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Milwaukee Business Journal Executive Profile: BHCG’s Jeff Kluever 

Check out the recent Milwaukee Business Journal’s Executive Profile featuring BHCG Executive Director Jeff Kluever. The profile details Jeff's and BHCG’s mission to increase health care value and improve health care delivery, decisions and outcomes through the groundbreaking high-performance, primary care-driven health plan solution BHCG developed in partnership with Centivo.

BHCG to Roll Out New Product for Onsite/Near-Site Employer Clinics

BHCG, in conjunction with our health plan administrative partner, Centivo, is in the process of developing a new product exclusively for member employers operating their own onsite or near-site clinics or utilizing an outside vendor to do so. Beginning in 2022, BHCG will make results available from GNS Healthcare’s Second Physician Value Study that will identify high value primary care and specialty physicians throughout the state. Utilizing Centivo’s referral portal, health care providers staffing onsite or near-site clinics will be able to identify high value specialists – measured on both quality and cost efficiency metrics – to refer patients in need of additional services.

Watch for more information about this new benefit of BHCG membership in the coming months.

Fourth Annual BHCG Golf Outing Raises $40,000 for Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers

Under sunny skies BHCG held its Fourth Annual Golf Outing on August 19 at Ironwood Golf Course – On Course for the Clinic – to benefit Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers. With the participation of over 100 golfers and the generous support of our sponsors, more than $40,000 was raised this year, bringing our four-year total contribution to $100,000 to benefit Sixteenth Street.

Sixteenth Street, a Milwaukee area-based Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) is a vital part of the health care system, filling a significant gap in access to primary health care in our community. Raising money for critical frontline health care workers at Sixteenth Street, who do so much in our community during this challenging period, lifted spirits of sponsors and golfers alike throughout the day.

BHCG Golf Outing

Said Sixteenth Street President and CEO, Dr. Julie Schuller, “The Business Health Care Group (BHCG) has been a great supporter and partner of the Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, raising $100,000 thus far to benefit the Clinic through their annual golf outing. Your participation in the On Course for the Clinic golf outing is truly appreciated to help us care for every person who walks through our doors.

A big thank you also goes to our premier sponsors including BHCG’s best in class strategic partners, Platinum Sponsor Centivo, Gold Sponsor Quantum Health and Silver Sponsor Navitus Health Solutions, as well as Silver Sponsor Greater Milwaukee Business Foundation on Health. Check out a video and photo gallery of the day’s activities.

Centivo’s CEO Blog Post Re. New York Times Article

In late August, the New York Times published a compelling and insightful article entitled, Hospitals and Insurers Didn’t Want You to See These Prices. Here’s Why. The article detailed the lack of transparency in hospital pricing, the lengths insurers and hospital systems go to keep their contracts secret, and the confusion that results when employers and their employees try to shop for care based on price.

In response to the article, Ashok Subramanian, Centivo’s Co-Founder and CEO, posted a blog detailing how Centivo, BHCG’s high-performance health plan and claims administrator partner, has developed a primary care-centered model, focused on enhancing transparency and identifying high value providers to address the problem of unnecessarily high health care costs.

BHCG Continually Updating COVID-19 Resources and Information Web Page

Since early in the pandemic, BHCG has maintained and updated a COVID-19 Resources and Information web page, primarily to help employers and their advisors navigate the constantly evolving challenges of the pandemic facing them. The page includes a comprehensive list of links from local and national organizations regarding legal, governmental, and medical and health resources providing guidance for employers and their advisors.

The web page is updated frequently as more information is made available from these sources. Now up on the page are slides and an audio recording of a webinar BHCG conducted on August 18 entitled, COVID-19: Situation Summary and Trends Regarding Vaccination and Masking, presented by Lindsey Davis and John Barlament of Quarles & Brady.

A series of videos was recently added from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, entitled Our Doctors, spotlighting health care professionals from different health systems and specialties across Wisconsin who discuss their confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines.

Updated/New BHCG Marketing Materials Now Available

As BHCG continues to evolve by adding best in class strategic partners and value-added solutions for employers (locally and nationwide), it becomes necessary to update our portfolio of communication materials. These materials play an essential role in communicating the value proposition of BHCG membership.

Recently we added a new brochure to our portfolio highlighting our high-performance, primary care provider-centric health plan solution and partnership with claims administrator Centivo. The piece details how BHCG and Centivo are reimagining health care in Wisconsin.

We have also updated our BHCG Value Proposition brochure providing an overview of how BHCG is transforming employers’ collective purchasing power into a significant market force to actively increase the value of health care in our region for the benefit of all – employers, employees, dependents and the community.

BHCG 2020 Annual Report Now Available

After delays due to COVID-19, BHCG’s 2020 Annual Report, A Focus on Value, is now available for review on the BHCG website. 2020 was a year unlike any other, yet it was a busy and very successful year for BHCG. The report summarizes BHCG’s efforts to assist employers in providing competitive health care benefits and positively impact health care value in our community.

Lung Cancer Screening Information from Merck

Merck recently shared several documents for various audiences with BHCG about lung cancer and the critical importance of early screening, which has dropped precipitously during the COVID-19 pandemic. Early detection can mean saved lives.

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