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The Business Group Blog was created to share and discuss information about challenges and solutions to the health care benefits issues that large employers face today and tomorrow — such as controlling health care costs, reforming the health care delivery system, and engaging employees in their health and benefits — and will provide insight into national health policy issues. We hope you find this information useful and will consider subscribing to the blog and sharing any thoughts or ideas with us at blog@businessgrouphealth.org.

10 Things to Think About When Developing a Wellness Champion Network
May 16, 2017

10 Things to Think About When Developing a Wellness Champion Network

Large employers are increasingly utilizing networks of volunteer employees as an extension of their wellness staff, commonly called “wellness champions”. Their role is to help drive employee participation and engagement in wellness activities at the local level. 77% of large employers have been found to have some type of wellness champion network. While the size of champion networks varies greatly, 56% of employers have at least 50 wellness champions in their network.

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Increase Program Success by Building Positive Vendor Relationships
May 12, 2017

Increase Program Success by Building Positive Vendor Relationships

All employers trying to build robust health and well-being programs struggle with finding and nurturing vendor relationships that fit within their company’s culture and achieve their programs’ goals. Finding the right partner for your organization can be challenging, but it also can be rewarding and can play a vital role in the outcome of your programs. A recent NBGH survey of large employers from seven different industries yields the following tips for developing and maintaining successful vendor relationships.

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Talk to Employees about Mental Health in May
May 5, 2017

Talk to Employees about Mental Health in May

May is Mental Health month and the time is ripe for your company to double down its efforts to raising awareness about this important aspect of employee’s health and well-being; reducing stigma related to seeking care and providing support; and connecting employees with relevant benefits and resources.

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5 Key Takeaways from Business Health Agenda 2017
April 18, 2017

5 Key Takeaways from Business Health Agenda 2017

On March 29-31, over 500 HR/benefits and health care professionals came together in Washington, DC for the Business Group’s annual conference Business Health Agenda. This year’s conference focused on employee communication and engagement, innovation in health care and pharmacy delivery and health care policy and regulation. The following five key takeaways were gleaned from 3-day event.

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Is Immunotherapy the Next Big Wave in Cancer Treatment?
March 27, 2017

Is Immunotherapy the Next Big Wave in Cancer Treatment?

In recent years, major breakthrough cancer therapies have entered onto the oncology stage, namely actors in immunotherapy that have shown extraordinary promise. These new agents differ from conventional treatments in that they selectively target aspects of the immune system to optimize the innate response to invading cancer cells.

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Tax Time is The Perfect Time to Communicate Financial Benefits to Employees
March 21, 2017

Tax Time is The Perfect Time to Communicate Financial Benefits to Employees

Tax season is here and there’s no better time – or excuse – for your company to communicate with employees about the financial benefits and services available to them. Whether your company offers tax preparation, a generous 401k matching program, a student loan repayment benefit, or workshops on budgeting or financial planning, be sure to discuss the resources you offer, the advantages of engaging with them, as well as where employees can learn more.

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Reject Anticompetitive
March 17, 2017

Reject Anticompetitive "Quick Fixes" that Would Further Harm the System

As a follow up to our release of “Policy Recommendations to Promote Sustainable, Affordable Pricing for Specialty Pharmaceuticals,” in which we focused on policy recommendations we think the government should examine, this blog post focuses on policies we think are ill-advised.  These policies may include specialty drug price caps, out-of-pocket payment caps, limitations on utilization management tools and mandated disclosure of proprietary information.

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