Employer Toolkits

Employer Toolkits

Osteoarthritis Management

According to the CDC, 54 million adults in the US have arthritis, the leading cause of work disability. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis (OA), a chronic condition affecting the joints which often results in a lower quality of life due to issues with decreased mobility. Considering 60% of adults with OA are between the working ages of 18 and 64, the cost to individuals and their employers can be significant. Annual US direct medical costs related to arthritis are more than $140 billion. This newly released toolkit offers insight into the impact of arthritis to your organization and provides tools to create the business case and evaluate your benefit design strategy as well as access to free awareness and prevention resources. Use these tools to enhance your current benefit offerings and mitigate health care costs related to this common chronic condition.


Migraine Management

The World Health Organization ranked migraine as one of the ten most disabling illnesses and the third most common medical disorder on the planet. Migraine affects one in eight American adults. Prevalence peaks during prime productive years, between the ages of 25 and 55, at a time when work and family responsibilities are most significant. Although the prevalence of migraine far surpasses that of diabetes, it rarely makes the list of chronic conditions that get an employer’s attention because migraines, on the surface, appear inexpensive to treat. However, in 2016, annual direct and indirect costs related to migraines were an estimated $36 billion. This figure doesn’t take into account the many individuals with migraines who go undiagnosed.

This toolkit offers employers a variety of resources to integrate into their workplace strategies and benefit design to increase productivity and reduce migraine-related disability. Employers will find a wide array of resources for employee communications and printable materials for their population. These resources will help support employer efforts to correct the stigma against Migraine and reduce direct and indirect costs due to Migraine.


Diabetes Management in the Workplace

This toolkit is designed to ensure employers have access to knowledge, best practices and high-quality industry resources and materials that have been vetted by employers and employer coalitions.

Employers are using this to:

  • Understand the economic impact of diabetes in the workplace
  • Determine what data is available and how to obtain it from their health plans
  • Gain management support for a diabetes program initiative
  • View employer case studies with value-based benefit designs
  • Create an action plan to address program, educational and messaging gaps for diabetes management in the work environment
  • View updated employer case study
  • View toolkit video
  • View new white paper: Why Employers Shouldn't Ignore Diabetes

Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease

Building on the foundation laid by the Diabetes Management in the Workplace toolkit, this resource is designed to highlight the often missed link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD), and provide information and resources to help employers take action to lower the CVD risk of their covered populations.

Employers are using this to:

  • Learn the facts about diabetes and CVD and how these conditions impact the workforce
  • Understand the workplace challenges that come with managing chronic conditions
  • Recognize what promotes CVD in the workplace
  • Identify programs and tactics that will support their efforts to lower the CVD risk of their population
  • Access tools and resources, both for the employer and employees

Addressing Pain Management & Opioid Use/Abuse

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. To easily access recommendations from the Employer Guide, a toolkit has been created to support employer efforts.


Eye Care Benefits 

In the changing health care benefits landscape, it’s time to think about eye health benefits in a whole new way. Many of the vision plans you review are often focused on vision correction, including selling corrective lenses, and less on eye health, which is directly connected to overall, general health.

This toolkit is designed to help employers consider a smarter vision benefit strategy that delivers eye health care for your employees. It offers tools to design a value-based benefit that promotes eye health.

Employers are using this to:

  • Understand the importance of vision & eye health
  • Comparing voluntary eye benefits to eye health and vision care benefits
  • Consider medical coverage for comprehensive eye exams
  • Access data template to support the business case for comprehensive eye exams

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