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U.S. Health Spending Growth Slows for 2nd Year in 2010

U.S. health care spending experienced historically low rates of growth in 2009 and 2010 according to the annual report of national health expenditures (NHE) from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published in the January issue of the journal Health Affairs. Analysts at CMS report that the increase in spending for 2009 represents the lowest rate of increase in the entire 51 year history of the NHE. The low rate of growth, the data show, reflects lower... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, January 30, 2012 | 0 comments

Organizations Team Up to Help Physicians, Patients "Choose Wisely"

In the field of medicine, the customer is not always right, but that doesn't necessarily stop physicians from ordering tests and procedures that may not be strictly medically indicated when their patients request such tests or procedures. Recognizing this problem, the American Academy of Family Practice (AAFP) has joined with 10 other organizations in the Choosing Wisely campaign, which is designed to develop a series of evidence-based lists of medical tests, procedures and... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, January 30, 2012 | 0 comments

ADP Survey: 40% of Employees Don't Understand Their Benefits

According to a recent article by Lisa Gillespie in Employee Benefit News... A new ADP survey shows a wide gap between the goals and reality of how employees understand their benefit plans. Eighty percent of human resources decision-makers believe it's important for employees to fully understand their benefit options, yet they estimate only about 60% of their own employees do – a finding with serious implications for how companies communicate one of the most important parts of... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, January 30, 2012 | 0 comments

Memphis-Area Hospitals Make Progress in Eliminating Early Elective Deliveries

Memphis Business Group on Health (MBGH) and the employer-driven hospital quality watchdog, The Leapfrog Group , announce that the 2011 results from the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey indicate that hospitals in the greater-Memphis area, which includes West Tennessee, Eastern Arkansas, and North Mississippi, are making progress in eliminating early elective newborn deliveries. In 2011 57 % of reporting hospitals in this region kept their early elective delivery rate to 5% or less,... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, January 26, 2012 | 0 comments

Catalyst for Payment Reform Releases Model Contract for Employers

From the National Business Coalition on Health : The Catalyst for Payment Reform released a tool ( see model health plan contract language ) to unite employers and other health care purchasers around the shared goal to make 20% of health care payments based on value by 2020. This tool will help MBGH with our efforts to reform payment in the greater Memphis area. The model contract highlights immediate opportunities to reform how health plans pay doctors and hospitals. Together... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, January 19, 2012 | 0 comments

Shelby County Selected for CDC's National Healthy Worksite Initiative

On Friday, January 13, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that Shelby County was one of 7 sites nationally selected for their National Healthy Worksite Initiative. Viridian Health Management, based in Phoenix, AZ, is implementing this initiative in all 7 sites . MBGH is working with CDC and Viridian to identify interested employers in Shelby County and we hope that several of our members will apply! As a selected site, 15 employers from Shelby County will... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, January 16, 2012 | 0 comments


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