Taking Action Express Week 7: A quick look at what’s new

March 10, 2014

The Weekly Buzz: Resources for Addressing Cancer Issues with Employees

Over 25,000 Minnesotans are diagnosed with cancer each year, and annual costs for treating cancer in Minnesota alone exceed $3 billion. Our March 4, 2014, member meeting, titled “Addressing Cancer Care and Prevention in the Workplace,” featured free employer resources from the American Cancer Society and Choosing Wisely to help educate employees and their family members about how to take action and reduce their risks.

Organizations can even set up a 10-week program through the American Cancer Society that encourages employees to be more active on a regular basis by setting individual goals and forming teams for motivation and support.


Registration Now Open for Free Community Dialogue on Joint Replacements for Hips and Knees

collaborationThe 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.

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Here is information highlighting the need for employers to become involved in advising their employees about related cost and quality issues:

Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question

Medicare Identifies Best and Worst Hospitals for Hip and Knee Replacements


Springing Ahead to the Annual Member Survey!

Beginning in early April, the Minnesota Health Action Group conducts a survey on behalf of members to encourage peer-to-peer information sharing; illustrate how Minnesota employers stack up against other Minnesota employers, as well as nationally; and share best practices.
Members frequently tell us the survey is one of the most valuable aspects of membership. To learn more about the survey, and to view an executive summary, click here.

To learn about becoming an Action Group member, so you can take advantage of the survey, click here.

Look for up-to-date information about the 2014 survey in this space!


News from the State Capitol

This week the House Healthcare Policy committee took action on House File 2656, which aims to shift the focus of how the Minnesota Department of Health utilizes encounter and pricing data. Given the recent trend toward “total cost of care” systems, the Department of Health is seeking to examine practices across all health care environments. Under this proposal, data will be used to evaluate the performance of health care homes; study hospital readmission trends; analyze cost, quality, and utilization of services across populations; and evaluate activities associated with the State Innovation Model (SIM) grant.

The bill also creates an advisory group to recommend a framework for future expanded use of the all-payer claims database. Going forward, these actions take the place of the current provider peer grouping system, which would be indefinitely suspended. The bill was passed to the House Civil Law committee for further action. For the exact bill language, please visit the link below and search for HF2656: http://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legis.aspx


Thought for the Week

“To get what you’ve never had, you must do what you’ve never done.”

– Harvey Mackay