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Two Memphis-area Centers Named Top Ambulatory Surgery Centers

Two (2) Memphis-area ambulatory surgery centers are among the 13 Top ASCs nationally named by The Leapfrog Group in the inaugural year of the Top ASC awards – Wolf River Surgery Center in Germantown and Le Bonheur East Surgery Center in Memphis, both affiliated with the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system .  The competitive, national award, honors the top performing ASCs as identified through the annual  Leapfrog ASC Survey . Selection was based on mastery of quality... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Memphis-area Hospitals Continue to Out-perform Others on National Hospital Safety Grades!

In the fall 2021 round of The Hospital Safety Grade, once again the percentage of Memphis hospitals with an “A” (55%) surpassed the national average (32%)! And, the percentage of Memphis hospitals with an "A" and "B" (64%) also surpassed the national average (58%).  Four  years ago, only 10% of Memphis area hospitals received an "A" and only 20% received an "A" and "B".  "We are pleased to see this... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, December 1, 2021

A Proven Solution to Prevent/Delay Diabetes

The Problem Tennessee employers face an increasingly unhealthy labor pool!  According to the CDC, 70% of adult Tennesseans are overweight or obese.  Overweight or obese workers have increased risks of serious diseases, including diabetes. The cost of care for people with diabetes is 2.3 times more than for people  without diabetes. 3 times the number of people diagnosed with diabetes have pre-diabetes The Answer To... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, November 29, 2021

Get Resources from "Redesigning for Results" Sessions!

Our second virtual conference (and I hope our last) was a success! Continue your learning and strategic thinking about our topics by using these resources:  Click here for the presentations Click here for the conference material 1.  Redesigning Through an Equity Lens: To Realize Workforce Potential:  Andrea Willis, MD (bottom center) of BCBS of Tennessee and Tsveta Polhemus (top left), of NCQA made the case that you need to understand and address the needs... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Is the Delta Variant Changing Your Reopening Plans?

As the  Delta variant becomes dominant across the US, including in Memphis and the Mid-South, many employers are re-thinking and changing their reopening plans. Check out this  new decision-support tool  from the Health Action Alliance that walks you through key questions you should be asking yourself about you own reopening strategy:  Should I mandate vaccinations for employees? Should I require employees to wear masks? Should I require COVID-19 testing for... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, August 4, 2021

COVID Cases on the Rise in Memphis (Again)

As the  Delta variant becomes dominant across the US, including in Memphis and the Mid-South, COVID-19 cases are again on the rise. In Shelby County, the 7-day rolling average of daily new cases was 94 on July 9 and our reproductive rate is now 1.26, the highest it has been since the early days of the pandemic.  Health officials are predicting over 3,100 cases within the next 30 days. Last week they were only predicting approximately 740 cases. The good news is that the COVID... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Redesigning for Results: Pharmacy Benefits

Complimentary registrations for  All  ends July 16 so  Register Now! MBGH members always have complimentary registrations but  Register Now  to claim your seat before someone else does! Attendance at our virtual conference will be limited due to platform capacity . Ask any employer whether they have found the "secret sauce" for managing their pharmacy benefits and the answer is generally "no". The complexity caused by... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Executive Order Targets Hospital Consolidations & Price Transparency

President Biden's latest Executive Order issued on July 9, 2021 contains provisions to strengthen reviews of hospital consolidations and continuation of hospital price transparency requirements implemented in the prior administration.  Consolidation:  The order encourages FTC and DOJ to review and revise (e.g.., strengthen) existing merger guidelines so that patients aren't harm, citing that the 10 largest health systems now control approximately 25% of the market; that... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Redesigning for Results: Health & Well-Being

COVID has revealed the fragility of our work environments and workforce, including health and safety protocols; reliance on in-person work; the divide between those that must be on-site vs. those that can work remotely; the challenges of engaging and motivating a remote workforce; and even the re-thinking of the role of work itself for employees and their families. All of this requires more emphasis on supporting employee work/life balance, social connections, mental well-being, financial... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, June 21, 2021

Increasing Vaccine Confidence

 MBGH's April 13 webinar, "Strategies to Increase Vaccine Confidence", shared insights into how to help employees get the credible information they need to make an informed decision on whether or not to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Key insights included:  Use trusted messengers.  Sometimes the most trusted messengers are the “informal” leaders in your organizations that people work with and respect.  Identify ways to better understand why... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, April 26, 2021

Check-In on 2021 Priorities

We're wrapping up first quarter of 2021 so it is a great time to check-in on how MBGH has been addressing our priorities.  Health Equity MBGH launched our  Health Equity & Benefits  initiative with a National Alliance webinar on the NCQA's Multicultural Healthcare Distinction Program. This program identifies organizations that excel in culturally and linguistically sensitive services and work to reduce healthcare disparities. Employers can ask their plans and... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Now You Can Compare Quality and Safety For Outpatient Surgery!

For the first time ever, Memphis-area employers and their employees and families have access to important information on the quality of care for elective outpatient surgery, whether it is provided in a hospital or in an ambulatory surgical center (ASC). This is critical information since 60% of surgeries in the US are now peformed in hospital outpatient deparatments or ASCs. Eight (8) ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) and 10 hospital outpatient surgery departments (HOPD) in the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, February 22, 2021

Memphis-area Hospitals Out-perform on National Hospital Safety Grades!

In the fall 2020 round of The Hospital Safety Grade, the percentage of Memphis hospitals with an “A” (50%) surpassed the national average (34%)! And, the percentage of Memphis hospitals with an "A" and "B" (70%) also surpassed the national average (58%).  Just three years ago, only 10% of Memphis area hospitals received an "A" and only 20% received an "A" and "B".  "We are pleased to see this significant... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, February 22, 2021

MBGH 2021 Kick-Off

For the past two years, MBGH programs and activities have focused on a critical health benefit topic: mental health and substance use in 209 and obesity and diabetes in 2020. Being focused in our work has helped our members take action and make significant progress. COVID-19 has exacerbated and made more visible and urgent many issues that we recognize must be worked on simultaneously including increased mental health and substance use needs put on an already broken system; health and... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Sunday, January 10, 2021

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital Named a Top Hospital

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital has been named a 2020 Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. The elite award is one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive in safety and quality. In order to even be eligible for this Top Hospital Award, hospitals must have an “A” rating on the Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Grade, which Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital has achieved for the past 4 rounds of the Hospital Safety Grade, including the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, January 8, 2021


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