Taking Action Express Week 9: A quick look at what’s new

March 24, 2014

The Weekly Buzz: Headache-related Brain Scans Called Into Question

Media outlets have been abuzz this week about the significant overuse of headache-related brain scans, following a March 17 related report published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Harvard Medical School quickly followed with a bold headline and in-depth article, “Most Headache-Related Brain Scans aren’t Needed.” At The Action Group, we help make patient-friendly materials available for your employees through Choosing Wisely. “Imaging Tests for Headaches” is available for free in English and Spanish.

AARP also just published “10 Medical Tests to Avoid,” based on Choosing Wisely recommendations to help improve health literacy for patients and their families.

collaborationLast Call to Attend the March 28 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!

Keynote speaker, Cheryl DeMars, President and CEO of The Alliance, a 200+ employer cooperative based in Madison, WI, will discuss 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 register for this free event below.

The Annual Member Survey Will Soon be Released!

Each year, 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. The 2014 survey will be launched for completion by Action Group members on April 1.

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.

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 pace continues to quicken at the legislature. Policy bills must have successfully navigated all the necessary committees in both the House and Senate by Friday, March 28, and budget bills must be completed by April 4. Many policy provisions are being included in omnibus committee bills, which are currently being assembled. We will share those with you next week when they are available.

Thought for the Week

“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”
– Florence Nightingale