Taking Action Express: You’re Invited! Register for World-class Diabetes in the Workplace Event! Digital Therapeutics Showing Great Promise…

October 28, 2014

FairviewLogoThe Weekly Buzz: Welcome, Fairview Health Services!

The Action Group is pleased to announce that Fairview Health Services is now a member. Several Fairview staff members were instrumental in organizing and participating in last month’s ACO employer discussion, and we look forward to their ongoing participation.

In a departure from other industry polls, employers said they plan to reject private exchanges as a way to control rising health care costs, according to a new survey of more than 330 employers sponsored in part by the National Business Coalition on Health.

More than half (55%) of respondents indicate they will “never” stop sponsoring employee health plans in favor of giving employees money to buy coverage through a private exchange. Almost one-third (32%) said they are considering moving to a private exchange within 3-5 years, 8% are considering such a move within the next three years, and just 5% say they already use a private exchange to provide employees’ health benefits.

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 11.25.33 AMRegistration Now Open for Diabetes in the Workplace Summit!

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

Further demonstrating its commitment to the treatment and prevention of diabetes through employer-sponsored initiatives, The Action Group is bringing employers and other key stakeholders together to share best practices about workplace solutions. We are proud to be hosting an employer diabetes event on November 13, focused on how you can take action on behalf of your employees to improve health and lower costs. We welcome members and non-members and there is no cost to attend.

Norma Streich and Melissa Vaughn of The Schwan Food Company are among the dynamic line-up of speakers. In 2012 and 2013, Schwan’s was recognized by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as one of the Healthiest Employers, and won the Silver Health at Work Award, sponsored by ComPsych Resources. Click here to see the full agenda.


Diabetes in the Workplace: Taking Action to Improve Health and Lower Costs (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





omadalogoClick, Watch, Learn! Digital Therapeutics Show Promise for Preventing, Managing Diabetes

One in three Americans has prediabetes. Without intervention, up to 70 percent will progress to type 2 diabetes. The Prevent program from Omada Health intervenes at the right moment and in the right way to help people avoid this progression.

Based on the landmark NIH-sponsored Diabetes Prevention Program, Prevent builds on over a decade of research in disease prevention and behavior change. It includes digital tracking tools, personalized coaching, and social support to inspire and sustain healthy behaviors. Omada Health executives will be presenting at the Diabetes in the Workplace Summit, described above.

exchangeSpecialty Medications and Health Insurance Exchange Enrollees

Health Insurance Exchange enrollees fill 59 percent more prescriptions for specialty medications than other insured individuals, according to the new Exchange Pulse Survey™ from Express Scripts. The disparity is especially pronounced in Exchange enrollees ages 18-34, with nearly three out of five specialty prescriptions for HIV medication.

“Despite accounting for only 1.3 percent of total pharmacy claims, specialty medications consume 38 percent of the total pharmacy spend for Exchange plans.”









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.

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 Care Delivery Learning Network on October 31, 2014 from 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. This event is open to Action Group employer members who have paid the fee required to participate in the Learning Network.

If you are an Action Group employer member and would like to join our next Learning Network, please contact Carolyn Pare or Linda Davis for more information. Not yet an Action Group member? Click here for our membership packet and to learn more.

Thought for the Week

“In 10 years, I have no doubt that your doctor will recommend a digital program for your depression instead of, or in addition to, a pill. Your treatment for insomnia, kidney stones, or lower back pain might be centered around an iOS app. We can clearly see a future where a doctor’s prescription sends you to an immersive digital experience as often as it does to a pharmacy.”

Sean Duffy
Omada CEO and Co-founder
From: What if a Doctor Could Prescribe Behavior Change