Report Finds Cancer Requires Right Mix of Benefits - Bloomberg BNA Human Resources Report

October 27, 2015

Supporting employees with a cancer diagnosis requires coordination of many employer programs, from health insurance to pharmacy benefits to the employee assistance program, Laurel Pickering, president and chief executive officer of the Northeast Business Group on Health, told Bloomberg BNA Oct. 27.

Employers say there’s a level of complexity in managing employees’ cancer-related needs that is not associated with most other conditions, and as a result, they need help in evaluating the quality of cancer care their benefits dollars are purchasing, a report released Oct. 22 by NEBGH, an employer-led coalition of health-care leaders and other stakeholders, found.

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NEW NEBGH REPORT - Cancer and the Workplace: The Employer Perspective

October 22, 2015

This introductory report highlights the level of complexity employers face in managing their employees’ cancer-related needs, and many of the gaps employers face as they try to make sense of the landscape surrounding cancer.  Employers say they need help in evaluating the quality of cancer care their benefit dollars are purchasing, and want to be better equipped to assist employees who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Cancer diagnosis leaves employers looking for more resources - Business Insurance

October 22, 2015

Employers say they need resources for providing guidance to workers diagnosed with cancer and evaluating the quality and outcomes of cancer treatments available, according to a report released Thursday (10/22).

A lack of information has left employers unsure of how to determine the best cancer treatments and providers, and as a result, how to best manage their cancer benefits, the Northeast Business Group on Health said in the report.

How do employers respond to employees with cancer? - BenefitsPro

October 22, 2015

In a new report on cancer in the workplace, the Northeast Business Group on Health outlines a number of ways that employers can respond to cancer more effectively. Understanding the cancer care included in the group health insurance plan should be an important step when assessing a benefits plan, the group argues.

“The high cost of cancer care is a big concern for employers, but even before addressing those costs, they want to understand what, exactly, it is they are purchasing,” said NEBGH president Laurel Pickering.

C-sections too common in NY - Crain's Health Pulse

October 8, 2015

Hospitals in New York are far too liberal in their reliance on C-sections, which are both more risky and more costly than traditional birth, according to a new report released by the Leapfrog Group, a national organization that promotes hospital transparency. In New York, 28.5% of births at the 42 hospitals that submitted data were C-sections, according to the 2015 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. That exceeds the target rate of 23.9% established by the federal government’s HealthyPeople 2020 Initiative. Of the 1,122 hospitals surveyed nationally, 60% currently exceed the target. New York ranked 26 out of the 33 states that submitted sufficient C-section data. (Utah, ranked No. 1, had the lowest average C-section rate at 18.3%.) St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, which had the highest rate in New York, reported that more than half its births are C-sections. As a result of the survey, the Northeast Business Group on Health sent out a memo advising New York employers to use “your relationships with hospitals and health plans to push for greater transparency on C-sections, and hold them accountable.” The group also chastised local hospitals for not reporting their C-section information to Leapfrog, thereby offering transparent and accessible data to consumers and employers. In New York, only 42 out of 188 hospitals reported the data.

Health Insurance Deductibles Outpacing Wage Increases, Study Finds

September 22, 2015

Companies have traditionally relied on higher deductibles to reduce premiums, both to lower their own costs and to reduce what they take out of the employees’ pay for coverage, said Laurel Pickering, the chief executive of the Northeast Business Group on Health, an employer group. “Clearly, it’s the go-to solution,” she said.