In 1991, Rosen Hotels & Resorts (RHR) made the decision to become a self-insured employer. We also decided to provide an on-site primary care facility for all of our associates and their dependents. We had a total of 1,176 covered lives on our health plan at the time. At that time, there were 3 associates, including 1 physician serving the population.
Years later, our health plan has 5,700 covered lives. Those lives are treated by full-time physicians, nurse practitioners, and a physician’s assistant all supported by a rather large staff. In our medical facility, we provide comprehensive care in family practice, including a podiatrist, nutritionist, chiropractor, basic radiology services, monthly mammograms, a physical therapy department, laboratory services, and a small pharmacy. In addition, we have a fitness center free for our associate’s use.
Since 1991, we have been comparing our cost per covered life with the national average. To date, we have saved approximately $540 million. As a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), we believe that our laser-like emphasis on health, wellness, prevention, and partnering with the best high performance healthcare providers and processes are responsible for these savings. We work closely with all RHR associates to make certain they have all they need to become and remain healthy.
Annual physicals are a vital component in our health and wellness program and prevention is our primary focus. We work closely with our associates and their family members who are pregnant, diabetic, hypertensive, obese, or have any other chronic care conditions.
In addition, our company culture strongly discourages smoking, the use of illegal drugs, or excessive use of alcohol. In fact, to encourage a healthy drug and alcohol-free lifestyle, we conduct random drug tests, to include nicotine testing, on a regular basis. The discovery of any of the aforementioned may be grounds for dismissal.
Rosen Hotels & Resorts’ healthcare initiative is the precursor to what we have defined as the national RosenCare program, which we believe may create results comparable to our own, but of course on a much larger scale.
If the entire public and private sector implemented a RosenCare model, we would anticipate annual savings of approximately $935 billion, simply by preventing unnecessary illnesses and diseases and by emphasizing the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Our plan, which we believe to be the Real Affordable Care Act, guarantees that every American shall have access to affordable healthcare.