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BHCG employers recognized with wellness awards

Recently several BHCG member employers and their employees and other key stakeholders were recognized for their commitment to workplace wellness.

The Wellness Council of Wisconsin recognized two organizations as Well Workplace award winners:

  • Robert W. Baird & Company received the Platinum award, “representing the pinnacle of results-oriented worksite wellness programming.”
  • The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce received the Small Business award which “recognizes organizations (50 employees or less) that embraces wellness and identifies them as an employer of choice.”

The Business Journal recently recognized several BHCG employers with their Healthiest Employees Award for their commitment to a healthy workforce. BHCG member employer winners included:

  • Humana
  • Independent Care Health Plan
  • Milwaukee Center For Independence
  • Power Test
  • von Briesen & Roper, S.C.

Lastly, BizTimes Media announced finalists for their 2013 Fittest Execs Awards. BHCG member employers were represented by:

  • Individual Finalist: Corey Schneider, president, Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center
  • Team Finalist: Commerce Bank (Luke Hagel, Vicki Hiller, Sue Miller, Jon Willems)

Congratulations and thank you to all these organizations and individuals for doing their part in creating a healthy Milwaukee workforce!

Membership Resource Books updated

We are pleased to announce the BHCG Membership Resource Books have been updated! The resource books (one each for self-funded and fully insured members) are your “go to” source for a wealth of information about our organization including our history, strategies, initiatives, results, resources and where to get answers to your questions. The resource books can be found at our web site by clicking here: Membership Resource Guides. Please feel free to share the link with others in your organization.

Greater Milwaukee Business Foundation on Health awards grant for behavioral screening and intervention

Recognizing behavioral issues are responsible for approximately $18 billion in health care spending annually in Wisconsin, the Greater Milwaukee Business Foundation on Health (GMBFH) recently awarded a grant to promote behavioral screening and intervention (BSI) services to the Partnership for Healthcare Payment Reform (PHPR). The goal of this grant is to make BSI a standard of care in our health care delivery system. The 18-month $158,000 grant will provide for a project manager responsible for:

  • Educating purchasers, payers and provider organizations on the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and feasibility of delivering BSI
  • Aiding in the relationship building between key representatives of provider organizations and payers that advocate for the delivery of BSI
  • Facilitating conversation among providers and payers to determine barriers to BSI delivery and gathering suggestions for purchasers to consider in overcoming such barriers from key stakeholders

Through BSI, patients are systematically screened for excessive drinking, drug use, depression, tobacco, diet, exercise, and obesity. Behavioral screening and intervention is a priority for BHCG member employers. We:

  • Continue to educate our member employers about this issue,
  • Work with Humana to ensure proper payment to providers for screening, and
  • Work with the provider community to promote behavioral screening and intervention as a standard of care.


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