Category: Blog

Healthcare’s Value Problem Part Two: Getting at the Root Cause

By Bob Smith, Associate Director, CBGH   In Part One of our three-part blog on healthcare’s value problem we argue that, in order to avoid coming to the conclusion that they are helpless in the face of healthcare’s intimidating complexity, employers – who finance our commercial health market – we must separate results from causes […] Read Article

Health Care’s Value Problem Part One: Distinguishing Results and Causes

By Bob Smith, Associate Director, CBGH   In 2016, an employer-sponsored PPO (preferred provider organization) health plan for an American family of four costs $25,826 on average – an eye-popping three-fold increase over 2001 when it was $8,414. That is the key finding recently released in the medical index report assembled by Milliman, a global consulting actuary.  But […] Read Article

Employers Need to Know About Pre-Diabetes and the Risks!

Take a moment to think about your employees. Picture them coming to work each day, conducting business, making progress towards goals, achieving outcomes and completing projects.  Now think about your employees again in this context:  it’s likely that 1 in 3 of them is pre-diabetic and at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This could […] Read Article

Hospital “Never Events” Policies

One in Five U.S. Hospitals Fail to Adopt Crucial “Never Events” Policies 60% of Colorado Hospitals either do not have a policy or failed to report “Never Events” are hospital incidents such as: objects left inside patients after surgery, deaths from medication errors, deaths or serious injuries from falls, and surgeries performed on the wrong […] Read Article

Babies, Bundles and Bucks! “Maternity in the Spotlight”

Join us in welcoming Brynn Rubenstein from the Pacific Business Group on Health who will share the national initiative to improve quality and reduce costs for maternity services.  We will review data on Colorado hospital safety and the cost of care. Our guest Linda Davis will give us a presentation on Birth Centers as an […] Read Article

Primary Care As, Well, Your Primary Strategy: Should A Worksite Health Clinic Be in Your Future?

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, more than one-third of adults under 65 are pre-diabetic and one-third of those adults will develop Type II diabetes within five years,  But that’s really just the iceberg’s tip.  The Center for Disease Control estimates “eighty-six percent of all health care spending in 2010 was for people with one or more chronic medical […] Read Article

Is “The Moose Factor” An Employer’s Greatest Health Risk?

A Lesson from the Colorado Culture of Health “A moose will hide behind a tree when it senses danger, no matter how small the tree is. The moose figures if it can’t see you, you can’t see it.”  (Source: Stanford Medicine Scope Blog, June 10, 2013) What do you suppose represents your organization’s biggest threat […] Read Article

Want to Prevent Diabetes in Your Workplace?

         Colorado Business Group on Health, Boulder Valley YMCA, Colorado Department of Health & Environment and Boulder County Public Health Present: Preventing Type 2 Diabetes in Your Workforce ~ Lunch and Learn Click for more information Join us for this free opportunity to learn more about prediabetes and what you should know! When: June 16th, 2016 Time:    […] Read Article

Medical Errors: The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US

Do you think that the healthcare you’re paying for is two to three times more expensive than what the rest of the world pays because it’s the best the best in the world?  If so, you may want to check your assumption. A story covered by the Washington Post, NPR, Time Magazine, and others titled “Medical Errors are the No. […] Read Article