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PHA April 2020 Newsletter - The Voice of Population Health 

The Population Health Alliance is committed to supporting members and our constituent community throughout this extremely challenging time. While some work on the front lines and others work from home, all of us are collectively working overtime to best support the health, wellbeing, and safety of our communities. Throughout this battle, PHA remains committed to be your home for pop health networking, education, and advocacy. 

This month's PHA Voice newsletter features a virtual learning and educational opportunity, the latest high-impact articles from our official journal, an announcement from the Government Affairs Committee, a welcome to new members, and the latest news from our member organizations.

Get involved with PHA Today or contact Brent Ling, Executive Director by email or at 202.737.5476 for more information.

PHA extends our best wishes for healthy and safe families and teams. 



Read the Latest High-Impact Articles from Population Health Management: The Official Journal of PHA

Population Health Management, the official peer-reviewed journal of the Population Health Alliance, recently made a series of six high-impact articles on hospital readmissions available publicly until April 27th! See another article of interest? Remember PHA members receive a full online subscription as part of membership just contact your organization's member representative or for support. 

PHA Government Affairs - Briefing Available to Members

Both Congress and the Administration have been working swiftly to help healthcare respond to the COVID19 emergency. Whether through rulemaking on telehealth, advance payments on public  plans, or new investments in infrastructure, there is a lot of news to track. PHA's Government Affairs committee has made a recording of their April briefing, presented by Mark Roberts of Leavitt Partners available to all members. Employees of PHA member organizations can request access to the briefing by emailing 


Olios post-acute technology is a direct response to a market necessity driven by the move from volume to value. In recent weeks their platform has proven to be a vital tool that assists nursing homes managing the COVID19 pandemic, and Olio’s team has responded in such a way that has undoubtedly helped optimize care. We are honored to welcome their team to our membership.” - Brent Ling, PHA Executive Director (full post)
“We are excited to welcome TapClouds innovative team to PHA’s family of members and their unique perspective to our work. Clear communication and optimized information flow are the digital bedrock of population health management in 2020 and user experience, where TapCloud specializes, is perhaps the most critical piece to get right for patients, providers and payers.” - Jaan Sidorov MD, President & CEO for the PA Clinical Network at the Pennsylvania Medical Society and President of the Population Health Alliance (full post)
"We are pleased to welcome Welldoc to PHA. Welldoc has been leading the way to scale digital health innovation for individuals with chronic care needs including those with diabetes, hypertension and other cardiometabolic conditions, a need even more critical today as healthcare faces unprecedented industry-wide challenges." - Rose Maljanian, Chairman & CEO at HealthCAWS and PHA Chairman Emeritus. (full post)
News from PHA Members:
Franciscan Health highlights community outreach for their teams: "The outpouring of support and generosity of the public who are donating to Franciscan Health is overwhelming and it's a daily occurrence" (full post)

American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) to host open webinar "The ENDS Game: Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and the Risk Continuum" on April 22nd (full post)

HealthCheck360 Named A Top Provider in Chronic Condition Care (full post)

eQ Health Solutions' COVID-19 Assessment Tool and Plan of Care included in KLAS Research COVID-19 Solutions Guide (full post)

HealthCAWS Chairman & CEO Rose Maljanian cautions to "Please COVID responsibly... and if you see something say something" (full post)

Mercy Participating in COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Program (full post)

Leavitt Partners Insight Launches New Tool to Help Hospitals Rapidly Identify Resources and Capacity-Increasing Interventions to Enhance Their Operational Response to COVID-19 (full post)

TapCloud was featured as an important resource for one healthcare worker in a COVID19 story on ABCNews5 Cleveland (full post)

Reinvestment Partners featured in "Our Vision, Their Stories" project that highlights the value of partnerships in preserving affordable housing (full post)

Turn-Key Health's Chief Clinical Officer posted "Managing Breathlessness in Persons with COVID-19: An Evidence Review of the Role of Opioids" on the company blog with access to their guide to treating Dyspnea (full post)

AxisPoint Health's leader of Provider Revenue Cycle Practice penned "For a More Holistic SDoH Picture, Look at Social Determinants of Mental Health" in Healthcare Business Today (full post)

NCQA details updates on changes made to HEDIS reporting, CAHPS, Health Plan Ratings and more (full post)

GuideWell launched a new initiative to connect diverse innovative health technology companies across the U.S. to bring forth solutions that address gaps in response to pandemics (full post)

Capital Blue Cross Board Appoints Todd A. Shamash as President & CEO (full post)

Bravo Wellness offers Wellness Program Adjustments to Consider During a Global Pandemic (full post)

Geisinger Health Plan waives out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 treatment (full post)

Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island waives prior authorizations for behavioral health and inpatient medical services related to COVID-19 (full post)

PA Clinical Network demonstrated compliance with federal HIPAA regulation by completing Compliancy Group's proprietary HIPAA compliance methodology (full post)

Jefferson College of Population Health announced upcoming virtual information sessions for online Executive Master's Degree, Master of Public Health, and PhD in Population Health Science programs (full post)

Ceresti Health's innovative technology-based solution for caregivers of seniors with dementia was added as a no-cost supplemental benefit to Blue Plus' senior health plan offerings in Minnesota (full post)

Tufts Health Plan Waiving Treatment Costs for Members with COVID-19, including copays, deductibles and coinsurance (full post)

HealthEC Awarded Five Star Rating by Medicaid Black Book (full post)

Government Employees Health Association (GEHA) details resources for maintaining member health and wellness through the emergency (full post)

Independent Health Partners with Brook Personal Health Companion to Provide the Western New York Community Access to Health Support During COVID-19 Emergency (full post)

Merck enables employees with medical and laboratory expertise to volunteer their services to local healthcare systems and those hardest hit by COVID-19 (full post)

Wellsource offers 5 Strategies to Keep your Population Healthy While Working Remote (full post)

Mary Jane Osmick MD Consulting authored "Preventing non-COVID-19 health crises" (full post)

Saint Luke's Health System to see quicker turnaround on COVID-19 test results with mew ability to process tests in-house (full post)

Aerial featured a "Medecision Update on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Readiness" with important announcements about business operations, service support, diagnostic codes, and a late-April virtual user meeting (full post)

Welldoc was featured in a March report "Digital Health: Diabetes Apps and Virtual Coaching" (full post)

Zipongo among offerings provided by Virgin Pulse as part of public-facing global hub of COVID-19 content, habits and challenges for members (full post)

YMCA and other leaders of the nation's charitable nonprofits respond to the passage of CARES Act, emphasizing that more work needs to be done to ensure the most vulnerable are cared for (full post)

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Statement Regarding Congressional Passage of COVID-19 Response Legislation (full post

Innovaccer's free-to-use COVID-19 Management System promotes the ability for patients to implement self-assessments to determine severity risk which could prove crucial in at-risk, under-resourced populations (full post)

Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) celebrates National Social Worker Month with new professional development opportunities (full post)

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) launched the Employer Learning Collaborative to assist select states in engaging large employers to cover the National Diabetes Prevention Program for their teams (full post)

HMS announces partnership for major geospatial mapping project to help target care to health hotspots (full post)
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