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Patient Safety Improvements Remain Sluggish, but Some Hospitals Shine: 2015 Hospital Safety Scores Released

October 28, 2015

In New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut, grades were assigned to 290 hospitals with 96 receiving an A, the highest letter grade. Twenty-seven of those hospitals have received “Straight As” since the inception of the Score in 2012. Massachusetts had the most number of hospitals (35) receiving an A, followed by New Jersey (32), New York (25) and Connecticut (4). Among the New York State hospitals receiving an A grade, ten are located within New York City’s five boroughs.

“NEBGH applauds The Leapfrog Group in providing safety scores to the public. Transparency of hospital quality information is essential for consumers to make informed decisions of where they can receive the safest care,” said Laurel Pickering, President and CEO of Northeast Business Group on Health. “We also applaud the hospitals who work hard every day to improve care. Even though great strides have been made by so many hospitals, others have slipped or have not improved at all. For this reason, we need to be diligent in providing quality and value information to ensure accountability.”


Employers struggle with cancer care - Crain's Health Pulse

October 28, 2015

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.

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.