Taking Action Express Week 5: A quick look at what’s new

February 25, 2014

The Weekly Buzz

Approximately 150 hardy souls attended the 7th Annual Employer Leadership Summit, despite the fact that the event was held on one of the most difficult travel days of the winter (so far!) on Friday, February 21, 2014. Employers, physicians, health care executives, and entrepreneurs gathered to discuss health care marketplace needs and solutions. We were pleased to award the inaugural Minnesota Health Action Group Innovator’s Award to Zipnosis. Check out our meeting presentations and our photo album.

Choosing Wisely® Unveils New Consumer Tips for Unnecessary Medical Tests

choosingwiselyThe Minnesota Health Action Group and The Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) recently announced the addition of six new tip sheets targeting unnecessary and potentially dangerous tests and procedures to a growing Choosing Wisely lineup. The two organizations are a part of a regional collaborative, which received a grant from the ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine) Foundation to promote awareness of Choosing Wisely in Minnesota. Here are the new tip sheets from Consumer Reports:

Antibiotics for Ear Infections in Children
Antibiotics for Pink Eye
Antibiotics for Urinary Tract Infections in Older People
Carotid Artery Surgery
Drugs for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Implanted Heart Devices at the End of Life

Save the Date! Community Dialogue on Joint Replacements for Hips and Knees


The Action Group will be hosting this Community Dialogue on March 28 from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. We will convene employers, providers, health plans, and interested stakeholders to discuss cost and quality issues related to total hip and knee joint replacement surgery. This no-cost event is open to all! Additional information, including registration, will be sent next week.

Thought for the Week

“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

– Steve Jobs

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 innovationcollaboration and engagement in ways that improve health care and ensure the economic vitality of all Minnesota communities.