Taking Action Express: Seismic Shift in Consumer Empowerment; Stopping Diabetes in its Tracks; Making Medicine Affordable…

OCTOBER 25, 2016

New Research Targets Activity for Reducing Diabetes Risk

New research reveals the importance of both the amount and timing of physical activity in reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D), as well as aiding in the management of the disease in existing T2D patients. According to the report, published Friday, “Exercising after meals delivered a greater benefit from physical activity, resulting in significantly lower blood glucose levels, and suggesting that the timing of physical activity may confer significant additional health benefits on top of those provided by the activity itself.”

Click here for the full report. And be sure to join us for our November 15 member meeting, “Hot Trends in Preventing and Treating Diabetes” (see below for details).



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Making Medicine Affordable

In 2014, 35 million Americans did not fill a doctor’s prescription because they could not afford it, according to a study released by The Commonwealth Fund. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Americans use a variety of other strategies to trim medication costs, including reducing the dosage to make a supply last longer, buying medicines from foreign countries, and substituting alternative therapies.

“So much for the problem; what about solutions? The good news is that there are common sense fixes to make widely used prescription drugs more affordable.”

This October U.S. News & World Report article proposes three primary solutions (click here for the full article):


Independent, Evidence-based, Complimentary Employee Communications Resources

Making Healthy Choices from Consumer Reports offers sound advice on how to be a smart consumer in today’s complex health-care marketplace. As people become responsible for more and more of their health care costs and decisions, they need practical tools and resources that lead to informed conversations about choosing the high-quality care they need, while avoiding unnecessary services they don’t.

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Here’s how you can get started with Making Healthy Choices to help your employees enhance their health care consumerism skills and knowledge:

Related and Interesting:  

  • “There’s a seismic shift taking place in the health care industry in terms of consumer empowerment, and the implications are significant for every major stakeholder…”(Why Employees Must be Engaged in Healthcare, Employee Benefit News, October 13, 2016)
  • “If communicating is so important, why are doctors and patients so bad at it? Both sides are to blame…” (Patient-Doctor Partnerships: A Recipe for Better Health Care, US News and World Report, October 21, 2016
  • “Include Always” is an exciting new campaign and website resource for patient and family engagement from the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS). To learn how you can listen more, engage often, and Include Always, visit includealways.org.

You’re Invited! November Member Meeting: Hot Trends in Preventing and Treating Diabetes

Diabetes remains the costliest traditional therapy class for payers for the fifth consecutive year. Plans spent an average of $77.60 per member, per year, on diabetes medications in 2015, a 14% increase over 2014, driven equally by increases in use and cost of medications in the class. And, with 27.8% of adults with diabetes currently undiagnosed, and a rich pipeline of new therapies, diabetes will remain a major contributor to drug spending in the years to come.

Please join us for our November meeting, where we will examine this costly epidemic and determine how we can work together to prevent diabetes when possible, and treat effectively when necessary.

November 15, 2016
8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. (Networking begins at 7:30 a.m.)

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

Please RSVP to Sue Jesseman (sjesseman@mnhealthactiongroup.org). If you are interested in becoming an Action Group member and attending the meeting, please contact Sue.

Have you completed your Advance Care Directive?

Advanced Care PlanningNew advance 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.

Can we make medicine affordable?

“Ironically our Congress, a group that often excoriates company CEOs for raising prices, is also part of the problem. For example, the pharmaceutical lobby persuaded Congress to prevent Medicare, the largest purchaser of most medicines, from negotiating pharmaceutical prices as part of the Affordable Care Act or to even use cost effectiveness in its coverage decisions…”

US News & World Report
October 5, 2016