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Welcome to Wye River Group (WRG)

Wye River Group and its affiliated Global Knowledge Exchange Network (gken.org) are nonpartisan, not for profit entities, which serve as catalysts to raise awareness and broaden perspectives on critical public policy issues such as water, health and health care.

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What's New

Survey of Employers Investment in Wellness
Sponsored by CIGNA with support from GKEN a new survey of employers worldwide illustrates their investments in wellness: 43 percent say they created a brand identity for their employee wellness programs, 52 percent offer health insurance premium reductions, and 65 percent believe wellness programs are extremely or very important to attract and retain workers.


Texas Leadership Roundtables on Water
Wye River Group with the active endorsement of Texas leadership has launched the Texas Leadership Roundtables on Water. This initiative is designed to bring disparate stakeholders together to discuss how the State of Texas will address this critical issue in the coming legislative session and beyond seeking to find those areas of consensus so as to drive public policy.


Texas Leadership Roundtables
The state of Texas, like most states, is facing revenue shortfalls that will strain its ability to maintain its high level of services to its residents. The services provided by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services currently come at budget of 35 billion. With an aging population, new federal mandates and a growing need for health related services Texas is looking for innovative ways to meet its needs. Wye River Group (WRGH) has been recruited to serve as a catalyst bringing state agency executives, state lawmakers and private/public sector innovators to explore ways to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of health and human services programs. The Texas Leadership Roundtables will launch in November 2011 with a series of deliberative discussions on cost containment, outcomes measurement and population health focused on IT applications, Chronic Disease Management and Health Promotion/Prevention.


Tilting at Windmills: Push / Pull Strategies for Constructive Health System Change
We have written this book with the hope of stimulating new thinking among public policy makers, academics, corporate public affairs professionals, health system executives, elected officials and their staffs. Our goal is to outline a new method for engaging health, business, and public sector executives in meaningful dialogue designed to achieve measurable improvements in healthcare system performance, the health of the public, and the ultimate consumer experience.


WRGH is partnering with the National Assembly of School Based Health Clinics (NASBHC) to raise awareness with public policy makers and private sector stakeholders of the unique value school based clinics afford our youth.


WRGH has created an international knowledge transfer platform, showcasing emerging better practices in health and healthcare among industrialized nations.


Wye River Group on Healthcare's best practices Web site improves delivery and finance of healthcare in communities nationwide.

The site, Leading Healthy Communities (LHC), is a national repository of effective community efforts to improve health.


10 Questions for Political Candidates

The questions below represent the best thinking of more than three hundred executives from across the spectrum of healthcare, including the physician, hospital, pharmacy and pharmaceutical, insurance, employer, government, advocacy, public policy, allied professionals and consumer sectors.

We ask that you, as a candidate for public office, consider these questions as a framework for public policy development and execution. While there are no simple answers to these complex ideas, they represent the core issues our nation, our state and our communities face in responsibly meeting the health and healthcare needs of our citizens.


WRGH partnered with the AIDS Action Foundation to help them develop and execute a national strategy to re-invigorate the debate here in America, and lay down a challenge to end the epidemic of HIV/AIDS in ten years.

HIV/AIDS has killed more than 25 million people worldwide since 1981. In the U.S., approximately 37 thousand new infections are reported every year and roughly a half million Americans live with this disease today.

To accomplish our objective to end this epidemic, we need to better understand how the socio-political, scientific, and clinical environments surrounding HIV/AIDS have changed, and what the facts are today. WRGH and the AIDS Action Foundation met with key opinion leaders to develop creative strategies to reawaken the public, broaden perspectives, and engage public policy makers, with a goal of definitive action.


The Employers' Guide to Healthcare Consumerism

WRGH announces publication of the Employers' Guide to Healthcare Consumerism, which describes the market evolution in the 5 years since our 2001 Employers' Guide to Patient-Directed Healthcare. This Guide frames the promise of healthcare consumerism, which represents a true sea change in how all stakeholders view and participate in American healthcare, while being realistic about its challenges. Each chapter provides a perspective on different key elements for an effective transition and explores the roles and reactions of payers, providers, and consumers.


A 21st Century Model of Care: Optimizing Use of Underutilized Services

In creating a better healthcare future for our country and its residents, there is a compelling need to re-evaluate the roles of all health professionals and consider new models of service delivery. Current trends, including our aging population more prone to chronic disease, healthcare workforce shortages, rising costs, and public demand suggest that cost-effective, high quality alternatives are needed.

The opportunity is ripe for professionals with diverse health backgrounds to join forces and work across disciplines collaboratively to advance areas of common interest in public policy and in the marketplace. A 21st Century Model of Care: Optimizing Use of Underutilized Services is a multi-faceted initiative to develop and advance new models of care that will better address growing demands.


An Environmental Scan of State and Local Healthcare Reform Efforts

The healthcare reform landscape has been fertile since the late 1980s with local, regional, and state-based programs emerging to address cost, quality, and access. These programs have met with varying levels of success. Now is an excellent time to survey such efforts with an eye toward what might be relevant on a national scale in the coming years.

As background for "America's Health Care Leadership Talks," a baseline scan has been completed which captures a number of healthcare reform concepts which have been developed and tested at the state and local level. The scan includes a brief description of each initiative, its mission, the players involved, strengths and weaknesses, and progress to date. It also highlights common critical success factors that relate to their replicability and scalability to the national stage. We believe a better understanding of experience to date can inform the health policy debate by providing insight into what is likely to be viable and what should be avoided.

(WRGH is grateful to G. Abraham Dabela, who performed the Environmental Scan in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Public, Drexel University School of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA.)


Global Knowledge Exchange Network (GKEN)
The Global Knowledge Exchange on Healthcare (GKEN) is a global intellectual talent pool that can be deployed to support organizations wanting to learn about emerging better practices in healthcare from experts in varied sectors; health systems, hospital systems, payers, insurers, health plans, academia, consumer and government purchasers. We are a not for profit international organization Founded in 2008. GKEN has 50 Delegates from ten countries committed to sharing and exchanging knowledge on ways to improve health outcomes and reduce cost. (learn more)

“Leaders need to 1st agree on the principles, the guideposts for the debate, in the abstract.Only then can the conversation focus constructively on important medical, ethical and economic issues” Wye River Group on Healthcare.

This book has been published to describe our methodical process in successfully building a vehicle for the implementing broad scale health policy reform from the ground up. It is dedicated to those who recognize designing a healthcare system that better meets everyone’s needs requires first setting aside the politics in favor of collaboration, compromise and consensus building.

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In the News

WRGH has accepted an invitation to join the inaugural advisory board for Thompson Publishing Group's Guide to Consumer-Directed Health Care.
They will provide commentary on developments in the field, insights into industry trends, and occasional guest columns. Launched in April, the Guide is the only comprehensive resource to designing and implementing a consumer-directed healthcare plan.


WRGH has joined the Oxford Health Alliance.
We know that prevention of unhealthy behaviors, with regard to diet, exercise and tobacco consumption, is critical in confronting the pandemic growth of chronic disease. The Oxford Health Alliance enables experts and activists from different backgrounds to collaborate in order to raise awareness and change behaviors, policies and perspectives at every level of society.