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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. Business Health Agenda Participants Head Home with Renewed Enthusiasm to Embrace Industry Innovation

Health care in the U.S. truly appears to be at a tipping point. We’re in an era of unique opportunity for large employers to lead positive changes as pressure to create a better health care experience at reasonable costs accelerates.

Tags: health care costs, engagement
2. Business Health Agenda 2019 Addresses Health Beyond the Workplace

The action-packed 2nd day of NBGH’s spring conference offered participants opportunities to challenge their current thinking and explore innovative ideas from leading employers and health care experts.

Tags: health care costs, engagement
3. Live from DC: It's Business Health Agenda 2019

This week, approximately 500 health benefits professionals, influencers and thought leaders are convening in Washington, DC to explore the “tipping point” of health care and what it might mean for them.

Tags: health care costs, engagement
4. Publishing Hospital List Prices: A Boon to Price Transparency?

With the new year came a federal mandate for hospitals across the country to release their chargemasters, or price lists, for all services offered at their facilities. What impact will this have on increasing price transparency for the average health care consumer? Will it help or hurt continued price transparency efforts?

Tags: cost control, health care costs
5. 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.

Tags: health care costs, cost control
6. 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?

Tags: cost control, health care costs
7. 3 Strategies Employers Can Use to Reduce Overtreatment

According to a study published this month, physicians estimate that 20.6% of overall medical care is unnecessary. Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine interviewed 2,106 doctors from across the United States, asking them about the prevalence and causes of overtreatment.

Tags: ACO, alternative payment models, consumer decision support, cost control, health care costs, plan design
8. 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
9. 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
10. Moving From Volume to Value in Maternity Care

You can help the Business Group by supporting The Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN), an initiative launched by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2015 to align stakeholders across sectors in moving payment from traditional fee-for-service (FFS) methods to ones linked to quality and alternative payment models (APMs). The LAN’s next initiative will focus on providing support and resources to drive improvement in maternity care outcomes via episode payments.

Tags: payment & delivery reform, alternative payment models, health care costs, plan design

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