January 2022 Edition
PHA's First 'State of Population Health' Virtual Event Set for January 27th
Thursday, January 27, 2022 | 11am-1pm EST
Sign up today to secure your spot to attend our first-ever “The State of Population Health” forum, to be held on Thursday, January 27 kicking off at 11:00am EST. The virtual program will be FREE to attend for both members and non PHA members alike. We plan on having this new event as an annual offering much like that of the Presidential State of the Union Address.

This new thought-leadership event will set the table for important issues and trends in population health. On the agenda is Dan Mendelson, CEO of Morgan Health at JPMorgan Chase & Co.; U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA); and Georges C. Benjamin, MD, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association, will be among the keynote speakers. We will also hear from our Corporate Partner Bayer on "Regaining Ground in Chronic Condition Prevention and Care."

Watch your inbox for more details coming soon, but why wait? Register today?
PHA Releases New Special Report on Food Access and Nutrition in Medicaid
Companion Webinar Set for Friday, January 21 at
1pm ET to Showcase Report Findings/Strategies
Understanding that access to affordable, healthy food is fundamental to the population’s health and well-beingand without such access, individuals face greater risk of disease and increased health care costs PHA joined with experts from two other leading organizations to offer key strategies addressing the challenges to food access and good nutrition in a special report released this week.
The 28-page report, Addressing Nutrition and Food Access in Medicaid, is a collaborative effort from PHA, The Food Trust, and the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI). The report highlights opportunities for food access organizations, health care payers, and policymakers to leverage funding from state Medicaid programs to improve access to nutrition interventions in health care settings.
Food insecurity and poor diet are associated with a range of negative health outcomes, with poor diet as the leading risk factor for death in the United States. Like many other issues in the United States due to systemic inequities, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are disproportionately impacted by food insecurity and diet-related disease. Integrating food access and nutrition services into health care delivery and financing is an important part of the solution. 
“PHA remains committed to addressing social determinants of health and health inequities. Sourcing adequate nutrition in particular is critical for health and is often lacking in communities under economic stress,” explains John Haughton, MD, MS, Chair of PHA’s Quality and Research Committee, which spearheaded this effort. “Solving how to ensure reliable access to food in your community and at scale can be challenging. Our collective newly released work offers specific actions that can be taken to increase food availability and demonstrates how these actions fit within broader Medicaid funding and policy frameworks for the betterment of individuals and communities at large.”

Spring Innovation Thought-Leadership Summit to Take on Key Health Topics
Hybrid In-Person and Virtual Leadership Event Scheduled for April 12-13 in DC
On April 12-13 in Washington, DC, key senior executives from across the health care spectrum will gather for our 2022 Innovation Summit & Capitol Caucus at the Top of the Hill Banquet & Conference Center. This two-day leadership event, “Innovation in Resource Allocation: Population Health Management Strategies to Recover Losses and Accelerate Gains,” will feature a slate of compelling speakers and presentations, taking on pertinent topics of the day.

Among the thought-leaders you'll hear from will be Glen Tullman, Transcarent's executive chairman and CEO, and the former executive chairman of Livongo.

During the morning session on Day 2, Tullman will sit down with our own Rose Maljanian, Chairman & CEO of HealthCAWS; Business Advisor to WaveEdge Capital; and Chair Emeritus of PHA in the Fireside Chat "Industry Challenges and Transformative Strategies," when they'll discuss such things as taking a start-up to big company status, as well what he hopes to accomplish with Transcarent in the future.
Take a look at some of the latest happenings from our PHA Members:
BlueCross BlueShield to Partner with March of Dimes on Maternal Health Initiative

Proud to announce we’re partnering with March of Dimes to advance health equity and improve the health of moms and babies through implicit bias training. With this national partnership, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies will offer March of Dimes’ recognized implicit bias training program to providers, nursing and medical students, perinatal quality collaboratives and more. Working together, we can help enhance care for women before, during and after pregnancy. Learn more
Bravo Health Takes on Zoom Fatigue

Zoom fatigue is another element of our work life that can negatively impact our mental health, which does no favors for our physical health. To give your employees the best possible advantage in the workplace and their personal lives, start advocating for their health. Learn more here
Acenda's Chief Integration Officer Retiring

After 48 dedicated years, Greg Speed, Chief Integration Officer is retiring from #TeamAcenda. We cannot thank him enough for his hard work and we wish him nothing but the very best as he transitions to his next chapter! Please join us in wishing him well. Read his full announcement.
Medecision Welcomes Tai Weitzman as New CIO

Medecision, a leading provider of digital care management solutions and services, has announced the addition of Tal Weitzman as its chief information officer (CIO). “We are thrilled to have Tal join our executive leadership team,” said Kenneth Young, president and CEO of Medecision. Weitzman brings more than 25 years of experience in IT, helping businesses to deliver value to their organizations by successfully managing cloud transformations, quality assurance and technology implementation projects in healthcare IT and financial services. Read full announcement.
Welldoc Granted 25th US Patent, Expanding Company's Platform Solution Capabilities

Welldoc®, a digital health leader revolutionizing chronic care, today announced that the company’s 25th patent was approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on December 8, 2021. “Our twenty-fifth patent is an important milestone for Welldoc, signaling our industry leadership in translating the best of medical science into a digital health solution for chronic condition management,” said Kevin McRaith, President and CEO of Welldoc. “Our platform provides individuals with the autonomy and personalization to self-manage their chronic conditions. Welldoc understands the complexity of these conditions and is continually evolving our tech and AI-engine to connect the dots across multiple dimensions of health.” Read full announcement.
CareOregon Names New Chief Strategy Officer: Nora Leibowitz

CareOregon announced that Nora Leibowitz is joining its senior leadership team as the organization’s Chief Strategy Officer, doubling down on its vision to deliver on equity and quality in community and individual health. She brings more than two decades of experience in healthcare policy, with a special focus on Medicaid program design, operational improvement, and stakeholder engagement. Read full press announcement.
Digital Diagnostics Seeking a New Director of Quality Assurance

Digital Diagnostics is looking for an enthusiastic, results-oriented, quality assurance professional who excels at getting things done. Does that sound like you? At Digital Diagnostics, we’re on a mission to transform the quality, accessibility, and affordability of global healthcare through the automation of medical diagnosis and treatment. Find out more about the position and apply today here.
Merck and Ridgeback’s Molnupiravir Received US FDA Emergency Use Authorization for the Treatment of High-Risk Adults with Mild to Moderate Covid 19

In late December, Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Molnupiravir, an investigational oral antiviral (MK-4482, EIDD-2801). Molnupiravir has not been approved, but has been authorized for emergency use by the FDA under an EUA to treat mild to moderate coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in adults with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing, and who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death, and for whom alternative COVID-19 treatment options authorized by the FDA are not accessible or clinically appropriate. Molnupiravir is not authorized for use in patients who are less than 18 years of age, for initiation of treatment in patients hospitalized due to COVID-19, for use for longer than five consecutive days, or for pre-exposure or post-exposure prophylaxis for prevention of COVID-19. Read full release.
Elevate Health's Most Recent Podcast on Building A Bridge of Hope

Don't miss Elevate Health's latest podcast with Joe LeRoy, HopeSparks President and CEO. This episode features an engaging discussion about Bridge of Hope, a fully collaborative pediatric care model. Bridge of Hope reduces roadblocks when trying to access mental and physical health care services. Listen now.
Commission for Case Manager Certification Reminds Applications for the April 2022 Exam are Due by Jan. 31st

The April 2022 Exam Window that started on November 1, 2021 will be open until January 31 to submit applications. Click here to apply and learn more. The CCM credential is accredited by NCCA. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). Since 1977, the NCCA has been accrediting certifying programs based on the highest quality standards in professional certification to ensure the programs adhere to modern standards of practice in the certification industry.
Geisinger Honors 195 Providers for High-Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Geisinger recently honored 195 caregivers for being named among the best in the country by their patients, according to national surveys. Geisinger providers — including physicians, physician assistants and certified registered nurse practitioners — were recognized for ranking in the top 10% nationally for patient experience at the health system’s annual Top Patient Experience Clinicians Awards, which were held virtually this year. Scores were based on Press Ganey survey results, which gives patients an opportunity to grade the service and care they received from a provider.
Listen to Bayer's Podcast Headlines of the Future: Addressing Global Challenges with Science and Innovation

How will science and innovation shape our future and help to address our biggest global challenges from climate change to fighting hunger to curing diseases? Which headlines about these topics are we going to read in 30 or 50 years from now? Join us for a fascinating dialogue with visionary scientists, thought leaders and entrepreneurs – and explore the headlines of the future.  Listen here.
New Episode of "Inside Health Care" Takes a Look Back at the Pandemic

In this episode of “Inside Health Care” NCQA’s President, Margaret O'Kane, and NCQA's VP of Public Policy and External Relations, Frank Micciche look back at how the #pandemic brought challenges but also inspired innovation...while looking ahead, with hope, in 2022. Click here to listen.
NeuroFlow Hires Collaborative Care Expert Tom Zaubler as Chief Medical Officer

NeuroFlow, the market leader in technology and services for behavioral health integration, has hired Tom Zaubler, MD, as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Zaubler, who was previously the chairman, Department of Psychiatry at Morristown Medical Center, Atlantic Health System in New Jersey, brings his clinical expertise to a newly-formed role vital to the company’s growth strategy. Earlier this year, the company assembled a board of clinical advisors to “complement its existing roster of strategic advisors and reinforce its commitment to evidence-based care.” Dr. Zaubler will continue to fulfill his duties as a member of the clinical advisory board. Read full release.
Thomas Jefferson University Launches Animal Therapy Program during Fall Semester

Friendly and fluffy, Titan the Rabbit debuts as Jefferson's official therapy animal and helps students de-stress. Click to read the full feature article.
Health Michigan City's Homer Street Campus Launches New Services

A $20 million project to reimagine the site of the former Franciscan Health Michigan City hospital is coming to fruition as community-focused services providing care for new mothers and the elderly begin. The campus at 301 West Homer Street has undergone partial demolition and renovation for the arrival of an inpatient behavioral health unit, the new Franciscan Senior Health and Wellness Program for the All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and the Prenatal Assistance Program. In early December, the Prenatal Assistance Program opened its doors to expectant mothers, helping them receive access to vital prenatal care. The program is part of Franciscan Health Michigan City's participation in the Safety PIN (Protecting Indiana's Newborns) grant provided by the Indiana Department of Health and administered by Beacon Health System to lower infant mortality in Northern Indiana. Read more here.
American College of Lifestyle Medicine Offering a Physician and Health Professional Wellbeing Course

After another unprecedented year, there is no better time to care for yourself and your well-being. ACLM is holding a Physician and Health Professional Well-Being Course. This course was designed with practitioners in mind, and offers exercises to harness personal strengths and leadership skills for improving workplace culture/systems, and to engage in effective, positive health care team and patient interactions. Learners will also conduct a well-being assessment and develop a personal action plan. Click here for more information.

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