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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.

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1. State and Local Paid Leave Laws Cause Compliance Headaches for Employers

A number of cities and states have enacted laws requiring employers to offer paid sick leave to employees. Each state and local government law varies, increasing administrative burden and causing compliance headaches for large multi-state employers, many of which already provide generous paid leave programs for employees. More states and cities are considering legislation in 2017 to mandate paid sick leave. 

Tags: public policy, leave, compliance, leave management, State and Local Governments
2. 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.

Tags: behavioral health, engagement, Rx, value-based purchasing, public policy, consumer decision support, EAPs
3. 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.

Tags: public policy, Rx, specialty pharmacy
4. 5 Key Insights from Benefit Leaders

As we do every year, the National Business Group on Health held its Employers' Summit on Health Care Costs and Solutions in January. The summit provides a forum for close to 100 benefits leaders to come together early in the health care planning cycle to reflect on last year’s initiatives, discuss strategy for 2017 and begin to plan for 2018 and beyond. It’s an opportunity to share ideas, to network and learn from peers, and to leverage best practices that employers can implement back in the office. 

Tags: health care costs, engagement, specialty pharmacy, ACA, payment & delivery reform, public policy
5. Recommendations to Promote Sustainable, Affordable Pricing for Specialty Pharmaceuticals

The Business Group is pleased to roll out a Public Policy Issue Brief that offers public policy recommendations to create a more favorable environment for financial sustainability and affordability of specialty medications. At the outset, understanding the challenge is important.  With specialty drug expenditures trending at an all-time high and all indicators pointing to sustained increases over time, employers are strategizing on how best to manage growing pharmacy expenditures for this subset of drugs. 

Tags: public policy, specialty pharmacy, Rx, cost control, health care costs

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