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National Health Business Group (Nbgh)
Nbgh Expand the coverage of the current system and encourage ownership
The National Business Group on Health (formerly Washington
Business Group on Health) is an organization that broadly represents opinions on health care
Employer. NBGH consists of 245 members (mostly Fortune 500 companies) and identifies and
shares best practices related to employee health, wellness, and productivity. The organization also
promotes the development of a quality health and treatment system based on clinical efficacy data. Employer-members of the organization provide health care together
Insurance coverage for more than 50 million American workers and retirees.
NBGH National Health Care Reform Plan Aims to Expand Access to Health Care
and value by creating private market incentives for coverage and increased efficiency.
NBGH believes in policies that require transparency, clinical effectiveness and less regulation
will help reduce health care costs. People need to play a bigger role in their own health
care seeking value and focusing on primary and preventive health care.
The NBGH proposal emphasizes that individuals, providers, insurers,
Employers and governments share the responsibility to expand health insurance.
NBGH supports policies and public-private companies that encourage everyone to do so
have health insurance. These guidelines include:
o Expansion of new coverage options, such as high-deductible, account-based plans
Plans, Basic Benefit Plans, Tiered Network Plans, and Youth Plans
o Offer tax credits to those who are not eligible for public programs but
whose income is too low to purchase private insurance; Y
o Tax simplification to consolidate different types of health accounts in one
Health spending account that can be funded by employers and employees.
The NBGH proposal makes it clear that initiatives to improve access to health insurance must
promote, not hinder, the effective functioning of the private market. In addition the
The federal and state governments should not mandate employers to offer such
specific levels or types of health services.
Wellness and Prevention: NBGH’s proposal inspires the public to take personal contact
Take responsibility for your own well-being to prevent chronic diseases. also advocate
expand primary and preventive health care.
- Coordination of care: The proposal would require the use of health services and programs
efficient care coordination and care management techniques to promote quality
and ensure patient safety.
- Health Information Technology (IT): NBGH supports the implementation of a practical and safe system
nationwide electronic health info network, including electronic prescribing;
secure web-based access to patient info; and portable electronic health
Records. Governments should encourage efforts to ensure the interoperability of this technology.
NBGH does not have specific recommendations on how to achieve these goals.
- Quality: The NBGH proposal would require comparative efficacy studies for the new
Health interventions as B. alternative treatment options. would benefit
evidence-based medicine in health services and programs. The proposal supports
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Adoption of performance and value-based purchasing policies to align payments
with the improvement of the quality of public and private information. would require a measure
and monitor medical errors and implement initiatives to reduce medical errors
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