Early Implementation Experience of Companies Offering internet-based Models for Employer Health Benefits
What is the impact of internet direct contracting (IDC) systems? In this first phase of the project, the researchers at the University of Minnesota contrasted the approach used by Vivius, Inc. with other internet-enabled models directed at the employer/employee health insurance market and tracked the implementation over the first eight months. A second evaluation phase followed. The researchers also endeavored to answer a number of practical questions that arose with the introduction of IDC models in response to a defined contribution model of health care delivery and financing. Their objective was to inform private and public policymakers on the implications of implementing an IDC model and the interactions between such a model and the market as a whole.