Taking Action Express: Welcome, New Members!; Free NBCH Summit Registration for Employer Members; Free Diabetes Employer Summit for All Coming to Mall Of America…

October 14, 2014

187The Weekly Buzz: Action Group Welcomes New Members!

The Action Group is pleased to welcome the following new members:

Blue Earth County
City of Apple Valley
City of Mankato
Independent School District 196
League of Minnesota Cities
Minnesota Inter-County Association
Minnesota School Boards Association
St. Louis County
Wright County

Not yet an Action Group member? Click here for our membership packet and to learn more.

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 10.00.20 AMFree NBCH Registration for Action Group Employer Members

This year’s NBCH Annual Conference, Employers Transforming Health Care: The Power of Collaboration, November 10-12, 2014, will be held in Washington, D.C. Minnesota Health Action Group employer members are welcome to register without a fee. Please contact Ellen Thomson at ethomson@nbch.org to take advantage of this free registration, which is normally $850.

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 11.25.33 AMFree Diabetes Employer Summit/Education and Awareness Event

In honor of World Diabetes Day, Novo Nordisk, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Diabetes Association, and other community health care professionals have united to introduce the inaugural Diabetes Awareness Event at Mall of America from November 13-November 15, 2014.

Because of The Action Group’s commitment to prevention and optimal treatment of diabetes, Novo Nordisk has asked us to bring employers together to talk about workplace solutions. As such, we will be hosting an employer diabetes summit, titled “The Burden of Diabetes in the Workplace” on November 13 to complement the public events. The summit is open to members and non-members and there is no cost to attend.


Employer Summit: The Burden of Diabetes in the Workplace (for members and non-members)

November 13, 2014
7:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

Mall of America
Boundary Waters Suite (Level 4, East)
Bloomington, MN




Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 1.29.16 PMPayment to Physicians and Hospitals Designed to Improve Quality, Reduce Waste

Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR) last week released the 2014 National Scorecard on Payment Reform. The 2014 version of this annual Scorecard indicates commercial health plans have dramatically shifted how they pay physicians and hospitals, with 40 percent of their payments now designed to encourage health care providers to deliver higher-quality and, in some cases, more affordable care.

The National Scorecard on Payment Reform uses data submitted by commercial health plans on a voluntary, self-reported basis to eValue8, the National Business Coalition on Health’s (NBCH) annual request for information to health plans. The plans responding to the Scorecard questions represent 65 percent of the commercially insured lives in the U.S. The Action Group is an NBCH member.

You can read more about the 2014 Scorecard here and access the complete Scorecard online.

In a recent blog, Francois de Brantes, executive director of the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, puts the findings in perspective. “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” de Brantes says. “The truth is that there has certainly been progress, but the vast majority of health care services continue to be paid FFS (fee-for-service).”

PrintMN Health Action Group to Kick Off Specialty Pharmacy Care Delivery Learning Network

Dr. Stephen Schondelmeyer, professor of Pharmaceutical Economics in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota, will speak with The Action Group’s inaugural Specialty Pharmacy CDLN on October 31, 2014 from 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Best Buy, Carlson Companies, HealthPartners, Hennepin County, Mills Fleet Farm, Minnesota Management & Budget – SEGIP & PEIP, SUPERVALU, Thrifty White, University of Minnesota, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo have already signed up to participate in our member-exclusive Learning Network. While there is an additional charge to participate, employers say the value they receive far outweighs the cost.

If you are an Action Group member and would like to join our next Learning Network, please contact Carolyn Pare or Linda Davis for more information.

What’s Your Reason?

“As the Joint Replacement Learning Network progressed, it became clear that there’s a long road to an overall market solution. Some provider groups are much farther along than others, making for inconsistencies in cost and quality. It was rewarding to be at the table, discussing how we can make positive change happen.”

Ken Horstman
(Former) Benefits Director

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