Taking Action Express Week 2: A quick look at what’s new
February 3, 2014
“Despite a health care system that outspends those in the rest of the world, infants and mothers fare worse in the U.S. than in many other industrialized nations.” If you’re a member, but haven’t attended a meeting lately, please join us on February 4 to learn about key findings and best practices in improving maternity and infertility care.
“What to Reject When You’re Expecting,” available on consumerreports.org, includes 10 pregnancy procedures expectant mothers should discuss with their physicians well in advance of their delivery dates. It includes helpful information to share with your employees.
There’s an excellent Op-Ed in Friday’s New York Times about Choosing Wisely® titled, We Are Giving Ourselves Cancer. The column talks about overuse of tests, such as CT scans and cardiac imaging tests, which can lead to radiation overexposure. One thing patients can do before agreeing to a CT scan is to ask questions such as:
- Will it lead to a better treatment and outcome?
- Are there alternatives that don’t involve radiation, like ultrasound or MRI?
- When a CT scan is necessary, how can radiation exposure be minimized?
Welcome Hennepin County!
One of the newest Minnesota Health Action Group member organizations is Hennepin County. We invited their benefits department staff to “take us for a test drive,” by attending a member meeting as our guest. Jeremy Zajicek, Hennepin County Benefits Manager, is now an active member, and is looking forward to brainstorming with others about innovations in improving health and benefits.
The theme for the Minnesota Health Action Group’s 7th Annual Employer Leadership Summit is,”Moving Forward in Uncertain Times.”
Where: Westin Galleria
Registration: Click here to Register
Call for Sponsors
There are a limited number of sponsorship opportunities available for the Employer Leadership Summit. Learn more about becoming a sponsor.
Health Literacy: So What? Now What?
Did you know over 91 million Americans are functionally health illiterate? Nearly 9 out of 10 adults may lack the skills needed to manage their health and prevent disease, resulting in poor health outcomes and high costs. See Carolyn Pare’s latest blog about why every health care purchaser should be taking action to improve health literacy. The Action Group provides customizable communication toolkits and purchaser guides for members to help improve health and benefit decision-making for employers and employees.
The Minnesota Health Action Group is the only Minnesota organization whose sole purpose is to represent the collective voice of those who pay the bill for health care – employers, public purchasers, and individuals. We drive innovation, collaboration and engagement in ways that improve health care and ensure the economic vitality of all Minnesota communities.