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[December 05, 2012]

Win-Win in Workers' Compensation for Employees and Employers

TAMPA, Fla. --(Business Wire)--

Beyond improving employee healthcare through onsite health centers, Crowne Consulting Group, Inc. is drastically lowering health costs and decreasing workers' compensation costs for employers.

Crowne collaborates with Tennessee-based CareHere, LLC to operate more than 25 health and wellness centers throughout Florida, with the City of Lake Mary opening last month and the City of Kissimmee slated for 2013. CareHere specializes in primary care, occupational services, pharmacy, and disease management. Its cost-saving model helps self-funded employers extend employee benefits to include zero copays, no deductibles, and free screenings.

Crowne and CareHere's worksite centers are the first stop for triage and treatment of workers' compensation and other occupational services. Services are fully compliant as there is no co-mingling of health information with work-related services. The occupational health providers also follow required regulations related to medical surveillance programs, drug testing, reporting, and return to duty.

"An on-the-job injury can set back an organization's productivity, but health centers offer prompt care to mitigate risks and expedite return-to-work programs," said Ray Tomlinson, president of Crowne Consulting Group. "Instead of days or weeks, many workers are back to work within hours."

Since opening three onsite health centers in 2011 and implementing numerous wellness and benefits education programs, Pasco Schools realized a more than 50 percent decrease in workers' compensation costs, totaling over $1.5 million in savings.

The City of Ocoee's medical costs of its workers' compensation program averaged a 70 percent annual reduction during a four-year span. Last year, 92 percent of eligible employees visited the center at least once, with 35 percent of the visits for acute care.

Crowne Consulting Group, Inc. (http://www.crowneinc.com/), founded in 1986, consults and provides administrative oversight services for onsite health and wellness centers to employers and is a related company with The Crowne Group, an employee benefits consulting firm, specializing in employer solutions and personal lines of insurance. Crowne's experts have a cumulative 100 years of experience in serving public sector employers such as school districts, city and county government, as well as private organizations. Solutions for consumer-driven plans include health reimbursement arrangements, self-funded plans, onsite health and wellness centers, as well as risk management and human resources consulting.


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