Strategic Partnerships

Strategic Partnerships

The value of MBGH membership includes access to resources and programs available through our strategic partners. Read below to learn more about these partner organizations!

American Benefits Council (The Council)

ABC_Logo.pngThe American Benefits Council (The Council) is a national trade association based in Washington, D.C. that advocates for employer-sponsored benefit plans. Through our partnership, MBGH is able to provide timely updates to our members on legal and regulatory issues impacting employers. In addition, MBGH influences legislative policy by providing The Council with employer perspective input.

Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR) 

CPR_Logo.pngThrough the MBGH partnership with Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR), employer members have access to the resources and opportunities outlined below. CPR educational programs – to receive regular updates from CPR on upcoming programs register here.

  • Educational event recordings library, purchaser case studies and tools and resources on
  • Health Plan User Groups (HPUGs) that bring together representatives from the nation's largest health plans – Aetna, Anthem, Blue Shield of California, Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), and UnitedHealthcare – and allow members to track health plan progress in a variety of areas, directly question plans, and see results

Discounted rates for:

  • Collaboratives offering small purchaser workgroups that tackle a common health care challenge alongside peers, CPR staff and a subject matter expert
  • Commission Market Assessments that explore the dynamics between stakeholders in specific markets to determine who holds market-shaping power and which payment reforms could best improve the quality and affordability of care

Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI) 

ebri_logo.pngEmployee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI) is a nonpartisan, non-profit research institute based in Washington, D.C. that produces original research on health, savings, retirement and economic security issues, including 401(k) and retirement plan coverage data, post-retirement income adequacy, health coverage and the uninsured, and economic security of the elderly. MBGH members can attend jointly sponsored events at no charge, such as the Employee Benefits Research and Policy Roundtables.

Fair Health Costs

FairHealthCosts_logoThe Fair Health Costs Initiative is an Arnold Ventures-backed effort by the Purchaser Business Group on Health and National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions to mobilize employer purchasers, educate policymakers and advocate for public policies to reduce health care prices.


HEROEstablished in 1997, HERO is a nonprofit organization that conducts and shares evidence-based best practices and educates health promotion professionals about principles and practices that improve workforce health and well-being. HERO partners with members and other national stakeholders to create and distribute research, policy, and strategy that increase employee engagement and enable greater business success.

Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) 

IBI_Logo.pngIntegrated Benefits Institute’s (IBI's) work emphasizes that healthy, productive employees promote healthy business. As a leading research organization in health and productivity, IBI provides employers with the analysis, research and tools to make sound decisions for workplace health investments. In 2019, IBI launched the IBI Bridge pilot program to connect employers to peers through a private technology platform to explore strategies, insights, experiences and solutions organized around common key issues. Through this program, MBGH members have access to direct responses to their most pressing questions from leading subject matter experts. Historically, IBI has offered MBGH members the opportunity to attend their annual conference at no cost!

Leapfrog Group 

Leapfrog_Logo.pngThe Leapfrog Group is a non-profit watchdog organization that serves as a voice for health care purchasers, using their collective influence to foster positive change in U.S. health care. Leapfrog is the nation’s premier advocate of hospital transparency—collecting, analyzing and disseminating hospital data to inform value-based purchasing. As the Leapfrog Group IL Regional Leader, MBGH encourages both hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers to report their safety scores by completing the annual Leapfrog Group survey.

National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions  

National_Alliance_Logo.pngThe National Alliance of Healthcare Purchasers Coalitions (National Alliance) is the umbrella organization for regional coalitions across the country. The National Alliance provides thought leadership on various areas in healthcare including Delivery & Payment Reform, Total Person Health and Health Policy. Regional coalitions across the country are represent at the national level and work towards a common agenda that supports employers to achieve greater value in their healthcare strategy. MBGH is a founding member. MBGH members can learn more about sister organization educational events and opportunities as well as access a number of public resources and valuable reports on the National Alliance website.

Pharmacy Benefits Management Institute (PBMI)

PBMI.pngThe Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute (PBMI) is a leading provider of research and education that informs, advises, and influences the industry on drug cost management. PBMI services are geared towards providing meaningful information to help educate on the design of drug benefit programs. MBGH and PBMI share educational resources and pass along pertinent information to our member groups.

Media Partnerships

View below to learn more about our great media partners.

The American Journal of Managed Care® (AJMC)

AJMC.pngThe American Journal of Managed Care® (AJMC) is the leading peer-reviewed journal dedicated to issues in managed care. distributes health care news to leading stakeholders across a variety of platforms. Another title in this franchise includes The American Journal of Accountable Care, which publishes research and commentary on innovative healthcare delivery models facilitated by the 2010 Affordable Care Act. AJMC's Evidence-Based publications bring together stakeholder views from payers, providers, policymakers and pharmaceutical leaders in oncology and diabetes management. MBGH is an AJMC strategic alliance partner.

Pharmacy Times®

Pharmacy Times LogoPharmacy Times®, represented under the parent company of MJH Life Sciences™, is a multimedia resource dedicated to the diverse professionals within the industry, including community pharmacists, health system pharmacists, specialty pharmacists, oncology pharmacists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who work in the retail clinic setting. MBGH is a Pharmacy Times Strategic Alliance Partner.