace are accelerating, you are right. But you might be surprised at just how much things are changing. Here are three trends that paint the picture.

1. Social media has changed the landscape in every area of our lives, including healthcare.

According to PwC’s Research Institute, 32% of people who use social media are posting about their own health experiences as well as those of their family and friends. People are consuming more and more health-related information online. Sometimes more information is a good thing, but that’s not always the case, especially with health topics. In addition to technology, people need the “human touch” of a qualified medical professional to sort through their own health information as well as make sense of what they’re reading online.

2. Prescription antibiotics are frequently over-prescribed because people don’t have access to the help and information they need.

The Centers for Disease Control has estimated that at least 30% of prescriptions for antibiotics are unnecessary. Busy patients and health providers frequently don’t have the time to fully discuss symptoms and options for common ailments such as colds and sore throat viruses for which antibiotics are unnecessary and unhelpful. The CDC reports that these 47 million excess prescriptions each year put patients at risk for allergic reactions and other side effects, not to mention the extra costs for everyone involved. With better care coordination and streamlined patient advocacy, many of these prescriptions could be avoided.

3. It’s really hard to remember everything the doctor says.

Many patients feel like they are alone in their struggle to recall the details of appointments with healthcare providers. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Most people can’t remember key details after a visit to a provider, including how to take medication as prescribed and when to schedule follow up visits. According to a study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, patients tend to immediately forget 40 - 80% of the information relayed during a visit. And, more than half of the information that is remembered is likely incorrect. Technology-backed care coordination and patient advocacy can help reinforce important information, which in turn keeps people healthier and makes healthcare less expensive.

If any or all of these trends sound familiar, keep in touch with ModRN Health! Our nurse-led healthcare coordination software solution helps employers, senior living centers, and providers deliver better care to your people and save you money.

Passion for patients led us here

What drives our mission? Why do we do what we do at ModRN Health?

My name is CaRessa Hutchinson. I'm CEO and founder of ModRN Health. I call myself an "accidental RN-preneur" who is disrupting health care. Here's the story behind my passion.

As a pediatric acute care RN, I saw families making major, life-altering decisions without the proper education and support to understand the weight of their decisions.

Overworked nurses could no longer focus on patient advocacy, and over-loaded physicians were being forced to make decisions based on assumptions, inaccurate information, insurance, and bureaucracy; not based on people, as they had once dreamed of doing when they committed their lives to becoming healers.

It started to feel like I was watching one very large and very dangerous game of telephone, but with real lives depending on the results.

It was taking a heavy toll on my soul to continue to feel so helpless and, honestly, often like I was on the wrong side. Frustrated and seeing no change in sight, I decided that I had to be that change or it may never happen.

I saw the problem and also saw what I believed to be a "common sense" solution, so I created ModRN Health to find a way to implement that solution.

Unfortunately, I found that the everyday patient, to whom I was so empathetic, could not afford a private nurse advocate. So I researched and researched (and researched some more), population health, healthcare technology, the healthcare industry, the insurance industry, and the corporate healthcare industry.

I met with several of industry leaders in my community and nationwide. What I found first of all was that I was not the only one who felt completely helpless. Secondly, I found that the crisis I had witnessed from the hospital bedside--the crisis that had originally ignited my passion and drive to help these patients--actually went much deeper than I thought.

After gathering a thorough picture of how big the problem actually was and how many people and industries it was negatively affecting, I realized that my idea and my concept for a solution still held the answer.

My solution would simply need to be applied at the root of the problem, which was the whole system, not at "the tip of the iceberg" with direct patient care where I had originally thought the crisis was isolated.

In some ways, this discovery made the opportunity even better, because I would be able to help at a much larger scale in my community, my country and maybe even the world!

So, I pivoted and shifted my focus. I experienced a rough but rewarding year full of customer discovery, self discovery, product development, and business development that has transpired into creating an answer that will ultimately lead to a win-win solution for all industries and all people.

We don't have to feel powerless anymore. There is a better way, and we have found it.

"We felt lost, and we knew we were spinning our wheels."

Our team recently talked with a colleague whose child has a condition called Williams Syndrome, which is the result of a micro-deletion of 26 genes on one chromosome.

"I needed ModRN Health!" she wrote when she learned about our platform. "When they told us about Williams Syndrome and that our 9-month-old had it, part of me was relieved to know why our baby was different. The other part of me felt like I was suddenly trudging through a field of nothing but question marks and thorny bushes." 

Our colleague said that she and her family were fortunate to have an employer-sponsored health plan that covered most of their child's medical expenses. "Thankfully insurance paid for almost everything," she said. "So we had all of the pieces of the puzzle covered. The problem was that we didn't know where the pieces fit, or when and how to use each one."

ModRN Health certainly could have helped our colleague and others like her. That's why we built it.

Employers who offer the ModRN Health platform and app to employees as an additional benefit are essentially giving their employees access to experts who know every piece of the puzzle like the backs of their hands--and when and where to plug them in to complete the picture. 

"Eventually, by researching and asking a lot of questions of all of our terrific providers, we finally learned that although our child's missing pieces of genetic code represented only a tiny fraction of the nearly 19,000 genes that make up the human genome, the genes’ absence in people with Williams Syndrome causes cardiovascular disease, developmental delays, and learning disabilities. We have had to navigate through all of these experiences and symptoms. Years later, I now look back and really wish ModRN Health had been invented when we began our journey."

ModRN Health would have helped our colleague and her family answer the questions faster, get the right appointments with the right professionals in the right order, and create a workable plan to manage the child's condition. 

This is just one of many examples we hear in our work every day when someone tells us "I needed ModRN Health!" Here are just a few examples of what people tell us when we know ModRN Health can be a game changer:

  • "I need to pay more attention to disease prevention."
  • "I really want to be held accountable for lifestyle changes."
  • "I am not doing a good job of managing my chronic disease. I worry I'm getting sicker."
  • "This new diagnosis has really thrown me for a loop."
  • "My medications are impossible to keep organized, let alone make sure I am taking them on time."
  • "I feel so out of touch between doctors' visits, and I start to get really worried and anxious, which I know is not good for my health. It is a vicious circle."

And here's the kicker on that last one: Studies show that getting help between visits leads to fewer visits, saving $3,125 per patient per year! 

You and your employees need ModRN Health!

 

Employee health benefits: It's time for a new approach

A big reason we're so excited about ModRN Health is because it offers a one-of-a-kind program for companies to give employees the tools they need to get and stay healthy, beyond the transactional functions of the employers' health insurance plan.

Employees need support, not only to become the healthiest possible versions of themselves, but also to become smart consumers of health care. ModRN Health offers employees a true healthcare partner who meets them where they are and stays with them throughout their life-long health journeys.

ModRN Health never bills insurance. Instead, employers who offer each of their employees a "membership" to ModRN Health are providing a valuable workplace perk that delivers benefits to the employees, as well as returning a benefit back to the employer.

What's going on? Why is ModRN Health such a compelling new tool and workplace perk? What's happening is that everything is changing in health care. Here are a few examples of the changes going on all around us:

  • The healthcare system is increasingly complex and fragmented.
  • The current healthcare system does not do very well in actual prevention or chronic disease improvement.
  • The current healthcare model is one of procedures, surgeries, and medications to treat symptoms, but rarely does it address underlying health problems or diseases.
  • New diagnoses usually result in the patient leaving with a prescription or being scheduled for a procedure.

Does this sound all too familiar?

We want to fix that. ModRN Health is changing the model to get back to the original intent of health care. ModRN Health offers innovative, personalized care coordination and advocacy solutions that better engage and guide people through their healthcare journeys. Our nurse-led care coordination staff, along with advanced member relations and our personal health technology platform and mobile app, support each individual to take an active role in prevention and improvement of acute or chronic, minor or severe, medical problems.

What's really exciting is that ModRN Health uses leading-edge technology to bring the high touch of nursing care to the fingertips of people wherever they are. ModRN Health offers education, options, navigation, and advocacy tools to people when they want to stay healthy, or when they are experiencing an illness and want to get healthy. Our solution helps people and their families improve health and outcomes, and it also decreases utilization and spending on medical services. That's good for everyone, including the employers--ModRN Health's customers--who subscribe to ModRN Health to offer the platform and app as a benefit to employees.  

ModRN Health's personalized tools will help people avoid sickness, decrease the negative aspects of chronic disease, improve well-being, and optimize the ability capacity to positively impact overall health. All of this happens while also improving the employer's bottom line.

It's time for a change!