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Category: MBGH Member Benefits

Learn What Works for Worksite Wellness Programs in Memphis

A special learning and networking session only for MBGH members and participants in our CEO Culture of Health program on April 26, 2016. MBGH knows that you want to learn from each other what works in worksite wellness programs and how you made it work.  Knowing what works right here in Memphis and Shelby County will give you confidence to consider similar programs and you will have someone you can contact to get more information, advice, and to share back your experience. MBGH... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, January 19, 2016 | 0 comments

New, Very Expensive Treatments for Cholesterol Approved

NOTE: MBGH's new, specialty pharmacy management program for members is exactly what employers need to make the tough decisions around how to manage the costs of the new, very expensive treatments for high cholesterol, while still getting this treatment to those that need it. Contact Cristie at ctravis@memphisbusinessgroup.org to learn more. Two drugs in a new class of cholesterol-lowering treatments have now been approved by the FDA --  Praluent, made by Sanofi Regeneron... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, August 31, 2015 | 0 comments

Get Intensive Training on Techniques and Skills to Manage Cost and Quality of Your Health Benefits

All Greater Memphis-area and West Tennessee HR and Benefit professionals are invited to attend the College for Value-Based Purchasing at Nissan North America in Franklin, TN on March 31-April 1, 2015. Tuition costs are waived for MBGH dues-paying members and conference sponsors at the Supporter level and above (committed before March 13). For others the tuition for the College is $500. Attendees are responsible for all travel and overnight accommodations and meals not provided by the College.... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, February 18, 2015 | 0 comments

Only 7% of Employers Use Objective Quality Information to Select Health Plans

A recent Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research (AP-NORC) survey of employers found that 60% of employers think health plan quality ratings are important but employers employers lack familiarity with health quality information—particularly, objective data on the quality of health insurance plans. Just 7 percent of employers that offer health insurance use objective quality information from sources tested in the survey; 89 percent do not use or are unfamiliar with any of the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, December 22, 2014 | 0 comments

New Member Benefit: Purchaser Self-Assessment Tool

We are pleased to announce that MBGH members now have access to the National Business Coalition on Health’s Purchaser Self-Assessment Tool (PSAT) 1 .  The PSAT is a comprehensive, easy-to-use online tool that helps busy benefits and wellness professionals achieve value-based purchasing.      The PSAT provides MBGH members a customized analysis of your progress in adopting value-driven health benefit practices in comparison to other employers. Based on the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Sunday, January 19, 2014 | 0 comments

New MBGH Staff Will Focus on Worksite Health & Wellness

Memphis Business Group on Health is pleased to announce that Tara Hill has joined our staff as Project Coordinator to assist our members in planning worksite health and wellness strategies, including early program implementation, and to coordinate MBGH's CEO Culture of Health initiative. Tara is available to provide assistance to MBGH members and employers who have signed on to the CEO Culture of Health initiative. As part of that assistance, she can: perform a brief worksite health... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, August 20, 2013 | 0 comments

More Physician Groups Release Lists of Tests and Procedures We May Not Need

On February 21, 2013,  the Choosing Wisely® campaign released an additional 18 lists of tests or procedures to question, highlighting potentially unnecessary — sometimes harmful — care provided in the United States.   More than 130 tests and procedures to question have been released as part of the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely® campaign, which aims to spark conversations between patients and physicians about what care is really necessary.   Each specialty society... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, March 11, 2013 | 0 comments

MBGH Awarded Grant to Expand National Diabetes Prevention Program in Tennessee

The National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) announced that six member coalitions have been selected to receive $182,000 in funding of grants and stipends to increase awareness and lay the groundwork for coverage of the lifestyle change program that is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP). This initiative is a public-private partnership designed to bring to communities an evidence-based... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, February 12, 2013 | 0 comments

MBGH Launches Culture of Health Initiative

MBGH recently launched an initiative to encourage and assist Memphis-area employers in creating cultures of health within their organizations. This initiative is in support of Healthy Shelby (the most recent initiative of Memphis Fast Forward focused on better health, better care and lower costs as strategies for economic vitality). MBGH is working closely with Memphis Tomorrow, the association of chief executive officers of Memphis’ largest enterprises, to build CEO adoption and spread the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, November 15, 2012 | 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

Working to Get the CDC's Diabetes Prevention Program to Memphis!

As those of you that attended our September 6, 2012 Annual Conference know, MBGH is working through the National Business Coalition on Health and the CDC to get the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program to Memphis! This evidence-based, small-group setting, lifestyle coaching program is geared toward pre-diabetics, to help them not develop full-blown Type 2 diabetes. We know that generally, there are about 2.5 times as many pre-diabetics in the US as diabetics and the only way to slow... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, September 21, 2012 | 0 comments

Adult Obesity Rates Could Exceed 60% in TN by 2030

As you read this article on the impact of diabetes in the US and Tennessee and the potential we have to decrease the financial as well as disease-related impact by just decreasing our average BMI by 5%, consider participating in MBGH's efforts to bring the Center for Disease Control's National Diabetes Prevention Program to Memphis and Tennessee! See the presentations from our Annual Conference on this evidence-based, highly successful program and contact Cristie Travis at ... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, September 20, 2012 | 0 comments

Benefits Basics: MBGH Offers New Member Benefit in 2012

In 2012, MBGH is offering a series of Benefits Basics webinars, designed to "fill the gap" for educational programming geared toward new hires, where other programs are not readily available from reliable training sources (such as ISCEBS or WEB). These "101" level classes are for MBGH members-only and oriented toward new benefits staff, or individuals in need of refresher information.  Programs will be taught by seasoned benefits professionals and are being sponsored by the Health... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, December 9, 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

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 Now Offers Vendor Due Diligence

Few tasks in benefits management are more time-consuming and expensive than performing due diligence on vendors or potential vendors. Starting now MBGH members can supplement or replace vendor due diligence with information from The Leapfrog Due Diligence Cooperative. This vendor due diligence information can save MBGH members tremendous time, resources and money. Plus, you have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re making the right decisions. This information is... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, May 16, 2011 | 0 comments


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