Vicksburg saves more than $1.0 million in 2022 from lower health plan costs

Vicksburg saves more than $1.0 million in 2022 from lower health plan costs

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City of Vicksburg Health Plan/Vigilant Health Clinic and Program Update

The City of Vicksburg health plan continues to experience decreasing medical claims costs, hospitalization rates, and ER visit rates, and improved medical outcomes as a result of the Vigilant Health program of care.

Medical claims costs in 2022 were the lowest on record, and continue a record seven consecutive years of double-digit cost reductions when measured against the Vicksburg health plan’s historic costs.

Mayor Flaggs says, “This health program is effective, and it is working. It is saving the City of Vicksburg millions of dollars, and that is exactly what we need.”

Highlights:

  • Currently, 81% of employees and 66% of total employees and dependents participate in the Vigilant program and use the City’s Vigilant Clinic.
  • The hospitalization rate for the City’s health plan has decreased by 65% since the Vigilant Clinic opened in 2016.
    • 4 hospital admissions / 1,000 in 2015 compared to 34.8 in 2022.
  • The ER (emergency room) utilization rate for the City health plan has decreased by 40% since the beginning of the project.
    • 9 ER visits / 1,000 in 2015 compared to 224.9 in 2022.
  • Medical paid claims per member for the City health plan have decreased by 41% since the beginning of the project.
    • $4,226 / person in 2015 compared to $2,476 / person in 2022.
    • After all program costs, this is a reduction in annual paid medical claims of more than $1.0 million compared to 2015 and the beginning of the project.
  • Outcomes in diabetes, hypertension, and cholesterol control are excellent and continue to improve from year to year, reflecting important improvements in the underlying health of the City’s employees and dependents that correspond to the overall savings in health plan costs.