Opening Discussion Topic:
In Spring of 2020, the first time New York Governor Andrew Cuomo honored pictures of NYC’s “essential workers” who had died of COVID, a striking anomaly stood out: the victims were disproportionately black or brown. By December, KHN and The Guardian had tracked 2,900 U.S. healthcare workers who had died (some of whom are depicted here), with people of color accounting for ~65% of deaths, once counted with race and ethnicity data.
Fast forward to July 1, 2021…
CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure insists: “Health equity” is at the center of our work here at CMS.” And because studies on racial, ethnic and socioeconomic factors show disadvantaged Medicare patients suffer from ESRD (kidney failure) at higher rates, CMS is proposing an ESRD Treatment Choices (ETC) Model that will reward facilities and managing clinicians participating in the model for achieving significant improvement in the rates of home dialysis and kidney transplants for lower-income beneficiaries. And this is just one response to President Biden’s Executive Order 13985 on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities, signed the day he took office.
After hearing “What’s Up?,” during our Members’ Discussion we’ll look to hear if – and how – the President’s Order is being implemented in your sector. We’ll particularly want to hear if your organization is doing anything different to reach out to the disadvantaged – and those who care for them.
Then our Featured Member, Bernadette Vincent, President & COO of Satellite Healthcare, will share the nonprofit’s “story,” emphasizing how the 80-site company has encouraged the use of home dialysis since launching Satellite Wellbound, in 2003. Also, in keeping with the goals of the fed’s “Advancing Kidney Health” program, Bernadette will share some of their impressive partnerships and innovative programs.
Bernadette Vincent joined Satellite Healthcare in mid-2018, as Chief Field Operations Officer. By March 2020, just in time for COVID, she was promoted to COO, and this past January, she added President to her title. Previously, Bernadette earned her stripes having first graduated with a BS degree in Nursing, ultimately specializing in nephrology. After a lengthy clinical career path, Bernadette earned an MBA from Pepperdine University. She then served as a Senior Director at Kaiser Permanente Ohio and then as the VP of Medical Management of Peoples Health, a regional Medicare Advantage Health Plan. She continued to advance her dialysis career through Fresenius Medical Care North America, from Regional VP to Group VP, and ultimately leading the entire South Division. Later, she joined Mednax, Inc. as their COO of the West Division, before being named as COO, Ambulatory Services.
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