Strategic Partnerships

Strategic Partnerships

The value of MBGH membership has increased to include access to many of the resources and programs available through the following strategic partners. Please note that services and website access may vary from partner to partner and is subject to change.

American Benefits Council (The Council)

ABC_Logo.pngThe Council is a national trade association based in Washington, D.C. that advocates for employer-sponsored benefit plans. The Council’s members represent the private employer benefits community and either sponsor directly or provide services to health benefit plans and retirement both nationally and internationally.

Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR) 

CPR_Logo.pngThrough the MBGH partnership with Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR), employer members have access to the resources and opportunities outlined below. CPR educational programs – to receive regular updates from CPR on upcoming programs register here.

  • Educational event recordings library, purchaser case studies and tools and resources on
  • Health Plan User Groups (HPUGs) that bring together representatives from the nation's largest health plans – Aetna, Anthem, Blue Shield of California, Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), and UnitedHealthcare – and allow members to track health plan progress in a variety of areas, directly question plans, and see results

Discounted rates for:

  • Collaboratives offering small purchaser workgroups that tackle a common health care challenge alongside peers, CPR staff and a subject matter expert
  • Commission Market Assessments that explore the dynamics between stakeholders in specific markets to determine who holds market-shaping power and which payment reforms could best improve the quality and affordability of care

Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI) 

ebri_logo.pngEBRI is a nonpartisan, non-profit research institute based in Washington, D.C. that produces original research on health, savings, retirement and economic security issues, including 401(k) and retirement plan coverage data, post-retirement income adequacy, health coverage and the uninsured, and economic security of the elderly.

Health Strategy

HealthStrategy.pngHealth Strategy is one of the industry’s largest pharmacy benefit consulting firms with over $50 billion in annual PBM contract value under management. With more than 10 years of experience working with self-insured employers, they offer market intelligence to maximize the value of pharmacy benefit investments. MBGH & Midwest Health Purchasers Collaborative (MHPC) is partnering with Health Strategy to work with member companies to review PBM contract terms, adopt best in class plan designs and leverage aggregate populations for better pricing.

Illinois Pharmacists Association (IPhA)

IPHA.pngThe Illinois Pharmacists Association is dedicated to enhancing the professional competency of pharmacists, advancing the standards of pharmacy practice, improving pharmacists’ effectiveness in assuring rational drug use in society, and leading in the resolution of public policy issues affecting pharmacists. IPhA administers the chronic disease program (Taking Control of Your Health) offered to MBGH member companies since 2007.

Institute of Medicine Chicago (IOMC) 

IOMC.pngFor over 100 years, the Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC) has made significant contributions to the practice of medicine and the business of healthcare. As a uniquely multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary organization, IOMC provides an independent, neutral forum for the Chicago region’s health leaders to convene, collaborate, and contribute to the health of the city.

Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) 

IBI_Logo.pngIBI's work emphasizes that healthy, productive employees promote healthy business. As the leading research organization in health and productivity, it provides the analysis, research and tools to make sound decisions in how employers invest in the health of your workforce.

Leapfrog Group 

Leapfrog_Logo.pngLeapfrog is a non-profit watchdog organization that serves as a voice for health care purchasers, using their collective influence to foster positive change in U.S. health care. Leapfrog is the nation’s premier advocate of hospital transparency—collecting, analyzing and disseminating hospital data to inform value-based purchasing.

National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (NA) 

National_Alliance_Logo.pngThe National Alliance, formerly known as the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), provides expertise, resources and a voice to its member coalitions across the country, representing each community coalition at the national level.

Pharmacy Benefits Management Institute (PBMI)

PBMI.pngThe Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute (PBMI) is the nation’s leading provider of research and education that informs, advises, and influences the industry on drug cost management. Our insights enable evidence-based, actionable decision making in a complex and evolving pharmaceuticals marketplace. PBMI services are geared towards providing meaningful information to help educate on the design of drug benefit programs. We offer research, continuing education, and web resources to help all critical stakeholders work better together to optimize the overall value of drug benefit programs.


ShortlisterpngThrough a proprietary algorithm and a database of vendor responses, Shortlister matches vendors to the specific needs of employers. This provides an affordable alternative to RFI and RFP searches for wellness and other technology providers. Shortlister helps clients navigate the Human Capital vendor space with a real-time compatibility app. Employers have an opportunity to see unbiased vendor feedback from other employers and better manage existing vendor relations.