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PHA December 2020 Newsletter - The Voice of Population Health 

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

The December PHA Voice newsletter includes a reminder for our special 30% discount for new 2021 PHA Memberships, a report from the 2020 Annual Member Meeting, a recording of the recent webinar on Lifestyle Medicine for Pop Health Leaders, the latest article from our journal on costs associated with COVID-19 diagnostic tests, and the latest news and updates 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 as we combat the global pandemic.  

Start 2021 on a Pop Health High Note

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Join The Industry's Only Multi-Stakeholder National Professional and Trade Association Focused Solely on Population Health Management!

  • Increase visibility with a press release and listing on our website and newsletter as a new member 
  • Add your latest #pophealth announcements to our monthly newsletter - The Voice of Population Health
  • Stay current on the latest science with an online subscription to our official peer-reviewed journal: Population Health Management
  • Utilize member discounts at PHA events, products or activities that include registration fees; plus a discount on academic offerings at the Jefferson College of Population Health
  • Participate in member-only events
  • Work alongside industry leaders on projects related to Quality & Research and Government Affairs through participation on PHA committee
  • Share your population health success stories with peers across the country through our showcase webinars or thought leadership blog
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To sign up for a new membership, fill out the simple membership application that matches your organization type and pay dues online using Promo Code "PopHealth21" or select the option to have an invoice sent

PHA Leaders' Circle: Undercurrents in COVID-19's Economic Impacts Favor Population Health

As we turn the page on a tremendously difficult year for our profession, and look to new challenges and opportunities ahead, PHA President Jaan Sidorov, MD shared his thoughts on the position of population health management given the economic circumstances. Is the past (a new) prologue? Find out by reading his blog at populationhealthalliance.org

PHA Annual Membership Meeting and Special Guest Presentation

Special Thank You to our Guest Presenter
Cathy Baase, MD
Michigan Health Improvement Alliance
On December 15th, PHA's organizational member representatives gathered for our annual membership meeting. After PHA President Jaan Sidorov called the meeting to order, we heard important PHA updates from  Treasurer Mark Dogadalski, Secretary John Brooks, Program and Membership Co-Chairs Ray Fabius and Sandeep Wadhwa, Quality & Research Chair John Haughton, Government Affairs Co-Chair Helene Forte, Strategic Planning Chair Anand Iyer, and Chairman Emeritus Rose Maljanian. These updates provided our members with an inside look at the year's activities along with a sample of our planned actions for 2021.
The challenges of this trying year made it all the more special to have a chance to see our members on Zoom this month, thank you to all who made it a great virtual gathering!
As per PHA tradition, we also heard a special guest presentation. This year, Cathy Baase, MD joined us to present the important work of the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance and their innovative, community-wide, population health management actions in Central Michigan.
Thank you Dr Baase for spending some time with our membership this month! 
Employees of PHA Member Organizations and PHA Professional Members are able to view Dr Baase's presentation by sending a request to staff@populationhealthalliance.org.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT - VIEW PHA'S DECEMBER MEMBER SHOWCASE WEBINAR 

Learn about the six pillars of Lifestyle Medicine, the roles of each pillar for a healthy body and mind, and identify actionable tips for incorporating more exercise, improving nutrition, building stress resiliency, achieving sound sleep and bolstering social connection in your daily life

Population Health Management - The Official Journal of PHA

Recently published online ahead of print, "Hospital Inpatient Charges of COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests Ranged from $10 to $1390" reports findings from a billing examination of 233 hospitals in 36 states and explores the potential impact that pricing may have on private insurance premiums paid by employers and their workers, despite broad COVID-19 protections for patients. PHA Members may access the article by Hossein Zare, PhD et all online.
News and Announcements from PHA Members:
Saint Luke's Health System President and CEO Named Among ‘Most Influential People in Healthcare’ (full post)
Merck Announces Supply Agreement with U.S. Government for Initial Doses of Investigational Biological Therapy for the Treatment of Patients with Severe and Critical COVID-19 (full post)
Wellsource CEO Chris McReynolds joined the touch point media podcast to discuss how population health and healthcare marketing strategies intersect (full post)
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association released a statement on the Congressional end of the year package (full post)
Solera Health Adds Industry Expertise to Executive Leadership Team with addition of Ed Liebowitz and Jonathan Fox (full post)
YMCA President and CEO Kevin Washington released a statement in response to release of COVID Relief Legislation (full post)
HMS Chief Medical Officer Dr Gary Call published guidance for COVID-19 vaccine outreach, sharing bast practices for engaging and encouraging consumers (full post)
3M LittmanⓇ Stethoscopes and eMurmurⓇ Partner to Launch New Educational Apps (full post)
Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards More Than $1.3 Million to 10 Community Organization - Investments focus on engaging older people in solutions (full post)
Olio continued their blog series by Dr Jon Hart with "Using Value-Based Care Software to Support Your Population Health Strategy" (full post)
Bravo Wellness announced the 2020 Winning With Wellness Awards will be presented on January 12th via webinar, recognizing client organizations that are using their wellness program to make a profound impact on their employees and and reducing healthcare costs in the process (full post)
Reinvestment Partners Produce Prescription Program was featured in the article "Veggies as Medicine: Food Prescriptions to Improve Health, Address Inequities" published by the Rockefeller Foundation (full post)
Commission for Case Manager Certification announced its call for nominations seeking candidates for the Board of Commissioners (full post)
Foodsmart CMO Dexter Shurney discussed 2021 Emerging Wellbeing Trends alongside other experts in recorded webinar (full post)
NACDD Urges Prioritization of Populations with High-Risk Chronic Diseases, Especially Among Communities of Color, for COVID-19 Vaccination (full post)
NCQA shared a new toolkit "Driving Health Plan Quality: A Call to Action for Employers (full post)
Leavitt Partners released a new report detailing how Utah can reduce health disparities during COVID-19 and beyond (full post)
UPMC Health Plan and UPMC Launch "Freedom House 2.0" to Recruit, Train and Employ First Responders from Economically Disadvantaged Communities Impacted by COVID (full post)
Populytics receives highest (three-year) NCQA rating in Population Health - accreditation earned for program supporting patients with chronic health conditions (full post)
Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island Gets Creative to Brighten Holiday Spirits through Seasonal Giving Program (full post)
Franciscan Health Physical Therapist Is Among First In Nation To Earn Oncologic Certification (full post)
Aerial by Medecision explored five key healthcare policy issues looking ahead to the Biden Administration (full post)
Geisinger researchers find kidney disease leading risk factor for COVID-related hospitalization (full post)
Welldoc Expands Chronic Condition Platform to Include Behavioral Health - new offering compliments existing programs for diabetes, hypertension, heart failure and diabetes prevention (full post)
Jefferson College of Population Health Receives Internationally Recognized Institutional Leadership in Quality Award (full post)
University Hospitals population health leadership team published "Making a Dent in the Trillion-Dollar Problem: Toward Zero Defects" offering a framework for savings that can be achieved by eliminating defects in value in NEJM Catalyst (full post
GEHA partners with the Kansas City Chiefs to present a free app and web-based wellness program that focuses on physical, mental, and social health (full post)
HealthCheck360 published "5 Strategies You Need Heading Into 2021" helping clients develop more adaptable employees, control costs long-term, and meet employee demands (full post)
CareOregon CMO Dr Amit Shah presented "Navigating crisis while making an impact" on panel as part of Oregon Health Forum, CCO 2.0: Maintaining Crucial Community Investments During Crisis (full post)
Mercy COVID Care @ Home Program to Expand Bed Capacity (full post)
American College of Lifestyle Medicine Announces Addition of Plant-Based Food Brands Certifier Plantricious to Its Lifestyle Medicine Corporate Roundtable (full post)
HealthEC Senior Medical Director Jennifer Leaf Jaeger, MD, MPH authored "How Care Coordination Technology Addresses Social Isolation in Seniors" in HIT Consultant (full post)
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