Taking Action Express: The Action Group Welcomes New Members!

June 10, 2014

The Weekly Buzz: New Member Breakfast

The Action Group hosted a breakfast to welcome our newest members on June 3, 2014, at the Hilton Airport/MOA Hotel. The event, also attended by staff and several board members, gave members the opportunity to network and share ideas with their peers. We are very pleased to welcome:

Comment of the day: “The ACA has done nothing to improve the affordability of health care. We need to work collectively through The Action Group to really get at this issue.”

Summertime is the Time to Recognize Excellence!

The connection between care delivery and outcomes is clear: Improve the level of care patients receive, and positive outcomes are likely to follow. Minnesota Bridges to Excellence (MNBTE), a purchaser-led pay-for-performance program introduced by The Action Group in 2006, 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.

This year’s results are currently being analyzed and performance rewards calculated. The Action Group and the MNBTE Champions of Change will host a reception on July 29 to recognize clinics that qualified for incentive payments from MNBTE and the State of Minnesota Quality Incentive Payment System. An invitation will be sent to all members, medical groups and clinics later this week.

June is National Safety Month

Because injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages – and the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44 – The Action Group is spreading the word about strategies for reducing the risk of injuries. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has made a toolkit available to address topics such as prescription drug abuse; slips, trips and falls; distracted driving; and summer heat.

Most Americans Satisfied with Their Health Plans

The Annual Action Group Benefit Survey indicated that most employers are satisfied with their health plan’s performance. This is not inconsistent with the findings presented in the Morning Consult, which stated that 74 percent of likely voters were satisfied with their primary health insurance policies/plans.

Also interesting are the graphs illustrating that some consumers would choose narrow networks if it meant lower costs, and that only 37 percent support the idea of hospitals providing their own insurance products. Through The Action Group, there is opportunity to explore and better understand the issues associated with both as cost saving measures.

The Minnesota Health Action Group conducts an annual employer survey to encourage peer-to-peer sharing of information about benefit trends, to illustrate how Minnesota employers stack up against employers nationally, and to share best practices. The 2014 Executive Summary is newly available.

Physicians, Hospitals Size Up Value-based Health Care

Many health care providers now participate in value-based payment models, which most see as the wave of the future, but few of them are happy about it.

According to a survey sponsored by Availity, 75% of providers currently participate in at least one value-based payment model, and more than 60% expect this model to dominate the future of health care finance.

What’s Your Reason?

“I joined The Action Group because it helps shine a light on key areas of practice improvement, cost and quality.” Members have varied reasons for joining. Share your reason!