Taking Action Express: Join Us in January; Top 2014 Health News; Managing Employee Health…

January 6, 2015

PrintThe Weekly Buzz: Happy New Year! Special Open Action Group Meeting on January 21

The Action Group’s first meeting of the year will be set aside to reflect on the accomplishments and key findings of 2014, and to set forth our plans to continue advancing toward our goals in 2015. Current members are encouraged to bring friends or colleagues who are contemplating membership in 2015. If you are not yet a member, please contact us at info@mnhealthactiongroup.org for more information. There is no cost to attend, and we will be serving a hot breakfast.


daily-circuit-opengraphTop Minnesota Health and Medical Stories of 2014

As usual, health, health care, and benefits stories were in high demand in Minnesota. MPR’s Tom Crann recently spoke with Dr. Jon Hallberg, the regular medical analyst for All Things Consideredand the medical director of Mill City Clinic, about the year’s top medical stories. Click here to read more about the ACA, Mayo Clinic’s non-invasive colon cancer test, wearable technology, medical marijuana, and more.


Health-And-Wellness-In-2014New Blog: How Employee Health Risks Compromise Organizational Success

Last week, Taking Action Express featured a new report by the McKinsey Global Institute, which revealed that the global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually. In response to the obesity epidemic, employers are experimenting with increasingly aggressive, personalized approaches to weight loss for workers. From wearable technology, to health care coverage for weight-loss surgeries and drugs, to mental-health counseling, the goal is to get obese employees to normal weight, or even overweight, to save employers an average of nine percent of the money they spend on health care or lose in productivity due to sick time, according to this new Wall St. Journal article.

In response to high member interest in continuously improving employer-sponsored wellness and weight loss programs, the final Action Group member meeting of 2014 featured special guest speaker Jerry Noyce, president and CEO of Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), who discussed successful wellness incentive design and recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuits. To learn more, click here to read his blog.

actionbriefProstate Cancer Action Brief Now Available

As a member of the National Business Coalition on Health, The Action Group makes well over a dozen Action Briefs available to members and non-members. Topics vary widely, from shared decision making, to chronic and serious health conditions, to patient safety, to price transparency, and all include actionable workplace support strategies. This new Action Brief on prostate cancer is now available at mnhealthactiongroup.org.





Thought for the Week

“Never before have I talked to so many patients about their health insurance. People are coming in who haven’t been covered in years.”

Dr. Jon Hallberg
Medical Director, Mill City Clinic