Carl Zeiss Meditec Launches VERACITY Surgical
Carl Zeiss Meditec (ZEISS) recently introduced VERACITY Surgical to the U.S. market, a powerful, intuitive, cloud-based platform for cataract surgery planning, logistics, treatment, risk management,
and analysis. The VERACITY cataract surgery platform is the first application being introduced by the Medical Technology business group of ZEISS since the company’s acquisition of Veracity Innovations LLC. VERACITY Surgical generates comprehensive surgery plans by seamlessly integrating with EMR systems and diagnostic devices. It synthesizes critical data and presents the data that's needed at each step of the procedure, helping cataract surgeons work more efficiently, reduce risks, and improve outcomes for their patients. (Angelo Rago, Bay Area)
ElderConsult Prepares for Dementia Conference 2018
On April 13 and 14, ElderConsult Geriatric Medicine will present Living In the Moment Dementia Conference 2018,
in Campbell, CA, featuring two half-days of experts in their fields discussing many
issues common to dementia. Elizabeth Landsverk MD will make the keynote
presentation both days. The event is appropriate for both elder care
professionals and families with loved ones living with dementia. Along
with the conference will be a Resource Fair, with trusted companies and agencies
providing information and services to attendees, including Alegre Home Care.
(from ElderConsult: Elizabeth Landsverk MD; from Alegre: Charles Symes; both Bay Area).
Gorman Health Group Analyzes New MA Supplemental Benefits
In The New Medicare Advantage Supplemental Benefits Policy Is the Biggest News in Years, Dave Sayen, of the Gorman Health Group (GHG), reports that the draft 2019 Call Letter for Medicare Advantage included new flexibility for plans around supplemental benefits. It offers a whole new toolbox for plans to address social determinants of health. Also, GHG has published its Analysis of the 2019 Advance Notice and Draft Call Letter.
Meanwhile, the Gorman Health Group 2018 Forum will take place April 25-26, in Las Vegas, providing an intensive cross-functional examination of the state of government healthcare programs to support health plans, providers, and their business partners. (Dave Sayen, Bay Area)
IIC to Take Part in Susan G. Komen's "Race for the Cure" Event
Brad Schmidt, CEO of Inglewood Imaging Center (IIC), and a member of the Board of Directors for Susan G. Komen LA County, shares that the “Race for the Cure” Breast 5K Run/Walk event will take place on March 10, beginning at Dodger Stadium. If you would like to participate, Brad invites you to
join IIC's Pink 42 Party Time team. The event attracts 5,000+ participants and, in 2017, donated over $240,000 and provided care access to 1,700+ patients. (Brad Schmidt, Los Angeles)
Kaiser Chosen by Hospital Leaders as Top Organization
Hospital leaders identified Kaiser Permanente (KP) as a top healthcare organization in thought leadership, innovation, and cost of high-quality care, according to a survey by Reaction Data, which spoke with 285 hospital leaders. Among the survey results, interviewees said KP offered the best model for delivering high-quality care at a sustainable cost, and across the combined three categories, they ranked KP No. 1. Meanwhile, KP awarded a $3.1 million grant to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to expand the Healthy Schools Program in Northern and Southern California, Oregon, Mid-Atlantic states, Colorado, and Washington state. The program helps districts and schools determine their individual health needs, implement new health policies and practices, and continuously improve the schools' culture of health. (Walt Meyers, Bay Area)
King & Spalding Earns Strong Results in Chambers Global Guide
King & Spalding (K&S) has again been recognized as one of the leading international law firms in the latest Chambers Global guide,
which ranks the firm’s practice areas in 56 categories in jurisdictions around the globe. In addition, K&S lawyers earned 116 individual rankings in the guide. Meanwhile, the recent issue of K&S
includes: *MedPAC Considers Recommendation to Cut Payment to Off-Campus Emergency Departments, Shift Payments to Rural Facilities; and
*Escobar Pleading Standard Narrows Scope of FCA Allegations Against UnitedHealth Group. And, on March 19, in Atlanta, K&S will present its 27th Annual
King & Spalding Health Law & Policy Forum,
a one-day conference focusing on the latest legal and political developments impacting the healthcare industry. (Marcia Augsburger, Sacramento, & Travis Jackson, Los Angeles)
Mazzetti to Present in "Reimagining Childbirth Facilities" Workshop
On April 30 and May 1, Mazzetti will team with the Facility Guidelines Institute to present the second Clinicians + Designers Workshop, designed to reimagine and improve critical healthcare spaces. This time, the two-day event, which will take
place in Austin, TX, will focus on childbirth facilities. Participants will help inform
future fundamental guidelines, and earn 14 AIA HSW LUs. Additional hosts include
the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Catalysis.
(Walt Vernon, Bay Area)
Royal Ambulance Announces New Values
"Driven, Empathetic, Engaging, and Adaptable" are Royal Ambulance's newly announced values. In this
the Royal team celebrates these motivators. (Steve Grau, Silicon Valley)
SCU's Breakthrough Opioid Study Highlighted in Industry Journal
The work of a Southern California University of Health Sciences researcher is featured in Chiropractic Economics, in an article entitled,
Breakthrough study: Chiropractic can address the opioid crisis.
Many studies over the years have shown the benefits of chiropractic as a proven, cost-effective approach to musculoskeletal pain, but where does chiropractic fall in the fight against the opioid epidemic? In 2016, Dr. James Whedon's research found a 55% reduction in the likelihood of people filling prescriptions for opioids in those who received chiropractic care as compared to those who did not. Furthermore, the charges for filling opioid prescriptions and providing clinical services for chiropractic recipients were 74% and 78% lower, respectively. Whedon’s second study, currently underway, is exploring the same question as the first, but on a much larger scale - expanding the number of subjects from 12,000+ to over a million, and diving deeper into the data. (John Scaringe, Orange County)
Share Our Selves Promises a Wild & Crazy Taco Night
On the evening of April 12, Share Our Selves (SOS) will present its
25th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night, in Costa Mesa. The fun and festive evening gathers a group of Orange County’s finest chefs and restaurants, each preparing an unusual and unique taco. All tacos are conceived exclusively for this event and can’t be found anywhere else. Event proceeds benefit the SOS Food Pantry, feeding more than 235 OC families each day. (Karen McGlinn, Orange County)
Surgery One to Host Seminar on Robotics-Assisted Knee Surgery
On the evening of March 13, Surgery One and Outpatient Surgery Center of La Jolla will present a
free knee pain seminar on the latest robotics-assisted surgical techniques,
for both outpatient partial knee replacement and total knee replacement - the
only program of its kind in San Diego. In knee replacement, robotic assistance offers
a high degree of precision and can be done using minimally invasive surgical techniques.
(Scott Leggett, Orange County)
TECH MEMBERS' HEALTHCARE NEWS
You're Invited to OC FOCUS Strategic View: "Forging Our Common Future"
Longtime tech entrepreneur and ABL Member Marshall Toplansky is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Management Science
and Research Fellow at the C. Larry Hoag Center for Real Estate, Argyros School of Business and Economics, at Chapman University.
Recently, Marshall and author Joel Kotkin completed extensive research on the future of Orange County, which they will present as
OC FOCUS Strategic View: "Forging Our Common Future" on March 29th, at the Pacific Club. All interested ABL Members are invited
as Marshall's guests, with RSVPs going to Aulton Kohn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Catasys Launches Enrollment with National Health Insurer
Catasys, Inc. has commenced enrollment for its OnTrak-Ci program under the previously announced contract with a top 10 health insurer.
The program is starting with eligible Medicare Advantage members in Tennessee who suffer from anxiety, depression, and substance use
disorders, and represents the second national plan that has partnered with Catasys in the state of Tennessee. Enrollment is expected to
ramp throughout 2018. Catasys looks forward to bringing its advanced proprietary solutions for identifying, engaging, and treating behavioral
health conditions to more members through this partnership. (Rick Anderson, West Los Angeles).
Express Analytics on: Health Data Analysis
In Set The Ball Rolling In Healthcare By Outsourcing
Analytics, Express Analytics reports that the global
healthcare industry, more than any other, suffers from the "data rich but information poor" syndrome. One problem is that health
organizations are still very confused over whether to set up an in-house team of analysts or to outsource the job. Meanwhile, a McKinsey report
has estimated that as much as 30% of the globe's stored data is generated in the healthcare industry. For now, a single patient is said
to generate about 80 megabytes a year as imaging and electronic medical record data. The value unleashed could bring down healthcare costs
by about $300 billion annually. (Hemant Warudkar, Orange County)
PeopleG2's Chris Dyer Writes a Bestseller on Company Culture
The new book by PeopleG2 CEO Chris Dyer -
The Power of Company Culture - was named a Business Bestseller on
the first day it shipped, by 800ceoread.com. The book debunks the myth that
a remarkable company culture is something that a business either has or hasn't,
and shows how any company of any size can implement and maintain a world-class culture
for business success. (Chris Dyer, Downtown Los Angeles)
Tanner CEO to Present Nutrition Science Workshops in March
On the evening of March 7,
and again on March 22,
John Tanner, Ph.D., CEO of Tanner Research, will present a Nutrition Science workshop, where he will
share his story about how he suffered a near-fatal cardiac arrest in 2009. Since then, he has studied intensely the
causes of heart disease, and found that it can be completely avoided through a proper diet - and cancer, stroke,
diabetes, high blood pressure, and about 30 other diseases can be reduced, avoided, or reversed by this same diet.
John will field questions and participants will continue nutrition discussions in small groups. The free workshop, to be held
at Tanner Research in Monrovia, includes a meal and your choice of one of the top books on nutrition science.
(John Tanner, Downtown Los Angeles)