MNBTE Awarded Clinics Announced; Not-to-be-missed Summer Events; Deb Krause in the News…

July 12, 2016

The Weekly Buzz: MNBTE Rewarded Clinics Announced   

The 276 health care clinics across Minnesota that qualified for 2016 Minnesota Bridges to Excellence (MNBTE) and the Quality Incentive Payment System rewards have been announced! Rewarded clinics realized achievements and improvements in health outcomes for patients with diabetes, vascular disease, and depression. Click here to see this year’s award recipients.

To honor the dedicated clinicians at rewarded clinics, The Action Group will be hosting a recognition reception on July 27, 2016, from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Complimentary cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres will be provided. (See below for details.)




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 PlanningRegistration is open 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

bridge-2016-smTo honor the clinics and medical groups across Minnesota that are committed to closing health care quality gaps, the Minnesota Health Action Group and the Minnesota Bridges to Excellence (MNBTE) Champions of Change will be hosting a recognition reception. Recognized clinics qualified for incentive payments by meeting performance criteria for either achievement or improvement by delivering optimal care to their patients with diabetes, vascular disease, and/or depression. To learn more about MNBTE, or to view last year’s rewarded clinics, click here. Details about the Recognition 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.

deb-krauseAction Group in the News! 

A comprehensive report of findings and detailed answers has been distributed to organizations that participated in the Survey, which is open to members and non-members. Employers willing to commit to 2017 Survey participation will receive a complimentary copy of the full 2016 Survey results. Interested employers may contact Sue Jesseman.


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.

Thought for the Week

“As in previous years, dollars and cents are very much on the minds of employers. People continue to be concerned about cost … it’s a burden not only on employers but on employees as well.”

Deb Krause, Minnesota Health Action Group Vice President
(Commenting on the Annual Employer Benefits Survey)