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First Statewide Report Issued on Choosing Wisely Recommendations

From the National Business Coalition on Health: The first statewide report in the nation to measure Choosing Wisely® recommendations finds that patients in Washington state may be exposed to care that they don’t need—and potential harm. The report, Less Waste, Less Harm: Choosing Wisely in Washington State , offers county-by-county results for nine different Choosing Wisely recommendations. The results are based upon claims data representing 3.3 million lives in Washington state and was... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, September 27, 2014

33 CEO Culture of Health Participants Named Healthier TN Workplaces

Memphis-area CEO Culture of Health participants dominated the inaugural list of Healthier Tennessee Workplaces with 33 out of the 73 workplaces named statewide. MBGH itself is a Healthier Tennessee Workplace having met the requirements of Healthier Tennessee Small Starts @ Work program specifically designed for smaller employers.  West Tennessee had the largest number of recognized workplaces (36) followed by East Tennessee (19) and Middle Tennessee (18).    Remember, all... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, September 22, 2014

Financial Fitness: A Key Component of Worksite Wellness

Employee financial security crashed along with the world economy in 2008. Since that time employees have struggled to meet their financial obligations causing stress, anxiety, and depression. This is not only bad for the employee but it also negatively impacts the employer. A workforce stressed out by money is not only unhealthy but also less productive and less engaged.According to the “Personal Finance Employee Education Foundation”, Americans who are able to handle their finances well have... Read More
Posted by Tara Hill at Sunday, September 21, 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

Direct Contracts with Medical Providers Help Self-Insured Employers Control Costs

From the National Business Coalition on Health:  According to Aon Hewitt's “2014 Health Care Survey,” conducted between December 2013 and January of this year, 11% of employers are engaging in some form of direct health care provider and service contracting during this plan year, and 28% expect to do so in the next three to five years.  To see an infographic with major survey findings, click here . To receive a copy of all survey results, click here . Read the full story via ... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Employer-Sponsored Family Health Premiums Rise 3% in 2014

From the National Business Coalition on Health: Average annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage reached $16,834 this year, up 3 percent from last year, continuing a recent trend of modest increases, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)/Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) 2014 Employer Health Benefits Survey released September 10, 2014.  Workers on average pay $4,823 annually toward the cost of family coverage this year.  Get all the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NBCH Names Top Performing Health Plans

MBGH, in collaboration with Healthcare 21 Business Coalition in east Tennessee, works with Cigna Tennessee and BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee to complete eValue8. Part of the process includes a face-to-face meeting with the health plan and their MBGH and Healthcare 21 member clients where results are discussed and action plans identified for improvement and collaboration among the coalitions, employer members, and plans. Those meetings are occurring in September 2014 so check back to see how... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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