Taking Action Express Week 13: A quick look at what’s new

April 22, 2014

The Weekly Buzz: Doctors Stand Behind Educating Patients About Unnecessary Care

“Dr. Donald Berwick, a former head of Medicare, heralded the Choosing Wisely campaign as ‘a game-changer’ because the ‘advice comes not from payers or politicos, but from pedigreed physician groups.” Learn more about how those in the medical profession are stepping up to condemn unwarranted, but often lucrative, tests and procedures, in this Kaiser Health News/Chicago Tribune article.

The Action Group introduced its members to the Choosing Wisely campaign in May 2012. Choosing Wisely is an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) designed to help physicians, patients and other health care stakeholders think and talk about the overuse of health care resources.

Speaker for April 24 Member Meeting Serves Up Good Medicine

collaborationFollowing extensive market research and testing, the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) is piloting “You: Your Own Best Medicine,” a consumer-facing initiative that equips people with a few simple “to-dos” that enable their health care teams to sidestep care coordination land mines. Marie Dotseth, Executive Director of MAPS, explains how employers can get involved in improving health and outcomes by taking advantage of the “You” campaign and making new materials available to employees in this new guest blog.

There is still time for members to register for the April 24 patient safety meeting! RSVP to Sue Jesseman: sjesseman@mnhealthactiongroup.org.

Got Data? A Number of New Health Benefits Reports Now Available!

RAND Report

Find out how employers evaluate their health plan in this new RAND report. The eValue8 tool, developed by the National Business Coalition on Health, Northeast Business Group on Health and other groups, is an employer favorite.

ADP Report  

The 2nd Annual Health Benefits Report found that premium increases are leveling out, costs vary widely from state to state, and employers’ share of contributions to health plans has dropped. Click here for all of ADP’s findings.

Towers Watson  

The 19th Annual Towers Watson and National Business Group on Health “Employer Survey on Purchasing Value in Health Care” found that even as costs increase and uncertainty about health care reform remains, employers will continue to subsidize health benefits for active employees. Read the results here.

American Medical Association  

The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published an infographic depicting what a 40-year-old American pays for health insurance around the country. Click here for the full infographic.

Thought for the Week

“I don’t blame anybody —–  they’re just doing what makes sense and we have to change what makes sense.”

Don Berwick, M.D.