Taking Action Express: FREE Oct. 3 Specialty Pharmacy Webinar; Sign Up for Specialty Pharmacy Care Delivery Learning Network; Mobile Health Technology

September 30, 2014

248The Weekly Buzz: The Brewing Hepatitis C Storm – Are You Ready?

The introduction of Hepatitis C drugs, which can cost over $1,000/day and over $84,000/patient, has caused a tremendous surge in public outcry over the untenable cost of specialty medications. The Action Group is forming a Care Delivery Learning Network (CDLN) to help participants understand all they can about new specialty pharmacy developments and management tactics, and to send a message to the market related to purchaser goals and values.

Artemetrx, one of The Action Group’s CDLN key informants, is holding a no-cost webinar for members and non-members on Friday, October 3, 2014, to educate plan sponsors on the impact of the newest releases of hepatitis C drugs and to present strategies to manage related benefit spend.


MN Health Action Group to Kick Off Specialty Pharmacy Care Delivery Learning Network

Dr. Stephen Schondelmeyer, professor of Pharmaceutical Economics in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota, will speak with The Action Group’s inaugural Specialty Pharmacy CDLN on October 31, 2014 from 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. 

Hear from Action Group Members Ken Horstman and Jon Schloemer about the high value if Care Delivery Learning Networks!

Best Buy, Carlson Companies, Rosemount Inc., the State of Minnesota Employee Group Insurance Plan, the University of Minnesota, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (Minnesota Medicaid) have already signed up to participate in our member-exclusive CDLN.

If you are an Action Group member and would like to join our next CDLN, please contact Carolyn Pare or Linda Davis for more information. Not yet an Action Group member? Click here for our membership packet and to learn more.


womendocandpatientAre New Health Care Technologies Harbingers of Change?

Mobile health technology shows promise for getting people more involved in their own health, resulting in big changes in how care is delivered in the U.S., according to a report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. New applications and wearable monitoring devices work by encouraging wellness and ensuring appropriate treatments, potentially saving $81 billion in health care costs, the report says. The report also says that improved delivery and payment models could save another $200 billion annually.


Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 1.39.43 PMDeveloping A Coordinated, Considered Response to Predatory Health Care

“The growing and egregious over-treatment and overpricing practices by physicians and health systems, abetted by health plans,” are detailed in this recent New York Times article. These excesses “are at the core of our national health care quality and cost crisis,” says Dr. Brian Klepper, CEO of the National Business Coalition on Health. “The best solutions are collaborative, considered actions by group purchasers, potentially the most empowered of health care’s stakeholders.”

We invite you to see how The Action Group is coordinating employer efforts across Minnesota to improve the quality and lower the cost of health care.

Peer-to-Peer and Community Consumer Communications and Education


187What’s Your Reason?

“Being a part of the Total Joint Replacement Care Delivery Learning Network gave me credibility with our employees. I am better able to help them understand what to ask when they are considering treatments and surgery, how to figure out what’s considered good care, and about what needs to happen in recovery. The Learning Network meetings were all productive and enlightening.”

Jon Schloemer
Benefits Director
Mills Family of Companies

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