Taking Action Express: Membership has its Privileges; Celebrating Excellence; Reducing Incidence of Top U.S. Surgery…and More!
JULY 11, 2017
As a member-led coalition, the Minnesota Health Action Group grows more powerful and important with each new member. If you are not yet a member, please join us!
With public rancor growing over health care uncertainties in the U.S., it has never been more important for employers to stand together and make our voices and expectations understood.
Come Celebrate Health that Works in Minnesota!
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.
Because this is the final event for the MNBTE program as we have known it, we hope that both present and past contributors to its success will join us for the biggest celebration yet!
WHO IS INVITED?
Clinicians, health plans, health systems, quality improvement organizations, employers/ purchasers, as well as other community stakeholders are encouraged to join us for this celebratory event. We hope to see you there!
Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017
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
Hospital Choice Can Signal Greatest C-Section Risk
The most common major surgery isn’t to remove an appendix or to replace a knee–it’s to deliver babies by C-section, an all-too-common and often unnecessary procedure that increases risk to babies and mothers.
While being overweight, diabetic, or older can make it more likely for a woman to need a C-section, the biggest risk factor is the hospital a mother walks into to deliver her baby, and how busy it is, according to recent Consumer Reports findings. In fact, a patient’s risk of C-section can be nine times higher, depending on the hospital.
In addition to the Consumer Reports findings, here are more tools to help you help employees and their family members avoid unnecessary C-sections:
Sound Advice for Improving Workplace Mental Health
Are you interested in learning best practices in workplace mental health? The American Psychiatric Association Foundation maintains a library of 60+ employer case studies that are searchable by keyword, number of employees, industry, and/or location. The resources are available here.
During a recent Action Group Mental Health Learning Network webinar, Kathleen Herath of Nationwide Insurance shared background on their award-winning initiatives to improve associate mental health and well-being. Here’s a summary of her key advice:
- Don’t forget the mentally healthy. It is essential to have crisis resources for employees in greatest need, but it is also important to focus on “all the rest.”
- Maintain an associate-driven program. At Nationwide, associates provide ideas, pilot programs, and promote resources/initiatives.
- Don’t forget the big barriers. Domestic violence, financial stress, and other huge barriers get in the way of employees accessing care and taking care of their own health and well-being (both physical and mental).
Minnesota Raising the Bar for Advance Care Planning Efforts
A recent issue of the Star Tribune showcased numerous advance care planning (ACP) initiatives emerging across the state, in “Minnesota Takes the Lead in Pushing End-of-Life Conversations.” The article illustrates that even though the state faces hurdles in achieving its ambitious goals, its progress to date has been remarkable.
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.