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Pasco County schools contract for employee-only health clinics



healthcare.jpgHoping to save millions of dollars over time, the Pasco County School Board has entered a contract with CareHere LLC to open health clinics that will serve district employees with no copayments.

The company expects to open three clinics — one each in the east, central and west part of the county — by January, with plans to add another three or four at a later date. The clinics will offer primary care, some lab work, a variety of generic drugs and wellness services. They also will serve as the district's site for workers' compensation claim evaluations, reasonable suspicion drug testing and other services that currently cost the district quite a bit of cash.

Administration and operation of these clinics is projected to cost about $4.6 million annually, but save the district about $1.135 million a year in health expenses, benefits manager Mary Tillman told the Gradebook. Eventually, employee health insurance premiums also could come down as a result, she added.

Board members unanimously approved the contract with praise for the idea.

"I'm just glad to see it come about. I think it's got tremendous potential," chairman Allen Altman said, suggesting that the county and city governments might want to join the effort in the future.

The locations have yet to be selected. Tillman said the district has ideas, but wants to ensure employees' privacy as they come and go from the clinics.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 6:22am]


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