Taking Action Express: Docs Say Overtreatment Too Common; Diabetes now “King” of Employer Costs; We Want YOUR Blog!…and More!
SEPTEMBER 20, 2017
Wasteful, Harmful Overtreatment Too Common, Doctors Say
Most U.S. physicians believe that overtreatment is harmful, wasteful and common, according to a new study published last week in PLOS One.
The over 2,000 physicians surveyed agreed that a large percentage of medical care, prescriptions and tests and procedures were unnecessary. Nearly 85 percent said the reason for overtreatment was fear of malpractice suits. Nearly 60 percent said patients demand unnecessary care. To view The Action Group’s key initiatives that support driving waste from the health care system, please click here. To help clinicians and patients have better conversations, check out the many free Choosing Wisely materials.
Don’t Miss Out! September 21 Member Meeting Reminder
At our September member meeting, we will discuss how to make employee wellness programs more effective. In addition to hearing about 3M’s success story, there will also be a fun, fast-paced audience participation activity designed to uncover creative, actionable employee well-being activities and initiatives.
If you have not yet sent your RSVP, or if you are considering membership and would like to attend, please contact Sue Jesseman: (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Curious about how to better understand employee/consumer behavior? Learn more about psychographic segmentation, which helps classify people according to why they behave and make decisions the way they do.
The Top Costly Conditions for Employers: Diabetes is “King”
An important first step employers can take in better managing the steep and relentless rise in health care costs is to identify the most costly and prevalent conditions.Employee Benefit News just released this slideshow of the top 10 costly conditions in the U.S., showcasing type 2 diabetes as the “king of rising health care costs.” With one in three U.S. adults now at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, The Action Group is collaborating with the Minnesota Department of Health to make the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) a covered benefit. Here are some tips and tools to help guide your employees to resources and programs that can help them stop diabetes in its tracks:
Keeping Up in the Blogosphere! We Want Your Great Ideas!
Action Group blogs are contributed by members, staff and partners, each of whom shares their unique viewpoint on a wide variety of topics. If you have an idea for a blog, or would like to contribute one of your own (we’ll even help you write it!), please contact Deb Krause (email@example.com).
Is Health Care Transparency Truly Possible?“
…Consumers remain in the dark about what they will be asked to pay after visiting a primary care doctor, or undergoing a procedure. In that way, health care is unlike every other aspect of the consumer experience in America.” In her new blog, Action Group President and CEO Carolyn Pare asks the provocative question: “Is health care transparency truly possible?”
Bountiful Resources In Your Own Backyard: Thoughts on Smart Use of Data
If you don’t know about the Minnesota All Payer Claims Database (MN APCD) — or if you know about it but you and your benefits consultants aren’t using it to augment their analyses and inform your health care purchasing decisions, you are allowing an excellent data source to go to waste. Guest blogger Diane Stollenwerk shares her thoughts on the smart use of readily available data.
Thank You for Sharing Your Perspective
Why do members engage with The Action Group? How do they engage? What do they find most valuable? These and many more questions were developed by the Action Group Board for a survey designed to ensure we are meeting and exceeding member expectations. View Action Group Board member Deidre Serum’s recent blog here.
Help for 75 Million Boomers!
Complimentary October Choosing Wisely employee communications from the Minnesota Health Action Group and Consumer Reports are ready! The focus is on the importance of taking control of our health and health care as we age.
As the 75 million Baby Boomers get older, they present a host of challenges and opportunities for the health care system. While the growth in Boomer patients is putting pressure on a stressed health care system, their willingness to take personal responsibility for their health and adopt what’s new and better may speed advances in things like second opinions and patient-centered technology.
Here is a quick guide to some common tests and treatments for older adults that can help your employees and/or their aging parents get the care they need, while avoiding unnecessary (and sometimes dangerous and costly) tests and treatments. Simply use this link to learn more, and to help your employees improve patient/provider conversations: “Getting the Care to Stay Healthy as You Age.”
Choosing Wisely content is available at no cost to all Minnesota employers. Action Group members have access to the entire 12 months of content by logging into the Member Center on the homepage.
Innovation Update: Making and Meeting Specialty Rx Goals
Over 40 Specialty Drug Guiding Coalition members from more than 20 employer and vendor organizations have been working together since February to find solutions to specialty drug cost and access challenges.
See our Innovation Update here to learn about our 2017 and 2018 goals.
Pharmacy Industry News:
Member Only Meetings:
If you are considering Action Group membership and would like to learn more, please contact us for a complimentary member meeting pass.
- September 21, 2017: Employee Well-being: A Business Imperative
- November 16, 2017: Best Practices for Addressing Cancer in the Workplace
- December 15, 2017: Highlights of the Mental Health Learning Network, plus 2017 Review and 2018 Preview
Public Meetings and Events:
- November 13-15, 2017: National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. (The $850 registration fee is waived for Action Group members)
- SAVE THE DATE! May 11, 2018: Annual Employer Leadership Summit, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Westin Edina Galleria