Taking Action Express Week 8: A quick look at what’s new

March 18, 2014

The Weekly Buzz: Change in Keynote Speaker Announced for the Community Dialogue on Joint Replacements for Hips and Knees

Due to unexpected circumstances, Cheryl DeMars will replace Gail Amundson, M.D., as the keynote speaker for our March 28 Community Dialogue. Cheryl is President and CEO of The Alliance, a 200+ employer cooperative based in Madison, WI. She and her team are developing QualityPath, a breakthrough value-based purchasing initiative to steer consumers to high-value providers for cardiac and orthopedic care. Click here to learn more, or to register for this free event.

Would You Like to Super-size that MRI?

What happens when a number of Minnesota’s highest ranking health care influencers from state and city government meet up with a roomful of health care entrepreneurs? Everyone enthusiastically participates in a thought-provoking discussion about how employers, local government, and early stage Minnesota health care start-ups can work together to improve health and access to affordable care and insurance. All agreed that it’s time to change the U.S. health care system where consumers “shop in a department store blindfolded and months later are handed a statement that says, ‘Pay this amount.'” Learn more…

Action Group Mission and Vision

Whether you’re a legacy member, a new member, or are considering membership, this short video summarizes how The Action Group helps Minnesota employers do together what no single organization could do alone.

News from the State Capitol

The Action Group continuously monitors developments at the Capitol, representing the collective voice of the people who write the checks for health care, ensuring that patients get the care they need at the right time, in the right place, for the right price.

The 2014 Legislature continues to move at a very fast pace. Almost one month into the legislative session, the following health care issues are gaining attention:

All Payer Claims Database
House File 2656/Senate File 2106 modifies the use of all-payer claims data and convenes a work group to look at expanded uses of that database.

Pharmacy Benefit Changes
House File 1872/Senate File 2284 is legislation being brought forward by the Minnesota Pharmacists Association to dramatically change how generic drug benefits and mail order pharmacies are managed. Pharmacy benefit managers and other stakeholder groups are very concerned about the possible cost implications for plan sponsors and consumers.

Advanced Practice Nursing
House File 435/Senate File 511 would enhance the ability of advanced practice registered nurses to practice independent of physicians. The bill is receiving a great deal of attention at the Capitol as the idea and discussion around health care homes evolves.

Home And Community Care Providers
In his supplemental budget, Governor Dayton has proposed a 4% increase to providers of Home and Community-Based Services, at the cost of $64 million in FY2015. Both the House and Senate will be submitting their own proposals for consideration.

Thought for the Week

“Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them.”
– Laurence J. Peter