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Category: Diabetes

Is It Safe to Go to The Doctor in COVID-19?

Guest blog post from Clint Cummins, CEO, and Danielle Hassel, MD, President, Memphis Medical Society The pandemic has clearly had a dramatic effect on all of us, particularly in the healthcare system, whether you are provider, patient, payer, caregiver, or all of the above. One of the more noticeable effects has been the decrease in the public seeking care for non-COVID-19 illnesses or follow up care for chronic issues. A recent survey conducted by our partners at Tennessee Medical... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, June 26, 2020

Employees With Diabetes & Obesity Are At Higher Risk for Severe Illness

It is clear that your employees with diabetes and obesity are at higher risk for severe illness if they contract COVID-19. Almost 50% of those hospitalized with COVID-19 have obesity and almost 30% have diabetes. In addition, those with obesity and diabetes are at higher risk for hypertension and cardiovascular disease which are also top underlying conditions associated with hospitalization.     You can support your employees and improve the effectiveness of your health... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, April 16, 2020

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... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, February 4, 2020

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

CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program

MBGH is working with the CDC in recruiting employers, insurers, health care professionals and other stakeholders to participate in the National Diabetes Prevention Program to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes among people with pre-diabetes. The CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped ... Read More
Posted by Tara Hill at Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Obesity Now Classified as a Disease

From the National Business Coalition on Health: A new story in Benefits Pro describes the challenges employers face when employees are overweight or obese. Studies estimate compensating for obesity costs employers upward of $70 billion a year.  Possibly further upping those costs and complicating the issue is a decision this summer by the American Medical Association to classify obesity as a disease, elevating it from a condition.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Sunday, November 17, 2013

Engaged Employees Exercise More, Eat Healthier

The Gallup Daily tracking interviews in 2012 showed that engaged employees eat healthier and exercise more than non-engaged employees or disengaged employees.  This is not the first connection Gallup research shows between employee engagement and health. Previous Gallup research shows that engaged employees: Are healthier overall with fewer chronic diseases and lower obesity rates Are 21% more likely to participate in worksite wellness programs Gallup points out that it is not... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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


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