health healthcare cost shifting employeesThe most obvious trends among employer-sponsored medicalplans have been well documented: broad cost-shifting to employees,deductibles on the rise, specialty prescription costsskyrocketing.

But beneath these high-level plan characteristics lies anotherlevel that is not as well quantified. In its 2016 Medical PlanTrends and Observations Report, leadership and technologyconsulting firm CEB digs deeper into plan characteristics thatemerged this year.

Virtual Care

CEB's research discloses a 50 percent gain in the number ofcompanies in the survey that say they are using telemedicineservices—one of the largest jumps in any category. More than athird now offer these services; by 2018, that will grow to 64percent.

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