90% with Prediabetes Unaware; Register for Dec. 18 Member Meeting; Health Literacy = Better Health…

November 18, 2015

The Weekly Buzz: December 18 Member Meeting Agenda Set

Free on-demand webinar from Employee Benefit News: Planning, Preparing, and Calculating Your Potential Cadillac Tax Fines. Register here.

Special guest, attorney Phil Larson, will be presenting, “The Affordable Care Act Cadillac Tax: Concerns for Employers, Employees and other Considerations.” We will also be discussing hot topics that are keeping our members up at night. Included will be how some of you are preparing for the Cadillac Tax, private exchanges, the unsustainable cost of specialty drugs – and any other concerns or challenges you are facing. If you have special areas or concerns you would like addressed, please include those in your RSVP. Click here to learn more or to RSVP.


New Member Directory now available!

Simply log into the Member Center at mnhealthactiongroup.org for your copy! Not yet a member? Please join us! Learn more here.


The Alarming Incidence of Prediabetes

Do you have employees age 45 and older? Who are overweight? Who have a family history of type 2 diabetes? Who are physically active fewer than three times a week? Or who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than nine pounds?

If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you likely have a number of employees at risk for developing type 2 diabetes – a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. Did you know that one in three American adults has prediabetes, and 90 percent of them do not know it?

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is contracting with the Minnesota Health Action Group to engage employers and insurers in four funded communities to make the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) a covered benefit for employees. Find our new Fact Sheet, FAQs, and Glossary of Terms here, along with information about Minnesota diabetes initiatives here.


The Importance of Raising Health Literacy Levels

Medical experts agree: A patient’s health literacy – the ability to understand medical language, actively listen, analyze treatment plans, make daily decisions and ask health providers relevant questions – affects health outcomes and medical adherence. In fact, patients with the lowest personal health care management skill levels and confidence incurred costs averaging up to 21 percent higher than patients with the highest skill levels.

Here are some resources to help you boost health literacy among your employees:

  • NBCH Action Briefs. As a member of the National Business Coalition on Health, The Action Group makes well over a dozen Action Briefs available to members and non-members. A new one titled Complications of Diabetes: Hypoglycemia – Low Blood Sugar was released last week.
  • Choosing Wisely®. These materials help engage employers, physicians and patients in conversations aimed at reducing unnecessary medical tests and procedures. Click here to learn more about how you can use Choosing Wisely to improve health literacy.

Join Us for the 9th Annual Employer Leadership Summit  

Save the date for The Action Group’s 9th Annual Employer Leadership Summit on April 22, 2016. This event is open to all. We will feature national and international health care and benefits thought leaders, the Innovator’s Showcase, interactive polling, networking opportunities, sponsored booths, and lively discussions. If you or a partner organization would like to sponsor an exhibit, please contact us!


Thought for the Week

“Complete transparency of cost and quality information is a key goal for the Minnesota Health Action Group. We want consumers to get the best care, at the right time, in the right place, for the right price. This means we have to serve our employees and their family members so they can have affordable coverage that supports high quality care.”

Carolyn Pare, President and CEO, Minnesota Health Action Group