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APRIL 18, 2017

Action Group Summit: Early Bird Special Ends Friday!

With support from our valued sponsors, The Action Group will be hosting this year’s 10th Annual Employer Leadership Summit on May 19, “The Time is NOW: Putting Affordable Back into Health Care.” Register by Friday to save $100!

Local and national thought leaders and some of our most innovative employers will be sharing best practices in implementing changes that improve access to high-quality care, while lowering or better managing costs.

“Along with learning from an amazing lineup of speakers, attendees will have ample opportunity to network and visit the booths of our generous sponsors,” says Carolyn Pare, Action Group president and CEO. “Employers will leave inspired and ready to make positive change happen within their orgnizations.”

Please click below to register and take advantage of our EARLY BIRD SPECIAL (available only until April 21), or here to learn more.


April Member Meeting: Empowering Employees to be Health Care Consumers

There are more employee engagement and communication tools and resources than ever before, yet most are delivered with a “one-size-fits-all” approach, causing a fragmented experience.

Please join us for The Action Group’s April member meeting, where we’ll hear from a number of members who are taking the guesswork out of effectively reaching employees with key messages.

April 27, 2017
8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
(Networking begins at 7:30)

Hilton Airport/MOA Hotel

3800 American Boulevard E.
Bloomington, MN

Please RSVP to Sue Jesseman

How U.S. Health Care Became Big Business

Health care is a trillion-dollar industry in America, but are we getting what we pay for? Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal, a medical journalist who formerly worked as a medical doctor, warns that the existing system too often focuses on financial incentives over health or science. Her new book, An American Sickness, examines the deeply rooted problems of the existing health-care system and also offers suggestions for a way forward.

“Elisabeth Rosenthal’s new book is timely and thought-provoking,” says Carolyn Pare, Action Group president and CEO. “The Action Group has always 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 for all Minnesotans.”

Learn more…

Federal Health Policy: What’s Next for Employers and Employer Coalitions?

Now that “repeal and replace” of the ACA appears to have fallen by the wayside, what’s next for employers and employer coalitions regarding health policy?

The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchasing Coalitions hosted last week a webinar about this topic that is top of mind for all employers. To listen to this insightful and candid discussion, please click here.


Member Only Meetings:
Not yet a member and see something of interest? Contact us for a complimentary meeting pass (excludes Summit):

  • April 27, 2017, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.: Empowering Employees to be Consumers
  • July 26, 2017: Health Care Data as a Community Asset in Minnesota (All Payer Claims Database)
  • 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:

Please click here to view all 2017 events and member meetings.

New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades Announced

The Leapfrog Group just announced new grades for the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, the first and only national health care rating focused on errors, accidents and infections. The program has been assigning letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the U.S. since 2012. Over that time there have been significant strides in improving patient safety, such as a 21 percent decline in hospital acquired conditions, increased adoption and improved functionality of computerized physician order entry systems, and millions of averted patient harms.

As the regional rollout leader in Minnesota when The Leapfrog Group was launched, The Action Group continues to encourage every hospital in the state to participate.

 “…Problems with safety persist, with more than 1,000 people a day estimated to die from preventable errors, making this the third leading cause of death in America.”

The Leapfrog Group

Hot Off the Press! Employer Benefit Survey Summaries

The Minnesota Health Action Group’s Annual Employer Benefits Survey captures a vital snapshot of trends in the Minnesota employee benefits marketplace, and provides a tool for Action Group members and other Survey participants to benchmark their plans.

A comprehensive report of findings and detailed answers was provided to organizations that participated in the Survey. Survey highlights for general industry and cities, counties and school districts are now available on our website.

Employers willing to commit to 2018 Survey participation will receive a complimentary copy of the full 2017 Survey results. Interested employers may contact Sue Jesseman at sjesseman@mnhealthactiongroup.org.

Call for Choosing Wisely Champions!

Consumer Reports is launching a nationwide search to recruit and recognize Choosing Wisely patient champions – everyday people who ask their health care providers questions to find out if certain medical tests or treatments are really needed.

Think you might know one or be one? Please click here to learn more, or to submit an application.

May is Mental Health Month: Free Resources for Employees 

Since 1949, Mental Health America (MHA) and its affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events, and screenings. MHA welcomes other organizations to join them in spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care about by using the May is Mental Health Month toolkit materials and conducting awareness activities. Following are links to the toolkit, and to others resources you can use to raise awareness in the workplace:

  • MHA toolkit: Find social media posts, banner images, quizzes, fact sheets, and more.
  • Action Group Choosing Wisely Employee Communications Toolkit: May content focuses on helping your employees understand the signs of depression, and how to talk with their doctors about appropriate prescription drug use.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness Fact Sheets: These fact sheets offer general information on mental health, as well as provide overviews of illnesses, evidence-based practices and medications.
  • Heads Together: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry just released 10 “searingly honest” short films to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health through the Royal Foundation, Heads Together.

“Twenty-five percent of United States hospital spending – the single most expensive sector in our health care system – is related to administrative costs…That compares with 16 percent in England and 12 percent in Canada.”

Elisabeth Rosenthal,  The New York Times Magazine

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