Member Newsletter
Fall 2020
Letter from the President

We couldn’t be more grateful for the attendees, speakers and sponsors who helped make our 2020 Annual Conference a resounding success! Over 400 attendees took part in this year’s event and 97% shared they would recommend this conference to others. Although we would have preferred to celebrate our 40th anniversary with all of you in person, the virtual environment allowed us to learn from some of the industry’s brightest minds and we found unique and impactful ways to share best practices and network with each other. We learned so much about improving outcomes while identifying and reducing waste in the health care system. If you missed any part of the event or just want a refresher, you’ll find all you need to know below – including a link to the virtual platform, presentation summaries and sponsor resources. 
MBGH tapped into industry experts and innovative purchasers to educate employers on eliminating waste, inefficiencies and excess costs in health care and benefits. Attendees learned how to serve as catalysts for change in the way health care is paid for and delivered by identifying best practices and transforming expectations with carriers, intermediaries and vendors. A few highlights below:
Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal kicked off our 2-day event with an overview of the employer role in navigating disruption, consolidation and cost pressures. She shared that much of what we see in today’s health care is not determined by what’s best for health, but what’s best for business and profit. We are at an inflection point in health care and COVID-19 has only amplified what’s wrong with our current system. She encouraged employers to educate plan members about how to ask the right questions and gather information to make good decisions. Demanding accountability and transparency from hospitals, providers and drug companies will ultimately save employers and employees money and will lead to better overall care. 
Gloria Sachdev, President and CEO of the Employers’ Forum of Indiana, presented and then moderated a lively panel discussion of employers who provided insights and best practices for transforming waste and misuse in health care and benefits. The panelists stressed the importance of demanding access to YOUR data. It begins by incorporating precise language into RFPs and contracts – including data rights, data driven performance guarantees and transparency around true pricing (not discounts). It is important not to look at price alone – the value equation includes both price and quality. Getting to high value means having the right solutions at the right price at the right time for the right people. Following this presentation, an interactive audience poll suggested employer purchasers are the stakeholder group most likely to take action on price transparency in the future. 
Carole Mendoza, (Former) Director of Global Health and Well-Being Strategy at IBM, provided the employer keynote address. She introduced the concept of Design Thinking and shared how putting employees at the center of benefit plan design and communications will help generate solutions that are different and truly effective. In order to launch an effective strategy, it’s important to really understand the diverse desires and pain points of your population. Her presentation was thought-provoking and provided real-life examples of how to effectively work together with employees to design a best-in-class benefits solution. 
The closing employer panel discussion was one of the most impactful sessions of the conference. Health Benefit leaders from The Boeing Company, GE Healthcare, and Huron Consulting Group discussed how 2020 has served as a wake-up call to employers. COVID 19 and social justice issues have spurred employers to embark on a journey to enhance emotional well-being and mental health services, expand telemedicine services and coverage, raise the bar around diversity and inclusion, and find new ways to stay connected with their workforce. These employers provided their perspective into the workforce of tomorrow which will likely include an ongoing emergence of new and innovative technology solutions that are advancing at warp speed, more racially diverse workforces and boards, less travel and more time with families, a shrinking presence in large city centers and more flexibility around scheduled hours and childcare.

We recognize that it is challenging to dedicate two full days to learning, so we have made it easy for MBGH members to gain access to all Annual Conference presentations at your convenience.
Since June, MBGH has launched four employer reports! Each contains important information including: impacts to employers, latest research and action steps employers can take. Share these reports with your colleagues and vendors to support your pharmacy benefit management. 

As high-cost biologics and other specialty drugs continue to come to market, pharmacogenomic testing has the potential to have the greatest impact on precision medicine within pharmacy benefit design.

There are tangible action steps employers who are serious about driving down costs can take while ensuring their members have access to therapies that treat complex chronic, life threatening and rare medical conditions. Biosimilars can bring cost relief to the high cost of biologic medications.
Diabetes & Insulin

Millions of people with diabetes who need this lifesaving medication face affordability barriers in the form of rising insulin prices and out-of-pocket costs. Employers should consider the broader impact to medical costs, employee retention and productivity when determining co-pays and plan design strategies.
Authorized Generics 

Considering Authorized Generics in Pharmacy Benefits Design Employers should discuss coverage of Authorized Generics with their PBM or PBA – these drugs are made by the same manufacturer as their brand-name counterpart, have identical characteristics and ingredients, and are held to the same quality standards…and they cost significantly less!
“MBGH does so much to support and lead the employer community in our mission to transform the health care landscape for the benefit of our employees
and for society.”
The MBGH 40th Annual Conference virtual platform is still open! If you previously registered for this event, enter your email address here (all lowercase letters) to access all content. The platform closes on
Dec. 31, 2020 so revisit soon! When you login, you can:

  • Visit the Exhibit Hall and download vendor resources
  • Click the briefcase icon under “My Profile” to download your saved resources
  • Go to "Sessions" and re-watch presentations you may have missed
  • Check out the Participant List and Speaker Bios (under “Resources”)
“I couldn’t take notes fast enough and really appreciate the virtual platform and resources will still be available to us for a few more months!”
At the end of each day we raffled a one-year MBGH employer membership – CF Industries and Plymouth Foam were the two lucky winners! In addition to these two organizations, a number of others have recently joined the MBGH family. Welcome to all of our new members!
CF Industries
City of Gary
Frier Levitt, LLC
GTMRx Institute
KSB Hospital
         Octapharma USA
         Pharmaceutical Strategies Group
         Plymouth Foam
         Scipher Medicine
         Vertex Pharmaceuticals
“It was an amazing feat to pull off this conference virtually – it’s the best I’ve seen. Congrats to the MBGH team!”
Inspera Health
Quantum Health

Case Study
Artemis Health
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Foundation Medicine
Lyra Health

Accolade – Trivia
Advocate Aurora Health
DarioHealth Corp.
Delta Dental of Illinois
FitBit Health Solutions
GTMRx Institute
ROC Group
Spring Health

BioTel Care