You’ve asked all the right questions preparing for your onsite health center. You’ve considered what services will be provided, how your vendor will measure ROI and VOI, and what kinds of care providers you’ll need. You’ve walked through communication and marketing plans and discussed ways to promote the center's offerings to your employees. All that’s left is to sign on the dotted line…and then what?
In the mix of securing corporate buy-in, talking with potential vendors, and assessing your employees’ health needs, it’s easy to forget that health center implementation is a vital step in turning your onsite healthcare program from an idea into a brick-and-mortar reality. And, the many moving parts of a health center's construction, set-up and official first day can make anyone’s head spin. It's so important to partner with a vendor that has a proven track record of successful health center implementation.
Healthstat's Typical Implementation Timeline
Healthstat has built an efficient, time-tested implementation plan that lays out the milestones from contract signing all the way to day one of the center's opening. This 120-day timeline takes all the guesswork out of implementation and provides measurable, actionable goals to ensure your health center is ready for opening day.
Once the contract is signed, we’re off to the races! A lot of work has already been accomplished by the time implementation begins, including discussing program specifics, client needs, and the logistics of operating an onsite health center. But implementation is when it turns into reality!
It starts with a client kick-off meeting to flesh out goals, deadlines, and client needs. It’s the time to confirm health center details like service offerings, equipment, and site lay-out and to ensure that everyone is on the same page. This kick-off meeting is only the first of many touchpoints. Healthstat’s implementation team provides the opportunity for weekly check-in meetings to discuss how implementation is progressing.
The focus on responsiveness and communication is a big hit with our current clients: among 16 clients surveyed, we received an average rating of 9.6 out of 10 for the “general responsiveness of Healthstat.”
Of course, Month 1 is not only about weekly meetings. It’s also the chance for Healthstat to:
- Gather specific project requirements
- Begin the staff recruitment process*
- Obtain necessary business licenses and certifications
- Establish a client’s Health Risk Assessment event dates, when applicable
* Many clients want to be closely involved with the staff hiring process, which Healthstat gladly encourages. After all, these are the healthcare providers that your employees will be visiting for their health and well-being. One of the most important steps of implementation is ensuring the Healthstat providers are a good fit for a client’s culture.
What are the client’s responsibilities during Month 1? Just two:
- Work with Healthstat to establish and confirm target dates
- Prepare for start of health center construction
The first month of implementation will fly by. What’s next after completing the steps above? Here’s what Healthstat will have completed at the end of 60 days:
- Work with insurance carriers for claims data files and submissions
- Develop a communication plan for initial marketing and employee FAQs
- Review client-provided supply list to ensure everything is accounted for
- Review health center IT requirements
With weekly check-in meetings welcomed and encouraged by Healthstat’s implementation team, our goal is to do the heavy lifting of health center set-up so that you don’t have to. Setting up a brand-new healthcare service for your employees can feel like a monumental task, but our implementation team is well-versed in health center openings of all shapes and sizes. Our 4-month timeline has been shaped over hundreds of partnerships. It’s based on realistic expectations that keep clients in the know while ultimately relying on our implementation expertise.
We’re ready for any questions, requested changes, or concerns a client may have from initial signing to the health center opening (and beyond). Implementation is a success for Healthstat when our client feels it’s a success.
What’s a client to do during month 2 of implementation? They’re responsible for:
- Sending test files to Healthstat so we can be sure we know who’s eligible to use the health center
- Placing the orders for furniture and other non-health center supplies
- Approving Healthstat’s communication plan for employee outreach
The third month of implementation will see a lot of finalizing and realizing of health center plans. At the end of this month, Healthstat will have successfully:
- Ordered medical supplies
- Set up accounts
- Implemented the approved communication plan
- Performed HRAs, if applicable, to get baseline measurements of your population’s health
- Interviewed and made offers to health center staff candidates
Throughout the implementation process, a crucial component is consistent communication between Healthstat and our client. We adhere to the belief that a well-informed and involved client makes for a seamless implementation, and a seamless implementation makes everyone happy.
During Month 3, a client can expect to:
- Send approved files Healthstat can use to determine patient eligibility to use the health center
- Ensure carriers have submitted historic and ongoing claims files
- Support the approved communication plan
- Complete health center construction
- Confirm receipt of furniture and non-health center supplies
Welcome to the home stretch! Days 90-120 signal the finishing touches to implementation, which means your onsite health center is right around the corner. By the end of this final month, Healthstat will have:
- Performed health center set-up
- Set up computers and printers on the health center network
- Completed onsite training with health center staff
- Opened the health center
- Started submitting claims to carriers
- Transitioned client partnership from the implementation manager to an assigned account manager
The proud employer and new Healthstat client will only have two responsibilities this month:
- Assist with health center set-up
- Help get the excitement going among employees
And then it’s Open House! In a sense, the first three months of implementation are a build-up to the reality of these final 30 days, when your health center comes to life complete with all necessary services, materials, and clinic staff.
Of course, our implementation team is too invested in your health center's success to simply leave now that your health center has opened. Our implementation team remains onsite to assist with continued training and guidance during a clinic’s opening days, while preparing to hand over long-term clinic management to a dedicated account manager. At no point during a health center's first few weeks of service does a client feel abandoned or on their own. A seamless transition to a clinic opening is an expectation for Healthstat’s implementation team.
When asked “How likely is it that you would recommend Healthstat Implementation Services to a friend or colleague?” we received an average score of 9.2 out of 10.
Let Healthstat Be Your Difference Maker
Health Center implementation can feel like a big project. Between finding or building the right site, interviewing providers, and ensuring the health center is stocked with everything it needs, plus the various legal and medical considerations that come with providing employee healthcare, it can be difficult to imagine the steps from an idea on paper to a breathing, living benefit.
We understand that feeling. It’s why we’ve taken years of implementation experience and hundreds of client comments to create a seamless 120-day opening plan. With Healthstat as an onsite health center partner, you’ll never be in the dark when it comes to the necessary steps of implementation. We work within your parameters and with your specific needs in mind to build and staff a health center that’s unlike any other. Designed with your employees as the focus, it’s a health center that will pay dividends and improve company health for years to come.
But don’t take us at our word. Here are just a few reviews from current Healthstat clients regarding their implementation experience:
"[They] communicate and provide a detailed implementation schedule."
"[They're] extremely well organized and knowledgeable, and accommodating to our needs."
"The weekly meetings are organized and communication is constant. Flexibility is also a strong point."
"The project plan was right on target."
Connect with Healthstat today and see how we can be your difference maker. Partner with us and begin inspiring healthy change, every day.