Taking Action Express: MN 11th Healthiest, Seeking NDPP Coordinator, Register for Summit…

March 24, 2015

gallupThe Weekly Buzz: New Gallup-Healthways Rankings Now Available: Minnesota ranks 11th in the U.S.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index uses a holistic definition of well-being and self-reported data from individuals across the globe to create a unique view of societies’ progress on the elements that matter most to well-being: purpose, social, financial, community and physical. You can read more about the rankings here and download a copy here. Well-being closely relates to key health outcomes such as lower rates of health care utilization, workplace absenteeism and workplace performancechange in obesity status, and new onset disease burden.



Natl-DPP-graphicHelp Wanted: NDPP Project Coordinator

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is contracting with the Minnesota Health Action Group to engage employers and insurers in four funded communities to make the National Diabetes Prevention Program a covered benefit for employees. To support us in this work, we are seeking a temporary, part-time Project Coordinator to create the employer section of the NDPP toolkit. Ideally, we’re looking for a graduate student pursuing a master of science in health communication, health care marketing, health care marketing communications, or similar field of study. Click here to see the full job description. Click here to see a guest blog by the Minnesota Department of Health’s Gretchen Taylor.

2015summiticon-01Time to Register for the 8th Annual Employer Leadership Summit: Renew, Refresh, Reinvigorate

We hope you will join us for a full day of inspiring presentations and conversations on April 17, 2015. We will feature national and international health care and benefits thought leaders, the Innovator’s Showcase, employer roundtable, interactive polling, networking opportunities, sponsored booths, and lively discussions. Click here to see the agenda. Action Group members attend at a discounted rate. Not yet a member? Click here to view a brief video and to learn more.


stephenCountdown to the Summit: Meet Dr. Stephen Schondelmeyer!

Stephen Schondelmeyer, Pharm.D., Ph.D. will be presenting “Pharmacy Pricing: The Iceberg in Your Benefits,” at this year’s Summit. Dr. Schnodelmeyer is a professor of Pharmaceutical Economics in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota where he holds the Century Mortar Club Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutical Management and Economics. He is also the Director of the PRIME Institute, which focuses on pharmaceutical research related to management and economics, and serves as Head of the Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems. Dr. Schondelmeyer is an internationally renowned expert with a unique understanding of the complex and technical issues that have led to dramatic changes in the pharmaceutical marketplace.



Annual Conference 2015 page rHRComplimentary Registration for Action Group Members: NBCH 20th Annual Conference

This year’s NBCH Annual Conference, Achieving Health Care Value: No Purchaser is an Island, will be held in Dallas, TX, November 16-18, 2015. Action Group employer members are welcome to register without a fee, which is normally $850 for non-members and $500 for members. Click here to learn more and to register.

Minnesota_State_Capitol_5From the Capitol

Legislation from the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) aimed at changing the prior authorization system passed through both the Senate Commerce and State & Local Government committees last week. The bill now moves to the HHS Finance committee, where the fiscal impacts can be more closely evaluated. While this legislation has not yet received a hearing in the House, the Senate has proven to be very friendly to the MMA proposal. Bills must pass through all the necessary policy committees in both legislative bodies by this Friday to move on this session, so pressure will be mounting on legislators from all sides. You can read the latest version of the bill language here. To view The Action Group’s letter urging lawmakers to oppose this legislation that would take away one of the most effective tools in managing appropriate use of complex and expensive prescription drugs, click here.

Another bill to watch is Senate File 1818, which would permit the state Department of Health to use a new All Payer Claims Database (APCD) to evaluate trends and information related to health care. Given the renewed focus on data privacy this year and a more conservative House majority, prospects for new legislation in this field early this year seemed slim. However, last week the bill quickly passed through both the Senate Health Policy and Judiciary committees, setting up the possibility of including SF1818 in a year-end omnibus bill that will have to be negotiated later this spring. You can read the current version of the language here. To view The Action Group’s letter urging lawmakers to support expanding use of the APCD, click here.

Finally, budget targets for the House and Senate are due out this week. Those respective fiscal goals will provide parameters for the budget chairs to craft their proposals, and, as always, the health and human services areas will be possible targets for cuts. Stay tuned!

Thought for the Week

“If we are to avoid unsustainable costs to the health care system and society, we must focus on preventing diabetes here in Minnesota. The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) offers a powerful solution. It has been proven to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes by 58 percent over three years among people with prediabetes who lose just five percent to seven percent of their body weight and increase physical activity.”

Gretchen Taylor
Minnesota Department of Health