Rampant Medical Errors v. Zika; State Workers Lose 40,000 lbs.; Capitol News…

May 17, 2016


The Weekly Buzz: Why Aren’t Rampant Medical Errors Front-page News?

By any account, well over a thousand people die in the U.S. as a result of medical error every day, compared to only one American’s death – ever – from the Zika virus (read “What the Zika Virus Means for Americans” here). Yet, headlines about the Zika virus exponentially outnumber those about the medical error crisis in our country. Perhaps this is because, by definition, “news” is something that occurs infrequently. Click here to read the latest news about the recent report postulating that medical errors in hospitals and other medical facilities could be the third leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming 250,000 lives every year. The Action Group is currently exploring how best work with members to build on its long history of supporting state legislation, The Leapfrog Group, and state-wide initiatives in turning the tide on this increasingly challenging area.

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Making Strides in Health: State Employees Receive Diabetes Prevention Program

Through policy efforts and leadership from the State Employee Group Insurance Program (SEGIP), the State of Minnesota is taking the lead on diabetes prevention by providing the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) as a covered benefit for all State employees and their adult dependents. Since starting the program in April 2015, 5,210 people have been accepted to the program and 5,078 enrolled. In that time, participants have lost over 40,000 pounds.  

The NDPP is a cost-effective, proven program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The NDPP helps participants make realistic lifestyle changes. It not only shows people how to make lasting changes, ultimately it may help the State reduce health care spending. Learn more about how you can bring the NDPP to your workplace:

Tackling Diabetes in Minnesota: The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is contracting with the Minnesota Health Action Group to engage employers and insurers in four communities to make the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) a covered benefit for employees…

earlyEarly Bird Rates Until June 9! Honoring Choices Minnesota: Sharing the Experience


Registration is now open for the July 21 advance care planning event, Honoring Choices Minnesota: Sharing the Experience, with early bird rates available until June 9. “I really enjoyed having the opportunity to present at The Action Group’s Summit this year,” says Karen Peterson, executive director of Honoring Choices Minnesota. “I hope members will join us at our event to 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.” Click here to learn more or to register.

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

From the Capitol

State CapitolThe Legislature is quickly approaching their constitutional adjournment deadline of May 23. To date, many major pieces of legislation are still pending including a supplemental budget bill, capital bonding bill, and tax bill. Included in the supplemental budget bill is an extension of use for the All Payer Claims Database, which The Action Group supports, and changes to the state’s Prior Authorization laws for prescription drugs that The Action Group opposes.

Final negotiations are ongoing between Legislative leadership and Governor Dayton to try and arrive at mutually agreeable spending and policy targets. The lynchpin of this whole discussion is transportation funding, which all sides say must be ironed out before the other pieces can be finalized. With only a few days left, an agreement must be reached soon…tick, tock, tick, tock…

Thought for the Week

“Unfortunately, secrecy is the first response for many if not most health systems when a patient tragedy occurs, compounding the sorrow of family after family across the country. The number of families touched by this is almost unimaginable, with upwards of 1,000 people a day in the U.S. estimated to die of preventable hospital errors.”  

Leah Binder, President and CEO
The Leapfrog Group