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August 2, 2016

The Weekly Buzz: Celebrating, Rewarding Exceptional Care

97a0a998-147d-431f-88df-1a17314e310fMore than 200 people gathered at the Minnesota Bridges to Excellence (MNBTE) recognition reception July 27 to celebrate and reward those who are delivering exceptional patient care.

“It was a great pleasure to salute the 276 health care clinics across Minnesota and bordering states that qualified for 2016 MNBTE and the Quality Incentive Payment System (QIPS) rewards,” says Carolyn Pare, president and CEO of The Action Group. “Rewarded clinics realized impressive achievements and improvements in health outcomes for patients with diabetes, vascular disease and depression.” Here are some coverage highlights:


Upcoming Action Group Event:

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 nearly two years 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. We are now ready to bring together all interested stakeholders to share perspectives, knowledge and ideas about this important topic that affects us all. You do not need to be a member of The Action Group or the Specialty Pharmacy Action Network to attend. A continental breakfast and beverages will be served. To learn more or to register, click here.


Health Insurers Weathering Marketplace Changes Better than Consumers 

“As for the high-profile exits by wannabe insurers, rest assured that health insurance remains a viable business for providers. The success of integrated delivery networks…proves being in that business can have a very positive impact on a system’s ability to deliver affordable, high-quality care.”

This new Modern Healthcare editorial examines the reality that the finances of major health insurance carriers are showing very healthy profits, despite some exchange-plan losses.

7 Practical Ways Patients Can Prevent Medical Errors

With recent analyses showing that hospital medical errors represent the third leading cause of death after cardiovascular disease and cancer, many are asking “Why?” as well as “What can hospitalized patients do to protect themselves?”

Like most large public health problems, medical errors have many contributing factors, and, therefore, many solutions. This new article offers seven practical pieces of advice for avoiding hospital medical errors, based on the latest studies.


Additional Patient Empowerment Resources 

Have you completed your Advance Care Directive?

Click here for a downloadable version!

Advanced Care Planning

Spread the word! The Action Group has prepared a free Advance Care Planning Employee Communications Toolkit.
To view the Advance Care Planning Statewide Call to Action, click here.

Related and Interesting News: 

 The CPR We Don’t See on TV (New York Times)
Being Prepared for the Final Days (CBS Sunday Morning)

Thought for the Week

“A distinguished man should be as particular about his last words as he is about his last breath. He should write them out on a slip of paper and take the judgment of his friends on them. He should never leave such a thing to the last hour of his life, and trust to an intellectual spurt at the last moment to enable him to say something smart with his last gasp and launch into eternity with grandeur.”

Mark Twain, The Last Words of Great Men (1869)