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Category: Value-Based Benefits

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

Beginning to See the Change We Want

An insightful article by Mark Hepler, CFO of Munson Healthcare, an 8-hospital system based in Traverse City, MI, on, reveals that health care providers, well, at least his, are beginning to make the changes that we want to see and that have, to a large extent, been spurred by the Affordable Health Care Act (see recent blog post on whether the ACA is working). What changes are happening in how health care is delivered? Investing in becoming clinically... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, October 28, 2014

September 29 Webinar: Access to Specialty Medications & Value-based Insurance Design

Join the National Pharmaceutical Council for a webinar on September 29 from 12:00-1:00 CT.  NBCH's CEO, Brian Klepper, will present on the webinar along with a panel of other leading health and benefits experts. Read the webinar announcement from NPC below and register online today .  Specialty medications have been making health care headlines in recent months because of their effectiveness and higher costs. How can we ensure that patients will have access to the treatments that... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Employers Share Efforts to Adopt Value-based Health Benefit Strategies

NOTE: MBGH members have access to a Purchaser Self-Assessment Tool that will help you identify where you need to improve the effectiveness of your health benefit plan. This tool can lay a foundation for you to move in a similar direction as these employers. Contact Cristie Travis for more information. From the National Business Coalition on Health:  Improving health while reducing costs was a key focus for the employers who participated in the American Health Strategy Project... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, April 29, 2014

More Evidence Supports Value-Based Insurance Design

From the Center for Value-Based Insurance Design and National Business Coalition on Health:  More evidence is piling up that clinically nuanced copayment reductions lead to improvements in medication adherence. Click here to read more background on how clinical nuance is used in benefit design. A 2014 Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy study reported that copay reductions for Medicare beneficiaries prescribed statins resulted in a 5.9% increase in adherence over 6 months... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, February 21, 2014

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

Benefit Design Tool: Evidence-Based Cardiovascular Disease Approaches

Be sure your benefit design incorporates evidence-based approaches to managing cardiovascular disease released by the Community Preventive Services Task Force: Read  the complete Community Preventive Services Task Force report on cardiovascular disease as well as other conditions Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, January 18, 2014

Benefit Designs Should Include "Clinical Nuances" to Reduce Costs

From the National Business Coalition on Health: Drs. Mark Fendrick and John Ayanian argue that in order to shift health care spending from volume-based to value-based, payment models must consider certain “clinical nuances.” The authors conclude that "By basing consumer cost sharing on the clinical value – not the price – of services, payers can actively engage consumers in seeking high-value care and foster more regular conversations with providers regarding low-value services."  ... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, January 18, 2014

Survey: Consumers Welcome Active Role in Care

From the National Business Coalition on Health: American healthcare consumers are buying into the notion that they must take an active role in their healthcare, according to a recent survey by Wolters Kluwer Health. click here for the survey report. The survey found 80 percent of healthcare consumers believe the trend of individuals taking a more active role in their own care is positive for Americans. Further, and somewhat surprisingly, the consumers feel ready to do so: 76 percent... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, December 24, 2012

HHS Releases Proposed Regulation on Incentives for Nondiscriminatory Wellness Programs

Helpful links to understand the specifics of this proposed rule: Health Affairs Blog: Kaiser Health News coverage of all 3 proposed rules: Coverage on all 3 of the proposed rules from across the nation at ... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, November 21, 2012

HHS Releases Proposed Regs: Essential Health Benefits, Actuarial Value, Accreditation Standards

Helpful links to help you understand the specifics of this proposed rule: Health Affairs Blog: Kaiser Health News coverage of all 3 proposed rules: Coverage of all 3 proposed rules from across the nation:  ... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, November 20, 2012

State of Tennessee Wins Excellence in Value-Based Purchasing Award

The State of Tennessee, a member of Memphis Business Group on Health (MBGH), was presented with the Employer Excellence in Value-Based Purchasing Award at the National Business Coalition on Health’s (NBCH) annual conference. The award is sponsored by Ethicon Endo-Surgery and Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems. At the awards ceremony, Cristie Upshaw Travis, MBGH CEO, thanked the State on behalf of the citizens and tax payers of Tennessee, for taking bold steps to reign in the costs of... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, November 15, 2012

Employers Use Scoring Models as Part of Wellness Plans

From the National Business Coalition on Health: According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the future of employee wellness programs may be an individual health score, much like a consumer has a credit score. Allina Health of Minneapolis is among a growing number of employers using employee health scoring models, such as myHealthCheck and HealthCheck360°. The programs work by rating each employee based on health screening data. At Allina, employees who score high on myHealthCheck can get up... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, November 3, 2012

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 [email protected] . 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

Memphis Hospitals Graded on Patient Safety

National hospital performance reporting organization, Leapfrog Group, released hospital safety scores for over 2700 hospitals across the nation today, several of which are in the Memphis metropolitan market. Most hospitals in the area fared well with six earning an “A” score. See results for Metro-Memphis area hospitals. Cristie Upshaw Travis, CEO of Memphis-based nonprofit Memphis Business Group on Health( MBGH), sits on Leapfrog’s national Board of Directors as its Vice Chair. ... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, June 6, 2012

New, More User-Friendly Health Reform Website from American Benefits Council

From the National Business Coalition on Health: The American Benefits Council, an important strategic partner of NBCH, has announced its new, more user-friendly website. The Health Care Reform issue page is now divided into its component pages, covering the wide variety of health reform issues addressed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). These individual topics are: § Employer Shared Responsibility § Market Reforms & Adult Child/Age-26 Coverage §... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, May 4, 2012

Disturbing Anti-Smoking Ads Convince Thousands to Quit

"(RNN) - Calls to a national stop-smoking line doubled and traffic to the government's anti-smoking website tripled after a hard-hitting TV advertising campaign seems to have convinced many Americans to quit the deadly habit. The Tips from Former Smokers ad campaign was launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office on Smoking and Health on March 19. The commercials profile former smokers and others who have been affected by second-hand smoking. The... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, April 7, 2012

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

TN Plans Encouraged to Give "Good Driver Discounts"

Proposed recommendations for the Tennessee Health Insurance Exchange encourage health plans and employers to establish expectations about personal responsibility and engagement through benefit designs in the Exchange.   The wellness program could provide some sort of "good driver discount" in the form of a lower premium or other incentives to those enrollees who satisfy these standards. Having the exchange plans offer these incentives will make it easier for larger employers too!... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, December 12, 2011

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

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

IOM's Essential Health Benefits Recommendations Leave More Questions Than Answers

The IOM recommended that HHS develop an EHB package by May 2012. The high-level recommendations are as follows: 1. The EHB package should be adjusted so that the expected national average premium for a “silver” (second-lowest-price) plan is actuarially equivalent to the average premium small employers would have paid in 2014 for a typical plan. 2. The HHS Secretary should establish a framework for monitoring EHB implementation and updating that accounts for changes in... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, October 20, 2011

If I were King....

If I were King, and could wave my magic wand, my three wishes would be (ooops, I think I am mixing metaphors, oh well): Engage my employees as partners with me in the quality and cost of their health benefits. I would Implement a benefit design similar to the State of Tennessee , offering lower payroll deduction for premium co-shares, lower deductibles, lower co-pays, and lower co-insurance in exchange for employees and their families taking an HRA, getting their biometrics, and agreeing... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, September 23, 2011

State Governments Requiring More from Employees in New Health Benefits

Maybe it's time for the private sector to look at how state governments are ratcheting up the requirements for employees to get health benefits and follow suit. Whether it is called the Health Enhancement Plan, like it is in Connecticut, or the ParTNers for Health Plan, as it is in Tennessee, state governments are offering new plans that offer lower employee costs (through payroll deductions, deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance) in exchange for employee engagement in health risk... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, September 22, 2011

Dow Chemical Maps Connection of Employee Health to Company Success

In the first of a two-part interview with Dr. Cathy Baase, Global Director of Health Services for Dow Chemical, The Benfield Group's article outlines the key philosophy and approaches Dow has taken over the past 20 years to increase value to Dow by improving employee health. Central to Dow's approach is their map which focuses on employee effectiveness and illness/injury management.   As you can see, the common element between employee effectiveness and illness/injury management... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, May 31, 2011

MBGH Launches New Health Promotions Benefits Tool & Solutions Center

Our members said they wanted it, and we listened. In the most recent MBGH user survey, worksite health promotion ranked number one as the most important learning topic. That’s why MBGH created a new Tools & Solutions Center dedicated to Health Promotion Benefits.The center is available to MBGH members, affiliates and conference sponsors at the Patron and Partner level. Your login is your email address and the password is  mbgh  . This center includes information from the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, May 16, 2011

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

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

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