Employer Toolkits

Employer Toolkits

Managing Specialty Drugs

Highlights many of the key challenges employers are facing with managing specialty drug costs and providing innovative approaches, tools and resources to support benefit plan design strategies and vendor contracting

Employers are using this to:

  • Better understand the specialty drug landscape
  • Gain guidance, knowledge and access to no-cost resources to support plan performance and cost management efforts
  • Address PBM/middleman transparency issues on pricing, rebates and contracting
  • Get access to checklists and tools to support effective vendor contracting and accountability
  • Support consumer understanding of what specialty drugs are and what to do if they need one

Pain Management at the Worksite

Pain related conditions result in $560 - $635 billion in medical costs and lost productivity for employers. In addition, the overuse of opioids to address pain costs employers nearly twice as much ($19,450) in medical expenses on average annually than non-abusers ($10,853).

The MBGH Employer’s Guide to Pain Management at the Worksite provides recommendations on how to identify the costs and impact of pain among employee populations and how to address the key challenges through data collection, benefit design, worksite policies and working with your health plan, PBM, EAP and other vendor partners.


Promoting Preventive Health Benefits

This toolkit contains valuable information and best practices from leading employer, academic, clinical, government and industry sources, offering a credible source for new and proven tools to help employers:

  • Understand the concept of prevention and how the related ACA requirements work
  • Improve employees’ knowledge of why preventive services are important and the long-term impact of failing to take advantage of these services
  • Eliminate cost and access barriers to preventive services in benefit plan design
  • Integrate language into benefits materials that is easy to understand and use
  • Leverage existing and new communication tools to reinforce their health and wellness messaging
  • Increase utilization of these services with topic-specific promotional materials that promote the value of screening tests and recommended immunization schedules
  • Benchmark what other employers are doing

Communications, Benefits Literacy and Consumerism

Provides employers with information and resources to effectively communicate health care benefits and related health and wellness programs. It includes communication samples that can support effective delivery of health care benefits

Employers are using this to:

  • Identify the key elements that impact a company’s communication strategy
  • Support the issue of benefits literacy with employees/families (e.g. confusion around SPD's and related benefits/programs offered)
  • Help employers educate their employees on how to best navigate the health care system
  • Learn the "how-to" through real employer case studies

Choosing Wisely Toolkit

Created for employers to use in educating their employees about the concerns and issues associated with the overuse of a wide variety of health care services and promote an informed dialogue between employees and their doctor

Employers are using this to:

  • Launch a company-wide Choosing Wisely (CW) campaign with their employees
  • Integrate into current communication efforts (i.e. newsletters, employee health activities)
  • Download or rebrand materials that can be distributed at company health fairs or other employee activities

Take Control of Your Health

Part of a community health awareness initiative through the collaboration of MBGH and CBS 2 Chicago, this website is now a consumer decision tool that provides educational information on a variety of health topics and resources from the national campaign, Choosing Wisely along with other credible health resources

Employers are using this to:

  • Serve as a health resource for their employees/families to be more proactive about their health
  • Help employees make better decisions about their health and health care
  • As a link to their company webpage portal on employee benefits

Leapfrog Tools

The Leapfrog Group is a national non-profit organization that collects and transparently reports hospital performance information to help purchasers find the highest-value care to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is a tool that assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety. Consumers can reduce their exposure to errors, injuries, accidents and infections when choosing a hospital with higher patient safety scores.

Employers are using the Leapfrog tool to:

  • Measure the cost of using poor quality hospitals
  • Calculate the hidden costs of employees using a hospital with a low patient safety score
  • Learn More at www.leapfroggroup.org