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New Models of Diabetes Care and Engagement Worth a Serious Look from Employers

May 14, 2015

Workplace diabetes management is ripe for innovation and there is an array of new solutions employers should consider, says a new report from Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH). Patient-centered medical homes, on-site clinics, near-site and convenience clinics, diabetes-oriented centers of excellence and pharmacist-led programs, often backstopped by advanced analytics and enhanced with new digital health tools, have emerged on the scene and are ready to provide improved care to people with diabetes. All have the potential to offer greater access and care coordination, more consistent patient engagement with evidence-based guideline-directed care and personalized services geared to level of need, according to the report, based on a NEBGH Solutions Center project involving work groups comprised of more than 30 executives from employers, health plans, consultancies and other organizations.

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NEBGH Honors Three New York/Connecticut Area Hospitals with Leapfrog Group Awards

January 14, 2015

Each of these award winning hospitals achieved the highest scores on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey in this region and received an “A” Hospital Safety Score rating:  Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center received the Outstanding Performance in Patient Safety and Quality Award; William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT received the Distinguished Performance in Patient Safety and Quality Award, and Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center received the Greatest Leaps in Patient Safety and Quality Award.  The awards were presented December 17, 2014 at NEBGH’s first annual Leapfrog Hospital Awards Breakfast.

NEBGH News Brief

Innovation Needed in Employer Approaches to Diabetes Management, Says New NEBGH Solutions Center Report

November 20, 2014

A new NEBGH Solutions Center report says that lack of employee engagement is a big factor in the failure of traditional disease management techniques like telephone outreach to make a dent in the diabetes epidemic.  More innovative approaches are needed, including new models of care delivery, new ways of engaging employees and new payment models that reward high value care.  Employers told NEBGH that denial, fear and lack of trust play a big role in preventing engagement – factors that digital tools could help address.

New NEBGH Report Says Innovation Needed in Employer Weight Control Programs

A new NEBGH Solutions Center report says that many employees need more targeted weight control interventions in addition to traditional behavioral and lifestyle offerings, and that innovative digital tools, value-based benefits design, prescription medications and bariatric surgery should be considered for inclusion in workplace programs.

Digital connectivity can increase employee engagement and help overcome stigma and embarrassment – cited by employers as key obstacles to successful weight control programs.  Providing coverage for prescription medications and bariatric surgery, and steering employees to high-value evidence-based care, can improve outcomes.

NEBGH’s report is based on a research project that included an employer survey and a roundtable discussion with 19 executives from employers, health plans and consulting organizations.

Click HERE for the full report.

Hospitals, Providers and Health Plans Collaboration Key to Reducing Readmissions

“Reducing Hospital Readmissions through Stakeholder Collaboration,” a report by NEBGH, says that hospitals, providers and health plans need to share timely data and take a coordinated approach to care management encompassing pre-admissions and post-discharge care in order to reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions. Key findings include the need to better identify patients at high risk readmissions, engage patients through education and communications, and establish a mutually accountable environment that does not simply penalize hospitals for unnecessary readmissions.

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