KEY INITIATIVES TO GET US THERE
|• Specialty Drug Guiding Coalition to drive market reform
• Mental Health Learning Network to identify specific, actionable purchasing reforms
• Collaborate with MDH to define employer value from MN All Payer Claims Database
|• Evolve MN Bridges to Excellence
• Support growth in Advance Care Planning
|• Promote National Diabetes Prevention Program
• Promote Choosing Wisely
|• Expand Annual Employer Benefits Survey
• Summit, member meetings, community/stakeholder forums
|• Deliver an engaging member experience, and grow membership base
• National initiatives
The Action Group’s Specialty Drug Guiding Coalition provides multi-stakeholder input, insight and guidance to employers to ensure their success in achieving specific goals that address challenges related to the rapidly rising cost of specialty drugs. The diversity of this group ensures all perspectives are represented and specific goals are met as efficiently as possible.
The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions has launched a new vision to align the private sector in support of a high-value specialty drug marketplace. Minnesota employers and The Action Group played a key role in developing the framework. To view the vision, click here.
Action Group members may access the Specialty Pharmacy Employer Purchaser’s Guides through the Member Center. Employer Purchaser’s Guides available to the public include:
Every one of us has been touched by mental illness. Did you know one in five American adults has a mental illness, and depression is now the leading cause of disability worldwide? What’s more, serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings every year.
With mental health and substance abuse disorders now accounting for nearly a quarter of worldwide disability, Action Group Mental Health Learning Network members are identifying opportunities to improve access to quality care, and helping reduce the stigma that often accompanies these issues.
Efforts include identifying opportunities for improving plan design, integrated care delivery and services, contracting, and more, all of which contribute to lowering costs.
“Addressing mental health in the workplace has long been a core commitment at The Action Group. Our current Mental Health Learning Network brings members together to learn how best to build healthier, happier workplaces and communities, free from stigma.”
Action Group President and CEO
The Action Group is partnering with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to define a value proposition for employer use of the All Payer Claims Database (APCD). The APCD holds great promise for improving health care coverage, reducing costs, and ensuring the delivery of high quality health care in Minnesota.
Action Group members from leading employers have participated in key informant interviews and focus groups, and are guiding the development of proposed reports.
Now in its final year, MNBTE has been inspiring change since 2006 by rewarding clinics that achieve optimal results for patients with diabetes, vascular care, and depression. The program leaves a legacy of improved care and better outcomes for Minnesotans living with these chronic health conditions. MNBTE has awarded more than $6.5 million to high-performing clinics and care systems over the life of the program. Changes have led to patients gaining access to quality information they can use to find the best care for their condition, and purchasers uniting to offer a common set of standards and a transparent reward mechanism.
The Action Group, Stratis Health, and Honoring Choices Minnesota have joined forces to increase awareness and understanding about ACP and end-of-life care, so every stakeholder can confidently participate in calm, informed, compassionate conversations before the need arises. We have prepared a free Advance Care Planning Employee Communications Toolkit, along with a Statewide Call to Action.
With 86 million U.S. adults at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes (also called prediabetes) the tsunami of poor health and high costs will be staggering. MDH is contracting with The Action Group to engage employers and insurers to make the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) a covered benefit. How is your organization helping stop diabetes in its tracks? We can connect you with the people and programs to help people with prediabetes delay or avoid the onset of type 2 diabetes.
Want to learn more about how you can provide the NDPP as a covered benefit? We can help! Please contact The Action Group to learn about the many affordable, practical options.
Choosing Wisely is an initiative of the ABIM Foundation in partnership with Consumer Reports that seeks to advance a national dialogue on avoiding wasteful or unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures. We have collaborated to develop a high-value, turnkey, no-cost 2017 employee communication campaign for Minnesota employers. There is a Choosing Wisely presentation and recording available online. This Action Group blog features webinar guest presenter, Dominic Lorusso.
The Action Group’s exclusive Annual Employer Benefits Survey digs into what is and isn’t working for Minnesota employers. The 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.
There are now two versions: One for general industry, and one for cities, counties and school districts. Executive summaries for both are available here.
The Annual Employer Benefits Survey is open to members and non-members. Want to participate in the 2018 Survey? If you commit to taking it, you’ll receive the full 2017 results with our thanks.
Member meeting topics are identified by members, for members. From addressing specific health issues in the workplace, to improving employee engagement, to tapping into high-value health care data, member meetings provide outstanding opportunities for networking, learning and action. Many members tell us they never miss a meeting if they can help it!
With health care affordability top of mind for all, this year’s Annual Employer Leadership Summit enabled us to explore some of the key issues affecting cost and quality, and consider together how we might move forward in creating a health care system that works for every American.
As a member-led organization, we work closely with our members to address topics and host events they define as valuable, often focusing on making improvements in areas involving high cost and high levels of care variability. Action Group members know from experience that we accomplish more together than any of us can alone. There is strength in our collective voice and progress through our united action.
We are also actively growing our membership base to amplify the purchaser voice even further. If you’re involved in purchasing health care, developing employee benefit strategies, delivering health care goods or services, or supporting those who do, membership in the Minnesota Health Action Group is for YOU!
The Action Group has been a proud member of The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions since its inception. The Alliance is a national, non-profit, membership organization of purchaser-led health care coalitions – a “coalition of coalitions.” Together, we are dedicated to value-based purchasing of health care services through the collective action of public and private purchasers, seeking to accelerate the nation’s progress towards safe, efficient, high-quality health care, and the improved health status of the American population.