Midwest Business Group on Health

Regional Leader Information

Website: www.mbgh.org
Region: Illinois
Covered Counties: All counties except Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, St. Clair

Contact: Judy Hearn
Title: Director of Strategic Initiatives
Address: 125 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 1350, Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: 312-372-9090 x 103
Email: jhearn@mbgh.org

The Midwest Business Group on Health is a Chicago-based, non-profit coalition for large Midwest employers, offering educational and networking activities, group purchasing and community quality initiatives

Why did your organization decided to apply to become a Leapfrog Regional Leader? 
MBGH applied to serve as a Regional Leader to enable Chicago-area employers to have a vehicle to get involved with the patient safety movement. The coalition wanted to demonstrate to the local health marketplace the commitment of the purchaser community to quality and error reduction.


Market Information

Geographic coverage: Illinois

Population (state or MSA/counties): 12.9 million

Number of employer/coalition lives in region: 3 million

List of area’s largest employers (by employee size):
Boeing, Abbott Laboratories, Federal Government, City of Chicago, Kraft Foods, McDonalds, United Airlines


Hospital characteristics

Total number of general acute care facilities and total number of beds in region (i.e. total number of targeted hospitals): There are over 200 hospitals in the state. Close to 150 in the Chicago metro area, the remainder in small urban and rural communities.

Breakdown by hospital system: Crains Chicago list of largest hospitals: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/article.pl?page_id=1399

Insurer characteristics: Largest plans and % of the market share for HMO/PPO products: Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL has 63% of the total market. Aetna, Cigna, Humana and United Health Care have smaller populations


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