Taking Action Express: Do you have Prediabetes? Setting a Guinness World Record! The Iceberg in Your Medical Benefit…
November 19, 2014
The Weekly Buzz: Minnesota Employers Gather to Tackle the Diabetes Challenge
Over 80 Minnesota employers gathered at an Action Group-hosted employer summit on November 13 to discuss diabetes in the workplace and how they can take action to improve health and lower costs. Most attendees weren’t aware that one in three Americans has prediabetes and 90 percent don’t know it. Without intervention, about 70 percent of these people will develop full-blown type 2 diabetes. The preventnow.com website, featured during the meeting, assesses diabetes risk for individuals in less than a minute. Click here for a blog on prediabetes; click here to view some of the presentations from the meeting; click here to see a guest blog by Deepak Patel, Pharm.D.
Fast Facts About Diabetes
- Diabetes cost about $245 billion in 2012, up from $174 billion in 2007.
- About one-third of people with diabetes do not know they have it.
- About 29.1 million U.S. adults have diabetes.
“Lacing up for Diabetes” Results in Guinness World Record!
In honor of World Diabetes Day, Novo Nordisk, JDRF, American Diabetes Association, and other community health care professionals united to introduce the inaugural Diabetes Awareness Summit at Mall of America from November 13-November 15, 2014, kicking off with The Action Group’s employer summit.
The Mall event featured celebrity speakers and industry-leading educational resources. On Saturday, a new world record for the most people simultaneously tying their shoes resulted in a new Guinness World Record.
Specialty Pharmacy: The Iceberg in your Medical Benefit
Action Group employer members began collaborating to find solutions to slow the rapid acceleration in specialty pharmacy costs while ensuring access to life-saving and life-enhancing drugs at the first Specialty Pharmacy Care Delivery Learning Network meeting, held on October 31, 2014. The group will continue meeting over the next several months in search of solutions for the alarming spend and trend in specialty pharmacy.
Here are some current articles of note about specialty pharmacy issues:
- Specialty Drugs: Cost, Impact and Value
- The World’s Most Expensive Drugs
- In States, High Price of Specialty Drugs Threaten Access
- NBCH Action Brief: Specialty Drugs
Special Open Action Group Meeting in January
The Action Group’s first meeting of the year will be set aside to reflect on the accomplishments and key findings of 2014, and to set forth our plans to continue advancing toward our goals in 2015. Current members are encouraged to bring friends or colleagues who are contemplating membership in 2015. If you are not yet a member and would like to receive an invitation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no cost to attend, and we will be serving a hot breakfast.
- December 16, 2014, Member Meeting: Wellness Incentive Design and EEOC Lawsuits
- January 21, 2014, Member Meeting: Year-end Review; New-year Preview
- April 17, 2015, Annual Action Group Employer Leadership Summit (For members and non-members)
Thought for the Week
“Our diabetes condition management pilot will provide 100 percent coverage for all preventive care, tests, procedures and supplies for employees and covered family members who have diabetes. We are already hearing from employees who are expressing their gratitude for making a healthy difference in their lives.”
Health and Welfare Plan Manager
The Schwan Food Company