Business Group Blog

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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.

How Do You Weigh the Impact of Industry Change?
January 22, 2019

How Do You Weigh the Impact of Industry Change?

So much is going on within the health care industry: both incumbents and new entrants seek to disrupt a landscape further complicated by mega-mergers and other consolidation. This spring, approximately 500 employers, industry leaders and benefits professionals will convene to explore and discuss the latest trends, best practices and strategies for health care benefits.

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The Shifting Landscape of the Hepatitis C Drug Marketplace: Generics on the Horizon
January 15, 2019

The Shifting Landscape of the Hepatitis C Drug Marketplace: Generics on the Horizon

The FDA approval and release of treatments for hepatitis C in late 2013 were a game changer in the treatment of this disease. But the price tags caught self-insured employers off guard. The launch of Sovaldi and other therapies paved the way towards a shorter and simplified means to a cure for these patients. This new class of specialty medications was both extremely promising and extremely expensive: for some, prohibitively so.

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Navigating Rising Health Care Costs in the New Year
January 8, 2019

Navigating Rising Health Care Costs in the New Year

Health care costs are rising, and the new year will undoubtedly bring new challenges and more transformations. How do employers stay ahead of changes and keep costs low for our employees?

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The Vaping Epidemic: We're at Risk of Reversing a Two-Decade Decline in Youth Smoking
January 3, 2019

The Vaping Epidemic: We're at Risk of Reversing a Two-Decade Decline in Youth Smoking

The statistics are alarming. Between 2017 and 2018, e-cigarette use rose by more than 75% for high school teens and by nearly 50% for middle school-age children. Moreover, many youth don't realize that e-cigarettes are harmful and contain nicotine. The most commonly sold e-cigarette, the Juul cartridge, contains about as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes.

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Thinking Differently about Obesity
December 21, 2018

Thinking Differently about Obesity

We’ve been thinking a lot about obesity this year, and the fact that most of us - as well as the animals under our care, including in zoos and labs - continue to gain weight. According to the New York Times, “something about the environment is making many of us as fat as our genetic makeup permits.” 

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How are Employers and the Jetsons Similar?
December 19, 2018

How are Employers and the Jetsons Similar?

During a recent Board dinner, the topic of the Jetsons came up in conversation. We’re not the first to recognize it, but the writers’ ability to predict the future is both fascinating and intriguing. 

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2018 in Review: Global Areas of Focus and Contributions
December 17, 2018

2018 in Review: Global Areas of Focus and Contributions

Global Business Group on Health reviews the 2018 year. What have been the top interests of GBGH members in 2018? What are your peers most concerned with?

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