PHA March 2021 Newsletter - The Voice of Population Health 
The Population Health Alliance is committed to supporting members and our constituent community throughout this extremely important time. While some serve on the front lines and others work from home, all pop health professionals are collectively working to best support the health, wellbeing, and safety of our communities. Throughout this effort, PHA remains committed to be your home for pop health networking, education, and advocacy. 

The March PHA Voice newsletter includes an important Save-the-Date, a recording of last week's webinar, “Autonomous AI and Trust: The Path Toward Patient Centric AI” with Michael Abramoff, MD, PhD and Seth Rainford, MBA, a welcome to our newest PHA member organization, and the latest news and updates from our member organizations.
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PHA extends our best wishes for healthy and safe families and teams as we combat the global pandemic.
Save the Date!
The 2021 PHA Innovation Summit is Sponsored By:
Sponsorship of the Innovation Summit is a great way to raise visibility on your population health management innovations in 2021. Help support this premier event!
ICYMI: The Role of Autonomous AI in Health Care
Watch the recording of this month's PHA Webinar from members
Michael Abramoff, MD, PhD and Seth Rainford, MBA of Digital Diagnostics on the use of autonomous AI in healthcare. They discussed a specific use case for diabetic retinopathy, the important ethical principles established for developing AI in healthcare, the state of autonomous AI reimbursement, and where the future is headed.
Welcome The Newest PHA Member Organization
Digital Diagnostics

“For years we have heard about the power and the potential for AI in population health. Digital Diagnostics is making that real by enabling providers to leverage this potential by building safe, trusted diagnostic tools that are actionable and account for multiple sources of bias. The PHA leadership welcomes their important perspective as we advance to a new era in consumer engagement that is powered by artificial intelligence." - Jaan Sidorov MD, CEO and President of the PA Clinical Network and President of the Population Health Alliance.

Read the full announcement and welcome Digital Diagnostics to the PHA Community of Member Organizations.
News and Announcements from PHA Members
3M's Thomas Polzin answered six questions on the evolving use of conversational #AI technology in health care (full post)

Neuroflow - Neuroflow worked with Stop Soldier Suicide and Thomas Jefferson Health System to publish a case study on improving mental wellness and mitigating suicidal risk (full post)

Medecision's VP of Compliance, Nan Sloan, presented on managing the appeals process for medicaid populations on the Liberation Blog (full post)

American College of Lifestyle Medicine Launched First Installment of its “Food as Medicine” Course to Fill Physician and Clinician Nutrition Knowledge Gap (full post)

YMCA of the USA President and CEO Kevin Washington Issued a Statement on the American Rescue Plan (full post)

UPMC Health Plan and PA Pharmacists Care Network Launched New "Whole Person" Pilot to Pay Pharmacists for Expanded Services - Value-based plan focused on enabling pharmacists to provide certain clinical services for Medicaid members with asthma and COPD (full post)

AsQ - AsQ started the #HealthyCompanyMovement, an initiative encouraging companies to share health actions (full post)

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association - Blue Cross Blue Shield Association president and CEO, Kim Keck, talked about why COVID-19 vaccine equity matters, and explained what BCBSA is doing to help (full post)

CareOregon's Senior Medical director of Clinical Services and Medical Director for Columbia Pacific COO, Safina Koreishi, MD, MPH, was interviewed about her community work and being a woman in a leadership role in honor of International Women's Day 2021 (full post)

Ceresti Health - Ceresti Health's CEO, Dirk Soenksen, was featured on the Passionate Pioneers with Mike Biselli" podcast in an episode titled Managing Cognitive Impairment with Dirk Soenksen (full post)

Geisinger’s collaborative development, Tempus atrial fibrillation ECG analysis platform, was granted breakthrough device designation by FDA  (full post)

ElevateHealth has partnered with Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to launch a new pilot program to support people diagnosed with Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) within our communities (full post)

eQ Health Solutions published the latest episode of their White Board Session on what can be done about the issue of the lack of adequate child and adolescent mental health providers (full post)

Foodsmart - Foodsmart has announced a Series C funding of more than $25M led by Advocate Aurora Enterprise (full post)

Franciscan Health Michigan City Delivered More Than 13,000 Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine (full post)

Tufts Health, New England Recovery Center, a Subsidiary of Spectrum Health Systems, and Pear Therapeutics Teamed up to Support Members in Recovery From Substance Use Disorder (full post)

University Hospitals Appointed Francoise Adan, MD as Chief Whole Health & Well-being Officer - Proven integrative health, lifestyle management and resilience expert will champion strategic initiatives to improve population health (full post)

Welldoc Appointed Healthcare Veteran Marina Dorotheo as Chief Marketing Officer - Healthcare innovation and marketing expert to help drive adoption of Welldoc’s platform serving those with diabetes, prediabetes, hypertension, heart failure and behavioral health needs (full post)

Bravo Wellness discussed insomnia in their article. "How Better Sleep Improves Employee Health, Safety and Productivity" (full post)

DayTwo presented its revolutionary science and groundbreaking outcomes during a product spotlight at the DDPG Virtual Symposium for ~500 educators nationwide (full post)

HealthCheck360 Announces Partnership with MeMD for Mental Health Services (full post)

Health EC Scored 91.9 for Population Health Management in Best in KLAS Software & Services 2021 Report (full post)

Vitality released survey results of 32K+ members and Global Toolkit on COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance (full post)

PA Clinical Network Announced that Maintenance of Certification (“MOC”) Will Not Be Used for Provider Credentialing (full post)

Merck Announced Fifth Round of Global Grants to Tackle Maternal Mortality and Promote Health Equity Worldwide (full post)

Mercy Health Dietitian Talked Healthy Eating Amid COVID Changes (full post)

HMS Chief Growth Officer, Maria Perrin, wrote an article for Thrive Global on The Yin and the Yang of COVID-19 for Women at Work (full post)

Independent Health held Independent Health Giving Day to benefit United Way’s Join the Fight Fund for COVID-19 relief (full post)

Leavitt Partners founder, Michael Leavitt recently co-authored an article in Medical Economics detailing why workforce development toward Value Based Care is critical to the future of the healthcare industry (full post)

NACDD Lead Sign On Letter Supporting Tripling CDC Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Funding (full post)

NCQA released a report with health equity recommendations for HHS and CMS, including enabling a Digital Quality measure system and strengthening Medicare Value Based Care plans (full post)

Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island Continued Full Coverage of COVID-19 Benefits for Members and Providers (full post)

Solera Health Launched Solera Connect, Its Dynamic, Digital Health Management Platform for Payers, Employers and Consumers (full post)