Taking Action Express: Top 10 2017 Health Care Issues; FREE 2017 Employee Comm. Kit; Coming Soon! ER Survey; Call for Summit Sponsors!

JANUARY 6, 2017

Top 10 Health Care Industry Issues for 2017






The year ahead holds both opportunity and uncertainty, consulting firm PwC notes in its recent predictions about what the health care industry faces in 2017. With the Affordable Care Act’s fate coming into question as health care organizations move into the new world of value-based care and other advances, it’s sure to be a year of significant change. Read the full article here.

  1. The fate of the ACA will remain unclear.
  2. Pharma’s new strategic partner will be patients.
  3. The training wheels are coming off value-based payment.
  4. Health systems will begin to accelerate modernization of payments.
  5. Emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, drones and virtual reality loom, with great potential to disrupt in 2017.
  6. The battle against infectious disease will spark invention.
  7. Nutrition will take a more central role in health.
  8. Drug companies put the brakes–gently–on prices.
  9. Consolidation through mergers and acquisitions will continue in the industry.
  10. Medical students are preparing to enter a new value-based world.

Related and interesting: 

Tackle Health Care Waste with Choosing Wisely®!

As we think about “doing together what none of us can do alone,” the 2017 Choosing Wisely Minnesota campaign is a great example! It is:

Join Us for our February Member Meeting! Care Coordination: Holy Grail or Within Reach?

Lack of care coordination leads to serious complications, including medication errors, preventable hospital readmissions, and unnecessary pain and suffering for patients. Higher costs are also a concern. In fact, the Institute of Medicine estimates that care coordination efforts could result in $240 billion in annual health care savings.

Please join us for The Action Group’s February member meeting where we’ll explore:

  • What is care coordination, why is it important, and what gets in the way?
  • How can we know if it is happening?
  • What are leading organizations – including employers, health plans, providers, innovators, and the government – doing to improve care coordination?
  • How can purchasers use their collective leverage to improve care coordination in the market?

You’ll have an opportunity to hear from others, ask questions, share experiences, and engage in discussion. Even more important, you’ll walk away with actionable ideas and inspiration to improve care coordination for your employees.

February 22, 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 [sjesseman@mnhealthactiongroup.org]

Action Group Annual Employer Benefits Survey Coming Soon!


The Action Group will soon be conducting its annual online Employer Benefits Survey to provide comprehensive health plan benefit benchmarks from Minnesota employers. Now in its seventh year, this unique Survey offers invaluable strategic and tactical plan design details, along with insights into prescription drugs trends, wellness programs, market innovations, and more. It will be open to members and non-members. Watch this space for details! Click here to learn more about the Survey.

Mark your calendar with these key dates:

February 6-24: Survey is open
February 24: Final day for submission
March 30: (7:30 a.m.-10 a.m.): Final Report distributed at Survey Results Meeting (for participants only)
April: Final report mailed to survey participants unable to attend the meeting

 Don’t Miss Out! Add These to Your Calendar:


And look for dates to be announced soon for these exciting meetings:
  • April: Empowering Employees to Become Consumers
  • July: Health Care Data as a Community Asset in Minnesota (All Payer Claims Database)
  • September: Employee Well-being: A Business Imperative
  • November: Best Practices for Addressing Cancer in the Workplace
  • December: Highlights of the Mental Health Learning Network, plus 2017 Review and 2018 Preview

CALL FOR SPONSORS: 10th Annual Employer Leadership Summit

At this year’s 10th Annual Employer Leadership Summit, The Time is NOW: Putting Affordable Back into Health Care, local and national thought leaders and some of our most innovative members will share  best practices in tackling cost and quality issues in ways that contribute to ensuring the health and vitality of our economy and our citizens.

May 19, 2017
8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Westin Galleria
Edina, MN

Registration will open JANUARY 9, with Early Bird specials available!

Add Advance Care Planning to 2017 Resolutions!

Advance care planning is not just about old age. At any age, a medical crisis could leave someone too ill to make personal health care decisions. Making health care plans for the future is an important step toward ensuring patients receive the medical care they would want, even when doctors and family members are making the decisions. The National Institute on Aging offers a host of free, easy-to-use materials.

Are you and your employees prepared to open this line of communication? We can help:

“What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.”
Vern McLellan

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.