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Baptist & Aetna Offer New Whole Health Plan in Memphis

Aetna is partnering with Baptist's Select Health Alliance, a 600-physician network, to offer its Whole Health Plan in the greater Memphis area. Available to insured employers with 2 to 3,000 employees, the Whole Health Plan provides information to hospitals and physicians that allows them to better manage the cost and quality of the care they provide members of the plan.In addition, the Plan will reward physicians when they reach certain quality of care measures. Aetna is currently working... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, April 26, 2013

Register for May 1, 2013 Session on Worksite National Diabetes Prevention Program!

Plan to attend MBGH/Viridian Informational Session on the worksite-based National Diabetes Prevention Program May 1, 2013 9:30-11:00 Community Foundation 1900 Union Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 The Memphis Business Group on Health, by increasing awareness, laying the foundation for coverage, and assisting area employers implement the program, is working with Viridian Health Management to bring this lifestyle change program to area employers.  The Cost of Diabetes – Treatment Takes a... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, April 12, 2013

New MBGH Member Benefit: Diabetes Academy

Memphis Business Group on Health announces a new member benefit designed to help your employees with diabetes learn to manage their condition, stay as healthy as possible thereby reducing costs for health services, and continue to be at work, contributing to your organization's financial success. The program is also appropriate for employees with pre-diabetes and for those employees that are caring for diabetics or have diabetics in their family. MBGH is working with Novo Nordisk to offer the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, April 12, 2013

Check Out Health-Related Provisions of President Obama's Proposed 2014 Budget

From the National Business Coalition on Health: On April 10, 2013, President Obama released his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014. The release of the President's Budget (usually occurring in early February) is mostly a symbolic measure. Congress is not required to act on any of the proposals, and most observers agree that the partisan deadlock between the Republican-controlled House and Democratic-controlled Senate will continue, and little, if anything, is likely to be enacted out... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, April 11, 2013

More Evidence That Improving Employee Health Improves Productivity

From the Integrated Benefits Institute:  "This month’s Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM)   has a new study on how changes in health risks are linked to changes in productivity outcomes. Looking at over 19,000 employees at five employers, the authors find that employees who reduced their total health behavior risks over a 12 month period—for example, by increasing exercise or improving their diet—had a lower likelihood of absence, less presenteeism,... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, April 11, 2013

AARP-The Magazine Focuses on Lessons From America's Safest Hospitals

AARP The Magazine - the most widely circulated publication in the world - issued its health-focused issue on April 1, 2013, including a cover story: "Lessons from America's Safest Hospitals."   The article examines how hospitals are actively working to protect their patients, including safe practices in nursing, innovative facility design, and employing new technologies.   The goal of the piece is to make AARP's readership aware of safety hazards present in... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Account-Based Plans Continue to Grow and Other Findings from the Towers Watson/NBGH Survey

Increasingly, large companies are offering their employees only one option: a plan with a relatively high deductible linked to a savings account for medical expenses.  According to the annual health benefits survey by Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health, 66 percent of companies with 1,000 employees or more offered at least one such plan this year. This figure is expected to grow to nearly 80 percent next year, according to the survey.  For nearly 15 percent of... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, April 1, 2013

Specialists Can Now Get NCQA Recognition

From the National Business Coalition on Health: The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) —architect of America’s most popular patient-centered medical home model—has extended medical home concepts to specialists and released its latest program: NCQA Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) Recognition.  Now specialty practices committed to access, communication and care coordination can earn accolades as the “neighbors” that surround and inform the medical homes and... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, April 1, 2013

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