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Category: Cost-Quality Connection

First Statewide Report Issued on Choosing Wisely Recommendations

From the National Business Coalition on Health: The first statewide report in the nation to measure Choosing Wisely® recommendations finds that patients in Washington state may be exposed to care that they don’t need—and potential harm. The report, Less Waste, Less Harm: Choosing Wisely in Washington State , offers county-by-county results for nine different Choosing Wisely recommendations. The results are based upon claims data representing 3.3 million lives in Washington state and was... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, September 27, 2014 | 0 comments

New MBGH Member Benefit: Resolve Health Challenges with Other Employers Who Understand

Join us January 30, 2013 8:30-10:30 for our first meeting! Open to MBGH members and affiliates only. Register by email to ctravis@memphisbusinessgroup.org . You know other businesses face the same employee health and health benefit challenges as you. Instead of reinventing the wheel by yourself the next time one of these challenges arise, imagine being able to work collaboratively with these other businesses to arrive at creative solutions much more quickly. MBGH makes that... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | 0 comments

A Must Watch: Easy Way to Explain "Bundled Payments" or "Flat Fees"

Yet another great video from BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, this one explains "bundled payments" or "flat fees" in a way that anyone can understand.   Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, March 21, 2012 | 0 comments

We Must Start Shining the Light on Quality & Cost of Healthcare

Great little video from BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina about how they are beginning to shine the light on the quality and cost of care for their members. We need to do this in Memphis! MBGH is helping employers move in this direction.   Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, March 21, 2012 | 0 comments

Consumer Directed Health Plans Becoming Mainstream

MBGH attended the recent Memphis meeting presenting the results of the Annual Mercer National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans 2011. Although I had read the results when they were released in November 2011, at this meeting, I was particularly struck by the news about how employers are using Consumer Directed Health Plans (CDHPs) as shown by these survey results: 2011 saw the biggest year-over-year increase in CDHP offerings AND enrollment since 2007 for large... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, March 15, 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

NBCH Hospital Patient Safety Action Brief Details Actions for Employers

The National Business Coalition on Health's (NBCH) Action Brief on Hospital Patient Safety, lays out the issues, details how health plans across the country are or are not working to improve safety, and details actions employers can take to have an impact on patient safety for their employees. 2011 eValue8 results were used to track how health plans are or are not working to improve safety. MBGH is an active participant in the eValue8 process and this year both BlueCross BlueShield of... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, September 22, 2011 | 0 comments

MBGH is First TN Employer Group to Sign Pledge for Partnership for Patients

Memphis Business Group on Health is the first employer/employer group in Tennessee to sign the pledge to support the " Partnership for Patients ' Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs was launched today, April 12, 2011, by HHS Secretary Sebelius and CMS Administrator Berwick along with consumer groups, industry representatives, and other key stakeholders, including the Leapfrog Group and the National Business Coalition on Health. MBGH was the first Tennessee employer group... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, April 12, 2011 | 0 comments

The Double Whammy: We Still Have Unsafe, Expensive Healthcare

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to draw the conclusion that we still have unsafe, expensive healthcare in the US, and right here in Memphis, when you read the headlines of recent reports: AHRQ: Rate of Adverse Events in Medicare Cases "Disturbing" Case 34-2010: A 65-Year Old Woman with an Incorrect Operation on the Left Hand Surgery on Wrong Patients, Surgical Sites Persists, Study Finds   Top 10 Most Costly, Frequent Medical Errors These articles not only focus on the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, November 17, 2010 | 0 comments

MBGH Hosts Successful Value-Based Insurance Design Webinar

MBGH hosted a successful Value-Based Insurance Design webinar on Thursday, November 4,2010 with A. Mark Fendrick, MD, co-Director of the Center for Value-Based Insurance Design at the University of Michigan. MBGH  has been working with Mark since February 2008, when MBGH launched our value-based benefits initiative to educate our members and Memphis-area employers on the principles of value-based benefits and to assist them in identifying opportunities to deploy those principles in... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, November 4, 2010 | 0 comments

Preventable Medical Errors Add More Than $19.5 Billion to US Healthcare Costs

Yet another study reveals the direct connection between poor quality of care and increased cost. Milliman's recent study for the Society of Actuaries found that, in 2008, avoidable medical errors added $19.5 billion to the US healthcare bill. This cost is not the full cost, because it only captures those errors that can be identified based on an analysis of health care claims. Major findings include: $13,000 in additional cost were incurred per error 2,500 people died from these injuries... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, August 16, 2010 | 0 comments


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