April 2022 Edition

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Drs. Kyu Rhee and Kenneth Thorpe are Latest Headliners Added to Program
In just three dayson April 12-13—our 2022 Innovation Summit & Capitol Caucus will finally kick-off bringing together key senior executives from across the health care spectrum—leaders from health systems; health plans; academia; biopharma; technology, digital health, and employer solution companies—all whom have a stake in population health management.
This virtual event, “Innovative Population Health Management Strategies to Recover Losses and Accelerate Gains,” features inspiring keynotes from a slate of impressive speakers and interesting sessions targeting important and timely topics of the day. In fact, just recently we added two more notable keynote headlining our program—Drs. Kyu Rhee and Kenneth Thorpe.

  • Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP, is the Senior Vice President and Aetna Chief Medical Officer at CVS Health, who will present "Every Business is a Health Business: Advancing Values and Technology for Precision Population Health," on April 12.

  • Kenneth E. Thorpe, PhD is Chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease; a Robert W. Woodruff Professor; and Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. He will give the address, "Fighting Chronic Disease: Regaining Ground Post-Pandemic," also on Day 1 of this two-day virtual thought-leadership event.

"We are honored to have both Drs. Rhee and Thorpe join us at our annual Summit to speak about the importance of advancing population health strategies and the unique challenges resulting from the pandemic. Through collaborative leaders offered at industry events, such as the PHA Annual Innovation Summit, we will continue to make substantial progress on behalf of all stakeholders and consumers,” stated PHA Chairman Emeritus Rose Maljanian, Chairman & CEO HealthCAWS.
Drs. Rhee and Thorpe's special presentations join the other compelling sessions, including keynote presentations headlined by Dan Mendelson, CEO of Morgan Health at JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Sandro Galea, noted author and Dean of Boston University School of Health; and a special fireside chat with Transcarent CEO Glen Tullman. The Summit's panel sessions will also focus on such key subjects like:

  • Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)
  • Industry challenges and transformative strategies 
  • Digital health: optimized engagement and outcomes 
  • Innovations in investments & capital
  • Behavioral health
  • Post-COVID challenges and opportunities
  • Data & advanced analytics
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PHA, Eyenuk Holds Webinar on Tech Advances in Diabetes Management
With some 537 million adults around the globe living with diabetes—that is 1-in-10 people around the world—PHA hosted a successful Showcase Webinar, Embracing Population Health Technological Innovations for Diabetes Management, with one of our newest members, Eyenuk to take on the subject that has so much prevalence and economic impact.
Eyenuk, Inc. a global artificial intelligence (AI) leader and developer of the EyeArt® autonomous AI system for diabetic retinopathy testing. Eyenuk President and CCO Frank Cheng was joined by Christy Mokrohisky, Vice President for Population Health at Providence, to discuss how diabetes is representative of the chronic health conditions at the root of global healthcare challenges, highlighting the need for population health management. With an effective approach to managing the health of populations, providers and healthcare organizations can improve the quality and reduce the cost of diabetes care.    

If you missed the session, click on the button to connect with Eyenuk to request a link to watch the one-hour program. (Please include your name and organization.)
Take a look at some of the latest happenings from our PHA Members:
Mars Update on Russia and Ukraine

"Our hearts are broken by this terrible war in Ukraine. Our primary focus and absolute priority is the safety of our Associates in the region. We continue to work hard to provide our courageous Ukrainian colleagues with the support they need. Teams of Mars Associates are working tirelessly to help Associates who are still in Ukraine, as well as those who make it across the borders. We will increase our cash and in-kind donation to humanitarian causes by $10 million in addition to the $2 million committed to affected people and pets last week. Mars has operated in Russia for over 30 years, and we employ almost 6,000 Associates who have been a vital part of our company for decades. We will continue to support them, but business as usual is not an option. This is a humanitarian crisis, and this guides all our actions. We have decided to scale back our business and will refocus our efforts in Russia on our essential role in feeding the Russian people and pets." Read story.
Medecision and Clearstep Announce Strategic Partnership to Deliver an Enhanced Patient Experience for Health Systems and Health Plans

Medecision, a leading provider of digital care management solutions and services, and Clearstep, Inc., a healthcare technology company powering the next generation of clinically intelligent AI chat triage, today announced the formation of a strategic partnership. The partnership will bring Clearstep’s Smart Care RoutingTM to Medecision’s current and future health system and health plan customers, enabling an enhanced patient engagement experience. This AI technology will be available through Medecision’s HITRUST CSF®-certified, SaaS solution, AerialTM, which optimizes the delivery of personalized, predictive, and prescriptive next best actions for clinicians, physicians, consumers, and their caregivers. Read full release.
American College of Lifestyle Medicine Releases Statement in Support of Permanent Standard Time

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) recently released a statement in support of the elimination of biannual time changes in favor of permanent Standard Time. The statement is an endorsement of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s (AASM) position against the Sunshine Protection Act, which proposes the establishment of permanent Daylight Savings Time, and that was recently approved by the U.S. Senate. The bill now awaits a vote in the House of Representatives. Click to read full statement.
Digital Diagnostics and Baxter Announce New Partnership

Digital Diagnostics and Baxter International Inc. announced a long-term strategic partnership to help frontline care providers deliver high-quality care and improve care outcomes. The partnership includes plans to offer Digital Diagnostics’ industry-leading IDx-DR® autonomous AI software as a diagnostic service combined with the Welch Allyn® RetinaVue® 700 Imager. Digital Diagnostics created IDx-DR, the autonomous AI diagnostic system for the detection of diabetic retinopathy (including diabetic macular edema) at the point-of-care. Read full announcement.
Seven States and the District of Columbia Stay Committed and Energized to Collective Action During the Public Health Emergency

NACDD and CDC have been supporting states and partners to implement the State Engagement Model since 2012. The primary purpose of the model is to enhance stakeholder engagement and cultivate diverse, lasting partnerships that include commitment and action to achieve shared goals. After more than a decade of states from across the country successfully convening State Engagement Meetings, one of the key pieces of applying the model, seven states and the District of Columbia were challenged with achieving quality partner engagement outcomes without meeting in person. Read full article.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Companies Partnering with Civica to Increase Access to Affordable Insulin

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and other Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies joined Civica’s initiative to manufacture and distribute affordable insulins that, once approved, will be available to people living with diabetes at significantly lower prices than insulins currently on the market. The medications are expected to be available to all consumers for $30 or less per vial starting in 2024. BCBSA and BCBS companies are collaborating on this initiative with Civica and other partners across the health care industry, representing nearly every corner of the diabetes ecosystem. Read full story.
evolveMD Selects NeuroFlow to Expand, Scale Collaborative Care Program

EvolvedMD, a behavioral health staffing and services provider, has partnered with NeuroFlow, the market leader in technology-powered behavioral health integration, to scale an enhanced collaborative care program. Connecting key players in integration from both primary care and behavioral health, NeuroFlow will leverage its proprietary patient registry and mobile technology to enrich the ongoing collaboration between evolvedMD and HonorHealth’s 24 provider locations. As part of the implementation, NeuroFlow will enhance the current solution for collaborative care, delivering improved patient outcomes by reducing clinical burden for both physical and behavioral health providers. Read full release.
Mutual of Omaha's 'Wild Kingdom' is Back in Action

Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom is back in action, producing a new television series to showcase conservation success stories and to inspire the next generation of conservationists. The new series, “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Protecting the Wild,” will premiere in January 2023 to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the original “Wild Kingdom” show. Since the debut of this groundbreaking nature program in 1963, Mutual of Omaha has been linked to conservation and a commitment to protecting the Earth’s wildest places. The 10 episodes will air on RFD-TV and digital channels. According to Jen Wulf, vice president of Brand Strategy and Engagement at Mutual of Omaha, Wild Kingdom is proud to collaborate with leading habitat and wildlife conservation organizations, such as the National Wildlife Federation and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), to bring greater awareness to specific animal and habitat-related issues. Read full release.
Nearly 75% of Employees Will Swap Health Insurance Plan Features for Significant Savings, Centivo Survey Reveals

A recent Centivo survey of employees with employer-sponsored health insurance demonstrated just how willing employees are to modify core plan features if these “tradeoffs” translate into better healthcare affordability. In fact, nearly three quarters (73%) of survey respondents say they would do so if they realized savings of 10-30% compared to their existing health plans. These findings come from the Centivo Healthcare and Financial Sacrifices Survey. Centivo conducted the survey in August 2021 among 805 US adults ages 18-64 with employer-sponsored private health insurance. Read more.
Vitality Expands Gateway Flex Health and Wellness Marketplace with HealthFitness Personal Training, Health and Ergonomics Coaching

Global health and wellness company Vitality Group has added HealthFitness’ services to Gateway Flex. These additions will offer employees more options to improve their wellbeing, both physically and mentally, with the support and guidance of expert coaches from HealthFitness, a Trustmark company, and a leading provider of comprehensive fitness solutions, injury prevention and treatment programs and wellness services. “Gateway Flex helps employers boost engagement by offering more relevant choices to employees to meet their specific needs,” said Tanya Little, Chief Growth Officer, Vitality. “We’re excited to add these HealthFitness offerings to our marketplace.“ Read more.
Welldoc Named to AVIA Connect's Top 50 Companies in Remote Monitoring Report

Welldoc®, a digital health leader revolutionizing chronic care, today announced that it was recognized as a Top 50 Company in remote monitoring upon conclusion of extensive research and company outreach by AVIA Connect, the leading digital health marketplace. Welldoc’s single platform offers a comprehensive, clinical-based approach for chronic condition management. By leveraging the power of AI-driven data visualizations across multiple dimensions of healthactivity, diet, psycho-social, labs, symptoms, and medicationsindividuals receive personalized digital coaching with their total health in mind, translating into more proactive self-management and better outcomes. Read full release.
Expansion of Elkton, Virginia Manufacturing Facility to Further Increase Merck's HPV Vaccine Supply and Support Broader and Equitable Access

Merck reaffirmed its commitment to enable broad equitable access to the company’s HPV vaccines. To support this, the company has invested significantly in manufacturing, and recently expanded its vaccines manufacturing facility located in Elkton, VA, completing the construction of 120,000 square feet and adding 150 new jobs at the site to further increase capacity and supply of the company’s human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, following regulatory reviews and approvals. Read full release.
NCQA Resets Diabetes Programs to Improve Outcomes

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced a major update for its Diabetes Recognition Program. It also revealed plans to develop new diabetes measures that align with evolving data collection and technology. These efforts are generously funded by a $3.5 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. NCQA’s Diabetes Program evaluates and recognizes clinicians and group practices that deliver a higher standard of diabetes care. Read full release.
Franciscan Health Indianapolis Receives Top Ratings for Cardiac Medical Excellence

Franciscan Health Central Indiana has been rated the top hospital in the state for cardiac care. The 2022 ratings announced by CareChex®, an information service of Quantros, Inc.reports that Franciscan Health Indianapolis is No. 1 in Indiana for medical excellence in cardiac care. Quantros also named the hospital No. 1 in the state for medical excellence in interventional coronary care for the second year in a row. Physicians and staff of the Franciscan Health Heart Center, part of the Indianapolis hospital, have routinely been among the first adapters of advanced procedures and devices, including brachial artery approach for cardiac catheterizations, interventional valve replacements, extracellular matrix for heart and valve repairs, and the Watchman device for patients with atrial fibrillation. Read more here.
Geisinger, Eisai Team to Study Use of AI for Early Detection and Identification of Cognitive Impairment

Geisinger and Eisai Inc. today announced a collaborative effort to study the potential effectiveness of an artificial intelligence (AI) tool in the detection of cognitive impairment that could identify dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD). If effective, the AI tool could potentially be developed to support the early detection and staging of cognitive impairment and dementia, leading to appropriate additional testing for the clinical, biological diagnosis and treatment of dementias such as AD. Read on.
Bayer Spotlights Grower Focus at Fruit Logistica 2022 in Berlin

Bayer presented the latest innovative and sustainable Fruits and Vegetables solutions to, on and beyond the farm at Fruit Logistica. The company highlighted products for the challenges facing growers, such as the tomato virus, the increasing request for organic and low-residue produce, and the need to lessen agriculture’s impact on the environment and respond to climate change. An important focus lies on providing growers with what they need to deliver on consumer, regulatory, and ecological demands. Read full announcement.
University of Utah Implements the EyeArt® AI System for Autonomous Diabetic Eye Testing

University of Utah Health, provider of care to patients in Utah and the broader Mountain West region and home to the only academic medical center in the state of Utah, recently implemented the EyeArt® artificial intelligence (AI) system for autonomous diabetic retinopathy testing in the Utah Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinic (UDEC). University of Utah Health introduced the EyeArt AI system to improve the quality of care for patients with diabetes by offering routine eye testing during their regular office visits. Read full post.

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