July 2022 Edition
PHA Expo 22 Live in DC Grows Roster of Elite Speakers and Sponsors

Enthusiasm is building for our upcoming PHA Expo 22 this fall, with more expert speakers and sponsors recently added to this in-person thought-leadership event line-up. PHA22 Expo 2022-Decision Maker’s Connect, will take place on October 25-26 at the Top of the Hill Conference Center in Washington, DC.

We’re proud to announce the latest expert presenters added to our two-day program:

Three additional sponsors have also recently come on board to support PHA Expo 22, Mutual of Omaha; Centivo; and Tandigm Health. We welcome them and thank them and all our sponsors for their generous support.
As your only Population Health Improvement professional and trade Association, this distinctive event will focus on marketplace needs, spoken from the solution buyers’ themselves. The intimate environment will allow you to meet directly with PHA Board members, Hill staffers, and senior leadership colleagues that are your existing and future business partners.
The interactive sessions and networking opportunities includes the following:
  • CMMI Priorities and Strategies
  • Medicaid - Population Health Needs Amidst Growing Challenges
  • Senior Health - Ramping Up Aging in Place Support
  • Employer Value-based Approaches to Benefit Design and Health Promotion
  • Advanced Analytics Across Market Segments
  • Public-Private Partnerships to Achieve Community Health
Across these market-focused sessions, topical issues such as chronic condition prevention and management, addressing the growing behavioral health crisis, and supports for SDOH and health equity, will also be addressed by multi-disciplinary industry leading experts.

Don’t miss out; register to reserve your space today at this live event! Unable to travel? No worries; you may also participate virtually.
Take a Look at Our Expo 22 Speakers
PHA Members Coming Together to Solve Key Issues through Focused Topic Workgroups 
“At PHA, we understand there is no shortage of challenges for the healthcare industry and our nation’s consumers must remain our primary focus. As always PHA will stay laser-focused on the most pressing issues our membership is facing,” stated Rose Maljanian, Chairman & CEO HealthCAWS and PHA Board Chairman Emeritus.

As such, PHA has launched three vital members-only focused topic Workgroups to work with our members toward achieving a multi-stakeholder vision and solution:

  • Integrated Behavioral Health
  • Advancing Primary Care
  • Medicaid: Improving Continuity of Care, Access and Health Equity 
The Integrated Behavioral Health Workgroup was formed because Integrating Behavioral Health, Medical, and SDOH care and supports is vital to success of Population Health Management. The Workgroup recently released an Issue Brief, entitled “Achieving Success in Population Health Management with Integrated Care.” A September Webinar (details coming soon) is planned to review the Issue Brief and dive deeper into the topics presented, including the importance of engagement, care coordination and analytics. The effort is led by workgroup Chair Matt Miclette, Senior Director of Clinical Operations at NeuroFlow.
The Advancing Primary Care Workgroup is focused on solving for fragmentation in care and support solutions to provide a better experience for consumers and their primary care providers, while averting complications and optimizing health outcomes. Workgroup Chair, Doron Schneider, MD, MBA FACP, Vice President of Population Health and Clinical Strategy at Tandigm Health, has designed an extensive case study approach, refined with input from the group that will allow all PHA members to contribute to the comprehensive solution set based on their unique core strengths.
The new Medicaid Workgroup that is focused on unifying all stakeholders to deliver innovative solutions for the nations’ most vulnerable individuals, will commence its first meeting in August. The group will be led by PHA Board Member Bill Lucia, Principal of Bill Lucia Associates, LLC and former Chairman and CEO of HMS, and Leesa Allen, Director of Sellers Dorsey, and former Executive Deputy Secretary for the Department of Human Services (DHS) in Pennsylvania, as well as the Commonwealth’s Medicaid Director. The group will consist of PHA member companies that desire to impact policy, quality, and cost for companies and improve access, health outcomes, and mitigate social and health equity barriers to achieve optimal outcomes for Medicaid members.
Take advantage of the opportunity to network with like-minded accomplished peers from across the healthcare ecosystem!
If you are employed by a PHA member company and would like to participate in any one of these three Workgroups, please email us at staff@populationhealthalliance.org.  If you're not a member and would like to join the Population Health Alliance, click here to become a member or learn more. We look forward to working with you!

PHA Welcomes
DeliverHealth to PHA
Were pleased to announce that DeliverHealth has come on board as our newest member of the PHA family.

With clients and operations in five countries, over 2,000 employees across the globe, decades of health information management, and a 100% score from KLAS Research on several key metrics for EHR 'Go Live' deployment experiences, DeliverHealth offers solutions and hands-on support across multiple specialties in hospitals, health systems, and physician groups. DeliverHealth emerged on the healthcare technology scene in early 2021 as a new but “familiar” face. Through the successful acquisition of Nuance Communications’ EHR Services and HIM Services divisions, and DuetHealth and MIST (Medical Information Software Technology), DeliverHealth is a healthcare software & services company with a set of interconnected solutions that improve customer’s capabilities to solve systemic issues.
Take a look at some of the latest happenings from our PHA Members:
NACDD Statement Denouncing White Supremacy and White Supremacist Domestic Terrorism as Public Health Threats

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) Board of Directors issued the following statement today in response to several recent incidences of racist violence across the country:

“Two years ago, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors joined with other public health organizations in declaring racism a threat to public health. We also made a commitment within our Strategic Plan to become an anti-racist organization, and our Board Presidents’ Challenges also have focused on helping to improve understanding of racism within public health organizations and ways we can collaborate to create more equitable, anti-racist public health programing. While this work continues, we feel we also must explicitly denounce white supremacy and white supremacist domestic terrorism as some of the greatest threats to American health and well-being." Read complete statement.
A Letter to the Community: Our Response to Roe v. Wade

"As a health care organization, our hearts are heavy because we know that the Supreme Court's decision regarding Roe v. Wade will make America less safe. Less safe to be a woman needing reproductive care. Less safe to be poor and unable to travel long distances to seek abortion services. Less safe for families on the brink of financial collapse who cannot afford another child..." Read full letter.
A Statement on the Supreme Court Decision Overturning Roe v. Wade from Point32Health and Its Family of Companies

"Point32Health and its family of companies, including Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan, is carefully examining the Supreme Court decision, Dobbs v. Mississippi Dept. of Health, which overturned the long-standing precedent of Roe v. Wade, to understand its implications for our members. We know this is a deeply personal issue for many of our members, including our own employees. We remain committed to ensuring our members have access to all benefits and services that are part of their benefit plan. This decision does not and will not change our commitment." Read full statement.
Statement to Our Jefferson Community on the Dobbs v. Jackson Decision

"In light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Dobbs. v. Jackson case, many across the Jefferson community are experiencing a range of emotions. After careful consideration and thought, we recognize that our diverse community has varying, even opposing, and passionately held opinions about this decision. The ruling by the court also arrives during an already stressful time when we find ourselves dealing with many issues in our country and the world such as the ongoing COVID pandemic, unrest, poverty, violence, increasing homicides, and the war in Ukraine to name just a few. We would like to give clear information regarding the impact of the recent Supreme Court decision on the care available at Jefferson. The decision to overturn Roe v. Wade means that there is no longer a national policy. Currently, the state of the law has not changed in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. Therefore, we will continue to offer the same services as always." Read full statement.
Grant F. Reid Decides to Hand Over the Reins as Mars CEO after Nearly a Decade

Mars Chief Executive Officer, Grant F. Reid, has announced he is to hand over the reins as CEO after leading the business through a period of unprecedented growth, impact and transformation. Reid who will remain at Mars until the end of the year informed the Board of his intentions to retire from Mars 18 months ago and has been closely involved in helping ensure a best-in-class succession. He has served in the role since 2014. Read full story.
Merck Announces the Launch of the Merck Digital Sciences Studio to Help Healthcare Startups Quickly Bring Their Innovations to Market

Merck recently announced the launch of the Merck Digital Sciences Studio (MDSS) to enable the generation of innovative technologies for drug discovery and development. MDSS will support early-stage biomedical startups with direct investment, access to powerful Azure Cloud computing and opportunities to pilot their technologies in collaboration with discovery and clinical scientists at Merck. Starting today, Merck welcomes applications for 12 spots for the first MDSS cohort. Startups developing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) applications will be prioritized. Read full release.
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Awarded DOE STEM Education Grant

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine has received a PAsmart Advancing Computer Science and STEM Education Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The $494,262 award is designed to support broad, cross-sector partnerships that use an ecosystem or networked approach to expand access to Computer Science (CS)/Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and promote inclusion. Read full announcement.
Medecision Wins Google Cloud Healthcare & Life Sciences Customer Award

Medecision, a leading provider of digital care management solutions and services, today announced it has received a Google Cloud Healthcare & Life Sciences 2021 Customer Award. Medecision is being recognized for having demonstrated innovative thinking, technical excellence and transformation. Read full story.
NCQA Launches Health Equity Accreditation Plus

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently announced the launch of Health Equity Accreditation Plus, a program that helps health care organizations that are relatively advanced in their efforts to improve health equity by addressing and identifying inequities in health care services and outcomes. Read full release.
Bayer Opens New Research & Innovation Center in Boston-Cambridge Demonstrating Its Commitment to Precision Oncology

Bayer AG announced today the opening of its new Research and Innovation Center at Kendall Square in Boston-Cambridge, Massachusetts, expanding the company’s footprint into one of the world’s most innovative pharmaceutical research and development locations. Representing a total $140M investment into the area, Bayer’s 62,100-square-foot facility houses a new center of precision molecular oncology research equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories and offices for the development of novel targeted cancer therapies for patients.  Read full release.
Welldoc Granted 31st Patent for First-in-Class Chronic Care Platform

Welldoc®, a digital health leader revolutionizing chronic care, today announced that the company’s 31st patent was granted on June 14, 2022, demonstrating the continued advancement of Welldoc’s first-in-class technology for comprehensive chronic condition management. Welldoc’s portfolio includes patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and IP Australia. Read full release.
Adventist Health Tillamook Recognizes Honorees for Nursing and Associate Awards

Adventist Health Tillamook announces honorees for their annual nursing DAISY Award® and annual associate of the year award, an important part of yearly recognition events the Tillamook-area hospital and medical offices participate in annually. Nominated by their peers and selected by a blind committee, these awards recognize Adventist Health Tillamook employees for truly outstanding work and exceptional care that goes so far above and beyond leadership expectations that they should not only be recognized but honored in an annual achievement. Read full release.
EyeArt® AI System Featured in Portland Press-Herald Article Highlighting MaineHealth Innovation

In a recent article published by the Portland Press-Herald, the EyeArt® AI System was featured as a cutting-edge technology implemented through support from MaineHealth Innovation. This article described the challenges of diabetic retinopathy screening in rural areas and how the EyeArt AI System improves access in the primary care setting. Read full release
Mutual of Omaha Recognized by Quantum Workplace for Outstanding Workplace Culture

Mutual of Omaha is excited to announce that they once again have been recognized for its outstanding workplace culture. Quantum Workplace has awarded the company an Employee Voice Award (EVA) in the Excellence in Engagement category. The award recognizes Mutual’s commitment to seek and respond to the inclusive perspectives of its associates. Read full release.
Historic YWCA Building in Durham to be Turned into Affordable Apartments

The historic Harriet Tubman YWCA building in Durham, NC has been closed for years, but soon renovation will begin as it will be turned into affordable housing. The nonprofit group, Reinvestment Partners, purchased the property and will be turning the historic building into 15 affordable studio apartments. Read more.
Franciscan Health Crown Point Recognized by American Heart Association for Stroke Care

Franciscan Health Crown Point (Indiana) has received three American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines® achievement awards for demonstrating commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of heart disease and stroke, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer readmissions to the hospital. Read more here.
Gregory Kile, Chief Insurance Officer at LVHN and President and CEO of Populytics, to Retire

Populytics Inc. has announced the retirement of its president and CEO, Gregory Kile. Kile has had an extraordinary career, serving in numerous roles across Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), Populytics, and Valley Preferred spanning nearly four decades. Read more.
Health Alliance Improves Outcomes and Reduces Costs Using CareSignal's Deviceless Remote Patient Monitoring

Health Alliance, the health plan of Illinois-based Carle Health, is leading the way for rising-risk populations by launching a remote patient monitoring program powered by CareSignal. This program is part of Hally® health, the member-facing telehealth app Health Alliance uses to give its members access to tools and resources for their well-being. The partnership between Health Alliance and CareSignal aims to reduce readmissions, reduce spending, and improve members’ experience while increasing health literacy and empowering members to better self-manage their chronic conditions. Read full release.
Xcellent Life Discusses How Real-Time Human Diagnostics (RtHD) Will Transform the Healthcare Industry

Technological developments are reshaping health care and are assisting medical science in increasing life expectancy around the world. The growing population, lifestyle choices, and other economic factors are driving the need for healthcare systems to become more proactive in addressing the health care needs of individuals. This demonstrates the critical need for advanced technology that can alleviate the strain on current systems, allowing them to meet the needs of their patients quickly and effectively. Read full article.
McGrigor Group Shares Key Findings from their Latest Research into Asian International Private Medical Insurance Market

James McGrigor, MD, of the McGrigor Group, and Rhiannon Kerr, Editor of McGrigor Insights, shared the key findings from the Group’s latest research into the Asian international private medical insurance market, which identified a new opportunity for growth. Despite declines in the numbers of resident expats and increased price sensitivity, the new report from McGrigor Group, "International Private Medical Insurance: China, Hong Kong and Singapore: 2014-2024," forecasts continued but longer term IPMI/high end PMI growth, post the Covid decline, fueled by affluent local demand, combined with the appearance of a massive new segment of interest to international insurers – ‘PMI plus’. Read more here.
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