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Key Stakeholders Want TN to Operate It's Own Health Insurance Exchange

According to the State of Tennessee Insurance Exchange Planning Initiative, "Key stakeholders now express (in writing) their preference that Tennessee operate the exchange instead of the federal government.  These groups include all of the major insurers, both major associations for brokers and agents (i.e., Tennessee division of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) and National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers (NAIFA) in Tennessee), Tennessee Medical... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Final GINA Regulations Released

Read the Employee Benefit News article regarding final GINA requlations issues November 9, 2010. Get  a copy of the Federal Register for GINA regulations. According to Employee Benefit News, "GINA and its new implementing regulations:  • Prohibit the use of genetic information in employment decisions, including those concerning hiring, firing, compensation, and terms and conditions of employment; • Generally bar employers from requesting, requiring, or purchasing genetic... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tennessee Health Plans Rank in Top 15% Nationally on eValue8

The National Business Coalition on Health released its national eValue8 2010 report "Engage...Focus...Improve"  on November 16, 2010. The report provides a snap shot of health plan performance on key elements including consumer engagement, provider measurement, pharmacy management, prevention/health promotion, chronic disease management, behavioral health management. This year, for the first time, eValue8 also measured plan performance in reducing waste and inefficiencies in the delivery... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Double Whammy: We Still Have Unsafe, Expensive Healthcare

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to draw the conclusion that we still have unsafe, expensive healthcare in the US, and right here in Memphis, when you read the headlines of recent reports: AHRQ: Rate of Adverse Events in Medicare Cases "Disturbing" Case 34-2010: A 65-Year Old Woman with an Incorrect Operation on the Left Hand Surgery on Wrong Patients, Surgical Sites Persists, Study Finds   Top 10 Most Costly, Frequent Medical Errors These articles not only focus on the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, November 17, 2010

MBGH Hosts Successful Value-Based Insurance Design Webinar

MBGH hosted a successful Value-Based Insurance Design webinar on Thursday, November 4,2010 with A. Mark Fendrick, MD, co-Director of the Center for Value-Based Insurance Design at the University of Michigan. MBGH  has been working with Mark since February 2008, when MBGH launched our value-based benefits initiative to educate our members and Memphis-area employers on the principles of value-based benefits and to assist them in identifying opportunities to deploy those principles in... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, November 4, 2010

Methodist Healthcare Posts Leapfrog Survey Results on Website

Methodist Healthcare is the first Midsouth hospital system to post their complete results from the Leapfrog Group Annual Hospital Survey on their website. MBGH has been working with Methodist since July to add critical outcome, process, and structure measures that are important to employers and their employees to their quality report card on their website. Methodist embraced this request and decided to post complete Leapfrog Group survey results. Read more about this initiative and see... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, November 1, 2010

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