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.

NEBGH and Collaborative Partners Release Employer Survey on Private Exchanges

NEBGH is one of four coalitions participating with PwC in an exciting new initiative designed to provide employers with unbiased, comparative information and support on private exchange strategies and purchasing decisions. This initiative – the Private Exchange Evaluation Collaborative, or PEEC – released the results of a national survey of 723 employers showing that 45% of employers are considering using private exchanges for full-time active employees before 2018.

Three NYC Area Hospitals Honored with Leapfrog Awards

Jacobi Medical Center, Queens Hospital Center and Vassar Brothers Medical Center have all been honored for their commitment to patient safety, transparency and accountability to strive for the highest quality of care.