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):

The NY Times recently published a letter from the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) CEO, who objects to the newspaper’s May 5 editorial supporting government price negotiations of pharmaceuticals. Click here to view the original editorial and letter, embedded in this new blog from Action Group President and CEO, Carolyn Pare.

112Save 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.


Action Group members may post job openings in fyi and Express at no cost. Simply send your request to Sue Jesseman.

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
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