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July 19, 2016

The Weekly Buzz: MN Bridges to Excellence Draws Enthusiastic Attention

97a0a998-147d-431f-88df-1a17314e310fWith the 276 health care clinics across Minnesota that qualified for 2016 Minnesota Bridges to Excellence (MNBTE) and the Quality Incentive Payment System (QIPS) rewards recently announced, media attention has been high.

“The significant interest in this program is an indication that journalists are excited to share the good news about the impressive progress award recipients are making in improving health for patients,” says Carolyn Pare, Action Group president and CEO. “Rewarded clinics realized achievements and improvements in health outcomes for patients with diabetes, vascular disease, and depression, and we are looking forward to celebrating their success at the July 27 Recognition Reception.” (See below for details). Here some media highlights:

Clinics Split $1 Million in Incentive Payments (Star Tribune)
Area Clinics Earn Rewards, Recognition in New Report (Mankato Free Press)
Bridges to Excellence in the Spotlight in Minnesota (Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute’s Update From the Field)

Three Important Events Open to Members and Non-Members! 

July 21, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.:
Honoring Choices Minnesota: Sharing the Experience

Advanced Care PlanningLast chance to register for the July 21, 2016, advance care planning event, Honoring Choices Minnesota: Sharing the Experience. Attendees will  learn how they can lead the way in supporting employees and their family members by providing the advance care planning resources needed to take action.

To view the Advance Care Planning Statewide Call to Action, click here.

July 27, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.: Minnesota Bridges to Excellence Recognition Reception

Join us as we host a record number of guests who are coming together to honor the clinics and medical groups across Minnesota that are committed to closing health care quality gaps. The Action Group and MNBTE Champions of Change are hosting the reception to publicly thank clinics that qualified for incentive payments by delivering optimal care to patients with diabetes, vascular disease, and/or depression. To view this year’s award recipients, click here. To view last year’s rewarded clinics, click here. Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Additional details about the reception are posted here, along with a registration link.

August 11, 8 a.m.-10 a.m.: Community Dialogue: Improving the Value of Specialty Drugs by Getting the 5 Rights, Right

prescription-drug-costsThe Action Group’s Specialty Pharmacy Action Network members have been hard at work for more than a year identifying the issues surrounding the high cost of specialty drugs, developing possible solutions, and learning what actions need to be taken to reshape the marketplace. On August 11, 2016, we will be bringing together all interested stakeholders to share perspectives, knowledge and ideas about this important topic affecting the U.S. economy, public and private purchasers, individuals with chronic and serious conditions, and all taxpayers. You do not need to be a member of The Action Group or the Specialty Pharmacy Action Network to attend. To learn more or to register, click here.

NBCH Announces New Publication in the Action Briefs Series

7f675d67-3bfc-4bd3-a878-b1e3c160e740The new Action Brief, “Combating America’s Great Killer: Cardiovascular Disease,” is now available on our website, along with the entire library of topics. Action Briefs are created by the National Business Coalition on Health and support purchasers and purchaser-led coalitions in improving health and health care in employee populations and the community at large. Each issue focuses on a specific topic of interest to employers and includes why they should care; the role of health plans in addressing the issue; and action steps and strategies to improve health and health care delivery.

 Choosing Wisely centers around conversations between providers and patients informed by the evidence-based recommendations of "Things Providers and Patients Should Question." Click here to access free employee education materials.

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Choosing Wisely centers around conversations between providers and patients informed by the evidence-based recommendations of “Things Providers and Patients Should Question.” Click here to access free employee education materials.

Have you completed your Advance Care Directive?

Click here for a downloadable version!

Spread the word! The Action Group has prepared a free Advance Care Planning Employee Communications Toolkit.

Related and Interesting News: 

Patient Wishes are Tough to See in Medical Records (Star Tribune)
Younger Seniors Amass More End-of-life Care than Oldest Americans (Kaiser Health News)

Thought for the Week

“The [Minnesota Bridges to Excellence] recognition is important to our system as acknowledgement of the work we do every day. We recognize that there’s still room for improvement. We don’t have all our clinics on the system, but the recognition for the hard work is nice.”

Dr. Julie Gerndt, chief medical officer for Mankato Clinic