Be on the Move with PHA in 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 are not a PHA member join the Population Health Alliance today.
2019 Innovation Summit and Capitol Caucus - Save the Date! 

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

October 29th
7am - 3pm
Washington, D.C. 

Contact to learn more.
eBook: Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities: Taking Action

PHA’s  Quality and Research Committee led by Dr. Mary Jane Osmick completed a very important White Paper - Taking Action on Social Determinants of Health to Improve Outcomes. This research found that SDH are modifiable factors that hamper efforts to achieve improved health outcomes, often resulting in health disparities within populations. SDH include the domains of:
  • Economic stability (including employment status, level of education, housing stability, physical environment, personal and community safety, food stability, lack of reliable transportation)
  • Access to quality health care including both physical and behavioral/mental health resources and access to affordable health insurance
  • Negative and positive health behaviors (attitudes and actions by the individual in relationship to health outcomes)

Note: PHA members receive a .pdf of this book at no charge. If you have not received a copy, please contact
Read the Executive Summary.  
The New PHA Professional Membership

PHA has expanded its membership with a new category of Professional Membership. Directors and vice presidents of Population Health affiliated with hospitals, provider groups, academic institutions, employers, and regional health plans are eligible to join. This membership is separate from PHA’s voting Corporate members key to transforming change in health care include health systems, health plans, employer solutions, academia, biopharma and technology and other solution companies.   

PHA Professional Membership Benefits

Join today to be able to join the next webinar available exclusively to our Professional Members, “The Provider Perspective on Using Networks to Succeed in Value Based Care,” on May 15th presented by Dr. Jaan Sidorov. 

Basic Professional Member Benefits - $350
  • Networking with professional peers facing similar opportunities and challenges
  • Professional Members-only LinkedIn group to meet one another and share ideas
  • Opportunity to be selected to present at a PHA-hosted webinar or panel discussion
  • Discounted registration to attend conferences and meetings conducted and sponsored by PHA
  • PHA-hosted monthly discussion call on an Emerging Trend topic
Premium Professional Member Benefits - $675
Includes all of the Basic Membership Benefits plus:
  • Access to PHA-exclusive select publications
  • Opportunity to participate in market insight surveys and receive pre-release report copies
  • An online subscription to the peer-reviewed journal, “Population Health Management”
PHA Thought Leadership - Don’t Miss This!

Board Directors Jaan Sidorov and MJ Osmick presented at the Central PA Population Health Symposium on May 2nd covering topics of Clinically Integrated Networks and Social Determinants of Health. 

Look to our Chairman’s Leadership Circle for the latest thought provoking writings from the industry’s top thought leaders. If you would like to be considered as a contributor please email
ICYMI - PHA Provider Series Webinar: Evaluating the Impact of Year-Long, Augmented Diabetes Self-Management Support 

The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) conducted the randomized controlled study titled “Evaluating the Impact of Year-long, Augmented Diabetes Self-Management Support” with individuals who had a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes in underserved populations. AADE compared Hemoglobin A1C and other clinical and behavioral outcomes of the over 400 participants who were randomized to receive Diabetes Self-management Education (DSME) with one year of additional telephonic support (intervention group) versus those randomized to receive DSME alone (control group). The results were interesting. 

Leslie Kolb, MBA, BSN, RN

Chief Science and Practice Officer
American Association of Diabetes Educators

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 April 2019 issue out now to view studies such as, "The Impact of the Patient-Centered Medical Home on Health Care Disparities: Exploring Stakeholder Perspectives on Current Standards and Future Directions," by Emilia H. De Marchis, MD, 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
Capital BlueCross Announces Plans to Form Strategic Partnership to Drive Better Health, Lower Costs

Capital BlueCross and WellSpan Health plan to strengthen their longstanding relationship through an enhanced partnership that will focus on improving health and lowering costs for Central Pennsylvania employers and healthcare consumers. The two organizations have agreed to enter into a long-term agreement, which would be finalized in the coming months and would coordinate the financing and delivery of healthcare to improve the quality, efficiency and overall experience for WellSpan Health patients who are Capital BlueCross members. More

Amgen Ignites A Social Fitness Movement To Support The Fight Against Heart Disease And Cancer

Amgen launched the Breakaway Challenge initiative, a national social fitness program to motivate individuals to take action in their health and to support the fight against heart disease and cancer. More

Leavitt Partners Releases “The Medicaid ACO Landscape” White Paper

Leavitt Partners released “The Medicaid ACO Landscape,” a white paper providing insight into the number, geographic dispersion, characteristics, and success of Medicaid ACOs as of the end of 2018. This snapshot of Medicaid ACOs was created using data from Torch Insight™, a proprietary analytics platform and compendium of health care data. More

NACDD Board President Kaplan Launches National Challenge to Address Social Determinants of Health

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors’ Board President Dr. Gabriel Kaplan has officially launched his campaign to help public health better engage with the social determinants of health to promote equitable health outcomes. More

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and Blue Health Intelligence Invite Cutting-Edge Companies to Enter the BlueCross BlueShield Data Innovation Challenge

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and Blue Health Intelligence® (BHI) invite visionary companies to enter the BlueCross BlueShield Data Innovation Challenge to develop solutions that increase access to care, enhance patient engagement, and improve care delivery and outcomes.  More

Turn-Key Health Partners with a Health Plan to Improve Quality of Life for Members Burdened by a Serious or Advanced Illness

Care N’ Care (HMO/PPO) Health Plan, a Medicare Advantage plan in North Texas, announced today a partnership with Turn-Key Health, an Enclara Healthcare company that delivers a community-based palliative solution to health plans, provider organizations and their members with a serious or advanced illness. Through this partnership, Turn-Key will provide Care N’ Care members and their caregivers with its home-based Palliative Illness Management® (PIM) solution, which improves symptom management, establishes goals of care, promotes shared decision-making, and reduces unplanned and non-beneficial healthcare. More

GEHA Sponsors Heartland Honor Flight for Second Year

For the second year, GEHA (Government Employees Health Association) is a sponsor for Heartland Honor Flight, assisting the organization in giving more than 80 veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam a full-day trip to Washington, D.C. to tour the memorials honoring their military service. The trip occurred on April 30, at no cost to the veterans. GEHA’s financial support helps to offset the cost of the chartered flight, box lunches and leasing tour buses for the veterans. More

Franciscan Health Earns Anthem's Blue Distinction® For Cardiac Care In Indianapolis

Franciscan Health Indianapolis has been designated with a Blue Distinction® Centers for Cardiac Care by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. This distinction means the hospital demonstrates expertise in delivering quality specialty care, improved patient safety and better health outcomes based on measures that were developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations. More

Merck and Viola Davis Debut A Touch of Sugar During Tribeca Film Festival

Merck announced that its documentary film, A Touch of Sugar, debuted during the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday, April 25 as a part of Merck’s program America’s Diabetes Challenge: Get to Your Goals. Narrated by award-winning actress and documentary spokesperson Viola Davis, the film dives into the type 2 diabetes healthcare epidemic that affects people in every community across the country, including Davis’s own family. More

HealthFitness Announces Resilience Training Series 

HealthFitness is pleased to announce its partnership with LIFE Cross Training (LIFE XT), a leading provider of evidence-based human performance training solutions. During the course of the next several months, employee wellness program participants will be able to access uniquely adapted LIFE XT content through the recently introduced HealthFitness engagement platform. More

Innovacer Rolls Out Pediatric Care Management Software

San Francisco-based health tech company Innovaccer announced the launch of a new offering for pediatric care management. The system is specially designed for unique challenges of pediatric medicine, including keeping families in the loop. More

Mercy Named Top Five Large Health Care System in the U.S.

Shorter hospital stays, fewer complications and better patient results are just a few metrics used to rank Mercy as one of the top five large health systems in the nation, alongside Mayo. The 2019 IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems study recognizes five large, five medium and five small systems from 337 health systems and 2,961 hospitals across the U.S. More

Wellsource Health Risk Assessment Data Reveals Link Between Happiness, Good Habits and Health

Good lifestyle habits are positively associated with happiness and mental health, according to data from Wellsource, a premier provider of evidence-based, NCQA-certified Health Risk Assessments (HRA) and self-management tools. The company examined self-reported HRA data from more than 270,000 individuals from the ages of 18 to 85 to see what influences mental health, specifically happiness. Their published data review provides recommendations for population health professionals to consider for improving happiness and lessening psychological distress, which can lead to a more productive workforce. More

The Care Center Collaborative to Partner on Value-Based Care Contracting

Through their subsidiary organizations, the Medical Society of Delaware (MSD) and the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) have agreed to join forces to explore development of a joint approach to pursue value-based care arrangements for physicians in their respective states.  MSD’s subsidiary, the Medical Network Management Services of Delaware, LLC (MedNet) and PAMED’s subsidiary, The Care Centered Collaborative will collectively identify a pathway for the development of a unique regional enterprise dedicated to improving access to quality care, reducing costs, and improving both patient satisfaction and physician satisfaction in both states.  More

Solera Health Adds A Diverse Group of Established Business Leaders to Company Advisory Board

Solera Health, an integrated benefits network, today announced the addition of four prominent business leaders to the company’s advisory board. Esther Dyson, executive founder of Way to Wellville, Aaron Z. Cooper, president for North America at Groupon, Tami Graham, former director of global benefits strategy with Intel Corporation, and Susan Burden, former chief executive officer of the Beach Cities Health District in Southern California, come to the position at a pivotal time for the organization as it looks to extend the success of its network model beyond diabetes prevention to address health holistically so members can not only get well but stay well. 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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