Taking Action Express Week 11: A quick look at what’s new

April 8, 2014

The Weekly Buzz: New Choosing Wisely® Materials to Inspire Wise Use of Health Care Services

The Action Group partners with Consumer Reports, the nation’s leading expert, independent, nonprofit consumer organization, which is working with the ABIM Foundation, to provide resources for consumers and physicians to engage in important conversations to improve health and health care in the U.S.

Three new consumer-facing brochures for Choosing Wisely have just been released:

You may also be interested in hearing health care leaders speak about the Choosing Wisely campaign and the impact it is having across the system.

Learn more about Choosing Wisely here: http://www.choosingwisely.org/

Minnesota Ranks Fourth in this Year’s Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®

For the sixth consecutive year, global well-being improvement leader Healthways and world-leading management consulting firm Gallup have released their analysis of the state of well-being across the United States.

“Understanding how people think about and experience their lives is essential to designing the interventions that organizations and communities need to solve their biggest challenges. Simply delivering wellness programs with a singular focus on physical health is not likely to optimize change if we don’t consider other aspects of life that either reinforce or work against our best intentions.” —- State of American Well-Being

To learn more, the full report titled, “State of American Well-Being,” is available to
download for free.

Improving the Health of Populations

The Action Group works with all stakeholders in the health and health care space in Minnesota and across the country to make sure we’re getting the maximum possible value for our health care investments.

While many of our initiatives are aimed at reducing the expense of medical services, specifically those that are overused, overpriced and potentially harmful, we are very aware that healthy people use fewer services, resulting in lower cost. Most employers are promoting wellness in the workplace and offering incentives for improved health status.

In addition to worksite health programs, employers have opportunities to partner with public health to improve the health of populations and ensure the economic vitality of our communities. In honor of National Public Health Week this year, April 7-13, Minneapolis Health Commissioner Gretchen Musicant reflects on improving the health of populations.

Minnesota_State_Capitol_5News from the State Capitol

The Action Group continuously monitors developments at the Capitol, representing the collective voice of the people who write the checks for health care, ensuring that patients get the care they need at the right time, in the right place, for the right price.

Friday, April 4, was the deadline for bills with fiscal implications, particularly the state’s supplemental budget appropriations, to pass through the respective finance committees. The process this year has been to combine the various agency funding bills into a comprehensive omnibus funding bill. The House is slightly ahead of the Senate, having passed their omnibus bill (House File 3172) off the floor last Thursday. The Senate companion bill is in the process of being finalized in committee.

Among the major health care issues included in HF3172 is a 5% rate increase for home- and community-based service providers, the creation of a health care workforce commission and health care home committees, and updates to the federally determined payment methodologies used by hospitals. For more information on the bill, click here. The health care language begins on Line 226.11.

Once the Senate passes their omnibus finance bill through, a conference committee will be appointed to sort out any differences between the two bills before the respective bodies take final action.

Thought for the Week

“Change is not a threat, it’s an opportunity. Survival is not the goal, transformative success is.”

– Seth Godin