May 2022 Edition

PHA's Expo22 Set for DC this FallOctober 25-26
Exciting news! We're holding a distinctive in-person event “PHA Expo 2022: Decision Makers Connect” in Washington, DC on October 25 and 26 at the Top of the Hill Conference Center. As your only Population Health Improvement professional trade association, this two-day leadership event will focus on marketplace needs—spoken directly from the solution buyer’s themselves—that improve the consumer journey and health, achieve quality of care targets, reduce costs, and advance technologies to improve efficiency and relieve burdens from an already-stretched thin workforce. The conference's intimate environment will allow you to meet directly with PHA Board members, Hill staffers and senior leadership colleagues—all who are your existing and/or future business partners.
The interactive sessions and networking opportunities will include:
  • 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 social determinants of health and health equity will be addressed by multi-disciplinary industry leading experts.

Please make plans to come to DC and join us for this important live PHA event. Additional online seating will also be available upon registration. Visit our Expo webpage, and check back often to learn more details.
Last Month's 2-Day Innovation Summit Deemed Great Success
PHA Innovation Summit 2022 marked an amazing two days of thought leadership and interactive discussion certain to drive industry advancement. Rose Maljanian, Chairman & CEO HealthCAWS and PHA Board Chairman Emeritus, kicked off the virtual event with her personal top five priorities and solutions in behavioral health, chronic care, senior health and home care, workforce strain, and SDOH and health equity.

We heard from keynote Robert W. Woodruff Professor Dr. Ken Thorpe, Chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, about strategies to improve chronic care and the promise of RPM. SVP and Aetna Chief Medical Officer at CVS Health, Dr. Kyu Rhee shared CVS’ Precision Population Health model and his vision for consumer trust. Dr. Sandro Galea, prolific author and Dean School of Public Health, Boston University, described the framework for challenges presented by COVID and how we may be better prepared for the next crisis. Welldoc led a panel on digital health, including discussion of guidance devices and tools to safely and effectively serve consumers.

Day Two kicked got underway with an intriguing Fireside Chat with serial entrepreneur and Transcarent CEO Glen Tullman on the work still yet to be done to solve healthcare complexity. We also heard a keynote from Dan Mendelson, CEO Morgan Health, with a focus on driving care model quality and efficiency by combining data, technology, and financial incentives to achieve affordability.

Top-tier panel discussions with industry leading experts included: optimizing consumer engagement though digital health; innovations in investment capital; fueling population health improvements with advanced data analytics; addressing BH concerns in post-COVID escalation; and integrating SDOH and health equity strategies into your population health improvement strategies. 

In her closing remarks, Maljanian stated: “Pearls of wisdom and key takeaways were too numerous to mention, so we'll leave you with just these few:
  • emphasize prevention versus sick care
  • create whole-person integrated approaches that include BH and social needs that alleviate barriers, especially for disadvantaged populations
  • advance technology and services to better serve consumers in their place of choice, most often home or community, and
  • ease friction and burden to preserve and strengthen our health care workforce.

Please join PHA and be part of PHA’s committed organizations creating positive impact for millions of consumers. Please also participate in the live Expo in Washington DC on October 25th and 26th."

PHA extends special thanks to our sponsors: Bayer, Virgin Pulse, Better Medicare Alliance, NeuroFlow, Welldoc, Mars, NACDD, PA Clinical Network and HealthNext, and all our members for a great event. 

Click here if you would like to purchase access to all the sessions available to watch through mid-October.
PHA and Bayer Launch New Resource for Chronic Kidney Disease
PHA, working with our Corporate Partner and innovation leader, Bayer Global, recently launched a new resource focusing on one the nation’s most severe medical conditions and an under-recognized public health crisis—Chronic Kidney Disease (CDK).

Though often unknown to the public, CDK causes more deaths than breast cancer or prostate cancer. With more than 1 in 7—that is 15% of US adults or 37 million people—estimated to have CKD. And because as many as 9 in 10 adults with CKD do not know they have it, with 2 in 5 of those adults actually having severe CKD cases, we partnered to get the word out about this serious disease, as well as to provide a place to share available resources and information about clinical practice guidelines, consumer educational materials, and research trials. We will continue to work with Bayer on updating and sharing this important information critical to patients, caregivers, and providers.
PHA Board Adds Melissa Fox as New Director
PHA has welcomed a new industry leader to our Board of Directors—Melissa Fox, MHA, FACMPE, FACHE, the Chief Operating Officer at Acenda Inegrated Health. Acenda is a nonprofit organization dedicated to industry-leading prevention, treatment, and wellness services compassionately delivered to ensure that every individual, family, and community achieves their greatest potential. Acenda provides health and social service programs across 56+ locations throughout New Jersey. 
Chief Operating Officer 
Acenda Health
"We are thrilled to welcome Melissa to the PHA Board—her vast experience will greatly contribute to the breadth and depth of the body and will in turn bring benefit to all PHA members," states PHA Chairman Emeritus Rose Maljanian, Chairman & CEO HealthCAWS.

In her current role as COO, Melissa Fox oversees the operations and systems of more than 100 programs throughout 13 counties in New Jersey. As a family services agency, Acenda provides evidence-based programming in child welfare, prevention, juvenile justice, outpatient mental health, crisis services, substance use disorder treatment, and supportive housing. Under Melissa’s leadership, the Acenda team has received funding to launch innovative programming including a residential program for pregnant women in recovery, an initiative which provides housing and support services for families at risk of homelessness, and a regional partnership grant to provide supports to children who may be at risk due to a caregiver or parent’s substance use disorder.

Melissa has had a distinguished career of 20+ years leading innovations in health care operations including Federally Qualified Health Centers, Healthcare for the Homeless, Behavioral Health, Home Care and Hospice. Fox is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the National Association of Health Services Executives, and the Medical Group Management Association and is an adjunct faculty member for Health Administration at Wilmington University. She has been featured in the South Jersey Journal as a top African American Leader in Healthcare, as well as a 2019 Most Influential African American. She has also been recognized as one of the 2021 African American Women Leaders in New Jersey by the South Jersey Journal.
PHA Welcomes Sellers Dorsey as New Member
PHA is pleased to announce that Sellers Dorsey has come on board as our newest member.

Sellers Dorsey is a national health care consulting firm with a deep understanding of Medicaid, having consulted on a range of financing, policy, and operational projects. Since 2000, they have provided a fully integrated suite of services to a wide array of clients. Having experience in more than 40 states has taught them that every environment is different and requires nuanced solutions. With a reputation of creativity, collaboration, and accomplishment, Sellers Dorsey has helped clients on all sides of Medicaid realize opportunities to enhance lives of people where they live and work.

Take a look at some of the latest happenings from our PHA Members:
Geisinger's Microbiology Laboratory Team Attains Highest Ranking from College of American Pathologists

Geisinger's microbiology laboratory team within the diagnostic medicine institute recently attained the highest rank the College of American Pathologists (CAP) can deliver, known as “CAP zero/zero.” The name refers to zero CAP deficiencies and zero CAP recommendations for improvement in any/all system laboratory sites, a rare accomplishment in academic, government and laboratory networks. Read full announcement.
Mutual of Omaha's Placed on Forbes' Best Employers for Diversity 2022 List

Mutual of Omaha has been ranked #14 on the Forbes' list of Best Employers for Diversity 2022. This is a significant move from #244 in 2021. In addition, the company is ranked in the top 3 among the insurance industry. This prestigious award is presented by Forbes and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. Read full release.
Welldoc's BlueStar Named 2022 "Best Overall Connected Healthcare Solution" in 2022 MedTech Breakthrough Awards Program

MedTech Breakthrough, an independent market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global health and medical technology market, today announced that Welldoc®, a digital health leader revolutionizing chronic care, has been selected as winner of the “Best Overall Connected Healthcare Solution” award in the sixth annual MedTech Breakthrough Awards program. Read full release.
Medecision Joins Google Cloud Partner Advantage Program

Medecision, a leading provider of digital care management solutions and services, announces it has joined the Google Cloud Partner Advantage Program. The new partnership allows Medecision to leverage Google Cloud solutions for the development and distribution of outcome-driven care solutions. Read full release.
NACDD Publishes FY 2023 Chronic Disease Appropriations Fact Sheets

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) has published its annual collection of fact sheets about the economic and social costs of chronic diseases in the United States and the programs needed to help prevent the diseases. Specifically this year, the fact sheets make the case to Congress and the Biden Administration that greater financial support in FY 2023 is critical to helping those communities already at high risk for chronic diseases recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read full article.
3M Littmann CORE Digital Stethoscope Honored in Fast Company's 2022 World Changing Ideas Awards

3M™ Littmann® today announced its 3M™ Littmann® CORE Digital Stethoscope received honorable mention accolades in the health category of the 2022 Fast Company World Changing Ideas global awards program recognizing companies, products and initiatives that support innovation for the public good and tackle social inequality, climate change and public health crises. Currently available in 21 countries, the 3M Littmann CORE Digital Stethoscope is a first-of-its-kind smart stethoscope. Released in October 2020, it marries best-in-class 3M Littmann technology with advanced digital innovations from Eko, a digital health company advancing heart and lung disease detection. Read full announcement.
American College of Lifestyle Medicine Launches Women's Health Installment of CME/CE "Food as Medicine" Course to Fill Physician and Clinician Nutrition Knowledge Gap

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM), the medical professional society that has championed food as medicine since its inception in 2004, recently announced the availability of the fourth installment of its “Food as Medicine” course series, titled “Food as Medicine: Preconception, Pregnancy and Postpartum.” The CME- and CE-accredited course is designed around the importance of nutrition in preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum health for the mother, child, and family. Click to read more.
The Food Trust Launches 2022-27 Strategic Plan: Partners in Promoting Nutrition Security

The Food Trust, a national nonprofit headquartered in Philadelphia, recently announced the launch of its 2022-27 strategic plan, “Partners in Promoting Nutrition Security.” The plan, which centers evidence-based programs, community engagement, and policy advocacy, will guide the organization as it fulfills its mission of ensuring delicious, nutritious food for all. Read full release.
CareSignal Partners with Texas Association of Community Health Centers (TACHC) to Improve Outcomes for Underserved Patient Populations

CareSignal, a Lightbeam Health Solutions Company, is Texas Association of Community Health Centers (TACHC)’s remote patient monitoring partner aligned to extend equity, access, and quality of care to every patient served by one of TACHC’s 73 members, which are federally qualified health centers (FQHC). This strategic partnership aims to increase access to care and reduce barriers for the state’s Medicaid population. By adding CareSignal, health centers are able to offer technology that connects patients to their care team, especially important for the 41% of TACHC health centers located in rural areas where patients may have limited or no access to technology. Read more.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Companies Call for Industry Adoption of National Data Collection Standards to Advance Health Equity

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies recently released a thought leadership paper calling on the health care system to develop and adopt national industry standards for health equity data collection to help meaningfully address health disparities and advance health equity. The paper, The Ethical and Transparent Use of Data to Reduce Health Disparities, identifies ways to build universal data collection standards so the industry can better understand the root causes of health disparities, who is impacted and how, and what steps can be taken to address the disparities and create long-term change. The paper also emphasizes the importance of transparency, explaining why patient data is being securely collected and how data will be used to help guide and improve care. Read full story.
Mars Hails Expansion of Global Coalition to Mobilize Suppliers on Climate Action

Mars, Incorporated, in partnership with strategic consultancy Guidehouse and founding members PepsiCo and McCormick & Company, has today announced the addition of nine new global brands to the Supplier Leadership on Climate Transition (Supplier LoCT), a consortium created to accelerate action throughout the supply chains in the march towards net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Read story.
European Commission Approves Merck's KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) for Patients With Microsatellite Instability-High (MSI-H) or Deficient Mismatch Repair (dMMR) Tumors

Merck announced that the European Commission has approved KEYTRUDA, Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy, as monotherapy for the treatment of microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) or deficient mismatch repair (dMMR) tumors in adults with: unresectable or metastatic colorectal cancer after previous fluoropyrimidine-based combination therapy; advanced or recurrent endometrial carcinoma, who have disease progression on or following prior treatment with a platinum-containing therapy in any setting and who are not candidates for curative surgery or radiation; unresectable or metastatic gastric, small intestine or biliary cancer, who have disease progression on or following at least one prior therapy. This is the second approval for KEYTRUDA in Europe based on the MSI-H/dMMR biomarker. Read full release.
Eyenuk Featured in Medical Tribune Article

Eyenuk was recently featured in a Medical Tribune article highlighting the need for autonomous artificial intelligence (AI) systems for regular diabetic eye testing. In this article, Prof. Dr. Thomas Haak of the Diabetes Center Mergentheim, discusses the ease of use and performance of the EyeArt® AI System in his clinic. Read the article here in German or auto-translated into English. Read full post.
Franciscan Health Social Impact Partnership Program Works to Serve At-Risk Populations

Franciscan Health has received funds to support healthcare-related programs for non-profit, health and human service organizations in at-risk communities. These funds will be allocated through Franciscan's Social Impact Partnership Program (SIPP). SIPP funding applications will be accepted from May 4 through May 31, 2022. Partner agencies will be announced mid-July. Organizations may apply for up to $9,750 in monetary support. Organizations may complete an application located at Qualified non-profit agencies must benefit vulnerable populations in communities served by Franciscan Health with a preference toward areas with high Area Deprivation Index scores identified on BroadStreet, a digital platform that tracks community health statistics. Read more here.
Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health, HealthNEXT and the CDC Foundation Form Greater Philadelphia Employer Culture of Health Collaborative

The Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health (GPBCH), HealthNEXT, and the CDC Foundation, announced establishing The Greater Philadelphia Employer Culture of Health Collaborative, a collaborative aimed at enhancing the health and well-being of employees and their families, as well as controlling health care costs. With support from the CDC Foundation and leveraging HealthNEXT's Culture of Health program, the collaborative brings GPBCH employer members together to demonstrate that a systematic assessment, strategic planning, and implementation of best practices results in enduring cultures of health and wellness. Read full announcement.
Bayer to Create Ag Biologicals Powerhouse Partnership with Ginkgo Bioworks, Advancing Joyn Bio Technology Platforms

Bayer recently announced that the company is pursuing an agreement whereby Ginkgo Bioworks will acquire Bayer’s West Sacramento Biologics Research & Development (R&D) site and internal discovery and lead optimization platform. The contemplated transaction, projected to close before the end of 2022 pending final negotiation of the agreement terms and subject to regulatory approvals, would also bring Joyn Bio’s nitrogen-fixing technologies to Bayer, successfully closing the joint venture created between Leaps by Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks in 2017. Ginkgo Bioworks will become a multi-year microbial strategic partner with Bayer in their work to develop biological solutions in fields like nitrogen optimization, carbon sequestration, and next generation crop protection. Read full announcement.
Adventist Health Drops New Podcast in Ongoing Series

In this episode, president of Adventist Health Portland Kyle King joins host Japhet De Oliveira to explore the theme of purpose, the art of decision-making and the meaning of service. Listen to podcast here.
CareOregon Names Boys & Girls Clubs of the Portland Metropolitan Area to be Its Official Community-based Organization Partner for the CareOregon Starlight Parade

CareOregon announced that Boys & Girls Clubs of the Portland Metropolitan Area (BGCP) will be its official community-based organization partner for the CareOregon Starlight Parade. “For CareOregon, headlining the Starlight Parade is about bringing people back together and reenergizing Portland,” said Eric C. Hunter, CareOregon CEO. Read full release.
Jefferson's Cortimo Clinical Trial Named Finalist in Health Category of Fast Company's 2022 World Changing Ideas Awards

The winners of Fast Company’s 2022 World Changing Ideas Awards were recently announced honoring clean technology, brave new designs for cities and buildings, and other creative works that are supporting the growth of positive social innovation, tackling social inequality, climate change, and public health crises. A Philadelphia-based innovative and inspirational clinical trial called Cortimo, led by Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, was honored in the World Changing Ideas’ health category. Read press release.
Public Employment Program Taps into Expertise from Commission for Case Manager Certification to Enhance Professional Training

Customized training from the Commission for Case Manager Certification is supporting a program designed to help Los Angeles County individuals get the employment and training services they need to enter the workforce. Through the General Relief Opportunities for Work (GROW) program, the Department of Social Services in Los Angeles County provides a range of services to help people get jobs and provide financial stability. A critical element of GROW is consultation and ongoing support from case managers, who help program participants access training and preparation. Read full release.
HealthEC to be Recognized as the Top Population Health Management Vendor at Recent KLAS Awards Ceremony

HealthEC®, LLC, was awarded the Best in KLAS Software and Services Report™ vendor for Population Health Management (PHM) services at last month's KLAS Awards Ceremony in Orlando, Florida. HealthEC received top grades across all six customer excellence pillars. Read full announcement.
Independent Health and Its Family of Companies Honored as Best Places to Work for in New York

For the 15th consecutive year, Independent Health has been named one of the best companies to work for in New York State. Independent Health, which was ranked as the 9th best company amongst the largest, most accomplished companies statewide, was honored during an in-person event last month. Independent Health is one of only five companies statewide, and the only Western New York company, to earn the honor for 15 consecutive years, and this is the third year in a row it placed in the top 10. Read full release.
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