August 6, 2019

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

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Roy-BurmanDana Voien is President and CEO of SleepSafe Drivers, Inc., (SSD), which provides comprehensive “Fatigue Management Programs,” including “Sleep Testing to Treatment” for Risk-Sensitive Jobs Categories, to fleet customers, such as Walmart and J.B. Hunt, greatly reducing accident rates and medical expenses. Since 2007, SSD has offered innovative ways to address sleep apnea testing and treatment that have been developed specifically for the transportation, logistics, and supply chain industries, and other safety-sensitive businesses. The national program allows for confidential diagnosis and treatment for sleep apnea in a private, convenient, timely and cost-effective manner. Prior to joining SSD in 2007, Dana was the GM/EVP of Diagnostics and Occ-Health at ResMed; VP Sales, Heart Valves & Perfusion at Edwards Lifesciences; and GM, Surgical & IV, Japan, at Baxter Healthcare. A returning ABL Member, Dana has re-joined the Orange County Round Table.

Mimi Grant’s Blog Post:  In the Arena: North Carolina’s Health Cost Reform

xJust last year we were bemoaning America’s $3.5 Trillion health system. Well, according to the latest analysis from the U.S. federal actuaries, we were off by $.15 Trillion, because Americans spent $3.65 Trillion in 2018; that’s $150 Billion more than the prior estimate. And, by the way, $3.65 Trillion is larger than the gross domestic products of all the countries in the world except the US, China, Japan, and Germany. That means we’re spending more on healthcare here than the United Kingdom and India spend on everything.

So while the U.S. is frequently compared to other countries for the quality or cost of our healthcare system – and not faring too well on either dimension, just this week WalletHub released their analysis of “2019’s Best & Worst States for Health Care,” where Americans receive the best and worst healthcare – comparing the 50 states and DC – across 43 measures of cost, accessibility and outcome. Across their 43 “CAO” metrics, a perfect score of 100 would represent the best healthcare at the most reasonable cost. As a benchmark, Minnesota led the nation with the #1 overall rank – a total score of 63.79, a “Cost” rank of 2, an “Access” rank of 4, and an “Outcomes” rank of 9. California was in the lower half at #30, with a total score of 51.19, cost rank of 39, access rank of 42, and outcomes rank of 20. Then along comes North Carolina, which overall ranked #50, with a score of 42.63, a cost rank of 50, an access rank of 50, and an outcomes rank of 33. Obviously, North Carolina’s healthcare system has problems . . . CLICK TO READ REST OF BLOG


        • 8/07 – Orange County Round Table
        • 8/08 – East Bay Round Table
        • 8/13 – Silicon Valley Round Table
        • 8/14 – San Francisco Round Table
        • 8/16 – Los Angeles Round Table






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