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Midwest Business Group on Health Names Cheryl Larson New President and CEO   CHICAGO – Sept. 19, 2017 – The board of the non-profit Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), one of the nation's leading business groups of private and public employers, has appointed Cheryl Larson as incoming President and CEO. Currently Vice President, the long-time MBGH executive will replace exiting President and CEO Larry Boress at the end of the year.  “When it comes to the health and well-being of their employees, employers continue to face great challenges and Cheryl’s deep understanding of key health benefit issues makes her the ideal person to lead the ...
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MBGH Calls on Employers to Rethink Pharmacy Benefit Strategies Pharmacy benefit middlemen contribute to higher prices; new report offers insight for employers to reduce costs and improve efficiency   CHICAGO – September 12, 2017 – As health care reform drags on, employers can no longer afford to sit on the sidelines. And one area of the health care value chain ripe for transformation is pharmacy benefits. The non-profit Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) has released a report to aid employers in working to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and value of pharmacy benefit programs to drive affordability and transparency.   The report, ...
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  CHICAGO – May 11, 2017 – 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. And President and CEO Larry Boress announced his plans to retire effective December 31, 2017.   “We thank Larry for his 26 years of service to MBGH and his leadership over the last 12 years as President and CEO,” said Thomas Sondergeld, Vice President Global Benefits & Mobility, Walgreens Boots Alliance, and MBGH Board Chair. He and his staff have grown MBGH into an organization known for truly understanding the needs of our members and collaboration ...
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CHICAGO – May 11, 2017 – The Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), one of the nation’s leading non-profit business groups of large, self-insured public and private employers, released the results of its annual national survey of employers gauging their views and plans related to current and future health purchasing strategies.   “While the future of the Affordable Care Act continues to evolve, even in this uncertain environment, employers are moving forward with strategies to reduce unnecessary health care costs, while finding ways to improve the health of their covered populations,” said Larry Boress, MBGH President and CEO.   Key survey ...
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CHICAGO Dec. 6, 2016 The Leapfrog Group announced today that ten Illinois have been named to its 2016 list of Top Hospitals, which honors the highest performing facilities on the Leapfrog Hospital Patient Safety Survey. The winning facilities will be officially recognized at Leapfrogs Annual Meeting on December 6, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Today, more than ever, public and private health care benefits purchasers are looking at the quality, cost and outcomes of hospitals and physicians as they move to value-based benefit approaches, said Larry Boress, Illinois Leapfrog leader and president and CEO of the Midwest Business Group on Health. Such strategies ...
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CHICAGO November 29, 2016 In 2017, the focus of employers health benefit activities will shift from avoiding the Affordable Care Act excise tax to other priorities, such as managing the cost and use of specialty drugs and engaging employees to more effectively use their benefits and maintain their health. These are among the results of a new survey of health care purchasers to gauge their views, plans and strategies for the upcoming benefit year from the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), one of the nations leading non-profit business groups of large, self-insured public and private employers. These directional findings indicate mid- and large-employers ...
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CHICAGO August 2, 2016 The Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), one of the nations leading non-profit business groups of large, self-insured public and private employers, released the results of a national survey of employers gauging their views and plans related to health purchasing strategies. While there was overall agreement in most areas, large employers are more aggressively active in certain areas such as adopting value-based purchasing and direct contracting with providers. MBGH also found general agreement in how employers view the mergers of health plans, hospitals and PBMs. Key survey findings include: Although 6% of employers ...
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The Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), one of the nation's leading business groups of private and public employers, selected the officers for its Board of Directors. Were at a tipping point for the future of health care in the United States and employers and providers must work more closely together as a collective group to adapt in this changing environment, said Tom Sondergeld, Vice President Global Benefits & Mobility, Walgreens Boots Alliance, and MBGH Board Chair. Through MBGH well be working to focus programs and energy to better manage where the greatest health care dollars are spent to improve the quality and value of health care. ...
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New toolkit helps employers address gaps in employee knowledge and encourages use of free preventive screenings and services CHICAGO May 5, 2016 A recent survey by the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) found that employers continue to face challenges in getting employees to understand and use the free preventive care benefits available to them as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). One of the nations leading non-profit business groups of large, self-insured public and private employers, MBGH found that only 10% of large employers are aware of all of the required preventive services to be covered at no patient cost ...
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Leading employers convene to find solutions to address the issues and changes in today's health care marketplace The Midwest Business Group on Health will explore the challenges employers face in todays “Real World of Health Benefits” at its 36 th Annual Conference on May 5-6, 2016 at the Mid-America Club in Chicago. One of the nation’s leading employer-focused conferences, the event offers critical insight, strategies and tools to improve stakeholder management of health benefits, while driving health care system changes and payment reform. “In a post ACA environment, employers must continue to navigate reform laws ...
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February 16th - According to a survey of employers conducted by the Private Exchange Evaluation Collaborative (PEEC), 46% have implemented or are continuing to look at private health insurance exchanges to offer health benefits for their covered populations. Over the last few months PEEC has polled employers for a broad study on their views and intentions related to exchanges. A second shorter study was conducted in January to gauge strategies in light of the two-year delay in the implementation of the excise tax. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers whose health benefits cost more than $10,200 for individuals or $27,500 for families have to ...
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November 3, 2015 MBGH survey finds employers committed to improving the health of their covered populations CHICAGO – While the vast majority of employers (76%) are focusing their health benefit strategies on avoiding the 2018 Affordable Care Act excise tax, a greater number indicated that increasing employee engagement in health improvement programs (81%) and using preventive services (77%) are priorities for 2016-2017. These are among the findings of an annual survey of 119 employers by the non-profit Midwest Business Group on Health, one of the nation’s leading business groups of private and public employers representing over 4 million lives, ...
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July 22, 2015 Leaders from provider, carrier, consumer, and business groups worked with hospitals and doctors to improve maternity care and reduce elective pre-term births CHICAGO – The rate of early elective deliveries, babies delivered too early for non-medical reasons, in Illinois has been reduced to 2% for 2014, according to the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH). This is down from a rate of more than 24% in 2010, as reported by hospitals participating in the Leapfrog Group’s annual Hospital Survey. Through the support of a three-year grant, provided by the National Business Coalition on Health, United Health Foundation and the Robert ...
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June 9, 2015 Employers considering unconventional strategies to manage double-digit cost increases while shifting more cost to employees CHICAGO – The Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), one of the nation’s leading non-profit business coalitions, has found promising insights in their fourth annual employer survey on specialty drug management. Although the vast majority of employers (88%) still rely on traditional plan designs (co-pays and coinsurance), many are ready to focus on new and novel approaches to managing specialty drugs costs. Survey results indicate a significant number of employers (68%) are considering using a narrow network ...
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May 26, 2015 MBGH survey finds employers committed to improving the health of their covered populations CHICAGO – May 26, 2015 – The Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), one of the nation's leading business groups of private and public employers, selected officers for its Board of Directors. The elected officers to MBGH’s board: Chair – Kim Dwyer, Vice President, Benefit Services, Advocate Health Care Vice Chair – Thomas Sondergeld, Vice President Global Benefits & Mobility, Walgreens Boots Alliance Secretary – Sandra Morris, Senior Manager, U.S. Benefits Design, Procter and Gamble Treasurer – Rich Rons, ...
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June 9, 2015 Caterpillar, Comcast, S.C. Johnson and Target among employers sharing benefits best practices CHICAGO – 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 35 th Annual Conference , being held April 29-30 at the Mid-America Club in Chicago. The non-profit organization is one of the nation’s leading business groups of private and public employers. Key topics include the future role of employers in health care and benefits, addressing waste and inappropriate ...
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January 6, 2015 Onsite Clinics Are a Key Component to a Successful Health Benefits Strategy Clinic sponsors experience reduced costs, improved employee health, productivity and engagement CHICAGO – Employers are increasingly finding the use of onsite and near-site clinics as a successful strategy in controlling health care costs, enabling easy access to medical services, improving employee health, enhancing engagement in worksite programs– and ultimately increasing productivity, according to a survey of 255 employers by the non-profit National Association of Worksite Health Centers (NAWHC), with support from ...
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January 27 2015 Transparency services help employees make informed health care decisions CHICAGO – Consumers have an increasing amount of “skin in the game” when it comes to medical and financial decisions for their care, and their interest to access credible information and user-friendly tools and resources about cost and quality is growing. To help employers provide this information to their employees, the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) is collaborating with two leading transparency service providers – Change Healthcare and Compass Professional Health Services. One of the nation’s leading non-profit ...
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CHICAGO – The rate of early elective deliveries, babies delivered too early for non-medical reasons, in Illinois has been reduced to 2% for 2014, according to the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH). This is down from a rate of more than 24% in 2010, as reported by hospitals participating in the Leapfrog Group’s annual Hospital Survey. Through the support of a three-year grant, provided by the National Business Coalition on Health, United Health Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, MBGH led a collaborative of diverse health care stakeholders and coordinated efforts that resulted in over 70% of Illinois hospitals reducing ...
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