Alegre Care Shares the Ingenuity of Rocking Chair Medicine
In The Ingenuity of Rocking Chair Medicine for Seniors, Alegre Care describes how the rocking chair is not just a piece of furniture - it's also a remarkable medical device, with particular benefits for seniors. Alegre explains how rocking chairs can improve emotional well-being, help with insomnia, provide moderate exercise, improve balance, ease dementia symptoms, relieve inflammation and pain, improve blood circulation, and more. Other recent blog posts from Alegre Care include: How In-Home Caregivers Help People Recover from PTSD and Quick and Efficient Activities for Dementia Care. (Charles Symes, Bay Area)
Alvaka Networks Discusses Ransomware Considerations
In The hidden truth about ransom, Alvaka Networks concludes that antivirus software and firewalls are "ineffective table stakes in this new age of cyber-theft," and offers these guidelines to ensure your safety: Multi-factor authentication; segmentation of your network; 24/7 monitoring of your network; daily backups on a disconnected system; and keeping track of admin credentials. And, in Is It Time for Ransomware Insurance?, Alvaka warns that cyber insurance is not a "get-out-of-jail-free" card, and doesn't compensate for inadequate comprehension of even the most basic, yet necessary, cybersecurity routines. (Oli Thordarson, Orange County)
Bayer Donates Medicines & Money to Combat Coronavirus in China
Bayer is donating medicines and additional financial aid worth a total of approximately EUR 1.5 million [$1.65+ million U.S.] to support the population affected by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China. The donations will be made to the Chinese Red Cross, which is working together with the health authorities to coordinate the deployment of aid measures for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and containment of the coronavirus. (Dirk Schapeler, Silicon Valley)
Blue Shield of CA Promise Health Plan Awards $1.1M for Healthier Communities in SoCal
Blue Shield of California (BSC) Promise Health Plan has announced $1.1+ million support for community-based organizations to improve access to quality care in Los Angeles County. The community organizations that are receiving the funds have programs that address a range of issues including health education, mental health awareness, trauma due to violence, and food insecurities. These nonprofit groups will continue to be a hub for education and proactively drive efforts in building healthy communities. Meanwhile, BSC, along with 18 other plans in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, is joining with Civica Rx to produce five to 10 generic drugs at low cost. And, BSC recently announced a $20 million contribution to the California Access to Housing and Services fund that Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed in his 2020-2021 budget. (Greg Buchert, MD, Orange County)
Cigna & Oscar Partner to Serve Small Businesses + Cigna Tackles Loneliness
Cigna and Oscar, a tech-driven health insurance company, have announced an exclusive partnership to jointly provide commercial health solutions to small businesses, under a Cigna + Oscar brand. Services will include: integrated medical, behavioral, and pharmacy services; broad access to high-performing networks of doctors and hospitals; support from a dedicated concierge team; digital-first support, featuring 24/7 telemedicine at no charge; and more. Cigna and Oscar plan to share risk equally under a reinsurance agreement. Meanwhile, Cigna is taking steps to combat the rise of loneliness and improve mental health, including: redefining and broadening the services available to address and deliver support for mental health needs; expanding access to its comprehensive network of 170,000+ mental and behavioral health care providers; creating preferred provider networks to target areas of the country where the behavioral provider industry faces a significant supply and demand issue; making it easier for customers to connect with mental health specialists virtually; and partnering with clients and school districts in select areas to provide a School Support Line. (Chris De Rosa, Orange County)
Covered California's New Enrollment Surges Past Last Year's Mark
Covered California recently announced new enrollment data as it moved into the final week of open-enrollment and continued to reach out to consumers about the new state penalty and additional financial help that went into effect with the new year. As of January 22, 318,000+ consumers had newly signed up for health insurance through CoveredCA during the open-enrollment period, which surpassed last year's total of 295,000. Having a health insurance plan in place this year is critical because of a new law that the state of California enacted that requires Californians to have coverage in 2020. Those who can afford coverage, but choose to go without it, could face a penalty when they file their taxes with the California Franchise Tax Board in 2021. (Kathy Keeshen, Bay Area)
Felton Institute / SF Suicide Prevention Announce Annual Gala & Comedy Show
On the evening of April 22, Felton Institute's San Francisco Suicide Prevention division will present Laughs for Life 2020, an annual gala and comedy show fundraiser. Proceeds from the evening will support San Francisco Suicide Prevention's 24/7 hotline and community programs which empower individuals to help themselves and each other through moments of crisis. The event will include a cocktail reception, silent auction, seated dinner, awards, and a comedy show. (Al Gilbert, Bay Area)
HumanGood's Award-Winning Rotary Terrace Highlighted in Industry Journal
Senior Housing News recently published a feature article on HumanGood's Rotary Terrace community: Best Affordable Senior Housing Design 2019: Sustainable, Mixed-Use Project Transforms a Downtown Core. Rotary Terrace is an innovative public-private partnership on an urban infill site which connects residents to services and jobs, built with sustainability and reducing greenhouse gases in mind, and designed to allow residents to age in place longer with community space that is open to public use. When construction was threatened at different points, by factors beyond the development team's control, the team got very creative with its value engineering to keep the project on track and in keeping with the development team's original vision. (Tara McGuinness, Bay Area)
King & Spalding Honored as "Practice Group of Year for Healthcare & Life Sciences"
Law360 has named King & Spalding (K&S) among its 2019 Practice Groups of the Year for Healthcare and Life Sciences, an award which honors the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year. Also, K&S Partner Marcia Augsburger issued a Client Alert - HHS Issues Important Notice That It Will Not Enforce Certain Fee Limitations On Individuals' Requests To Transmit Health Records To Third Parties – which discusses the recent HHS announcement that it would not enforce the fee limitations set forth in HHS's 2016 regulation at 45 C.F.R. § 164.524(c)(4) as to individuals' requests for transmission of their Protected Health Information to third parties. HHS also reported that a federal court vacated the expanded "Third-Party Directive" described in HHS's 2013 final rule. K&S will host a roundtable on February 25 to further discuss these issues. And, Marcia participated in the issue of this Client Alert: HHS Issues Notice of Violation to California for its Universal Abortion Coverage Mandate. Meanwhile, on March 16, in Atlanta, K&S will present its 29th Annual Health Law & Policy Forum. (Marcia Augsburger, JD, Bay Area, & Travis Jackson, JD)
LifeLong Medical Care Will Present Annual Gala in March
On the evening of March 7, LifeLong Medical Care will hold its Annual Gala fundraiser, in Berkeley, which will include cocktails, auction, a seated three-course dinner, dessert, dancing, and more. The event will celebrate LifeLong's commitment to providing care and compassion to its communities for more than 40 years. (Mike Stacey, MD, Bay Area)
LigoLab Provides Insight on Laboratory Information Systems
In The four most important things to consider when modernizing a laboratory, LigoLab points to configurability, efficiency, interoperability, and transparency, explaining that, thanks to an aging population and consolidation throughout the industry, there is an ever-increasing demand for labs to handle more cases even though the reimbursement per case is shrinking. And, in A dedicated and laboratory-specific LIS is the clear winner for modern labs, LigoLab examines which laboratory information system (LIS) model is the best for long-term success. They reference a recent study by the College of American Pathologists which compared a dedicated LIS (an end-to-end platform) versus a system that incorporates laboratory modules as part of an enterprise electronic health record platform. The authors of the study concluded that a dedicated LIS solution is most often the best choice for a lab. (Suren Avunjian, Los Angeles)
Mazzetti's Sextant Foundation to Hold "Reimagining the OR" Workshop
On March 26-27, Mazzetti's Sextant Foundation and AORN will hold Reimagining the OR: Pre-op, Intra-op, and Phase 1 & 2 Recovery Workshop, in Anaheim. The program, supported by the Facility Guidelines Institute, uses elements of Human-Centered Design (empathy, define, ideate, prototype, test) and process improvement techniques to reimagine OR spaces. (Walt Vernon, Bay Area)
MedWand Wins Big at CES 2020, Including "Last Gadget Standing"
Following the recent CES 2020 event, Bob Rose, MedWand's President, wrote: "Just back from CES where we absolutely KILLED IT! We won two Innovation Awards, one for 'Tech for a Better World' and the other for 'Health & Wellness'. We won the J&J Pitch Award, and most important, we won Last Gadget Standing, which pretty much crowns the best gadget at CES overall." Former winners include Roomba, Ring, and OnStar. Bob continues: "The press response has been overwhelming, including bits on GMA, CNN, NBC, Canadian Broadcast Network, USA Today, [plus] the front page above the fold in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Interest is pouring in from all over the world and major potential partners like CVS, Amazon, Walgreens and more." The MedWand's "computer mouse-sized" device incorporates 10 of the most commonly used medical diagnostic devices and, according to Bob's MedWand partner, Samir Qamar, MD, "can be used to diagnose thousands of medical conditions; and your doctor can examine you anywhere on the planet over the internet" with the device. Click here to check out Medwand's post-CES extensive media coverage – scroll down to Media Coverage on their website. (Bob Rose, Orange County)
Nelson Hardiman Partners Named "SoCal Super Lawyers"
Harry Nelson is among the 10 Nelson Hardiman (NH) Partners that have been named to the 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers List, where each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Meanwhile, NH recently published a Client Alert - New Mandatory Reporting Requirement: Patient Allegations of Sexual Misconduct by His/Her Licensed Provider - which discusses a newly enacted California Business and Professions Code which states that when a healthcare facility receives a written allegation of a provider's sexual misconduct or sexual abuse of a patient, submitted to the facility by the patient or the patient's representative, the healthcare facility must report it within 15 days to the provider's professional licensing board, or face monetary penalties not to exceed $100,000. (Harry Nelson, JD, Los Angeles)
OneLegacy + Hospitals + Donors Break All-Time Donation Records
OneLegacy announced that 2019 marked the fifth consecutive year of record-breaking increases in lifesaving and healing organ, eye, and tissue donation. In the year just concluded, OneLegacy enabled the transplant of 1,619 organs from 557 donors, an increase of 8% over 2018. In addition, OneLegacy reported a 4% increase in tissue donors to 3,005, helping over 225,000 individuals, while sight-saving corneas transplanted increased a remarkable 25% from the prior year to 1,616. Meanwhile, OneLegacy CEO Tom Mone is Chairman of the Donate Life Rose Parade float committee, and this video is a compilation of short clips from the 2020 Rose Parade featuring all the media exposure given to that float. (Tom Mone, Los Angeles)
PSYCHeANALYTICS & LifeWIRE Forge Strategic Marketing Agreement
LifeWIRE Corp. and PSYCHeANALYTICS Inc. have announced a co-marketing agreement to move forward as a joint solution for clients. LifeWIRE's suite of personalized communications, monitoring, and data capture solutions for population management and patient self-directed care provides a unique patient engagement element for PSYCHeANALYTICS' psychosocial and behavioral health assessment tool. Integrated behavioral health is critical to improving outcomes, thus PSYCHeANALYTICS CEO Dave Haddick underscores the importance of coordinating not only the overlapping impact of psychosocial and medical problems, but also the communication between patients and providers. (Dave Haddick, Bay Area)
SafeRide Calls for a Focus on Social Determinants of Health in New Decade
In The 2020s - A Decade to Address SDOH, SafeRide Health reports that as we open this new decade, critical work driven by health plans and care providers has already started to assist with housing, employment, education, food, and social well-being programs to address social determinants of health (SDOH). And we find that transportation is a universal key to helping effectively execute these. From helping people travel in their search for adequate and convenient housing, to and from work and school, travel to family, community, sports and social activities, and access to acquiring necessities - reliable transportation is a common thread for urban and rural communities that resources like public transportation cannot always address universally and equally. This places greater importance on the reliability and integrity of non-emergency medical transportation brokers and their partners as we all unite to resolve these issues. (Robbins Schrader, Los Angeles)
SAVI Group Discusses Medical Coding Changes & Rising Use of Outsourced Billing
Wipfli Named to Bob Scott's Insights VAR Stars
Wipfli LLP has been named to the 2019 Bob Scott's Insights VAR Stars, an award which honors channel partners and resellers for their accomplishments, leadership, and innovations in the field of midmarket financial software. Wipfli has received this top recognition for the past several years. (Jeff Johnson & Steve Rousso, Bay Area; Larry Blitz, Silicon Valley; & Tony Taddey, L.A.)
TECH MEMBERS' HEALTHCARE NEWS
Rick Anderson Named President & GM North America at DarioHealth Corp.
Rick Anderson was recently named President and GM North America at DarioHealth Corp., a pioneer in the global digital therapeutics market, where he is responsible for both operational and commercial development, focusing primarily on the U.S. market. DarioHealth Corp. (Nasdaq: DRIO) is revolutionizing the way people with chronic conditions manage their health. By delivering evidence-based interventions that are driven by data, high-quality software and coaching, the company empowers individuals to make healthy adjustments to their daily lifestyle choices to improve their overall health. Dario is one of the highest-rated diabetes solutions in the market, and its user-centric MyDario™ mobile app is loved by consumers worldwide. Prior to joining DarioHealth Corp., Rick was President and COO of publicly-traded Catasys, Inc., from 2008 through 2019, a leading AI and technology-enabled healthcare company that solves the hidden, high-cost problem of untreated behavioral health conditions. Rick remains in ABL's West LA Technology Round Table.