Taking Action Express: Joint Replacement Purchaser’s Guide; Summertime Reading; Telemedicine Use Up 15%…

July 22, 2014

purchasersguideThe Weekly Buzz: Total Joint Replacement Employer Purchaser’s Guide Now Available

At its July 16 member meeting, The Action Group released its Purchaser’s Guide for Total Joint Replacement (TJR). The Guide addresses the challenges purchasers face as they collaborate with one another to reduce costs and improve outcomes in the face of explosive growth in TJR surgery. In addition to increasing volume, facility costs are high and variable, there is a lack of transparency in cost and quality, and patients and their caregivers are often physically and emotionally unprepared for recovery complexities, among other things.

193Celebrating Minnesota Health Care Clinics!

The Action Group and the MNBTE Champions of Change (participating purchasers) will be hosting a reception on July 29 to recognize clinics that qualified for incentive payments from MNBTE and the State of Minnesota Quality Incentive Payment System. Champions of Change will be providing more than $700,000 in performance incentives —- the highest annual amount since the program was implemented. More clinics are being rewarded in the categories of achievement and improvement this year in each of the three conditions included in the program. We show providers what matters by rewarding their commitment to excellence.

bookcoverSummertime Reading for Benefits Professionals

There’s still plenty of summer left to catch up on your reading list. “As you lounge by the pool or relax beach side, Employee Benefit News has you covered with a list of 2014’s must-read books.” From workplace wellness, to sustaining positive behavior change, to retirement planning, you’ll find enriching and engrossing content.

Bring along your mobile devices on summertime jaunts and you can catch up on the many outstanding tools and resources The Action Group makes available to members and non-members through its website. You can access things like employee education toolkits and the latest news from Choosing Wisely®, and learn about the many ways you can network with your peers. The site is chock full of information—- and it is updated frequently.

choosingwiselylogoFifteen Things Physicians and Patients Should Question

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers advice through Choosing Wisely® about these 15 things physicians and patients should question. The Action Group and the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) are among a prestigious group that received grants from the ABIM Foundation to help engage employers, physicians and patients in conversations aimed at reducing unnecessary medical tests and procedures through the Choosing Wisely campaign.

medical-video-conferencingTelemedicine Continues Growing in Popularity and Use

Eighteen percent of large employers now offer telemedicine as part of their coverage, up from 15 percent in 2012, according to benefits firm Mercer. It can often replace office, emergency room, urgent care, or retail clinic visits, saving time and money without compromising quality. This new article from CNBC highlights how telemedicine benefits employers and employees.

logo_uofmUniversity of Minnesota Seeks Accomplished Benefits and Compensation Director

The University of Minnesota, an Action Group member, seeks a Director of Benefits and Compensation responsible for designing and overseeing a new and integrated total rewards strategy that is market competitive; successful in attracting, retaining and motivating a highly skilled, diverse workforce; and vital to driving and incenting innovation, commitment, engagement, and overall organizational performance.

187What’s Your Reason?

“Being involved in the Total Joint Replacement Learning Network is an outstanding member benefit. Using the findings gives me instant credibility with employees as they learn that limiting provider choices is actually to their benefit.” Share your reason!