Member Newsletter
Spring/Summer 2022
Message from the President

42nd Annual Conference – May 2022

Just a little over a month has passed since our 42nd Annual Conference in downtown Chicago. More than 350 people attended the event; 100% of survey respondents rated it excellent/very good and 96% said they would recommend it to their colleagues. We consistently heard it was the "best event ever!"

Thank you to each and every one of you who attended. It’s hard to put into words how amazing it was to be back in person again enjoying the connections, collaboration and hugs of an in-person event. Our speaker line-up was top notch, sponsors were incredibly generous, and the networking opportunities were endless. Attendees heard from innovative employer purchasers and leading benefits experts about ways to disrupt the current health care model and accelerate change in employer-sponsored health plans.
If you missed the event and are an MBGH member, you can find speaker bios, presentations and summaries on the Past Conferences page on our website.
Save the Date! 43rd Annual Conference – May 9-10, 2023

We are excited to announce our 2023 conference date. Mark your calendars for May 9-10, 2023 at the JW Marriott in downtown Chicago.

From MBGH to you and yours, we hope you have a wonderful summer.

We’re always here if you need us!
Cheryl Larson
President & CEO
At our 42nd Annual Conference last month, two new board members were elected. Alex and Joe are joining a dynamic board of industry experts and progressive employers who dedicate their time and expertise to serve the mission of MBGH!
Alex Jung
Former Principal, EY-Parthenon
“I’ve been involved with MBGH ever since my first introduction to the organization 20 years ago when I was a benefits consultant. The impact of MBGH is significant. I’m honored to be able to join the board after retiring to become a consultant because now I get a front row seat. Employers are facing more challenges than ever, but the one constant is the need for education, exposure to solutions and the research that only organizations like MBGH can bring to the market."
Joe Toniolo
Senior Director, Health & Welfare Benefits, US Foods
"Over the past few years, I have been fortunate to participate in MBGH employer workgroup discussions, which gave me the opportunity to work with other employers and the MBGH team to develop white papers and other leading-edge employer resources. Now as part of the MBGH board, I look forward to even more exposure to top benefit thought leaders, putting me even closer to that 'edge.' I appreciate the opportunity to serve MBGH and our members to provide employers with real, useable health care solutions."
MBGH released two new action briefs during the 42nd Annual Conference. Click the images below to gain a better understanding of the:
  • Pivotal role employers play in making post-surgical non-opioids available to their members
  • Benefits and application of prescription digital therapeutics in diagnosing, preventing, managing and treating medical conditions
Other recently released action briefs include Obesity Management, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), Chronic Low Back Pain (CLBP), State Legislative Impact on the Cost of Insulin, Hemophilia & Bleeding Disorders, and more. Each action brief provides the business case for employers and action steps to enhance your current benefit offerings. Check them out!
MBGH’s success is driven by our members. We all benefit from our diverse membership base; sharing best practices and learning from one another is what makes MBGH so valuable. That’s the Power of MBGH!
  • Marmon Holdings
  • Oschner Connected
  • Rush Copley Medical Center
  • Sibly
"Truly took pearls of wisdom from each presentation."

"Practical content from leading organizations."
"Loved the interaction between the participants."

"Can't wait to share the information provided on free mental health resources with our employees."
Back to Basics! Driving Preventive Care Utilization
March 23, 2022
"Loved the sharing of employer best practices." 

"Attendees were treated to great content delivered in a relatively compact time period."
June 16, 2022 - 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (CT)
Prediabetes is reaching an epidemic level. The good news is that prediabetes is reversible and type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed through lifestyle interventions. Attend this webinar to learn about effective employer strategies and resources you can use to make an impact at your organization. Check out the agenda!
This annual “do not miss” event is limited to 100 in-person attendees (virtual participation is also available). Register today!
Key topics at this year’s forum include:
  • Critical strategies to negotiate a PBM contract and what terms and conditions should be audited
  • New CAA regulations for transparency, fiduciary and pharmacy benefits and their impact on employers
  • Ways employers can drive accountability and vigilance in managing the high cost of cell and gene therapies
  • Updates on the growing number of drugs in the pipeline, the drug supply chain, and issues around drug importing
  • How rebate aggregators work and how they impact drug spend
What Employers Need to Know (Virtual and In Person)
September 14, 2022 - 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM (CT)
Health care is changing at an incredibly rapid pace. Digital health technologies are increasing the rate of transformation. They have the potential to improve our ability to diagnose and treat disease, optimize health and well-being and enhance the delivery of care for the individual.
Employers play a pivotal role in addressing the opioid crisis. Making non-opioid postoperative pain management medications available to members is an important step in this ongoing process. Attend this webinar to gain a better understanding of the action steps employers can take. 
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