July 11, 2018
Health Care Coalitions Collaborate from Coast to Coast
Click on the image to view the National Alliance 2018 Update
The Action Group is part of something BIG. As a member of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, we are among over 40 purchaser coalitions guided by diverse thought leaders from coast to coast. These powerful coalitions represent over 12,000 health care purchasers and 45 million Americans.    
"The National Alliance has an impressive and growing agenda designed to bring transformational change to the healthcare marketplace through our member coalitions," says Mike Thompson, president and CEO of the National Alliance. "We serve the largest purchasers of healthcare outside of our entitlement programs -- employers."

To learn more about the National Alliance and how its members are driving innovation, health and value nationwide, click here for the just-released 2018 Update. Action Group members also receive generous discounts for National Alliance events. Please see Public Meetings and Events below for details!  
One Spot Left! Unique (and Free!) Mental Health Training for Members

Action Group members have a unique chance to participate in a mental health training program at no cost. Mental Health First Aid at Work from the National Council of Behavioral Health is open to all members of The Action Group's Mental Health Learning Network. There are six spots for members who are not part of the Learning Network -- but only one remains.   

This workplace mental health training program teaches participants how to notice and support an individual who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use concern or crisis and connect them with the appropriate employee resources.

The training is July 18, 2018, from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and we have reserved spots for Learning Network members. Other Action Group members may contact Deb Krause (dkrause@mnhealthaction group.org) to register for one of the six remaining spots (first come, first served basis). Learn more here.
Health Care Costs: Moving from Opacity to Transparency

Close up of a graph with an Electrocardiograph also known as a EKG or ECG graph with a stethoscope and calculator showing the high cost of health care 
Click on image to view Allan Baumgarten's website     
Price transparency is an essential component of a value-based, rational health care marketplace. Yet, for many reasons it remains elusive.  
Action Group members are invited to join an August 14 webinar from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. to hear our panel of experts share their perspectives on variable prices for common health care procedures in Minnesota, and what employer health care coalitions nationally are doing to better understand the marketplace and push for greater price transparency
This webinar builds on our June member meeting where Action Group members heard market insights from Allan Baumgarten, renowned analyst and health care consultant. As Allan shared, Minnesota health plans reported profits of $810M in 2017. Twin Cities hospital systems also reported profits of $444M in 2016 (most recently available information).
"Employers are facing the reality that their ability to offer affordable, competitive benefits continues to be compromised by high health care costs," says Carolyn Pare, Action Group president and CEO. "Unless employers use their collective voice to influence marketplace change, surprisingly large profit margins will continue to favor health plans, and hospitals and care systems."
Stay Connected Through The Action Group!

If you are looking for enriching ways to stay connected and learn about key issues facing employers today, The Action Group member meetings feature topics selected by our members. We also post public meetings and events of interest.
Member Meetings:

In-person meetings begin with networking at 8 a.m., and conclude at 10 a.m. All are held at the Hilton Airport/MOA, 3800 American Boulevard East, Bloomington; webinars are held from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Members who miss a meeting or are interested in viewing the slides may log into the Member Center from the homepage and select Member Meeting Presentations.   
Public Meetings and Events:     
Hennepin County is Hiring!

Hennepin County Human Resources is seeking a benefits manager to plan and direct the design, implementation, communication and administration of employee benefit programs exceeding $200 million in annual expenditures.  
The HR Department provides a range of comprehensive services for more than 9,000 employees in 30 departments, including benefits, employee wellness, business partners, staffing, workforce development, classification, compensation, learning and development, and organizational development. To learn more or to apply, please click here

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