March 2017

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Shared Vision – Facing the Future of Health Care Together

From the Executive Director

by Jeffrey Kluever

When I took the helm of our organization one clear message emerged in talking with our CEO sponsors and members of our Executive Steering Committee – grow the organization! Bring the value of BHCG membership to more employers in eastern Wisconsin.

To that end, a focus of our marketing plan is to schedule events not only for our member employers but also for prospective employer members in our region over the next several months. Our first event was held March 13. Hosted by Paul Purcell, chairman, and Steve Booth, president and CEO at Baird, this exclusive C-suite event brought together CEOs and human resource executives from throughout eastern Wisconsin.

The national and regional perspective
Presentations from UnitedHealthcare executives Jeff Alter – CEO, employer and individual, and Dustin Hinton – president & CEO of Wisconsin & Michigan, highlighted where health care is headed from national and regional perspectives.

  • Consolidation among providers and insurers and uncertainty about the ACA repeal and replacement plan’s ultimate conclusion make it vital for employers to be engaged and speak with one voice.
  • BHCG “leads the pack” of employer coalitions with its strong CEO support and development of actual solutions – including the BHCG/UnitedHealthcare partnership.
  • The Wisconsin marketplace includes numerous narrow networks with the potential to limit consumer choice by excluding some high value providers.
  • The UnitedHealth Premium® designation program’s broad network offers access, choice, better consumer decisions and provider accountability.

The benefits of membership
A panel of senior executives of member employers – Paul Purcell, chairman,
Baird; Todd Teske, chairman, president & CEO, Briggs & Stratton Corporation; and
Susan Schmitt, senior vice president, Human Resources, Rockwell Automation – addressed the importance of employer collaboration for the community and the value of a shared vision for individual employers.

  • BHCG’s purchasing power and strategy has driven quality up and slowed cost trend.
  • Networking opportunities have made a significant impact, resulting in real solutions.
  • BHCG’s efforts to engage providers and consumers through its current strategy are helping to create a healthier community.
  • Benefits of BHCG membership cited include demonstrated cost savings, sharing of best practices, preferred pricing with leading partners and vendors, shared data and highly engaged consumers resulting in lower spend.

We are planning another C-suite event for June 5. We encourage prospective and member employer senior executives to attend this event. As always, do not hesitate to contact me at 262-875-3312 x1 or at if you have questions about this program or have other inquiries about our organization.

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The Business Health Care Group leverages member employer purchasing power and knowledge to lead change. We create value through innovative shared strategies to improve health care quality and cost efficiency for employers, employees and the community. BHCG membership exceeds 200,000 covered lives in the 22-county region of eastern Wisconsin.