Taking Action Express: NBCH Announces New Name, Identity, Focus

OCTOBER 4, 2016


newlogoNBCH Announces New Name, Identity, Focus

Signaling a renewed focus on innovation and collaboration to improve health and the health care system, the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) announced last week a name change, along with a new visual identity and website. The organization will now be known as the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance or NAHPC). The Action Group is a long-standing member of the National Alliance and has served in a leadership capacity for many years. We are committed to the work of the NAHPC, understanding that, while health care is local, many employers’ health and benefits needs are national. The National Alliance knits together regional coalitions nationwide, so purchaser members of these coalitions have access to a deep understanding of and relationships within local markets everywhere. In addition, members benefit from the sharing of best practices and free admission to national events.

“Our new name reinforces and more accurately reflects our distinctive leadership role in health care and our vast network of coalitions across the country,” says NAHPC President and CEO, Mike Thompson. “In addition to a new identity, we’re launching a number of initiatives that will advance innovation in health, well-being, and value in our companies and communities across the country.” Read more here.



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Taking Action on the High Cost of Specialty Drugs  

5rights_pieceDespite growing outrage over the price hikes of specialty drugs, biologics and generics, political intervention does not appear to be at hand. And drug industry lobbyists are planning a major post-election campaign to keep it that way. This new Modern Healthcare article examines why, despite the escalating political furor, the odds of federal action on drug costs this year or next are slim. And this article highlights how precious time is being wasted on blame-game testimony that fuels fury, but doesn’t solve the access and affordability crisis.

But Action Group Specialty Pharmacy Action Network members have already been hard at work for nearly two years, identifying the issues surrounding the high cost of specialty drugs, developing solutions, and learning what actions need to be taken to reshape the marketplace. In August, we brought together over 150 diverse stakeholders to share perspectives, knowledge and ideas about this important topic.

We are now forming a Guiding Coalition that will be composed of stakeholders from across the complex supply chain. Trusted thought leaders will meet regularly to address a common goal: How to get the “5 rights, right” on behalf of Minnesotans: Right drug, right cost, right place, right patient support, right data. Read more about the “5 rights” here, or simply click on the image to the right. Guiding Coalition updates will be provided as they become available.

MN Bridges to Excellence Celebrations Continue

14536832_10208992946375133_879873494_oMore than 200 people gathered at the Minnesota Bridges to Excellence (MNBTE) recognition reception this summer to celebrate and reward those who are delivering exceptional patient care. This year, three lucky winners also received a $250 gift certificate to celebrate their MNBTE accomplishments. Winner Kathy Keller and her Allina colleagues used their gift certificate on a special event:

“Our quality team went out last night for Wine and Canvas on the Jonathan Padelford River Boat and celebrated our team and work with painting, dinner, cake and of course wine. A good time was had by all. Thank you so much for the generous gift card of $250 which really helped defray the cost of our tickets! See you at next year’s Minnesota Health Action Group event!” 




Action Group Membership is a Click Away!

Have you been thinking about becoming an Action Group member, but don’t know where to start? We are a go-to resource for all purchasers of health care, whether you are a large or small employer; self-insured; private or public; for-profit or not-for-profit. Because we are focused on health care, and only health care, we create an environment for working together toward a common purpose to address common needs. We invite you to get in touch about membership, or join us a member meeting to learn more! Our new member packet may be found here.


76bc0886-dedc-4ded-a28d-a255d5d9e1f6Free Program for Action Group Employer Members!

Action Group employer members are invited to join Target and the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) on October 13, 2016, in Minneapolis for an engaging conversation on the challenges and successes of integrating employee health, productivity and absence management programs. The discussion will focus on mental well-being and productivity: How does improved resiliency impact the workforce? Click here to register or to learn more about this exciting half-day program.

ntsdNational Depression Screening Day

October 6 is National Depression Screening Day. Each year the first Thursday in October is designated to mobilize community-based organizations including employers, health care organizations, schools and other organizations to offer programs that educate, raise awareness and screen individuals for common behavioral and mental health disorders and suicide.

To learn more about how The Action Group is rewarding providers and clinics for providing optimal care for depression, diabetes and vascular disease through Minnesota Bridges to Excellence, click here.  

November is American Diabetes Month

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the U.S. One in 11 Americans have diabetes – that’s more than 29 million people. And another 86 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. That’s why every November, American Diabetes Month refocuses our nation’s attention on preventing and treating this devastating disease. There are many interesting, engaging and free resources available to use in the workplace: 

Have you completed your Advance Care Directive?

Advanced Care Planning

NEW! Doctors Don’t Communicate Well About Terminally Ill Patients (Reuters, September 30, 2016)

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.


No Government Relief in Sight for the High Cost of Prescription Drugs…

“Making policy action tricky is that rising prices for generic, brand-name and biologic products each have different causes, and each requires a different set of policies to bring under control. And each category has its own set of stakeholders ready to thwart decisive action that would bring down prices.”

Harris Meyer
Modern Healthcare News