Taking Action Express: Millions More Americans Will Develop Diabetes; Patients are Choosing Wisely; CDHPs on the Rise…

August 27, 2014

178The Weekly Buzz: CDC Data Suggest Millions More Americans Will Develop Diabetes

New CDC data suggest that about 40 percent of Americans are expected to develop type 2 diabetes during adulthood. Estimates are even higher for certain minority groups, at 50% for black women and for Hispanic men and women. The results appear in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

The Cornerstones4Care diabetes website is one of many employee education resources The Action Group makes available to members and non-members. Please visit us to view a brief video about our employee engagement initiatives, and to access publicly available and member-exclusive materials. If you are a member and have forgotten your login information, you may reset your password directly on the site. If you need further assistance, please contact Sue Jesseman.

choosingwiselylogoPatients are Asking: How Much Will it Cost? Do I Really Need It?

Doctors report that, these days, patients are not only asking about the benefits of tests, treatments and procedures. They also want to understand how much things cost and if they can delay or forego certain recommendations. With high-deductible health plans, high coinsurance rates, and narrowing provider networks, the squeeze is on consumers. This new article from Modern Healthcare discusses how some physicians welcome cost conversations with patients, while others fear the consequences when patients opt to put off procedures.

The Action Group partners with Consumer Reports, the nation’s leading expert, independent, nonprofit consumer organization, which is working with the ABIM Foundation, to create resources for consumers and providers to engage in important conversations about medical tests and procedures that provide little benefit and in some cases harm. Choosing Wisely includes lists of things physicians and patients should ask, as well as patient-friendly resources.

MH-website-banner-redesignMoving Employees to Consumer-directed Health Plans

“In the face of rising health care costs, large employers will increasingly shift employees to consumer-directed health plans, impose surcharges for spousal coverage, and adopt strict medication management programs for specialty drugs, according to a survey from the National Business Group on Health.” This recent article illustrates how an increasing number of employers are focusing on implementing or increasing participation in consumer-directed health plans to manage costs, among other things.

“These findings are consistent with The Action Group’s 2014 Employer Survey results,” says Carolyn Pare, president and CEO. “Employers are using many different levers to manage cost trends and moving to consumer-directed health care is the most common approach.”

top10Top 10 Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Action Group Membership!

  1. You become part of the movement to build a better health care system.
  2. You benefit from professional development and networking opportunities.
  3. You help shift the focus from quantity to quality.
  4. You contribute to eliminating financial waste in the system, and improve your bottom line, too!
  5. You help shape local and national health care policy.
  6. You benefit from the collective voice of health care purchasers nationwide.
  7. You will be on the cutting edge of trends in health care benefits.
  8. You can demonstrate your commitment to safe, affordable, high-quality health care.
  9. You can challenge the status quo and influence many stakeholders.
  10. You can increase your scope of influence without adding staff.

Thought for the Week

“One specific factor driving the high cost of health care is the significant price variation – sometimes more than 100 percent – for the same health care services in the same geographic market. One recent report claims consumers could reduce health care costs $36 billion a year with full pricing transparency.”

Bobbi Coluni,
Strategic Head of Product Management at Wellness & Prevention, Inc.
a Johnson & Johnson Company