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May 24, 2016

The Weekly Buzz: National Expert on High-value Maternity Care Presenting at June Member Meeting

maternity-purchasersDuring The Action Group’s Maternity and Infertility Learning Network, one of the important findings was that employers tend to focus on the few high-risk maternity cases that result in enormous neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) costs, rather than on the opportunities that lie in improving health for mothers and babies while reducing costs by decreasing unnecessary C-sections. A Pennsylvania case study revealed that, if C-sections for one year had been reduced to the Healthy People 2020 benchmark of 23.9%, 4,300 unnecessary procedures could have been avoided at a cost savings of $43 million.

We hope all members will join us June 22 as special guest, Brynn Rubinstein, senior manager for transforming maternity care at the Pacific Business Group on Health, shares recommendations from their Purchaser Value Network’s brand-new guide to help business coalitions and purchasers promote high-value maternity care. We will also hear from local thought leaders as we review what has changed since The Action Group released its Maternity and Infertility Purchaser’s Guide in 2014. Members may access the Purchaser’s Guide by logging into the Member Center. Click here to learn more about the June meeting, or to register.

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earlyMay Member Meeting Recap

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Action Group members gathered on May 18 to discuss the essential business reasons employee health and benefits communications need to move to the forefront during open enrollment – and all year long. Many were surprised to learn that up to 90% of their employees may be considered functionally health illiterate, and that there are many free – and evidence-based – employee education resources available for employers to share with their workers. To view the meeting presentation, members may go to “See All Presentations” (right-hand column of the homepage) and select “Member-only Presentations” (it’s a large file and takes a few minutes to open). If you are not a member and would like to view the presentation, please contact Sue Jesseman.

Pre-member-meeting Survey Highlights


From the Capitol

State CapitolThe 2016 Legislative session ended with a last-minute flurry Sunday night as senators and representatives scrambled to assemble the final pieces of legislation.

The State supplemental omnibus spending bill, House File 2749, which included the Health and Human Service (HHS) provisions, was passed and sent to Governor Dayton for his signature or veto. While the volume of HHS provisions was much smaller than in previous years, there were two pieces of good news for The Action Group: The Senate’s attempt to drastically change the prior authorization system for pharmaceuticals was not included in the final package, and extended use of the state’s All Payer Claims Database was authorized. For complete language that the state passed, please click here.

While the normally scheduled activity has ended, legislators failed to pass a capital bonding bill on the last night. This sets up the possibility of a Special Session later this year, although only Governor Dayton can call legislators back. Regardless, many elected officials are already looking ahead to the election cycle and working to reclaim or maintain their majorities.


Thought for the Week

“The potential increase in company market value that would have been realized by the 50th company on the Fortune 500 list if it had implemented best-practice communication methods is $663,168,000.”  

Towers Watson Best Practices in Communications Study