Taking Action Express: Action Group Announces New Board Members; Employer Benefits Survey Coming Soon! Save the Date for Leadership Summit…

February 3, 2015

187The Weekly Buzz: Minnesota Health Action Group Announces New Board Members

The Minnesota Health Action Group is pleased to announce its newly elected Board of Directors. Nathan Moracco from the State of Minnesota is the new Board chairman, serving alongside Ken Horstman from the University of Minnesota, Deidre Serum from Best Buy, and Jeremy Zajicek from Hennepin County. We are grateful to outgoing members, Karen Chapin from the University of Minnesota, Gretchen Lennon from Wells Fargo, and Charlie Montreuil from Best Buy for their service and willingness to serve in an advisory capacity during the transition.

Action Group Annual Employer Benefits Survey for Members and Non-members Coming Soon!

To learn more about the survey, and to review the 2014 Executive Summary, click here.
The 2015 Minnesota Health Action Group Employer Benefits Survey, launching on February 9, 2015, is the only resource that provides comprehensive health benefit benchmarks from Minnesota employers. Information provided in the full survey report is crucial in planning your benefits and positioning your organization relative to your local peers.

If you are not yet an Action Group member and would like to participate, please contact Kris Soegaard (ksoegaard@mnhealthactiongroup.org, or 952-294-8396).

2015logo-01_smallJoin Us for the 8th Annual Employer Leadership Summit

Save the date for The Action Group’s 8th Annual Employer Leadership Summit on April 17, 2015. This event is open to all. We will feature national and international health care and benefits thought leaders, the Innovator’s Showcase, employer roundtable, interactive polling, networking opportunities, sponsored booths, and lively discussions. Invitations will be going out and registration will be open this week. If you or a partner organization would like to sponsor an exhibit, please contact us!

medicalerrorsPatient Safety Improvement Saves Lives

Medical errors kill more people than car crashes, new disease outbreaks, breast cancer, AIDS, plane crashes, or drug overdoses. Depending which estimate you use, medical errors are either the 3rd or 9th leading cause of death in the United States. Learn more about what is happening in U.S. hospitals – and what you can do to educate employees and influence patient safety initiatives in the U.S.


Minnesota_State_Capitol_5From the Capitol

Last week the legislature dedicated much of their time to digesting Governor Dayton’s $42 billion biennial budget proposal. In the areas of health and human services, the governor primarily focuses on the care and protection of children. That being said, he also included the following items of note:

  • Additional resources for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to update and modernize the state’s Health Information Exchange (HIE). Originally created in 2009 and intended to be a universal interoperable electronic health record system, fewer than half of hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes currently have the ability to securely exchange data with various partners. This proposal would streamline internal processes, decrease administrative burdens on applicants, and improve oversight of the program. MDH predicted that use of the HIE would expand to 31 providers by FY2018.
  • The state’s mental health system also received a boost, with additional money proposed for planning around new payment systems and improvements to the mental health crisis support teams.
  • With agency overviews wrapping up, legislative committees will begin turning their attention to hearing bills and considering their own budget proposals.

Thought for the Week

“There is no single medical intervention that will ever save as many lives as patient safety improvement. There is so much harm going on.”

Donald Berwick, M.D.
Former Medicare Administrator, Obama Administration