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State falls to 28 for US ranking of states with highest number of A graded hospitals CHICAGO – November 16, 2022 – Marking the 10 th anniversary of the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, The Leapfrog Group , an independent national watchdog organization representing the nation’s most influential employers and purchasers of health care, driven in Illinois by the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), announced the fall 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades . The Leapfrog Group has a 10-year history of assigning letter grades to general hospitals throughout the United States, based on a hospital’s ability to prevent medical errors and harm ...
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State falls to 27 for US ranking of states with highest number of A graded hospitals CHICAGO – May 10, 2022 – The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit representing hundreds of the nation’s most influential employers and purchasers of health care, and driven in Illinois by the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), announced the spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades . The independent grading system assigns letter grades to general hospitals across the US based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries, and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm. Statewide, 107 hospitals ...
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Beyond the Pandemic: Employers Uniting to Accelerate Change in Health Care & Benefits focus of May 4-5 event CHICAGO – April 21, 2022 – Employers continue to be challenged by rising health care premiums and structuring benefits to support a changing workforce. The Midwest Business Group on Health’s annual conference will offer strategies and practical solutions to help employers achieve high-quality care while making progress towards equity, transparency and better health for their employees and families. The event has returned to in person at the JW Marriott Chicago, May 4-5. “We are so excited to once again host our annual conference in ...
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CHICAGO – February 28, 2022 – When asked about their role as purchasers of health care, the majority (46%) of employers said they are following the leader, while 32% identified as early adopters, and only 5% as catalyst for change (down from 18% last year). These are among the findings of the latest survey of employers conducted by the non-profit Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH). “The reduction in employers that see themselves as catalysts for change from our last survey is likely due to competing priorities brought on by the pandemic,” said Cheryl Larson, MBGH president and CEO. “They also face what is being likened to as another pandemic – the ...
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Four area hospitals receive national distinction CHICAGO – December 7, 2021 – The Leapfrog Group announced today that four hospitals in Illinois have been named to its 2021 national list of Top Hospitals: AMITA Health Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, DeKalb Northwestern Medicine Palos Hospital, Palos Heights University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago The elite award is one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive in safety and quality. The winning facilities will be officially recognized today as part of Leapfrog’s virtual Annual Meeting . The Midwest ...
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First year savings estimated at $205,000 and weight loss of almost 2,000 pounds for participants CHICAGO – November 18, 2021 – The impact of type 2 diabetes is staggering, costing US employers $327 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity in 2017 alone*. As this condition is preventable, the University of Chicago Medicine is participating in the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP), a lifestyle change initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Initial results were positive with 288 employees engaged in a full year of support losing 1,791 pounds, a projected savings of $205,000 in avoidable health care costs** ...
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State falls to 24 from 17 for US ranking of states with highest number of A graded hospitals CHICAGO – November 10, 2021 – The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit representing hundreds of the nation’s most influential employers and purchasers of health care, and driven in Illinois by the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), announced the fall 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades . The independent grading system assigns letter grades to general hospitals across the US based on over 30 national measures of preventable errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The fall 2021 grades represent the largest set of hospitals ever graded with ...
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CHICAGO – June 24, 2021 – The Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), one of the nation's leading business groups of private and public employers, elected new officers for its Board of Directors. The newly elected officers of MBGH’s Board of Director are: Chair – Pam Hannon, Retirement & Healthcare Leader, GE Healthcare Vice Chair – Amy Katzoff, Senior Director, Benefits HRIS and Mobility, Huron Consulting Treasurer – Carol Partington, Corporate Senior Manager, Total Benefits, Elkay Manufacturing Secretary – Darin Hinderman, Global Health Strategy Manager, Total Rewards – Human Resources, Caterpillar Inc. Past Chair, Jason Parrott, formerly ...
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A Brave New World: Employer-Driven Innovation & Social Responsibility is focus for May 5-6 virtual event CHICAGO – April 23, 2021 – Employers have faced substantial health and economic constraints due to the pandemic. To overcome these challenges the Midwest Business Group on Health annual conference will offer strategies and practical solutions to help employers achieve high-quality care while making progress towards equity, transparency and better health for their employees and families. The event will be held virtually May 5-6. “The last year was like no other presenting significant hardship for both our physical and financial health, offering ...
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Thought Leadership & Innovation Foundation (TLI) is pleased to announce its partnership with the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), a non-profit organization representing employer purchasers of health care, to build a Community Collaborative designed to support partners and members in the MBGH community with their efforts to improve mental health outcomes and solutions post-COVID-19. This partnership exemplifies TLI’s commitment to helping organizations seeking a coordinated, cohesive set of actions to effect change and generate positive results for a common good. Thought Leadership & Innovation Foundation and Midwest Business Group ...
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MBGH Survey Finds Growing Number of Employers Acting as Catalyst for Change to Shift Health Benefits Market and Drive Innovation CHICAGO – January 27, 2021 – When asked about plans around COVID-19 vaccines, 71% plan to provide education about the vaccines and 56% plan to promote the vaccine to their employees. These are among the findings of the latest survey of employers conducted by the non-profit Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH). “Employers are putting their COVID-19 vaccine plans in place now and know that education is key, especially for those focused on getting and keeping their people at a physical worksite,” said Cheryl Larson, ...
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CHICAGO – December 16, 2020 – The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit representing hundreds of the nation’s most influential employers and purchasers of health care, and driven in Illinois by the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), announced today fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades . The independent grading system assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the US based on their ability to protect patients from avoidable errors, injuries, accidents and infections. Statewide, 104 hospitals were graded, and 35 earned an A, 28 earned a B, 38 earned a C, one earned a D, and two hospitals earned an F. Leapfrog has assigned ...
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Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal, Editor-in-Chief, Kaiser Health News & Author of An American Sickness is opening keynote CHICAGO – August 13, 2020 – The Midwest Business Group on Health is hosting its annual conference September 3-4, celebrating 40 years of providing value to health benefits and services for its employer members that improve health and productivity for their employees and families. The two-day event – Health Benefits Transformation: Employers Unite to Reduce Waste and Improve Outcomes – will now be held virtually. The nation’s leading employers and health care experts will share objective, timely and practical information on the ...
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CHICAGO – June 19, 2020 – In spite of the record number of employees now working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most employers (70%) do not have a formal policy for their workforce who are required to work from home (versus voluntary request). This is among the findings of a recent employer survey conducted by the non-profit Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH). “As we are all dealing with a new normal it’s not a surprise that the majority of employers have no formal policies in place,” said Cheryl Larson, MBGH president and CEO. “It does speak to the need to be prepared now and potentially in the future. These surveys are one of the ways our ...
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CHICAGO – May 19, 2020 – The trend of rising drug costs continues, driven largely by specialty drugs with expenditures totaling $157 billion in 2017 and growing. To assist employers faced with managing this critical issue, the non-profit Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) has entered into an agreement with RxResults , an evidence-based pharmacy risk management firm . RxResults will support EmployeRxEvolution, an employer-driven program developed in collaboration with MBGH and its non-profit employer purchasing organization, the Midwest Health Purchasers Collaborative. The initiative is focused on transforming the way pharmacy benefits are paid for ...
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CHICAGO – March 3, 2020 – The Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) was honored with the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute (PBMI) Excellence Award in the Quality Improvement Category. The award recognizes MBGH for its efforts to provide employers with education, awareness and turn-key resources to help manage the high cost of hemophilia and improve the lives of covered members who are impacted by this rare but serious disease. “MBGH appreciates the recognition from PBMI for our efforts on behalf of our employer members,” said Cheryl Larson, MBGH president and CEO. “This award demonstrates our commitment to helping employers use plan designs that ...
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CHICAGO – Feb. 11, 2020 – This is a critical week for the millions of Americans still receiving bankrupting surprise medical bills and the employers who sponsor health benefits for their workers and families. The Midwest Business Group on Health, a non-profit coalition of employers representing almost 5 million lives and spending over $11 billion on health care each year, urges legislators to advance a fair, reasonable, local market-based approach to resolve billing disputes. The “Consumer Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills Act of 2020” relies solely on arbitration and does not offer a viable solution to solve surprise medical billing for patients ...
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Illinois hospitals rise to 11 th spot in national rankings; Loretto Hospital jumped to an A from a D CHICAGO – Nov. 7, 2019 – The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit representing hundreds of the nation’s most influential employers and purchasers of health care, and driven in Illinois by the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), announced today the fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades . The independent grading system assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the US based on their ability to protect patients from avoidable errors, injuries, accidents and infections. Statewide, 108 hospitals were graded, and ...
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EmployeRxEvolution designed to disrupt the current business model CHICAGO – September 18, 2019 – The United States spends more than $329 billion annually on prescription drugs and the cost for retail prescription drugs is estimated to outpace that of other health care spending. To help employers achieve transparency, remove waste, increase flexibility and get the best price for the billions spent on pharmacy benefits, the Midwest Business Group on Health has launched EmployeRxEvolution. Developed in collaboration with MBGH’s non-profit employer purchasing organization, the Midwest Health Purchasers Collaborative, and pharmacy benefits consulting ...
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40% of graded hospitals in state received an A, no hospitals received an F CHICAGO – May 15, 2019 – The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit representing the nation’s largest and most influential employers and purchasers of health care, announced today the spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The independent grading system assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the US based on their ability to protect patients from avoidable errors, injuries, accidents and infections. Of the 110 hospitals in Illinois graded, 40% earned an A, 27% B’s, and 29% earned C’s. Five hospitals earned a score of D, with no hospitals receiving ...
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