Taking Action Express: Just In: Hospital Safety Scores; Fixing Federal Health Law; Newsworthy Notes…and More!
JULY 26, 2017
Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Scores Posted Today
As the regional roll-out leader in Minnesota when the Leapfrog Group was launched, The Action Group continues to encourage hospital in Minnesota to participate. We also encourage our members to make the Safety Guide available to their employees, so they can make informed decisions when choosing where to receive care.
Related and Interesting:
In safe and reliable health care settings, patients and families are as much members of the care team as clinicians and other health care staff. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement recently released “Patient Engagement and Patient Safety: One and the Same,” to contribute to realizing the best possible outcomes for patients across the continuum of care. Click here to learn more.
Celebrate with Us at the MNBTE Recognition Reception this Thursday!
The Action Group and the Minnesota Bridges to Excellence (MNBTE) Champions of Change are hosting a recognition reception to honor clinics that have been rewarded for providing optimal care to patients with diabetes, vascular disease, and depression.
We are pleased to announce there will be an impressive crowd on hand to celebrate the final event for the MNBTE program as we have known it. Although online registration is now closed, if you meant to register and time slipped away, please contact Sue Jesseman (firstname.lastname@example.org) to see if any spots remain.
Time: 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. (recognition program begins at 6:15 p.m.)
Location: Hilton Airport/MOA Hotel, 3800 American Boulevard E., Bloomington, MN
Action Group Summit’s Winning Innovator in the News
POPS! Diabetes Care, the winner of this year’s Innovator’s Showcase at The Action Group’s Annual Employer Leadership Summit, is making news — this week on the front page of the StarTribune’s Business section.
POPS!, which produces a glucose monitor that is integrated with a smartphone to make it easier for diabetes patients to manage their condition on the go, enrolled its first patient in a clinical study it is sponsoring to see whether the device can fill a niche.
“We want to be an evidence-based company,” says Lonny Stormo, POPS! co-founder and CEO. “We believe in our system, we believe the system is going to change the lives of people with diabetes, and that better user experience will result in better outcomes.”
Minnesota Leaders Say Let’s Repair Federal Law
With the failure of the Senate effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Minnesota Health and Business Leaders, including Action Group President and CEO, Carolyn Pare, suggest repairing the federal health law instead. In a recent StarTribune feature, leaders agree there is an urgent need to begin stabilizing insurance markets and address rising health care costs and premiums.
To learn more about key Action Group initiatives that are contributing to improving the health care system in Minnesota, please click here.
Not Yet an Action Group Member? Join Us!
For nearly 30 years, The Action Group has been singularly focused on health care, uniting employers around common issues, amplifying the voice of those who write the checks for health care, and improving patient experience and outcomes.
When you become a member, you are helping make health care better alongside leading employers and industry experts. We have strength in numbers and new members are always welcome. Learn more here.
Advance Care Planning Efforts Gaining Momentum
In national news, the latest issue of Health Affairs — the leading journal of health policy thought and research — focuses primarily on care at the end of life.
Member Only Meetings:
Not yet a member and see something of interest? Contact us for a complimentary meeting pass (excludes Summit):
- July 26, 2017: Optimizing the Use of a Valuable Community Asset: Health Care Data
- September 21, 2017: Employee Well-being: A Business Imperative
- November 16, 2017: Best Practices for Addressing Cancer in the Workplace
- December 15, 2017: Highlights of the Mental Health Learning Network, plus 2017 Review and 2018 Preview
Public Meetings and Events:
- July 27, 2017: Minnesota Bridges to Excellence: Rewarding Providers of Optimal Care
- November 13-15, 2017: National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.