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April 08, 2020
As part of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions Employer Town Hall series on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), speakers discussed how employers are helping employees and their families to maintain mental health and wellness, with additional input on those managing existing mental health conditions.
March 18, 2020
In a webinar moderated by Thomas Parry, PhD, president of the Integrated Benefits Institute, an employer panel discussed value, application, and barriers to strategies involving the integration of employee needs and interests into benefit programs.
March 04, 2020
Ongoing studies are aiming to determine how co-pay accumulator adjustment programs affect individuals’ medication adherence and persistence, with the hope that the results will inform employers on more equitable benefits strategies, according to Bruce Sherman, MD, chief medical officer of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions.
February 25, 2020
Co-pay accumulator adjustment programs will probably not be used for high-cost therapies because deductible amounts are trivial compared with their price tags and because these novel treatments are used for small populations, said Bruce Sherman, MD, chief medical officer of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions.
February 19, 2020
According to Bruce Sherman, MD, chief medical officer of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, there are several ways that employers can alleviate the impacts of co-pay accumulator adjustment programs on their employees, including by increasing awareness of the programs, expanding preventive drug lists, subsidizing benefits for low-income workers, and considering the true financial impact of these programs. 
February 06, 2020
While co-pay accumulator programs may appear to save employers money, they may lead to medication nonadherence if a prescription becomes too expensive for a patient to fill, which could potentially result in higher expenditures, cautioned Bruce Sherman, MD, chief medical officer of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions.
January 29, 2020
Co-pay accumulator adjustment programs are meant to ensure that individuals are responsible for the full amount of their insurance deductible, which should help promote healthcare consumerism, according to Bruce Sherman, MD, chief medical officer of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions.
January 22, 2020
Population health models that include social determinants of health can help employers design more strategic benefits that will provide an effective solution for all individuals who receive that insurance, said Bruce Sherman, MD, chief medical officer of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions.
October 24, 2019
Employers did not intentionally set out to address social determinants of health, but the programs they were implementing were doing so, said Michael Thompson, president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions.
October 18, 2019
Mental health care is an area of focus for the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, because this care is getting worse despite there being more acceptance regarding the need for improved mental health, said Michael Thompson, president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions.
October 07, 2019
High-deductible health plans have been popular, but it’s becoming clear they are not right for all employees, said Michael Thompson, president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions.
October 04, 2019
Low-wage earners in a company face a larger burden in access to care compared with high-wage earners, but not all employers recognize this and design benefits with this in mind, said Thomas Parry, PhD, president and founder of the Integrated Benefits Institute.
October 02, 2019
In the past few years, benefit designs have led to a reduction of both low-value and high-value care, and moving forward, new designs have to be tied more directly to value-based reimbursement, said Michael Thompson, president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions.
September 28, 2019
Employers have been talking about low-value care for years, but they’re trying to identify to remove the use of those services, said Michael Thompson, president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions.
September 19, 2019
Novel therapies come with high costs, but they have the potential to more effectively treat some patients, and employers are struggling to handle the cost burden of them, said Michael Thompson, president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions.
September 15, 2019
Up to 12% of pharmacy spending may be on high-cost, low-value drugs that can be removed from formularies.
September 08, 2019
Employers have become more aware of how key an issue mental health is for employees and they are relieving some of the perceived stigma by making it okay to talk about mental health issues, said Michael Thompson, president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions.
September 04, 2019
Currently, employers choose health plans based on administrative costs and provider discounts, but they need to start engaging around value-based reimbursement, said Michael Thompson, president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions.
August 28, 2019
Employers are looking for ways to advocate for their employees and invest in places that will reduce downstream costs, said Michael Thompson, president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions.
August 21, 2019
Traditionally, migraine is thought of as an issue of lost productivity, but there is evidence that there are direct costs on the medical claims side, said Neil Goldfarb, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Philadelphia Business Group on Health.
August 20, 2019
Business leaders discuss challenges of providing healthcare to employees and what has changed in the last few years.
August 06, 2019
Division among employers prolongs their inability to alter the healthcare system, but by acting together, value-based care will begin to spark change, said Lauren Vela, MBA, senior director, Member Value, Pacific Business Group on Health.
July 25, 2019
Successful partnerships between employers and healthcare organizations need trust and transparency, said Vanessa Sammy, MPA, MHSA, senior director of commercial strategy and implementation for Remedy Partners.
July 18, 2019
Panelists at the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions' Leadership Summits highlighted the ways their companies are customizing care and benefits to meet the needs of their employees.
July 13, 2019
As expensive precision medicines come to market, employers are willing to cover the costs if these medicines are shown to work and improve patient experience or outcome, said Neil Goldfarb, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Philadelphia Business Group on Health.
July 11, 2019
Congressional efforts to end surprise medical billing have a real possibility of succeeding, but recent discussions around transparency have a lot more challenges, said Lauren Vela, senior director of the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH).
July 08, 2019
Attempts to curb surprise medical may still result in patients getting costs elsewhere, said Bret Jackson, president of the Economic Alliance for Michigan.
June 27, 2019
Bringing together different stakeholders in healthcare to share the challenges they see and their own understanding of how to fix the problem can help make impossible things happen and bring change to the healthcare system, said Elizabeth Mitchell, president and chief executive officer, Pacific Business Group on Health.
June 25, 2019
Treating illnesses is important, but it would be a mistake to think that is the full extent of health. Panelists during the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions’ 2019 Leadership Summits, held June 24-26 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, discussed the impact of social determinants and past trauma on health and how employers can ensure they are addressing these issues to improve health and outcomes.
May 23, 2019
At the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH)’s 39th annual conference, Cheryl Larson, president and chief executive officer of MBGH, and Denise Giambalvo, vice president of MBGH, discussed a range of topics affecting employers, including trust with employees, popular initiatives, the cost of specialty drugs, and various proposals and policies from the Trump administration, such as getting rid of drug rebates and including drug prices in TV ads.
March 01, 2019
In response to Senator Lamar Alexander's, R-Tennessee, request for recommendations on ways to reduce waste in the US healthcare system, the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions has submitted recommendations.
January 07, 2019
The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance) has released an assessment outlining how health plans are currently managing cancer for their employees and their families, as well as how these health plans can drive better value and outcomes and reduce waste in order to support oncology patients.
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