NEBGH Honors Three New York/Connecticut Area Hospitals with Leapfrog Group Awards
Each of these award winning hospitals achieved the highest scores on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey in this region and received an â€śAâ€ť Hospital Safety Score rating:Â Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center received the Outstanding Performance in Patient Safety and Quality Award; William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT received the Distinguished Performance in Patient Safety and Quality Award, and Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center received the Greatest Leaps in Patient Safety and Quality Award.Â The awards were presented December 17, 2014 at NEBGHâ€™s first annual Leapfrog Hospital Awards Breakfast.
Innovation Needed in Employer Approaches to Diabetes Management, Says New NEBGH Solutions Center Report
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.Â 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.Â Employers told NEBGH that denial, fear and lack of trust play a big role in preventing engagement â€“ factors that digital tools could help address.Â Read the report HERE.
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 â€“ cited by employers as key obstacles to successful weight control programs.Â Providing coverage for prescription medications and bariatric surgery, and steering employees to high-value evidence-based care, can improve outcomes.
NEBGHâ€™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.
Cigna and UnitedHealthcare Honored with 2013 eValue8 Performance Awards
NEBGH announced that Cigna and UnitedHealthcare have been named winners of the 2013 eValue8 performance awards for the New York-metropolitan area. They were each ranked No. 1 in the New York-metropolitan area in three performance categories.
Employers Point to Obesity as Tough Workplace Health Challenge
Cost and prevalence make obesity one of the top health challenges for employers and they need help figuring out how to implement programs that work, says a report released by Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH).Â The report, â€śWeight Control and the Workplace,â€ť cites as key findings the need for individually-customized instead of generic programs, and the importance of including employees in designing and rolling out such programs.Â Findings are based on a collaborative examination of obesityâ€™s toll on the workplace by 15 executives from large employers and health plans, facilitated by NEBGH.
Connecticut and New York Hospitals Rank Low on Patient Safety
Only 11% of hospitals in Connecticut and 17% in New York received an â€śAâ€ť grade for patient safety, according to scores released on October 23 by The Leapfrog Group. That puts Connecticut 42nd among states in terms of the percentage of hospitals receiving an â€śA;â€ť New York ranks 37th. The two other states represented by Northeast Business Group on Health â€“ Massachusetts and New Jersey â€“ performed much better, coming in 2nd with 76% of hospitals receiving an â€śAâ€ť and 9th, with 40%, respectively.
The updated Hospital Safety Scores are letter grades assigned to U.S. general hospitals by The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit, based on infections, injuries and errors. These grades can be used by consumers to protect themselves against the more than 400,000 deaths estimated to occur in the U.S. every year due to hospital errors. NEBGH is the exclusive distributor of the Leapfrog Hospital Survey in New York and Connecticut.
For more information on scores, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
NEBGH Subsidiary, HealthPass, Selected to Run CT SHOP Exchange
HealthPass has been selected by Access Health CT to provide services and technology to offer a choice of health insurance options for small businesses throughout Connecticut.
Area Hospitals Honored for Patient Care and Safety by Northeast Business Group on Health
Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Montefiore Medical Center and Jacobi Medical Center receive nationally-recognized seal of approval for healthcare quality, safety. (2012)
Cigna Ranks No. 1 for 2012 in Survey by Northeast Business Group on Health
Cigna receives prestigious eValue8â„˘ performance award for the New York-metropolitan area.
NEBGH Solutions and Innovations Center Issues Report on the Hospital Readmissions Crisis
The report examined ways hospitals and health plans in the region can reduce preventable readmissions. Nationally, preventable readmissions cost an estimated $25 billion per year, yet a disproportionate share of these costs fall in the Northeast.
Leapfrog: Hospitals Make Progress in Eliminating Early Elective Deliveries
The Leapfrog Group announced that 39% of reporting hospitals kept their early elective delivery rate to 5% or less, compared to 30% of reporting hospitals last year.
Area Hospitals Honored for Patient Care and Safety by Northeast Business Group on Health
Montefiore, Vassar Brothers Medical Centers and Harlem Hospital Center receive nationally-recognized seal of approval for healthcare quality, safety. (2011)
Aetna Ranks No. 1 for 2011 in Survey by Northeast Business Group on Health
Aetna receives prestigious eValue8â„˘ performance award for the New York-metropolitan area.
Northeast Business Group on Health Launches Solutions and Innovations Center
New initiative will speed solutions to employers facing urgent healthcare challenges.
Northeast Business Group on Health Supports HHS’s Partnership for Patients
Newly announced public-private partnership seeks to enhance hospital quality and safety and reduce health care cost growth
Dr. Jeremy Nobel Appointed Medical Director for Northeast Business Group on Health
Nationally renowned expert in health care management, delivery and technology joins effort to improve quality and value for regionâ€™s employers
Northeast Business Group on Health Ranks Health Plans for Area Employers
Reports rate health plan success in improving care, managing chronic diseases, controlling costs.
Kathy Sakraida Joins Northeast Business Group on Health
Former corporate benefits leader to oversee quality initiatives for NEBGH members, employees and families
Groundbreaking Program Collects, Publicly Reports Patientsâ€™ Ratings of NYC Doctors
Consumer Organization, Major Health Plans, and Employers Collaborate on Scientifically Valid Patient Survey; Ratings Are First of Their Kind in Region. Access Physician Rankings Here
New York Business Group on Health Expands to Help Employers Across the Northeast Improve Healthcare
Expansion will increase influence with health plans and providers, improve accountability, care and value for area employers
New York Business Group on Health Honors CIGNA for Outstanding Health Care Value
CIGNA Recognized with Prestigious eValue8 Performance Award for New York Metropolitan Area