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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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Event offers employer benefit strategies and insights to gain supplier accountability and trust, eliminate waste and misuse and ensure access to high-quality, cost effective care   CHICAGO – April 5, 2019 – The nation’s leading employers and health care experts will offer the latest innovation and best practices in health benefits and health care for human resource and benefits professionals at the Midwest Business Group on Health’s 39 th Annual Conference . The two-day event is being held May 8-9 at the Mid-America Club in Chicago.   “Employer-based health care coverage costs are rising faster than wage increases and inflation with total cost ...
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Seven local hospitals r eceive coveted national distinction on safety & quality practices   CHICAGO – Dec. 4, 2018 – The Leapfrog Group announced seven hospitals in Illinois have been named to its 2018 national list of Top Hospitals. 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 at Leapfrog’s Annual Top Hospitals Ceremony tonight in Washington, DC.   “Patient safety should be a top priority for all hospitals,” said Chery Larson, Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) president & CEO. “These Illinois hospitals are an exceptional ...
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CHICAGO – Nov. 8, 2018 – The Leapfrog Group , a national nonprofit aiming to improve health care quality for consumers, employers and purchasers, announced the fall 2018 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.   Illinois moved up in the national rankings to the 12 th spot (up from 15 th in spring 2018) and 39% of graded hospitals for Illinois received an A, while 27% earned B’s and C’s respectively. Five hospitals received scores of D and below: Holy ...
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Midwest Business Group on Health Employer Survey Finds Growing Focus on Autism & Family Leave Benefits   CHICAGO – Oct. 9, 2018 – While only 20% of employers offer a paid family leave benefit, 55% are considering adding it next year per findings from a new member survey from the non-profit Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH).   “It’s encouraging to see that more employers are providing workers with benefits focused on family leave, autism and partners, said Cheryl Larson, MBGH president and CEO. “Many employers recognize the value these benefits offer for worker recruitment and retention, especially in a tight labor market.”   Additional ...
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Chicago (September 12, 2018) – The American Heart Association and Midwest Business Group on Health are teaming up to urge Chicagoland employees to monitor their blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. The new collaboration will bring the Check. Change. Control. blood pressure management program to area employers. The initiative incorporates remote monitoring and online tracking to improve outcomes in hypertension management, physical activity, and weight reduction. “We’re on a mission to improve the health of employees across the Midwest,” said Cheryl Larson, president and CEO, Midwest Business Group on Health. “By partnering with ...
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CHICAGO – Sept. 11, 2018 – Historic low jobless rates are impacting the ability of US employers to attract and retain a workforce. To learn more about the effect of the unemployment rate on businesses – specifically those with an hourly production workforce – the non-profit Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) conducted a survey of employers finding that 67% are experiencing difficulty. The top reasons manufacturing employers are having trouble hiring: low wages; younger generations are going to colleges and universities instead of entering the workforce; and greater competition due to more companies entering the manufacturing industry.  “To overcome ...
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CHICAGO – May 2, 2018 – Pain-related conditions affect 116 million adults in the U.S., resulting in up to $635 billion in medical costs and lost productivity.* To assist employers faced with managing this critical issue, the non-profit Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) has launched a new pain management and opioid use/abuse toolkit . The free resource offers best practices, strategies and links to valuable resources to support employers in improving the treatment of pain and addressing the impacts of abuse and misuse of opioid medications. “The impact of opioid abuse to employers’ health care costs and productivity is significant with abusers costing ...
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