Taking Action Express: America Diabetes Month; Free Rx Employer Webinar; Cancer in the Workplace…and Much More!

OCTOBER 25, 2017

November is American Diabetes Month

Every November, communities nationwide observe American Diabetes Month to call attention to diabetes and its considerable impact on tens of millions of Americans.

To honor this tradition, employers are being asked to use their employee communications to raise diabetes awareness and promote prevention and wellness activities. The figures below illustrate how tens of millions of Americans are affected by prediabetes and diabetes.

The Action Group and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) are collaborating with employers and insurers to make the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) a covered benefit for employees. This proven lifestyle change program can cut the risk of diabetes in half. We are working with grantees across the state to test engagement strategies and learn how best to deliver the DPP.

To learn more about DPP happenings in Minnesota, please click here.

Click here for your free American Diabetes Month Communication Toolkit!

November Choosing Wisely Campaign: Preventing, Managing, Treating Diabetes

November’s Choosing Wisely employee communications from the Minnesota Health Action Group and Consumer Reports are now available. In recognition of American Diabetes Month, November content focuses on preventing, managing and treating diabetes.

Simply click on this link and select “2017 Minnesota Campaign” in the left-hand column to help your employees improve patient/provider conversations about getting the right care to stay healthy.

Choosing Wisely content is available at no cost to all Minnesota employers. Action Group members have access to the entire 12 months of content by logging into the Member Center on the homepage.


Call for Employer Leadership Summit Sponsors!  

Sponsorship opportunities for The Action Group’s high-profile 11th Annual Employer Leadership Summit are now available! Sponsors are encouraged to reserve their spot by December 15 — sponsorships sell out quickly.

To view sponsorship levels and learn more about this unique and valuable event taking place on May 11, 2018, please click here.


Speaking Out to Reduce Low-Value Care in Minnesota

The Minnesota All Payer Claims Database (MN APCD) is helping create a system of greater provider cost and quality transparency. Action Group members recently participated in MN APCD focus groups and key informant meetings to guide the development of proposed reports to deliver on goals for expanding health care coverage, reducing costs, and improving quality of care.

Deb Krause, Action Group vice president, will be presenting about The Action Group’s success in connecting the Minnesota Department of Health to employer members at the November 9, 2017, SIM Talks event at the University of Minnesota. SIM Talks is a celebration and learning event for participants in the State Innovation Model grant. Deb will be one of 10 speakers, each of whom will have five minutes to share best practices, lessons learned, and areas of sustainability. Following the talks, an “Action Cafe” will take place so attendees can address issues most important to them. Learn more about SIM Talks here.

Advance Care Planning: Carving Out Time for the Conversation

Thanksgiving dinner, Thanksgiving turkey. Served table. Thanksgiving table served with turkey, decorated with bright autumn leaves. Roasted turkey, table settingThe holidays are a perfect time for friends and family members to have conversations about what most matters in life.

That’s why Honoring Choices Minnesota has developed the Thanksgiving campaign, “Carve Out Time for the Conversation” to remove barriers to discussing the sensitive topic of advance care planning (ACP).

The Action Group has worked alongside Honoring Choices and Stratis Health to ignite an ACP movement across Minnesota. View the ACP Call to Action here; view the ACP employer toolkit here.

For more information:

November Member Meeting Addresses Cancer in the Workplace

The impact of cancer in the workplace continues to grow as our population ages and earlier diagnosis and treatment leads to improved survival rates.

At our November meeting, we will convene a panel of experts to share their perspectives, deepen understanding of the issue, and suggest actionable solutions for Minnesota employers. For the full meeting description, please click here.


November 16, 2017
8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. (Networking begins at 7:30)


Hilton Airport/MOA Hotel
3800 American Boulevard East
Bloomington, MN


Please RSVP to Sue Jesseman (sjesseman@mnhealthactiongroup.org)

If you are considering Action Group membership and would like to learn more, please join us at this meeting by contacting Sue Jesseman for a complimentary pass. For more information about Action Group membership, please click here. 

Free National Alliance Webinar: Employer Perspectives on Prescription Drug Management 


There is often a disconnect between the important role employers believe their pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) play in helping manage prescription drug benefits, and employers’ perceptions of the overall value they are getting.

To bridge this disconnect and support a constructive dialogue among stakeholders along the prescription drug benefits supply chain, the National Alliance is hosting a free webinar on October 31, 2017, at 11 a.m. (CST), to highlight key findings from a 2017 nationwide survey about how employers are working with their PBMs now — and how they hope to work with them in the future. To learn more or to register, click here. To read The Action Group’s Express Special Edition, “Innovation Update: Specialty Drug Guiding Coalition,” please click here.

HOT OFF THE PRESS!  Despite Price Dip, Specialty Rx Still a Huge Cost Driver 


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