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What work place policy change would you support to improve health?

51% of those responding to MBGH's informal Facebook poll on what work place policy change they would support to improve health voted for "no tobacco use on property". This is exciting news as decreasing the number of tobacco users is a high priority to improve the overall health of Tennesseans and the nation! Recent legislation that banned or restricted smoking in the work place has gone a long way in improving the health of your workforce by eliminating second hand smoke and encouraging... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, May 31, 2011 | 0 comments

IRS Releases 2012 Indexed Amounts for HSAs, HDHPs

On May 24, 2011, the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2011-32, which lists the 2012 indexed amounts, adjusted for inflation, for health savings accounts and high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). (In some cases, this resulted in no change from the prior year.) The following table lists the 2011 amounts and the new 2012 amounts: The Revenue Procedure is effective for calendar year 2012.  (Source: CQ HealthBeat) ... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, May 31, 2011 | 0 comments

Dow Chemical Maps Connection of Employee Health to Company Success

In the first of a two-part interview with Dr. Cathy Baase, Global Director of Health Services for Dow Chemical, The Benfield Group's article outlines the key philosophy and approaches Dow has taken over the past 20 years to increase value to Dow by improving employee health. Central to Dow's approach is their map which focuses on employee effectiveness and illness/injury management.   As you can see, the common element between employee effectiveness and illness/injury management... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, May 31, 2011 | 0 comments

Delbanco believes the healthcare payment system needs “CPR”

Who better to help you beat the health reform blues than Suzanne F. Delbanco, PhD., executive director of Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR). Delbanco is joining Peter Hayes , Principal for Healthcare Solutions and formerly with Hannaford Supermarkets, and John Moses, PhD, thought leader for behavior change and measurement with AON Hewitt, as national keynote speakers at MBGH September 8, 2011 Annual Conference, “Got the Health Reform Blues?” .   CPR is working to... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, May 16, 2011 | 0 comments

MBGH Now Offers Vendor Due Diligence

Few tasks in benefits management are more time-consuming and expensive than performing due diligence on vendors or potential vendors. Starting now MBGH members can supplement or replace vendor due diligence with information from The Leapfrog Due Diligence Cooperative. This vendor due diligence information can save MBGH members tremendous time, resources and money. Plus, you have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re making the right decisions. This information is... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, May 16, 2011 | 0 comments

MBGH Launches New Health Promotions Benefits Tool & Solutions Center

Our members said they wanted it, and we listened. In the most recent MBGH user survey, worksite health promotion ranked number one as the most important learning topic. That’s why MBGH created a new Tools & Solutions Center dedicated to Health Promotion Benefits.The center is available to MBGH members, affiliates and conference sponsors at the Patron and Partner level. Your login is your email address and the password is  mbgh  . This center includes information from the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, May 16, 2011 | 0 comments

MBGH Appointed to National Measures Applications Partnership Advising HHS

Memphis Business Group on Health has been appointed to the Measures Applications Partnership (MAP), a consensus-based entity advising the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) on the best measures to use in public reporting, value-based payment, and other programs. Established by the National Quality Forum, the MAP brings together stakeholder groups in collaboration that balances the interests of consumers, businesses and purchasers, labor, health plans, clinicians and... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, May 16, 2011 | 0 comments

Memphis Total Cost of Healthcare Increases Less Than National Average

The good news for Memphis is that our total cost of healthcare for a typical family of four covered by a PPO increased only 5.7% from 2010 to 2011 compared to a national increase of 7.3% during that same time period. Memphis costs are now 4.3% above the national average, down from 6% above the national average in 2010. The Milliman Medical Index looks at costs paid by the employer and the employee at a national level and at several key markets throughout the US, including Memphis. Because... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, May 12, 2011 | 2 comments

Broker Commissions: In or Out of Medical Loss Ratio Calculations?

Health Reform Update from the National Business Coalition on Health The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is considering whether to endorse legislation that would remove broker and agent commissions from the medical loss ratio, a calculation that could give consumers valuable insights about the proportion of their premiums spent on health care costs compared with administrative expenses and salaries. Removal would have far-reaching implications for the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | 0 comments

High-Profile Healthcare Centers Skeptical of ACO Proposed Rules

Health Reform Update from National Business Coalition on Health As NBCH and many organizations are preparing to submit comments to HHS on the ACO federal regulations, the nation’s highest-profile health care centers — the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare or the Geisinger Health System —have so many concerns with the proposed rule to create ACOs that they doubt that they will participate. The 2010 health care law (PL 111-148, PL 111-152) created the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | 0 comments


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