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PHA March 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 are working on the front lines, and others are constrained to working from home, all of us are collectively working overtime to best support the health and wellbeing of our communities. Through the battle, PHA remains your home for pop health networking, education, and advocacy. 

This month's PHA Voice newsletter features live and on-demand learning and educational opportunities through webinars or the latest edition of our official journal, a collaborative analysis by a group of PHA's Directors, a great opportunity to highlight your organizations's SDOH work, 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. 
Monday March 30th:

Population Health Strategies for Employers, Payers, and Doctors in an Unpredictable and Uncertain Time 

2 pm - 3 pm Eastern
A PHA Member-Lead Webinar Presented by:

John Bulger, DO, MBA

Chief Medical Officer, Geisinger Health Plan

Ray Fabius, MD, CPE, FACPE

Co-Founder & President, HealthNEXT

Jaan Sidorov, MD, FACP, CMCE, MHSA

CEO & President, PA Clinical Network
Crises like the COVID-19 pandemic have the potential to upend even the most robust and deeply-invested population health management strategies. While unpredictable circumstances call for innovation and a willingness to be nimble, the uncertainty of the moment requires leadership to maintain progress toward ambitious goals for improved health outcomes at a more efficient investment. It has become clear that populations who are healthier handle this COVID 19 virus better. One of the tenets of population health is to elevate the health of all so that we all have greater capacity to fend off or heal when infected.

In this virtual learning opportunity, hear from some of the foremost leaders in population health strategies for employers, payers and providers about their perspectives on the COVID-19 response and take away lessons for meeting urgent need while maintaining the course for your population health targets. 

Brush up on the Latest Pop Health Research with Population Health Management: Official Journal of PHA

Have you been putting off the time investment needed to bring your Pop Health knowledge up to date? Population Health Management is the official peer-reviewed journal for the Population Health Alliance with David Nash, MD MBA serving as Editor in Chief. PHA members receive a full online subscription as part of membership. Quickly review the April 2020 issue, or take dive deeper into An Assessment of Pay for Performance Under California's Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program by Nedereh Pourat and Gerald Kominski at UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

PHA Leaders' Circle: Interconnectedness and Tradeoff Considerations Abound in COVID-19 Response

Choosing the right timing to "re-open" the economy requires medical, public health, and a robustly scientific understanding of how to ethically care for, prevent, or slow of the virus for all our citizens while protecting our front-line the front line workers on whom we depend. (Read the Full Post)

Opportunity to be Featured in PHA's SDOH Compendium

Has your population health management organization been involved with an intervention designed to curtail health impacts associated with food insecurity, lack of transportation, social connectivity, housing, or another Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)? Do you have data or results that are informing its associated Return on Investment (ROI)? PHA's Quality & Research committee has began drafting a compendium and infographic to build upon last year's digital textbook Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities: Taking Action and PHA Members can be featured as contributors to this piece by filling out the form here by April 1st.   
News from PHA Members:
HMS Chief Analytics Officer for Population Health Management shares five main social determinants that are barriers to exceptional patient care in Healthcare Finance (full post)

Bravo Wellness partnered with Cleveland Clinic to release COVID-19 self-help content and free access to health coaches for both clients and general public (full post)

NCQA announces policies enacted for staff, contractors and events based on ongoing updates from CDC and other authorities (full post)

Saint Luke's sets up three drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites; featured on KCTV (full post)

Mercy Health Adapts to Protect Patients During Times of Unprecedented Change (full post)

HealthCheck360 created a COVID-19 response center filled with resources and downloads and downloads to equip employers in their efforts (full post)

Government Employees Health Association (GEHA) announced plan updates and member care tips in response to COVID-19 (full post

eQ Health Solutions blog highlights why Population Health Management is now more important than ever (full post)

AxisPoint Health offers resources to help form business continuity to work at home to social customer care (full post)

Merck Donates a Half a Million Masks to Support COVID-19 Emergency Room Response in New York City (full post)

Geisinger proactively addressing blood supply, seeks donations (full post)

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) Applauds State Health Departments' CDUs for Work During COVID-19 Response (full post)

American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) publishes new patient resource "Lifestyle Choices to Boost Immunity" among other COVID-19 resources (full post)

Ceresti Health Co-Founder & CEO Dirk Soenksen published a short article detailing how the landscape for Medicare Advantage Supplemental Benefit has changed virtually overnight due to COVID-19 (full post)

Reinvestment Partners moves housing counseling to online, releases financial tips for uncertain times (full post)

Aerial issues "Addressing Social Determinants of Health: An Infographic" on the Liberation blog describing the benefits, innovations, strategies and considerations associated with addressing SDOH (full post)

Tufts Health Plan announces foundation commitment of an additional $1 million to community and nonprofit organizations supporting older people affected by the coronavirus outbreak in MA, RI, NH, and CT (full post)

YMCA launches free online classes offering on-demand programs and digital coaching as nation attempts to socially isolate in response to COVID-19 (full post)

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) companies announce coverage of telehealth services for members (full post

Voices for Healthy Kids encourages focus on advancing equity during the Coronavirus pandemic (full post)

PA Clinical Network CEO & President Jaan Sidorov MD authored "Three Population Health Implications of Coronavirus" (full post

HealthEC's Dr. Jenifer Leaf Jaeger Cited in HUD Report on Infectious Disease Prevention (full post)

Jefferson College of Population Health announces 20th Anniversary Population Health Colloquium is Rescheduled to October 2020 (full post)

Leavitt Partners announces upcoming event "Political Checkpoint Webinar - Election 2020: Spotlight on Health Care" an April 7th discussion on the latest developments of the election and how the different outcomes could shape the health care landscape in 2021 and beyond (full post)

Wellsource blog: HRA Data Reveals Health Habits and Effective Approaches for Generation Z (full post)

Welldoc Announces Collaboration with Dexcom to Enhance the Value of BlueStar® with the Dexcom G6® CGM System (full post)

Capital Blue Cross Temporarily Modifies Coverage to Help Members Deal with Spread of COVID-19 (full post)

HMC HealthWorks provides Coronavirus resources informing public to prepare and not panic (full post)

Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island's Michelle Lupoli, VP of Medical Management provided helpful tips on navigating health care to senior and caregiver listeners of the Together 4 Seniors radio show (full post)

Innovaccer Launches InAPI to Build Apps on FHIR APIs to Care as One Data Exchange at HIMSS20 (full post)

Olio Health announced that Bethel Pointe Health and Rehabilitation Center, a skilled nursing facility in IN, has won a national tech award for their use of the Olio platform to improve collaboration with health system partners (full post)

Good Measures uses social media throughout #NationalNutritionMonth to share nutrition tips and advice for a healthier diet (full post)

Guidewell illustrates three reasons to join a talent community (full post)

Independent Health and Reddy Bikeshare report best results yet in 2019, and look forward to continued expansion in 2020 (full post)

Mary Jane Osmick MD Consulting principal co-authored Social Determinants of Health-Relevant History, A Call to Action, An Organization's Transformational Story, and What Can Employers Do? alongside Marcella Wilson in the American Journal of Health Promotion (full post)

Turn-Key Health is now providing Medicare Advantage Organizations with a community-based palliative care solution to help plans gain a competitive advantage in value-based insurance design models that include hospice coverage in 2021 (full post)
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