2019 is half way completed and the Innovation Summit and Capitol Caucus is fast approaching! PHA has a lot to announce below including new corporate and professional members, special initiatives, and extension of our work on Social Determinants of Health. Also take note of recent important news from our membership. 

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.
Early Bird Deadline July 31st!
2019 Innovation Summit and Capitol Caucus - Register Before It's Too Late!

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

October 29th; 7:30 am - 3pm
Top of the Hill; Washington, D.C. 

Confirmed speakers include:
...and several more industry thought leaders will be added, so keep checking back!
The chance to build relationships with other Population Health leaders in-person is a cornerstone of the Alliance. PHA board, committee chairs, staff, and other members sincerely hope ALL our members will attend the Summit. So 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.
Rose Maljanian
Patricia Barrett

PHA Thought Leadership Webinar: Ensuring Quality in Population Health through Innovative Delivery Models, Standards and Metrics

Thursday, August 8th
3-4 pm ET

Rose Maljanian, PHA Board Chair, will lead with a discussion on driving quality through application of PHA’s Population Health Management Framework across the care continuum and across market segments. Patricia Barrett, Vice President, Product Design and Support, NCQA will do a deep dive into the NCQA Population Health Management accreditation standards and metrics.
Susan Kressly
PHA Provider Series Webinar: Pediatric Population Health: Positioning the Practice for Success

Wednesday, August 7th
3-4 pm ET

Creating true "value" for patients, practices and payers requires a commitment to quality, total cost of care and understanding your entire patient population. Practices serving pediatric patients have unique challenges in the move from fee for service to value based payments. Join Susan Kressly, MD to explore ways in which even small, independent practices can transform the care they deliver to create high value and remain financially viable in the changing healthcare landscape.

Sanjay Seth
ICYMI - PHA Provider Series Webinar: Data Driven Care Strategies for Successful Performance with Value Based Contracting 

Sanjay Seth, MD, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, HealthEC, shared lessons learned from the success of three provider led Integrated Network and Accountable Care Organizations: MSSP, Commercial and a Dual Eligible population with a significant burden of developmental disabilities. Learn about the use of informatics to address the critical elements of a Value Based Contracting – Inclusions, Exclusions, Provider Engagement and Care Coordination.

Quality & Research Committee

The Q&R committee has been busy this summer! We've kicked off work on consumer engagement through a partnership with PHA member National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, and next month member Blue Cross Blue Shield Association will lead a strategic discussion on value based care. 

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

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

New Member Spotlight

New Corporate Member
Gregg L. Mayer & Company, Inc. is a management consulting firm, established in 1995, that helps companies in the two largest healthcare markets in the world, the US and Japan, craft innovative strategies for their products and services.


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, "Impact of Behavioral Health Screening on Proactive Identification of Patients at Risk for Hospital Readmission," by Kristina Greenwood and many more! 

Keep an eye out for the next issue coming out in August! Population Health Management experienced 61% growth in Impact Factor (IF) moving up to an official 2018 IF of 2.086 (from 1.295 last year). 

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

PHA Members in the News

Innovaccer Launches Data Solution to Enable ACOs’ Seamless Transition to Value-Based Care

A survey suggests that 71% of accountable care organizations would rather quit the Medicare Shared Savings Program than assume down risks. Although ACOs are leading the transition from volume-based care to value-based care, a lot of them face the lack of confidence in meeting the quality and cost benchmarks. More 

Franciscan Health Indianapolis Earns Heart Failure Care Recognition From AHA

Franciscan Health Indianapolis has received the American Heart Association's (AHA) Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus with Honor Roll.  More

Geisinger Awarded $8.5 Million to Study Genetics of Mental Health

Geisinger, along with two university partners, has been awarded an $8.5 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the role of genetics in neuropsychiatric disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. More

NACDD chooses Connecticut Department of Public Health to Participate in Training

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) announced that the Connecticut Department of Health has been selected from a competitive pool of applications to receive specialized training in evidence-based public health from the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis training team this month. More 

Turn-Key Health Enters Partnership to Deploy Specialized Community-Based Palliative Care Program

The Community Hospice of Texas and Providence Hospice and its highly trained, skilled palliative care professionals are partnering with Turn-Key Health to implement a specialized community-based palliative care program that provides health plan members sustainable high-quality in-home care in the North Central Texas area. More 

Solera Health Teams up with Big California Insurer to Ditching 'Zombie' Workplace Wellness Programs and Focusing on Digital Health Apps

Companies have embraced health surveys, biometric screenings and other wellness offerings, as a way to keep employees healthy and lower their overall medical costs. But studies are finding that most traditional workplace wellness programs do not work, and large employers aren't reporting a reduction in their health-related spending, which is now at a record high. More 

Tufts Health Plan Launches New MyRewards Program for Members

Tufts Health Plan announced the launch of MyRewards, a new program providing financial incentives to members who choose more cost-efficient providers for their care and services, such as imaging and surgical procedures. More 

Mercy Virtual Partners with a Health Network to Enhance Critical Care Services

Allegheny Health Network and Highmark Health announced today a unique partnership with Mercy Virtual to establish an innovative telehealth model that will enhance the delivery of critical care services in communities across western Pennsylvania.  More 

Amgen And The Institute For Protein Design (IPD) At University Of Washington Announce Unique Strategic Research Partnership

Amgen and the University of Washington'sInstitute for Protein Design, which is revolutionizing its field of science by creating custom-designed proteins from scratch to improve human health, today announced a broad collaboration that will cover multiple projects with a goal of testing new technologies and creating protein-building approaches that can be broadly applied to the search for new medicines. More 

Merck enters collaboration as part of FDA’s program to evaluate the use of blockchain to protect pharmaceutical product integrity

Merck, IBM, KPMG, and Walmart announced that the companies have been selected by the United States Food and Drug Administration to be included in a program in support of the U.S. Drug Supply Chain Security Act that addresses requirements to identify, track and trace prescription medicines and vaccines distributed within the United States. More 

NCQA is pleased to announce the NCQA Innovation Awards—Featuring Quality Accelerators in Health Care. 

The NCQA Innovation Awards will recognize health plans for implementing  leading-edge strategies that improve both quality and value in the following categories: integration of care; patient and family engagement; delivery system design; use of technology; and customer experience.
Details about the application process and the application are available on the NCQA website. The submission deadline is July 31. Awards will be announced and presented at the 2019 Health Care Quality Congress (Dallas, October 2–4).

We encourage you or your colleagues to share your story! 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 
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