Your End-of-Summer Reading List; SEGIP Seeks Ass’t Director; Free Resources for Employers…

August 18, 2015

Weekly Buzz: Choosing Wisely® Releases End-of-Summer Reading List

choosingwiselylogoThe Choosing Wisely End-of-Summer Reading list is now available, featuring topics such as proper care for preemies, cardiac critical care, and the importance of electronic health records. The Choosing Wisely campaign aims to promote conversations between clinicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is supported by evidence, not duplicative, free from harm, and truly necessary. The Action Group will be continuing its work as a Consumer Reports Choosing Wisely partner, which is the consumer-facing portion of the campaign. Check out our co-branded webpage, designed to help your employees learn to choose wisely.

Here are some resources to help you boost health literacy among your employees:

Did you Know?

Action Group members may post job openings in fyi and express at no cost. Simply email your request.

Help Wanted: State Employee Group Insurance Program (SEGIP)

The State of Minnesota is seeking an assistant director for SEGIP, which serves over 120,000 people. The assistant director will help manage and coordinate daily operations of the Employee Insurance Division (EID), assist with developing and implementing EID goals and strategies, monitor program performance compared to goals, manage relationships with key EID contractors, and manage and coordinate intra-agency and external communications, to ensure that all State of Minnesota employees have access to high-quality, cost-effective group insurance and other related benefits. Click here and search for job number 15MMB000039 to apply or to learn more.

Fast Facts About Prediabetes

  • Over 86 million American adults have prediabetes.
  • Nine out of 10 people with prediabetes do not know they have it.
  • Without weight loss and moderate physical activity 15%-30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.

Stopping Diabetes in its Tracks Benefits Patients, Purchasers, Providers

A new article from Kaiser Health News discusses the so-called diabetes epidemic – and the rapidly escalating costs of prescription drugs needed to treat the disease. And this new infographic from the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) highlights how the cost of specialty drugs is taking a toll on patients with diabetes.

With an estimated 29 million Americans already having diabetes (most of whom will take prescription drugs for the rest of their lives), and another 86 million having prediabetes, it’s essential for health care purchasers to find ways to manage costs – and to prevent the disease from taking root in the first place.

The Action Group is looking for members who are either planning to implement – or have already implemented – the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP), designed to help people with prediabetes avoid the onset of type 2 diabetes. We want to learn more about why you chose to adopt NDPP, and how you’re using (or plan to use) the program. We would also like you to discuss your NDPP experience during our September 24 member meeting.

Please contact Nayila Yaro with your NDPP story. Email:, or phone 651-329-4019.

No Cost Access to Evidence-based Policies and Programs

Community Health Advisor (the Advisor) is an exciting new resource to help those who want to reduce smoking and increase physical activity in their organizations and communities. The Advisor provides customizable information about the potential health and cost impact of implementing evidence-based interventions – and is available at no cost to users.

The Advisor builds on policies and programs recommended by the Community Preventive Services Task Force. To learn more about available resources, click here. For more information, or to schedule a demonstration, please email Erin Duggan Butto at:

 Thought for the Week

“Until now, the business case for return on investment (ROI) of health and wellness programs has been built on financial measures of ROI driven primarily by health care cost savings. Today, there is a movement underway to build a broader business case and performance story for health management.”

Optum White Paper: “Beyond ROI: Building Employee Health and Wellness Value of Investment”