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Act Now To Build on Your Culture of Caring

This year at our annual conference we learned that employees who feel cared about are more engaged and productive. As you continue to build your culture of caring, connecting employees with resources to meet their social needs, such as WIC, as well as community needs, such as Vitalant (formerly LifeBlood) is critical, especially during COVID-19.  WIC Could Be Right for Your Employees The economic consequences of restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have,... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, October 19, 2020

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

Do You Have a Comprehensive Obesity Benefit Design?

According to the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and The Obesity Society, obesity management requires a "stepwise approach" (see chart above). Benefit design and coverage should align with clinical management to ensure that employees have access to the appropriate clinical services to maximize their opportunity to manage their obesity and be as healthy as possible for as long as possible. In our historical work with MBGH employers as well as our... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, May 21, 2020

How will COVID-19 impact your health benefit plan costs?

As we move from crisis control to considering how we operate with coronavirus for the foreseeable future, employers are addressing the economic impact on health benefit plans. Here are some steps you can take: Understand actuarial projections   related to COVID-19 for your specific health plan . Here are some top line findings from Milliman ( click here for 2020 report  and  here for 2021 report ): If COVID-19 results in delayed care through June 2020, the net reduction... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, May 21, 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

Your Employees Still Have Other Health Needs

Let's not forget that as much as life seems so different right now, employees still have health needs in addition to those associated with COVID-19. In addition, this global pandemic itself impacts other aspects of your employee's health. Remind your employees of key benefits that will help them navigate through these tough times, such as: Telehealth:  Using telehealth for non-emergent health needs, when appropriate, can keep your employees and their families out of ERs and... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Sunday, March 15, 2020

Check Out National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions Alliance Employer Coronavirus Resources

The National Alliance (NA) employer resource page is updated regulary to keep you abreast of the latest "real world" resources for employers. The National Alliance is focused on bringing us information that is not typically available through other sources, such as what employers are actually doing to prepare for and in response to the ever-changing environment you are operating in!  Click here  to get: Recording of March 10 Employer Town Hall Call on Coronavirus with... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Sunday, March 15, 2020

We're Postponing Our CEO Culture of Health Awards

Due to recommendations for social distancing to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, MBGH is postponing our annual awards presentation, originally scheduled for April 23. We are currently evaluating our options to identify the best way to recognize your commitment to creating and sustaining a culture of health! This year we will be recognizing  ALL  of our CEO Culture of Health participants! It is time to celebrate and recommit to the pledge you made when you joined the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Saturday, March 14, 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

MBGH Selected To Lead Improvements in Mental Health & Substance Use in Tennessee

Memphis, TN – January 6, 2020 – The Memphis Business Group on Health (MBGH), in partnership with HealthCare 21 Business Coalition (HC21) serving middle and east Tennessee, has been selected to lead efforts in Tennessee to improve mental health and substance use care. This is part of a transformative initiative called The Path Forward for Mental Health and Substance Use led by the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, American Psychiatric Association (APA), American... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, January 6, 2020

MBGH CEO Elected Vice President of National Quality Forum Board of Directors

Memphis, TN – January 6, 2020 – The National Quality Forum (NQF) announced on January 3, 2020, Jonathan B. Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA, President, Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer of Hospital Corporation of America as the new chair of its Board of Directors and Memphis Business Group on Health Chief Executive Officer Cristie Upshaw Travis as Board vice chair. “NQF has the unique ability to pull together the diverse voices necessary to provide the collective... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Sunday, January 5, 2020


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