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Updated consumer modules now available

Since 2008 the BHCG has offered  member organizations and brokers, “A Buyer’s Guide to Health Care,” a series of eight user-friendly online education modules. The series, featuring “Joe,” an average health care consumer, addresses a variety of health care and insurance issues in a memorable, easy-to-understand format.

We are pleased to announce the consumer modules were recently updated. In this era of high deductible health plans it is more critical than ever that employees understand how to navigate the increasingly complex health care system. We encourage you to utilize these valuable consumer education tools as part of your employee benefits education and communication strategy. The modules can be accessed directly from the BHCG website's home page. You will need a passcode to access the modules.  If you do not already have a password, please contact Joleen Hohl at jhohl@businesshealthcaregroup.org. If you would like to customize your password, Joleen can process your change.

Gov. Walker attends April meeting of Statewide Value Committee

The Statewide Value Committee (SVC) was formed in 2011 to develop a consistent approach to measuring health care value and to determine the focus that will accelerate improvement in the value of health care delivered in our state.  Dianne Kiehl, representing the BHCG, along with representatives of  organizations such as the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ), the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA), the Partnership for Healthcare Payment Reform (PHPR), the Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO), and the Wisconsin Health Information Network (WISHIN), providers, insurers and state government leaders serve on the SVC.

On April 8 Governor Scott Walker attended the SVC meeting and outlined his priorities for health care and his recommendations for moving into the future. As quoted in a press release distributed by his office after the meeting, Governor Walker commended the work of the SVC saying, “The Statewide Value Committee has worked diligently to gather input from all parties and has developed the basis for the Wisconsin Health Report Card. Wisconsin consumers will benefit greatly from knowing more about the quality and cost measures relating to their health care.  I look forward to continuing the discussion on how to improve health care in Wisconsin.”

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