MBGH is the only organization to represent solely the viewpoint of employers when working with National, Tennessee, and Memphis-based healthcare-related organizations and government policy-makers. At every level, MBGH ensures that Memphis-area employers are heard as they voice their need to manage the cost and quality of their health benefits. As policies and legislation are developed, MBGH is at the table, being professional, vocal and well-informed, insisting that employer needs and concerns are carefully considered.


National Affiliations

As part of our work on behalf of member employers, MBGH sits on leadership teams for these important national organizations, providing Memphis with a strong voice in the development of programs and services that are relevant at a regional level and result in real change in Memphis:

The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions is dedicated to value-based purchasing of healthcare services through the collective action of public and private purchasers, in order to accelerate the nation's progress towards safe, efficient, high-quality healthcare and improved health status of the American population. MBGH serves on the Board of Governors.

The Leapfrog Group whose mission is to trigger giant leaps forward in the safety, quality and affordability of healthcare by supporting informed healthcare decisions by those who use and pay for healthcare and promoting high-value healthcare through incentives & rewards. MBGH serves on the Board of Directors.

The National Quality Forum, leads national collaboration to improve health and healthcare through measurement and quality initiatives. MBGH serves as co-chair of the All Cause Admissions/Readmissions Standing Committee and Measure Application Partnership Hospital Workgroup. MBGH CEO, Cristie Upshaw Travis, serves on the Board of Directors.

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), dedicated to improving healthcare quality and drives improvement throughout the healthcare system through its accreditation and recognition programs. NCQA’s approach of establishing standards, measuring performance, and publicly reporting results establishes accountability and allows purchasers and consumers to make informed decisions. MBGH serves on the Employer Advisory Committee.

The National Commission on Prevention Priorities, which uses innovative, evidence-based methods to assess the value of preventive services that protect and improve health and helps decision-makers choose preventive services that maximize the impact of their investments. MBGH serves on the Commission.

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Tennessee Affiliations

Many decisions impacting Memphis-area employers are made in Nashville, through the many departments, commissions, and committees that impact health insurance and the healthcare delivery system. MBGH is actively involved at the State level representing employers on critical issues that impact the cost and quality of the health benefits they offer their employees. 

Governor's Foundation for Health and Wellness Advisory Committee. MBGH has served on the Workplace Advisory Committee since the Governor's Foundation for Health and Wellness kicked-off Healthier Tennessee in 2013. Now, with all advisory committee combined, MBGH will continue to provide input, expertise, support and collaborate to ensure that MBGH members and the Memphis community contribute to the state's overall health improvement goals.

Tennessee Health Information Committee. MBGH is an appointed member of the Committee that guides the development of Tennessee's All Payer Claims Database, including establishing policies regarding the collection, reporting and use of all payer claims data.


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Memphis Affiliations

Healthy Shelby is one of the five priority areas of Memphis Fast Forward — a Memphis Tomorrow community program that also focuses on economic development, crime reduction, education and an efficient government. With initial funding from Shelby County and Memphis City governments and local hospitals (Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Baptist Memorial Health Care, Regional One Health and Saint Francis Hospital), Healthy Shelby encourages hospitals, health care providers and social service providers to work collectively to tackle some of the County’s most critical health problems. MBGH serves on the Governance Council and is co-Chair of the Chronic Disease Workgroup.

Common Table Health Alliance (CTHA), which is the regional health and healthcare improvement collaborative for the greater Memphis area, serves as MBGH's primary vehicle for collaboration across the Memphis community. MBGH was an original member of the Common Table's Board of Directors and has served as Chair on two separate occasions. MBGH helped lead CTHA's  Aligning Forces for Quality, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and CTHA, which worked to align  all stakeholders in the health care industry to utilize performance measurement and reporting in helping consumers make better-informed health care decisions, and to raise the quality of care received throughout our entire community.


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