Employer Toolkits

Employer Toolkits


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.

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 Health & Vision 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

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

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

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

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