Taking Action Express: Action Group Garners Local and National Attention; Patient Safety Priorities; Rewarding Quality
June 2, 2015
The Weekly Buzz: Action Group Garners Media Attention for Innovative Approaches
Over the past several weeks, The Action Group has been gaining local and national attention for innovative approaches and thought leadership in the areas of its Specialty Pharmacy Learning Network, its one-of-a-kind Annual Employer Benefits Survey, and medical tourism. The most recent events and media features are listed below (please note that not all have publicly available links):
- Specialty Pharmacy:
- The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism: “Specialty Rx: What’s an Employer to do?”
- Benefitspro: Rising Cost of Specialty Drugs Concerns Employers
- Star Tribune: Specialty Drugs: What Good is a Treatment if it’s Out of Reach?
- Star Tribune: Employers Should Prepare for Surge in Specialty Drug Costs
- Employer Survey:
- Minnesota Public Radio: Employee Benefits: Why Measurement Matters
- International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS): Carolyn Pare, president and CEO of The Action Group, spoke at the Twin Cities Chapter’s annual “Contemporary Issues in Employee Benefits” seminar, on May 20. Her presentation was titled, “The Power of Collaboration, Turbocharging your Strategic Planning.”
- Medical Tourism:
- Medical Tourism:Star Tribune: “Some Health Plans Want you to Travel for Care”
Save the Date! Minnesota Bridges to Excellence Recognition Event July 15
The Minnesota Bridges to Excellence (MNBTE) program advances both care delivery and outcomes by rewarding clinics for meeting or exceeding a strict set of care standards for patients with diabetes, depression, and vascular disease. These conditions are known to be primary drivers of health care costs. Each year, we gather to celebrate the successes of those clinics providing superior care. To learn more about MNBTE, click here. To learn more about the recognition event, click here
June is National Safety Month!
Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities. Each week in June, we will feature issues related to patient quality and safety in our newsletters. Click here to read a guest blog by Marie Dotseth, Executive Director of the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS). Here she discusses the Minnesota Adverse Health Events Report and how the MAPS “You, Your Own Best Medicine” campaign empowers patients to actively manage their own health care.
Help Wanted: University of MN Benefits Financial Analyst
The University of Minnesota manages its own self-insured health care program for employees and dependents and is currently seeking a financial professional with experience in health programs to act as the primary resource on all financial aspects of the University’s benefits programs. Additional analytic experience in the areas of general business, human resources, and HRMS (PeopleSoft preferred) is a strong consideration. Click here to see the full job description.
Thought for the Week
“Specialty pharmacy is probably the No. 1 issue on employers’ radar right now. The costs are absolutely crazy and completely unsustainable.”
Carolyn Pare, President and CEO, Minnesota Health Action Group