The role of critical illness insurance in the new cancer economy - BenefitsPro

May 10, 2016

Independently of the UNC analysis, the Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH), a nonprofit health care consumer advocacy led by employer groups and health care providers, shows cancer treatment costs are top-of-mind for group health plan sponsors.

Cancer treatments rank at the top of employer expenses, despite cancer’s lower prevalence relative to diabetes, hypertension and musculoskeletal disorders, said NEBGH.

But plan sponsors are concerned by more than just premium costs. Beyond containing runaway expenses that push group premiums ever higher, employers are “equally concerned” about ensuring that employees and their families receive top-quality cancer care.

“Employers are invested in the well-being of their employees, and they want to be confident they’re steering people to trusted providers and institutions based on reliable information about outcomes and adherence to quality measures,” said Laurel Pickering, CEO of NEBGH.

Measuring for Success: Employee Well-Being and Productivity - Huffington Post

May 9, 2016

On May 2, 2016, National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC Metro) and Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH) co-sponsored their Workplace Mental Health Summit VIII with a measurement theme. The Summit focused on how employers can quantify employees’ mental health and its relationship to diminished workplace productivity, as well as evaluate interventions to track improvement. Research shows that poor mental health not only severely diminishes employee well-being and quality of life; it also decreases productivity at work.

HR’s Role in Aiding Ailing Employees - HRE Daily

May 5, 2016

We all know this standard bit of wisdom: When you’re told you have a major disease — like cancer — one of the first things you should do is get a second opinion from another doctor. However, employees at some organizations may have an easier time getting that second opinion than their counterparts at other companies, according to a recent survey from the Northeast Business Group on Health.

Cancer 'complex and intimidating' for benefit professionals - Employee Benefit News

May 5, 2016

The fact that cancer costs are higher than ever is reason enough for employers to be concerned, but new research is giving them another reason to worry: They may not be doing enough for employees suffering from the disease.

Employers are concerned about the high cost of cancer care, but they’re equally concerned about making sure employees and family members diagnosed with cancer are receiving top-quality care, says a new report from Northeast Business Group on Health.

Employers Say Quality Cancer Care Is High Priority Workers often lack access to second opinions, nonclinical support services - SHRM

May 3, 2016

While employers are concerned about the high cost of cancer care, they want workers diagnosed with cancer to receive top-quality care. Nevertheless, employees or their dependents with cancer often go without second opinions on their diagnosis and treatment, aren’t directed to a high-quality network of oncology providers, and lack access to nonclinical support services, a new report from Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH), an employer-led coalition, shows.

The report, Employers and Cancer Care Quality: A Closer Look, also found that employers want to make sure the dollars they invest in cancer care are well-spent, and that they have a strong desire to support the best possible outcomes and quality of life possible for those living with cancer.

Employers struggle with cancer care - Crain's Health Pulse

April 29, 2016

Many employers are at a loss when it comes to determining the best and most cost-effective treatment plans for their workers who are diagnosed with cancer. A recent report from the Northeast Business Group on Health said employers cited cancer as the most complex employee health condition they encounter, because of the dual challenge of supporting workers during a difficult time as well as paying for their treatment. Insurers were not much help. “My plans always respond with information about activities instead of outcomes,” one employer told NEBGH. Nationally, cancer treatment accounts for 12% of total medical costs for employers but only 1% of medical claims, according to the report. Employers spent $125 billion on cancer treatment in 2010 and incurred $139 billion in indirect costs related to employee productivity. Costs rise as new specialty drugs and treatments for cancer become available, the report noted. NEBGH recommends that employers offer workers who are diagnosed with cancer comprehensive educational resources that help them select the best treatment options at each stage of their disease.