Taking Action Express: Tackling Type2 Diabetes; Events and Tools Expand Knowledge; Insulin $$ Spikes…

NOVEMBER 15, 2016

Employers Collaborate to Tackle Diabetes

Members and guests gathered November 15 to collaborate on the best options for preventing and treating type 2 diabetes, the costliest traditional therapy class for payers for the fifth consecutive year.

Four key employer actions discussed include: Understand your situation, use plan design levers, consider innovative vendors, and educate and engage plan participants. The entire “Tools and Resources” document can be found here, along with a host of materials that were presented at the meeting. Members may also view the entire presentation by logging into the Member Center from our website (mnhealthactiongroup.org).

Continuing the Conversation: Reducing the Cost of Diabetes in the Workplace

The American Diabetes Association and Real Appeal are offering a free event: Wellness Lives Here Luncheon: Reducing the Cost of Diabetes in the Workplace.

With diabetes remaining the costliest traditional therapy class for payers, employers are actively seeking new and engaging options for stopping this challenging disease in its tracks.

December 13, 2016
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

3849 Gallagher Drive
Edina, MN


Is Insulin the New EpiPen? List Prices Surge

Credit: NBC News

Data from Truven Health Analytics show that the manufacturer list price of insulin has surged since 2004, with many common increases running at or near 400%. Cheaper types of insulin are available, but the formulas are older and require strict adherence to eating regimens that may not work as well for all patients. “We need to solve this pricing crisis now,” said America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) spokesman David Merritt. View the full article here.”

Through its Specialty Pharmacy Learning Network and Minnesota Bridges to Excellence, The Action Group has made an ongoing commitment to stopping diabetes when possible and treating it at optimal levels when necessary,” says Carolyn Pare, Action Group president and CEO. “We will be working with our employer members to ensure they are asking important questions of their vendors that will lead to the fairest possible pricing and the best possible outcomes.”

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Please Join Us! Mental Health Care Delivery Network Now Forming!

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At the most recent Action Group Member Meeting, attendees told us a Care Delivery Learning Network to address mental health would provide the greatest opportunity for learning and impact in 2017. We are now in the process of building the agenda, conducting a market assessment, identifying key informants, and inviting employer participants.

Members tell us Learning Networks are one of The Action Group’s most valuable offerings. Past topics have addressed areas of high cost, overuse and variability in back pain/spine surgery, total joint replacement, maternity and infertility, and specialty pharmacy.

Click here to see FOUR key reasons to join the Mental Health Learning Network!

Please contact Carolyn Pare (952-896-5185, cpare@mnhealthactiongroup.org), or Deb Krause (952-529-1119, dkrause@mnhealthactiongroup.org) with questions.

(To provide objectivity and independence, as well as to protect confidentiality, only Action Group employer-members are permitted to join the Learning Network.)

Free Webinar to Help Employees Choose Wisely

Members and guests are invited to join us for “Helping Employees Choose Wisely,” a free Action Group webinar!

You probably know: Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to protecting the safety, health and wellbeing of consumers. Millions of Americans trust Consumer Reports for their unbiased ratings of everything from cars to computers.

You may not know: Americans also trust Consumer Reports for important, independent health and medical information to help make decisions that can affect their quality of life now…and for years to come.

Please join Dominic Lorusso, Director, Health Partnership for Consumer Reports, and Deb Krause, Action Group vice president, for a lunch time webinar with an update from Consumer Reports and overview of resources available, including a NEW, easy-to-use (and free!)

Minnesota campaign to help your organization empower employees to take charge of their health in 2017.

December 6, 2016
12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.

Webinar (Dial-in information will be sent in advance)

Please RSVP by clicking here.

Have you completed your Advance Care Directive?

Advanced Care PlanningNew advance planning blogs now available online!

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.

Dealing with the Fallout of Increases in Insulin Costs

“Only three major companies make insulin in the U.S. and each has steadily ratcheted up prices, sometimes in lockstep. Since 2004, the manufacturer list price for insulin, known as wholesale acquisition cost, is up by triple digits, according to data from Truven Health Analytics…”

NBC News
November 8, 2016 

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