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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. BHA's DC Insider: HHS Secretary Azar speaks on Washington's Health Care Priorities

Are we at the tipping point? Given the imperative for health care transformation and policies that go beyond coverage reshuffling and cost shifting, challenging the fundamental issues in health care and making it more affordable for all, will the industry transform itself? Will government play a leading role and cut through bureaucratic and political obstacles to real health reform?

Tags: payment & delivery reform, Rx, cost control
2. New Treatments Require New Approaches?

A Business Group Staffer’s Perspective on Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Medical Marijuana, and What Employers Can Do About Them: At a recent visit to my psychologist’s office, I saw one of those waiting room magazines we all typically ignore these days now that smart phones are ubiquitous. This one, though, caught my eye because its cover highlights two topics I’ve recently helped create NBGH resources on: medical marijuana and multiple sclerosis.

Tags: Rx
3. The Future of Genetic Testing & Treatments: Approaching the Tipping Point

Last week, 120 employers and industry leaders came together in Washington, DC for the NBGH Employers’ Summit on Health Care Costs & Solutions. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Kathryn Phillips, founder and director of the UCSF Center for Translational and Policy Research on Personalized Medicine regarding the evolving landscape of genetic tests and treatments and the ways to evaluate their economic value.

Tags: Rx, Cancer, cost control, plan design
4. 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
5. 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.

Tags: specialty pharmacy, Rx, Cancer
6. 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
7. 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
8. Six Things to Watch in 2017

President and CEO of National Business Group on Health, Brian Marcotte, has created a list of six things to watch in 2017. It will be a year of uncertainty, opportunity and change. Will ACA be repealed and replaced? Will the move to value-based payments lose momentum? What will be the fate of proposed health plan mergers? Will pharmacy pricing remain in the spotlight?  Will consumer engagement remain a top concern for employers? What about the well-workforce?

Tags: well-being, ACA, payment & delivery reform, mergers, Rx, engagement, consumerism, productivity
9. Understanding Patient Assistance Programs and Rx Coupons

Patient (or “copay”) assistance programs and coupons present a bit of a double-edged sword. While they help facilitate payment for certain drugs, they also complicate the payment process immensely. Both help patients ultimately gain access to expensive drugs that otherwise may not be affordable. However, the intention behind each approach differs considerably, as does the overall impact.

Tags: plan design, Rx, cost control
10. 5 Ways Employers Can Combat the Opioid Epidemic

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared an opioid “epidemic” in the U.S. in 2011, and concern about this issue continues to grow. Employees that misuse or abuse prescription opioids are more likely to miss work, incur higher health care costs, file disability claims, and get demoted or fired. Sadly, more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any year on record, and more than 60% of these deaths involved an opioid.

Employers can take several steps to stem the misuse of these drugs and provide assistance to employees and dependents in need of assistance to treat pain and addiction.

Tags: Opioids, emotional health, well-being, Rx

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