CEO Says 5,000% Drug Price Hike Not Excessive; Real People Offer Advice for Avoiding Unnecessary Care; MNsure Seeks Advisory Committee Members…

September 29, 2015

Getting Started with Healthy Choices 

Consumer Reports has brand-new employee communications resources for your employees – and they’re evidence-based and complimentary. Healthy Choices offers advice about how to be a smart consumer in today’s health-care marketplace.

The tools help employees engage with their health-care providers, enabling them to choose the high-quality care they need while avoiding services they don’t.

Weekly Buzz: Consumer Reports Launches Platform to Share Real Patient Stories

Stories about real patients who are discovering how to avoid costly, and even harmful, medical care are now available from Consumer Reports and Choosing Wisely®. “We plan to continue gathering and sharing stories that inspire more patients to engage in conversations with their health care providers about which tests, treatments and procedures they do need – and which they don’t,” says Beccah Rothschild, senior outreach leader for Consumer Reports. Have a story you’d like to share? Please contact Beccah at, or fill out this form.

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Pharmacy News of the Week 

Prediabetes Facts
  • As many as 35% adults have prediabetes, which means as many as 1.4 million adults in Minnesota may have it.
  • Diabetes costs Minnesota $3.1 billion annually (2012 figure).
  • People with prediabetes are at risk of type 2 diabetes; kidney failure; heart disease; stroke; and loss of toes, feet or legs.
  • Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented!

Getting Started with Healthy Choices

It was a packed house as Action Group members gathered last week to discuss the business case for health management programs, and to hear National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) implementation case studies from the State of Minnesota (State Employer Group Insurance Program or SEGIP) and St. Louis County. SEGIP’s Beth Lundholm discussed her organization’s road to implementation and reported on early results, including the fact that participants have lost over 11 tons since April. Jim Gottschald of St. Louis County shared his organization’s complex adoption and implementation plan, as well as plans for the January 1, 2016, launch. Members may view the meeting presentations by clicking on the “See all presentations” tab in the right-hand column of the homepage.



MNsure Seeks Advisory Committee Member

MNSure has advisory committees that provide guidance, advice and recommendations to its board of directors. The organization has put out a call for applicants to fill open seats on the Consumer and Small Employer Advisory Committee and on the Health Industry Advisory Committee. Minnesotans interested in serving must submit a resume and a completed application by 5 p.m. on October 15, 2015. Click here for more information.

Thought for the Week

“While Praluent and Repatha (PCSK9 inhibitors) cut levels of bad cholesterol and may prevent heart attacks, the magnitude of their ability to extend healthy life doesn’t justify the cost on a per-patient basis. Even if only 25 percent of eligible patients took the drugs, some $100 billion would be added to U.S. health-care costs over five years at the prices set by the manufacturers.”

From the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) report on PCSK9s