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MBGH Takes A Deep Dive Into Obesity & Diabetes

In response to MBGH member request, MBGH will be taking a deep dive into obesity and diabetes in 2020.

Our year-long work will provide you with actionable steps you can take to better manage the cost and quality of your benefits and wellbeing programs for those with obesity and/or diabetes. You will:

  • Better understand the benefit and wellbeing implications of obesity being a recognized disease
  • Compare your current benefit and wellbeing offerings to evidence-based and promising offerings that align with the clinical needs of those who are overweight and/or have diabetes 
  • Know whether your employees and their families are receiving evidence-based clinical care through a deep dive into (1) your own data and (2) your health plan's data and benchmarking your experience with others. We're pleased to announce that this data work will be co-led by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
  • Understand how to build the learnings from our 2019 mental health focus into our approach to reduce stigma of obesity and diabetes as well as underlying behavioral health issues.

We will spend a portion of each Health Benefits Peer Roundtable and Health & WellBeing Peer Roundtable focused on obesity and diabetes. Our Annual Awards will have an interactive learning session on this topic and our Annual Conference will address it during several of the break-out sessions. We will augment these meetings with webinars as they arise and other resources.

You can start the Deep Dive today! Use these resources to better understand why obesity and diabetes are important to employers and an overview of key actions you can take:

Obesity: Confronting a Misunderstood and Undermanaged Workforce Disease from the National Alliance for an overview and actions you can take.

St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition Employer Strategies to Address Diabetes to see the list of benefits and programs St Louis employers are deploying. Use this as a checklist to compare your own offerings.

Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have specific areas you want to focus on or to learn more about this initiative.

Posted by Cristie Travis at 8:48 AM

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