July 7, 2021

Below are the Contents of our current ABL Healthcare Online News & Trendletter + Mimi Grant’s Blog/Vlog

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Larry BlocherGrace Chen is Co-Founder and CEO of LucidAct Health Inc., a next-generation remote patient monitoring company whose technology collects patient data in a single integrated platform, making it easy for providers, care teams, and patients to launch and manage RPM programs quickly and efficiently. LucidAct is device agnostic with the ability to ingest data from a variety of devices, including wearables, wireless scales, watches, and blood pressure monitors. LucidAct’s intuitive interface allows providers and care teams to conduct eVisits, handle billing, and connect to their EMRs all from LucidAct’s cloud platform. The company is backed by multiple investors, including Liquid 2 Venture, 500 Startups, BRIIA, and Social Starts Venture. Grace is an accomplished data architect with over a decade of experience in healthcare IT. Prior to starting LucidAct, in 2016, Grace was a senior data architect at Stanford Health Care and at Sutter Health. She successfully led multiple high-profile care transformation projects at Stanford Cancer Center and jumped-started the survivorship program for 10,000 patients by targeting the specific needs of cancer survivors. Grace is involved with 500 Startups, a global venture capital firm which has backed 2,400+ companies or 5,000+ entrepreneurs in 75+ countries. Grace has joined the ABL-Health SV Round Table.

Cathy ConwayCathy Conway is CEO of Hospice of Santa Cruz County (HSCC), where she leads the county’s largest and most experienced nonprofit hospice, with a workforce of 175 employees and nearly 300 active volunteers. Cathy’s goal is to bring long-term vitality to the organization; she is committed to ensuring that all members of the community have access to quality care so they can live and die with dignity. Founded in 1978 and a pioneer in the hospice movement, HSCC’s array of care services are available to adults living with a serious illness, along with comprehensive support for their loved ones. HSCC has earned accreditation status with the Accreditation Commission for Healthcare. Cathy joined HSCC, in 2004, and rose through the ranks to become CEO. in June 2020. She began her career in the for-profit sector with Ziff-Davis Publishing, as District Sales Manager. During that time, she began volunteering at a 15-bed residential hospice in San Francisco, which inspired her to leave the corporate sector and enter the nonprofit world. Her background also includes being Director of Development for the Santa Cruz AIDS Project, and Executive Director of the Santa Cruz County Symphony. Referred by Dolores Miller of Mission Hospice and Home Care, Cathy has joined the ABL-Health SV Round Table.

Mark HeinemeyerMark Heinemeyer is CEO of PRODEO, which is engaged by companies and their investors to advance emerging technologies and therapeutics in various areas of brain health, including genomics, gut-brain axis, multi-omics, biometrics, and affective computing. Their work addresses conditions across the life span and includes those deemed neurodevelopmental, neurodegenerative, and neuropsychiatric, as well as brain injury. Mark is also co-founder of the PRODEO Institute, which has partnered with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development to develop new approaches to brain-based investing, economics, and policy. Other collaborators include Gates Ventures, J&J, PwC, and the Milken Institute. Having led PRODEO since 2001, Mark’s work is inspired by his early experience in brain health program development in clinical settings, and later through his broad executive roles in health system management and informatics where he observed co-occurring mental health conditions suppressing adherence and optimal outcomes for virtually all chronic disease sufferers and many post-surgical patients. Mark has been a co-founder/owner of several ventures and has held CEO and other C-suite leadership roles with companies such as HCA, CorVel, Wanda Health, CNSdose, Global Care Quest, CIGNA, and Fiserv. Mark has joined the ABL-Health OC Round Table.

Kim PhanKim Phan is Founder and CEO of CareConnectMD Inc. (CCMD), a medical group providing care for frail and medically complex seniors. CCMD was recently selected to be among the first 53 participants in the 2021 performance year for CMS’s Global and Professional Direct Contracting Model – Medicare’s next iteration of ACOs where groups of providers come together to coordinate care for an entire population and are held accountable for the total cost and quality of that care. With the new DCE Model, CMMI has included opportunities to focus on Medicare beneficiaries living with serious illness who are enrolled in original or FFS (not Medicare Advantage members). CCMD is one of six High Needs DCE in the U.S. Previously, Kim was co-founder of Gerinet Medical Associates, the first SNF’ist medical group in Southern California. She later formed Health Essentials, a management company providing long-term care physician services and other post-acute-care services, including hospice and home health. Recognizing the need for better end-of-life care, Kim later started several hospice joint ventures with managed care organizations. She also served as Administrator for FHP Hospital (now Orange Coast Memorial), a 230-bed acute care hospital, and FHP Westminster, a 99-bed skilled nursing facility. Kim has joined the ABL-Health OC Round Table.


    • 7/07 – ABL-Health OC REUNION Round TableDiscussion Topic: “Medi-Cal’s CalAIM Initiative & Its Impact on You” – Featured Member Presenter: Greg Buchert, MD, CEO of GSB Health Management Solutions
    • 7/13 – ABL-Health SV ZOOM TableDiscussion Topic: “Taking Healthcare AI from Potential to Reality” – Featured Member Presenter: Ed Buckley, CEO of Select Data
    • 7/14 – ABL-Health SF REUNION Round TableDiscussion Topic: “Healing the Planet – And Preparing for the Next Global Crisis” – Featured Member Presenter: Walt Vernon, JD, CEO of Mazzetti
    • 7/15 – ABL-Health OAK ZOOM TableDiscussion Topic: “Closing the Health Equity Gap” – Featured Member Presenter: Bernadette Vincent, President & COO of Satellite Healthcare
    • 7/16 – ABL-Health LA ZOOM TableDiscussion Topic: “Taking Healthcare AI from Potential to Reality” – Featured Member Presenter: Ed Buckley, CEO of Select Data

Blog by Mimi Grant


… Six years ago when I visited Sawai Man Singh Hospital in Jaipur – the largest in the Rajasthan area, I was impressed with its 6251 beds – and the fact that its 1500 doctors and 4000 nurses not only treated patients in its beds, but an additional 10,000 patients a day in its out-patient departments – in “normal” times. At the time there were also 168 ICU beds, where the nurse staffing allowed for one nurse for every 6-7 beds. I was also told by my host, Dr. Suneet Singh Ranawat, the Hospital’s Deputy Superintendent (basically, the COO) that when the hospital was overwhelmed, an additional 15,000 patients could end up on mats on the floor… CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF MIMI’S POST.

Mimi Grant’s Vlog:

Is It Time for a COVID-Era Marshall Plan?

The U.S. won the post-WW2 peace largely by providing aid to countries reeling from the devastation of war, through the Marshall Plan. Today the lethal enemy is a virus. And, once again, we can help.

CLICK HERE to watch Mimi’s 4-minute vlog.

Is It Time for a Covid-Era Marshall Plan?

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