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WCHQ data appears in Consumer Reports…
One of the multi-stakeholder organizations the BHCG works closely with is the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ). WCHQ is a voluntary, state-wide provider-driven organization working to improve the quality and cost of health care services delivered to our state’s residents. Formed in 2003, the WCHQ is committed to the development of performance measures for assessing the quality and cost of health care services and to publicly report provider performance data.

In a unique collaboration, WCHQ recently partnered with Consumer Reports to publish data from 19 of its members – large Wisconsin medical groups, which together serve nearly half of the state’s patients – on seven key measures of patient care.  The ratings of these medical groups’ performance focused on three major categories: cancer screening tests, preventive care for people 60 and older and treating people with heart disease.

WCHQ members deserve applause for their willingness to collect their performance data, make it public and collaborate with Consumer Reports to make it widely available to Wisconsin residents. The ratings appear as an insert in the February edition of Consumer Reports.  You can read the entire insert and review additional quality measures at the WCHQ web site.

BHCG in the Media – Best Doctors article appears in Sunday Journal Sentinel
In the Sunday, January 6 edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a story was published about Best Doctors, Inc., the BHCG’s newly contracted vendor to support informed decision making by consumers.  Best Doctors is available to help BHCG’s members’ employees and dependents facing difficult decisions about their health and health care.  If you missed the article, please follow this link Business Health Care Group Enlists Best Doctors for Medical Advice.

Best Doctors availability for fully insured and self-funded employers
For fully insured BHCG members, the Best Doctors program will be available at no cost to you or your employees, on your 2013 renewal date.  Self-funded employers can choose to implement the program at any time.  Please contact Jennifer LaMere at the BHCG at 414-433-4984 x3 for more information about how you can make this valuable service available to your employees.

Best Doctors employee communications now available on Web2Print
BHCG employers who implement the Best Doctors program now have access to turnkey employee benefits communications on the BHCG Web2Print site to inform employees about the program and promote its use. There you can personalize already prepared professional communication materials including Best Doctors introduction letters, a flyer and payroll stuffer with your organization’s name and logo. Also available on the site is Best Doctors program content for use on your website or in a newsletter.

Midwest Business Group on Health Learning Network events discount available for BHCG members
Recently the BHCG joined the Chicago-based Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) as a Business Member. As a result, employer members of the BHCG are now eligible to participate in all MBGH Learning Network educational programs at a special reduced rate of $50.00 (vs. $100). Please contact Jennifer LaMere at the BHCG to retrieve the discount code needed to enter at time of registration.

The Learning Network sponsors monthly workshops, webinars and luncheons held in downtown Chicago that feature industry experts, employer best practices and roundtable discussions on health care benefits, reform and management topics designed for health benefits professionals. A listing and registration link for upcoming events can be found here: Upcoming Events - Midwest Business Group on Health.

Mental Health America awarded “Building the Mentally Healthy Workplace” grant
Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA) was recently awarded a grant by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP) with the help of the Business Health Care Group. The WPP’s endowment resulted from the conversion of Blue Cross Blue Shield to a for-profit corporation. It is charged with improving public health in Wisconsin.

The grant will support the “Building the Mentally Healthy Workplace” project which will evaluate whether workplace mental health interventions can positively impact employee health and productivity, leading to reductions in absenteeism, presenteesim and employee health and disability costs.

The project builds on MHA’s successful development grant, which utilized employer surveys, key informant interviews and focus groups to identify workplace interventions that employers thought to be promising to address the mental health issues they saw in the workplace. BHCG employer members Park Bank, City of Kenosha and Tekra supported the first grant and participated in focus groups and interviews. It was determined there was a need in the workplace for supervisor/manager training on working with employees who may be experiencing mental disorders and employee education about mental illnesses. The grant will run from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2016 and the BHCG will remain committed to the project for its duration.

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