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How Will a TN Insurance Exhcange Impact Employers?

Get the answer by reading the full document (or the Executive Summary ), “Best Alternatives to a Federal Insurance Exchange in Tennessee”, just issued by the State of Tennessee Insurance Exchange Planning Initiative (the Initiative). The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the governance, structure, processes of an insurance exchange and suggests how Tennessee may want to address the issues to ensure a stable and competitive market in the state. The Small Business... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, October 31, 2011 | 0 comments

Take Steps to Offer Healthy Options in the Workplace

In July of this year, MBGH sponsored the “Believe in a Healthy Memphis: 2011 Let’s CHANGE Summit” in collaboration with the Shelby County Health Department and Healthy Memphis Common Table. Ham Smythe, President of Yellow Cab and Checker Cab, was an active participant in the  “Where We Work” group, which detailed the options employers could explore to stimulate healthy lifestyles in employees. This was not the first time Smythe had explored the options he had to encourage healthy... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, October 31, 2011 | 0 comments

Flurry of Activity in Physician Practice Acquisition in Memphis

It seems a week does not go by without at least one physician practice forming a partnership or being acquired by a Memphis area health system. The most recent announcement, just today, was Methodist's acquisition of Eastmoreland Internal Medicine. Have you tried to keep up with who owns who? Check out a list developed by doing searches on the Commercial Appeal and Memphis Business Journal websites for Methodist and Baptist.   Although the list may not include all health... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, October 31, 2011 | 0 comments

Following a Blog on a Blog

Well, not quite a blog in the truest sense, but a Facebook version of a blog. Here is a recent conversation on Facebook about public reporting of hospital infection rates! Bottom line, whose burden is it? The hospital's burden of data collection, measurement and reporting? Or the patient's burden of dieing or going through the pain of treatment to survive? At some point we have to get to the bottom line. We all deserve to know the basics about the quality of the hospitals that serve us. Thank... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, October 26, 2011 | 1 comments

IOM's Essential Health Benefits Recommendations Leave More Questions Than Answers

The IOM recommended that HHS develop an EHB package by May 2012. The high-level recommendations are as follows: 1. The EHB package should be adjusted so that the expected national average premium for a “silver” (second-lowest-price) plan is actuarially equivalent to the average premium small employers would have paid in 2014 for a typical plan. 2. The HHS Secretary should establish a framework for monitoring EHB implementation and updating that accounts for changes in... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, October 20, 2011 | 0 comments

Public Reporting Helps Spur Improvement in Hospital Infections

Memphis Business Group on Health is proud to be the Leapfrog Regional Roll-Out for Memphis and West Tennessee and to serve as Vice Chair of the Leapfrog Board of Directors. We are excited to see that public reporting of hospital acquired infections is resulting in improved care for patients. MBGH has been working with our Memphis hospitals to report this information since 2009. Thank you to these hospitals for being willing to report and for focusing on improvement. Memphis area results can be... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, October 19, 2011 | 0 comments


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