How employers can ensure high-quality cancer care for their workers - HR Dive

November 3, 2016

Employers can be proactive about providing higher quality cancer care for employees and their families, reports the Northeast Business Group on Health. The agency’s report, High Value Cancer Care: Guidance for Employerstells employers to send workers to websites promoting quality cancer care, advise them to get second opinions and educate them about the benefits of getting early treatment for serious illnesses.

Employer health care costs rose faster in New York under Obamacare - Crain's New York Business

November 2, 2016

Laurel Pickering, president and chief executive of the Northeast Business Group on Health, which represents employers, attributed the more rapid growth in employers’ costs to higher costs of care in New York and rising drug costs.

To combat escalating health care costs, local employers are shifting expenses to employees through high-deductible plans, and investing more in health management programs that aim to keep workers’ chronic illnesses in check, Pickering said.

New York employers see health care costs rise at faster clip since ACA - Crain's Health Pulse

October 26, 2016

Laurel Pickering, president and chief executive of the Northeast Business Group on Health, which represents employers, attributed the more rapid growth in employers’ costs to higher costs of care in New York and rising drug costs.

To combat escalating health care costs, local employers are shifting more costs to employees through high-deductible health plans, and they’re investing more in health management programs that aim to keep workers’ chronic illnesses in check, she said.

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Employers Can Take Immediate Steps to Increase Value of Cancer Care Benefits and Services They Provide, Says Northeast Business Group on Health

October 26, 2016

NEBGH’s report is based on interviews with cancer experts and employer benefits professionals, and a May 2016 workshop attended by 48 stakeholders – employer benefits professionals, oncology experts, care providers and health plan executives. It notes that healthcare in general in the U.S. is moving from a primarily volume-based, fee-for-service system to one in which value is central, and as a result, the cancer care landscape is also undergoing significant changes ranging from new options for better navigation and coordination of care, and more personalized and precision-based treatments, to new payment models like bundles and total cost of care.

New York State Health Foundation targets $1.2M for consumer empowerment - Crain's Health Pulse

October 19, 2016

Meanwhile, the Northeast Business Group on Health, an employer-led coalition, will deploy its $225,000 grant for its Safe birth NY program to help women in New York City and on Long Island make more informed decisions in choosing where to give birth by creating an online scorecard that utilizes maternal-quality data. For example, a woman’s risk for a C-section varies widely, depending on where she delivers her baby, according to the grant application.

Is your workplace equipped to help employees with cancer? - HR Dive

October 13, 2016

Given the absolute flurry of coverage plans that is stressing employees out when it comes to health care options, it’s alarming to think that the need to provide helpful, targeted treatment for employees struggling with cancer might not be getting enough attention.

What NEBGH and other voices in the space seem to agree upon is that addressing cancer in the workplace effectively starts with a focus on treatment outcomes. Employers should certainly familiarize themselves with the differences between treatment centers (including centers of excellence), the efficacy of various treatment options and variations in chemotherapy cost.

As usual, HR should keep ADA and other workplace requirements in mind and approach these situations with empathy.