Beyond the EpiPen Debacle; Member Meeting Fun; Free IBI Program for Members

September 7, 2016

The Weekly Buzz: The Weekly Buzz: What’s Wrong with this Picture?
EpiPen Debacle Simply a Symptom

Last week’s Express featured the EpiPen price increase that outraged patients, parents and lawmakers. But it’s only one more symptom of a broken system. The example below shows just one condition at one Minnesota employer, illustrating why it’s so important to get the 5 rights right: Right drug, right price, right place, right patient support, right data. With MS therapy costs increasing 500% in a decade, just 40 patients cause costs to increase by $51.88 per health plan member, per year, or $2.08 million per year. Now multiply this by countless other conditions requiring lifelong drug therapies. Sustainable change will occur only if all stakeholders collaborate to do the right thing on behalf of our nation and our people. Click here to see Carolyn Pare’s new blog.

Multiple Sclerosis and Plan Cost: 2013


During The Action Group’s August 11 Community Dialogue, all stakeholders in the pharmaceutical supply chain agreed to work together to develop solutions for getting the 5 rights, right. Links to materials from the Community Dialogue are available on our homepage.

Related and Interesting

September Member Meeting: Let Your Voice be Heard!  


Whether you attend member meetings regularly, or it’s been awhile since you’ve come, you won’t want to miss this one! Using a fun and interactive new format, we will be planning for the future of The Action Group. There will even be a gift certificate drawing. To view the important topics we will be covering, click here. Not yet a member, but  interested in learning more about The Action Group by attending this meeting? Please contact Sue Jesseman.

September 22, 2016
8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. (Networking begins at 7:45 a.m.)

Hilton Airport/MOA Hotel
3800 American Boulevard E.
Bloomington, MN

Please RSVP to Sue Jesseman []

Register! NBCH Annual Conference!

Registration is closing soon for the National Business Coalition on Health’s Annual Conference: High Value Health: Making the Dream a Reality, to be held in sunny Orlando, FL, on September 26-28, 2016. Action Group employer members are welcome to register without a fee (an $850 value!). Join NBCH in celebrating more than 20 years of leadership in empowering employers and their stakeholders to achieve better health, well-being and value in their companies, communities and our country. For further information please click here.

MNBTE Awards Featured Widely

With the 276 health care clinics across Minnesota that qualified for 2016 Minnesota Bridges to Excellence (MNBTE) and the Quality Incentive Payment System rewards announced, local, regional and national media attention has been high. A full list of media coverage can be found here. And if you missed the photo gallery and meeting materials, check them out!

76bc0886-dedc-4ded-a28d-a255d5d9e1f6Free Program for Action Group Employer Members!

Action Group employer members are invited to join the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) and Target on October 13, 2016, in Minneapolis for an engaging conversation on the challenges and successes of integrating employee health, productivity and absence management programs. The discussion will focus on mental well-being and productivity: How does improved resiliency impact the workforce? Click here to register or to learn more about this exciting half-day program.

Have you completed your Advance Care Directive?

Advanced Care Planning

New advance care planning blogs now available online!

The Action Group has prepared a free Advance Care Planning Employee Communications Toolkit.

To view the Advance Care Planning Statewide Call to Action, click here.


Thought for the Week: EpiPen Costs Soar While Consumers Pay the Price

“I am deeply troubled by Mylan’s misclassification of the EpiPen as a generic drug. The Minnesota Department of Human Services has estimated that this will cost our state more than $4 million in overpayment this year alone…”  

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn
Star Tribune, September 2, 2016