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CDC Focuses on a Healthy Workforce

2015 MBGH Annual Conference Topic: Effective Worksite Wellness Programs MBGH CEO Culture of Health Initiative The latest issue of Business Pulse: Healthy Workforce  is now available and explores how the CDC can help employers maximize their worker health and safety while improving their profitability and productivity.  The piece links to many tools that employers may find of value including business-focused CDC resources, the Total Worker Health program and this... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | 0 comments

How Does Your Health Plan Treat the New Biosimilars?

2015 MBGH Specialty Pharmacy Management Workshop Topic (held April 1) From the National Business Coalition on Health: "Earlier this month, Novartis’ Zarxio was the first biosimilar product approved in the United States, ushering in a new era for the drug industry, consumers and third parties who manage medical and drug benefits. The introduction of cheaper alternatives to relatively complex biologic drugs has created confusion over the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval process... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | 0 comments

Cadillac Tax To Become 2016 Election Issue

MBGH Members Only Peer Roundtable Discussions: Strategies Being Implemented re: Cadillac Tax The next time your CFO asks you to explain the Cadillac Tax just tell them it is a way to "equalize the way wages and health insurance are taxed. " According to the April 13, 2015 article in Employee Benefit News, Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist, explains "Health insurance is compensation and wages are compensation. They should be taxed the same. And they're not". Gruber believes that since... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, April 13, 2015 | 0 comments

Private Exchange Enrollment Doubles in 2015

2015 MBGH Annual Conference Topic: Private Healthcare Exchanges! According to an April 13,2 015 article in Employee Benefit News, Accenture data shows that enrollment in private exchanges doubled from 3 million in 2014 to 6 million in 2015. Accenture projects that by 2018, the first year of the Cadillac Tax, 40 million will be enrolled in private exchanges. Although most of the growth in 2015 was in the mid-market segment, Accenture believes that more large employers, who have been... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, April 13, 2015 | 0 comments

MBGH & Baptist Redefined Providing Health Benefits in Memphis

Thirty years ago, a small, but mighty, group of employers came together to commiserate about the high cost of health care in Memphis. They commissioned a special study that showed not only were their costs high, but there didn’t seem to be a rationale for how rates were set and there were vast differences, some as high as 80%, between what hospitals charged for the same service.  Deciding that unless they became more active purchasers nothing would change, these employers, joined now by... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Sunday, April 12, 2015 | 0 comments

How To Develop a Culture of Health For Successful Worksite Wellness Programs

"There is considerable debate about whether worksite wellness programs are effective in improving health and in reducing health benefit costs. Supporters argue that if employees are healthier they are less likely to develop chronic diseases that are linked to lifestyle choices. Skeptics counter that many worksite wellness approaches actually increase costs and don’t deliver on the promise of reducing health benefit cost trends. Both of these viewpoints can be correct, especially if the issue... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, April 6, 2015 | 0 comments

The Y Leads by Example in the CEO Culture of Health Initiative

The YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South is one of our newest CEO Culture of Health participants, having just joined in 2015. Believe it or not, they have already met the requirements for the Small Starts @ Work program and are officially a Healthier Tennessee Workplace! Now you may be saying to yourself, “Well, it was easy for them, they are in the business of helping people get and stay healthy.” Cleo Griffin, Corporate Relationship Director for The Y, will quickly tell you that it is not... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, April 3, 2015 | 0 comments


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