PHA NEWS - June, 2019 

2019 is shaping to be an even more exciting year for PHA with events such as the recent PHA Forum and upcoming Innovation Summit and Capitol Caucus, new corporate and professional members, special initiatives, and extension of our work on Social Determinants of Health through an ambitious dissemination plan. 

The PHA Board continues to express thanks to its many committed members who are advancing Population Health for individuals and communities every day. If you're not a member, join the Population Health Alliance today.
2019 Innovation Summit and Capitol Caucus - Register Today!

Improving Health Through Financial Security: The Common Denominator Across Social Determinants and Populations

October 29th; 7am - 3pm
Top of the Hill; Washington, D.C. 

Confirmed speakers include:
...and several more industry thought leaders will be added, so keep checking back!
PHA hopes all our members will attend the ISCC, and this year we're offering members an increased discount for early-bird registration. Take advantage of this deal by registering early!

Contact Brent Ling to learn more.
Quality & Research Committee

The committee’s report on Social Determinants of Health, now available as an eBook, is a great resource for rooting your SDOH work in the strongest science-based evidence. PHA members can obtain a free copy by emailing

SDOH eBook
Government Affairs Committee

The GA committee it is seeking a co-chair to work alongside Helene Forte and the rest of the committee members to discuss and plan action to advance key priority policy and advocacy issues. With new policies being introduced every day, the opportunities for PHA’s voice to impact the discussion in Washington are unlimited. As one of the cornerstone leadership positions of the Alliance, The GA co-chair plays a key role in guiding PHA’s GA efforts. If you’re interested in serving in this role or have a nomination to make please reach out to Brent Ling
PHA Professional Membership

PHA has responded to the call for a membership option for population health individual professionals to engage with the Alliance. Directors and Vice Presidents of Population Health affiliated with hospitals, provider groups, academic institutions, employers, and regional health plans are eligible to join. Whereas PHA corporate membership institutions are focused on transforming change in health care include health systems, health plans, employer solutions, academia, biopharma and technology and other solution companies, the PHA professional membership aims to develop leaders within the industry. PHA professional members collaborate on a private LinkedIn group, are invited to a monthly digital meeting designed for professional development, and have access to member perks like discounted registration to PHA events and an online subscription to the peer-reviewed journal Population Health Management*.

*PHA professional membership is non-voting and are not eligible to serve on PHA’s committees or BOD. 
*Premium professional membership is eligible for online subscription to the Journal. 


ICYMI - PHA Provider Series Webinar: So Happy Together! See Yourself Health's virtual world solution to lifestyle management for patients with chronic disease

A healthy lifestyle is an essential part of disease prevention, chronic disease management and population health. This webinar provides an overview of design, implementation and dissemination of the See Yourself Health platform - a novel educational platform targeting adults with chronic disease who are striving to make lifestyle changes. The program's founder and lead scientific investigator, Dr. Suzanne Mitchell,  presents early research findings and share how this novel approach is being used to help create communities of learning and change for patients with chronic disease.


Population Health Management

Population Health Management is the official journal for the Population Health Alliance with David Nash, MD MBA serving as Editor in Chief. PHA corporate members receive a complimentary subscription. In a previous edition we had a full insert highlighting the PHA Value to Members. View the June 2019 issue out now to view studies such as, "Unmet Need for Care Coordination Among Children with Special Health Care Needs," by Rebecca Moore and many more! 

Please contact Allison King at or 202-737-5476 for more information on being featured in the PHA Member Showcase. 

Population Health Management’s editorial board is seeking manuscript submissions for review. Please review criteria and information for submission

PHA Members in the News
Solera Health Named Best Overall MedTech Company in 2019 by MedTech Breakthrough Awards Program

Solera Health, a company committed to changing lives by guiding people to better health in their communities, has been named “Best Overall MedTech Company” by MedTech Breakthrough. Judges selected Solera based on the proven success of its technology platform that matches people to the highest quality, evidence-based digital applications and in-person community resources. This consumer-first approach, combined with performance-based payments through medical claims, has transformed a previously chaotic landscape into a personalized approach tailored to each person’s unique health needs and goals. More 

Food As Medicine: How Some Physicians And Nutritionists Are Working To Transform Health Care

There is a movement growing among health advocates to better understand how more nutritious food can help combat chronic illnesses and pharmaceutical drug dependency. Susan Benigas of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and The Plantrician Project and local nutritionist Ghaida Awwad of Nature’s Clinic, based in O’Fallon, Missouri, are among those advocates. More

Scott Serota to Retire as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association at the end of 2020

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) announced today that Scott Serota will retire as president and chief executive officer at the end of 2020. The BCBSA Board of Directors has begun the process to identify a strong successor and enable a smooth leadership transition. Until that time Serota and BCBSA will continue to focus on the business and policy priorities of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) System, working to ensure that health care is available to everyone and affordable for everyone. More

Turn-Key Health Broadens Expertise in Healthcare Payer, Provider & Insurance Sectors, Appoints Michael Moore as Chief Growth Officer

Turn-Key Health (TKH), an Enclara Healthcare company, serving health plans, provider organizations and their members who experience a serious or advanced illness, today announced the appointment of Michael Moore, as Chief Growth Officer. The appointment is a clear statement of Turn-Key’s focus to hire the industry’s best leaders with exceptional reputations for delivering value to payers seeking improved care outcomes and enhanced quality of life for their members. More

Leavit Partners Release New Study: ACOs Could do More to Care for Seriously Ill Patients

Leavitt Partners and the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy conducted new research noting accountable care organizations (ACOs) have potential to care for the nation’s seriously ill patients at lower costs and improved quality, but few are taking steps to do so. More

Innovaccer's New InAPI Aims to Boost Exchange of Health Data

Innovaccer has announced the launch of InAPI, which aims to improve interoperability and better aggregate healthcare data through RESTful application programming interfaces. More

Amgen Announces First Clinical Data Evaluating Novel Investigational KRASG12C Inhibitor AMG 510 At ASCO 2019

Amgen announced the first clinical results from a Phase 1 study evaluating investigational AMG 510, the first KRASG12C inhibitor to reach the clinical stage. In the trial, there were no dose-limiting toxicities at tested dose levels. AMG 510 showed anti-tumor activity when administered as a monotherapy in patients with locally-advanced or metastatic KRASG12C mutant solid tumors. More 

Geisinger launches new study to better treat COPD patients

Geisinger has launched the Voice Analysis of COPD Patients with Exacerbations (VOICE) research study that aims to gain more information on a novel technique to detect flare-ups or exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in patients. The method being examined in the study is an algorithm for vocal biomarkers developed by Healthymize, a company that develops artificial intelligence-based voice analysis technology for diseases. More

Merck to Acquire Peloton Therapeutics, Bolstering Oncology Pipeline

Merck and Peloton Therapeutics, Inc. today announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Merck, through a subsidiary, will acquire privately held Peloton, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel small molecule therapeutic candidates targeting hypoxia-inducible factor-2α (HIF-2α) for the treatment of patients with cancer and other non-oncology diseases. More

Independent Health announces new partnership with HealthEquity

Independent Health is pleased to announce a new partnership with HealthEquity, one of the leading administrators of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) in the nation. Through this new collaboration, Independent Health is now the only health plan in Western New York that offers an HSA product with complete integrated enrollment and claims payment solutions that makes it easier for employers and members to manage, use and maximize an HSA. More

NACDD to Host "The Case for Covering the National DPP Lifestyle Change Program" webinar on June 27

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) will host a webinar titled, "The Case for Covering the National DPP Lifestyle Change Program," on June 27th at 3pm EDT. The Webinar will discuss what to consider when analyzing overall costs and benefits of covering the National DPP lifestyle change program, whether you're a public or private payer. Learn more and register here

Tufts Health Plan Announces First Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Tufts Health Plan today reported a net income of $92.5 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019. This amount comprised an operating income of $20.9 million and investment income of $71.6 million, with revenues of $1.34 billion. Membership was 1.16 million at the end of the first quarter. More

NCQA-certified and CDC guidelines-compliant, WellSuite IV for Medicare helps Oregon-based health plan provider power online healthcare portal

Wellsource, a premier provider of evidenced-based, NCQA-certified HRA and self-management tools has replaced Moda Health’s manual Health Risk Assessment (HRA) process and has maximized health outcomes in its Medicare population. The Wellsource® WellSuite® IV HRA for Medicare has improved efficiency for both the health plan provider and its Medicare plan members to help facilitate better healthcare decisions. More 

Capital BlueCross Earns J.D. Power Award; Ranks Highest in Pennsylvania for Overall Member Satisfaction

The prestigious J.D. Power Awards Program has named Capital BlueCross as the Best in Member Satisfaction Among Commercial Health Plans in Pennsylvania. More

If you would like to have your PHA member company featured in Population Health in the News contact Allison King at (202) 737-5476 
The PHA Board thanks its many committed members who are advancing Population Health for individuals and communities every day.  If you are not a PHA member join the Population Health Alliance today.
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