Taking Action Express: NEW blog: Survey Says! Solving the Transparency Problem; Voluntary Benefits Setback; Plentiful, Free Data for Employers…and More!
SEPTEMBER 5, 2017
NEW BLOG! The Value of Action Group Membership
Why do members engage with The Action Group? How do they engage? What do they find most valuable? These and many more questions were developed by the Action Group Board for a survey designed to ensure we are meeting and exceeding member expectations.
“I am inspired by the strength of members’ shared beliefs and we will align our strategy accordingly,” says Deidre Serum, Action Group Board member and senior director of benefits for Best Buy. “We also uncovered opportunities to better communicate the unique nature of our coalition to potential members.”
To view Deidre’s new blog about the member survey, please click here.
Today’s employees are working more hours, taking less time off, exercising less, and feeling more stressed than ever before, prompting more than 85 percent of employers to implement wellness programs. But less than one in five believe their programs are effective at reducing health care costs, improving performance and productivity, or enhancing employee engagement, attraction or loyalty.
At our September 21, 2017, member meeting, we will facilitate the sharing of ideas about what works, and discuss how we can individually and collectively advance employee well-being. To RSVP or to view the meeting details, click here.
Not yet a member, but considering membership? Please join us at a member meeting by contacting Sue Jesseman for a complimentary meeting pass!
Interested in the latest from the Gallup Sharecare Well-being Index? Learn more and download reports on a wide variety of well-being topics here.
“Voluntary” Workplace Wellness Programs Dealt Setback by U.S. Court
A federal court on August 22 threw out a rule allowing employers to call their workplace wellness programs “voluntary” when employees stand to lose thousands of dollars for not participating — a win for groups that challenged what they argue are coercive programs that have not been shown to improve employee health. Read the full article here.
Innovation Update: Specialty Drug Guiding Coalition
When it comes to specialty drug affordability and access challenges, the blame game is alive and well. But over 40 Specialty Drug Guiding Coalition members from more than 20 organizations have been working together since February, putting a stop to the blame game, and elevating the discussion to find solutions that work for all.
Pharmacy Industry News:
- “The price of PCSK9 inhibitors would need to be reduced by more than two-thirds for to meet generally accepted cost-effectiveness thresholds…” (JAMA Network, August 22/29, 2017)
- Health Care Spending Spikes Due to Improper Diabetes Drug Adherence (Specialty Pharmacy Times, August 31, 2017)
Advancing Health Care Transparency Initiatives
The Action Group has long subscribed to the idea that it takes ready access to meaningful cost and quality information to build a health care system that pays for quality and outcomes, instead of more services that do not lead to better health. Patients, employers, health plans — and even providers — have too little information about the relative cost and quality of health care services.
That’s why The Action Group is committed to advancing health care transparency in Minnesota and across the nation.
- Driving purchaser value. Through our multi-stakeholder Specialty Drug Guiding Coalition, and our Mental Health Learning Network, we are identifying actionable purchasing reforms. We are also collaborating with the MN Department of Health to define employer value through the state’s All Payer Claims Database, and encouraging every hospital in the state to participate with The Leapfrog Group’s hospital safety ratings.
- Enhancing care delivery. By evolving the MN Bridges to Excellence Program, and supporting the growth of Advance Care Planning initiatives, we contribute to ensuring patients get the care they need, when and where they need it.
- Empowering consumers/employees. By promoting and supporting the National Diabetes Prevention Program and Choosing Wisely, we help employers empower their employees to take control of their care.
- Building professional capability. Our Annual Employer Benefits Survey offers insights into how employers are tackling transparency shortcomings. And our Annual Employer Leadership Summit focuses on trends in advancing health care marketplace transparency.
- Enabling a high-performing coalition. By partnering with the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, and engaging in national health care reform activities, we are on the leading edge of U.S. transparency initiatives that serve Minnesotans well.
Related and Interesting:
“The push to bring transparency to health care pricing and quality has been going on for years, but still the industry undoubtedly remains one of the nation’s most opaque. The scarcity of price and and quality information is often blamed on the high cost of care.” (From Modern Healthcare’s Special Report: Is the Price Right? Solving Healthcare’s Transparency Problem)
Member Only Meetings:
- 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:
- November 13-15, 2017: National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. (The $850 registration fee is waived for Action Group members)
- SAVE THE DATE! May 11, 2018: Annual Employer Leadership Summit, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Westin Edina Galleria