The Pulse is the bi-weekly e-newsletter from The Physician Alliance, one of Michigan's largest physician organizations serving more than 2,200 primary care and specialty physicians.
The Pulse of The Physician Alliance
Friday, December 21, 2018
New community resource system helps practices assist at-risk patients
Numerous studies, including those by the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, indicate that social determinants of health are strong predictors of a population's overall wellbeing. Healthcare professionals state that 50-80 percent of patient health is determined by social factors. 
Screening patients and addressing social determinants of health will help improve health outcomes in populations. Physician practices need the ability to quickly make appropriate community resource referrals to help address barriers to improve patient health.  In an effort to support practices and patients, Partners in Care, the managed care organization owned by The Physician Alliance and Ascension Southeast Michigan , selected NowPow, a secure, HIPAA-compliant community resource information system, to address social determinants of health issues identified from patient screenings. 
NowPow will provide information on local community resources, including food, shelter, transportation, affordable medications, mental health support and more. Community resources are screened and validated prior to being added to the directory. Practices will be able to search by geographic areas for specific needs and then share the information with patients. 
A plan will be put into place after the first of the year to identify a resource within the practice to issue a NowPow license. NowPow is scheduled to go live in March - April 2019. Watch for more information in the coming months regarding NowPow progress and implementation. For questions regarding NowPow please contact Fran Burley at or Roseanne Paglia at .
Survey seeks to understand low HPV vaccine rates 

Rates of HPV vaccine series completion in Michigan are well below the goals set by Healthy People 2020. HPV vaccine uptake is especially poor in Genesee, Oakland, Macomb, Wayne and Monroe counties.

In response to this low completion rate, Karmanos Cancer Institute received funding from the National Cancer Institute to conduct an environmental survey of barriers and facilitators of HPV vaccination in our region. Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of two NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers in Michigan, is one of 12 NCI centers to be awarded funding to look at coordinated care efforts to better understand some barriers and facilitators within a system in order to work toward improving coordinated care around the HPV vaccine.

Who should take this survey: Pediatric, family medicine and primary care physicians and other clinicians (PA, NP, RN, MA) who see patients ages 9-17; and practice directors/managers and nurse managers.

This survey is voluntary and will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. A $10 gift card will be sent to those who complete surveys.

Providers - click here to start the survey.
Administrators - click here to start the survey.

Please direct questions or concerns regarding this survey project to Sara Kim, research manager, at or (313) 576-8875.
Prediabetes awareness campaign materials available 

One in three adults has prediabetes, representing 84 million Americans. This alarming rate has brought together healthcare providers, government agencies, community organizations and more to focus on managing these conditions.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, American Medical Association and the Ad Council created a new public awareness campaign to fight against type 2 diabetes across the United States.   
Free prediabetes education materials at (click here for Spanish-speaking audiences) are available for practices and patients.There are posters, newsletter templates and more to be customized with practice info. Practices that engage in social media on Facebook and Twitter can use these images to raise awareness of prediabetes.

The Physician Alliance also has posters, action plans and more to help educate patients on lowering their risk of diabetes and managing diabetes. These materials are complimentary to TPA members and available for download or ordering via the online form.
Oscar Health Insurance offers new PPO product

Partners In Care is pleased to announce the endorsement of Oscar Health Insurance as a new PPO product offering through Together Health Network. Oscar Health Insurance is a New York based insurance plan with a primary focus on the Individual Exchange. They leverage technology to keep members engaged in their healthcare decisions and with their PCP's.   
Oscar Health Insurance is expanding their coverage into Southeast Michigan and have partnered with Together Health Network to create a broad provider network. Oscar's Detroit service area includes Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. 
Ascension hospitals in Southeast Michigan will be participating in this product, as well as, Ascension Medical Group and private affiliated physicians. Participation in this plan begins on January 1, 2019. 
If you are a private physician affiliated with an Ascension Southeast Michigan hospital and would like to participate in this product, contact Partners in Care for a participation agreement: Elizabeth Breyer, or Michelle Emery,, (586) 753-0966. 

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