February 27, 2020
Third Annual Member Book Club Meeting!
We Hope You Will Join Us!
“In my 40-plus years of engagement with health care policy, I never encountered a mind more incisive or a character more compelling than Uwe Reinhardt’s. With his clear voice, piercing intellect, hilarious wit, and unshakable ethics, he simply has no peer. Priced Out is one more testament to the gifts he gave us as a unique model of science and compassion in indissoluble embrace. If you want to understand the trouble that health care has come to, and where it must look for solutions, read this book.”
Donald M. Berwick, M.D., President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
“Uwe Reinhardt was the moral conscience of our health care system, reminding us with evidence, clarity, and stand-up act humor how it is failing. He was joined in this enterprise by another great health care expert, his wife, Tsung-Mei Cheng. Every health care group craved Reinhardt as their keynote speaker and felt more virtuous after he berated them about the many ways in which they were failing. But he did not want adulation; he wanted things to change. By reading this powerful book and making something in the health system better, we can all honor his legacy.”
Drew Altman, President and CEO, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
“As always, Uwe Reinhardt has managed to make me smile as he’s presenting a tragic story about U.S. health care. He couples an economist’s mathematical graphs and analysis with his unique, unsparing wry commentary. You can hear him on every page of this book. Demonstrating the infeasibility of many―actually, almost all―of the recent attempts at health care reform, he avers that Republican loss of control of one or both houses in 2018 would ‘change the debate on health care.’ He predicts ‘major competing initiatives on health care’ from both parties in the 2020 campaign. It is a tragedy that he will not be here to analyze them.”
Elisabeth Rosenthal, Editor-in-Chief, Kaiser Health News, and author of An American Sickness
“With an economist’s precision and a prophet’s moral clarity, the late Uwe Reinhardt untangles our complex health care system for all to see and understand. Only Reinhardt could have done so much in such a short, penetrating volume. His brilliance as a teacher shines through. This will be a must-read for aspiring students of health care and for policymakers everywhere. How much we will miss him.”
David Blumenthal, M.D., President, The Commonwealth Fund
This Book Club discussion is perfectly timed to remind members of the enduring economic lessons from Professor Reinhardt and provide insightful perspective on the health care debate in the 2020 presidential campaign.
Past Action Group Book Club meetings included: An American Sickness by Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal (September 2018) and The Crusade for Forgotten Souls (April 2019).
February 27, 2020
8 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Breakfast and networking
8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Book discussion*
3800 American Boulevard E.
The Action Group’s 2020 Annual Employer Benefits Survey, which launches January 27, 2020, is a unique and important way to gain insight into comprehensive health plan benefits benchmarks and innovations from Minnesota employers. FREE and CONFIDENTIAL, the Survey is open to ALL employers with employees in Minnesota.
A flyer with details about this year’s Survey is available here.
“With the New Year comes a new focus on gaining insight into health plan benefit benchmarks and Minnesota employer innovations to inform 2021 open enrollment planning,” says Jon Schloemer, VP of HR shared services for Fleet Farm. View Jon’s new blog about the importance of the Survey to his organization here!
On April 8, 2020, from 9 a.m.-11 a.m., The Action Group will host a webinar to share results of this year’s Survey. Please watch this space for details on how to participate.
To learn more, contact Deb Krause (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The 2019 Survey Summaries are available here.
Renowned mental health advocate, activist, founder of The Kennedy Forum, and this year’s Summit keynote speaker, former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, will inspire attendees. He will share actionable ideas for The Path Forward that will lead to lasting change in the way mental health and substance use disorders are treated in our health care system.
Improving workplace mental health is increasingly important for Minnesota employers, fueled by the significant impact on organizational performance and the fact that the current state of mental health and substance use treatment in America is dire — and getting worse (see the recent Milliman Research Report on mental health disparities here). Employers are in a unique and powerful position to drive efforts to achieve and leverage sustainable, measurable improvements in mental health access, care and parity.
“I believe more than ever that we have the power to help change the world for people who have mental illnesses and addictions, and for all of those whose lives are touched by these brain diseases—which is to say, all of us.” ~Patrick Kennedy
April 29, 2020
7:30 a.m.-8 a.m. Breakfast and networking
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Summit events
4 p.m.-5 p.m. Networking reception
Westin Galleria Edina
This insight on last year’s Summit from our Board Chair, Ken Horstman, senior director of total compensation at the University of Minnesota, captures it perfectly:
“Time and again at the Summit, I heard from participants that this is a ‘one-of-a-kind’ event, full of conversations that make participants think and stretch their ideas around possible solutions. Many said that in comparison to the conference fees paid for nationally recognized conferences, the content, speakers, expertise, and passion brought to this Summit make it a ‘can’t miss’ opportunity.” ~ Ken Horstman, Interim Vice President of Human Resources, University of Minnesota
If you would like to be considered for 2021 Summit sponsorship or have questions, please contact Deb Krause (952.529.1119; email@example.com), or Sue Jesseman (952.896.5186; firstname.lastname@example.org).