ABL Healthcare Member News & Industry Trendletter * July 7, 2021

>>> Grace 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 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 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 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.

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  • 7/07 - ABL-Health OC REUNION Round Table - Discussion 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 Table - Discussion Topic: "Taking Healthcare AI from Potential to Reality" - Featured Member Presenter: Ed Buckley, CEO of Select Data

  • 7/14 - ABL-Health SF REUNION Round Table - Discussion 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 Table - Discussion Topic: "Closing the Health Equity Gap" - Featured Member Presenter: Bernadette Vincent, President & COO of Satellite Healthcare

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Alvaka Networks Provides Insight on Ransomware Trends, Prevention, ML & AI

In the recent CRN article - 10 'Horrifying' Ransomware Trends And Best Prevention Methods, Alvaka Network's Kevin McDonald takes a deep dive into how the ransomware world operates today and what every business needs to do to protect itself.
And, in Machine Learning and AI in Cybersecurity, Alvaka discusses how machine learning and artificial intelligence are being used in cybersecurity. ABL-Tech Member Joe Rogers, CEO of WorkDone, joins the conversation on what the future holds for these technologies. (Oli Thordarson, OC)

Biospectal Announces Alpha Launch of OptiBP for iOS

Eliott Jones, CEO of Biospectal, has published an article in Forbes - Remote Care Is Here To Stay: How To Overcome The Remaining Obstacles And Build Better Healthcare For All, following Biospectal's recent announcement of the alpha launch of Biospectal OptiBP™ for iOS, which enables instantaneous blood pressure measurement and monitoring, anytime and anywhere. The public beta launch of OptiBP for Android was announced earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Biospectal is highlighted in these recent articles: How Health Tech is Shaping the Future of Healthcare and Global Health Research Studies to Use Ground-breaking Blood Pressure Measurement App from Biospectal. (Eliott Jones, SV)

Concern Health Teams with eMindful; El Camino Health First in California to Offer Adaptive Radiation Therapy

Concern Health, where Cecile Currier is the CEO, a leader in workplace emotional wellbeing solutions, has partnered with eMindful, a leading provider of evidence-based mindfulness programs, and will fully integrate eMindful's services throughout Concern's offerings for all of its customers.
Meanwhile, El Camino Health is now one of just five in the U.S. and the first health system in California to offer cancer patients an innovative adaptive radiation therapy called Ethos, which uses artificial intelligence to create customized cancer-fighting treatment plans in minutes - a process that traditionally takes days to develop.
And, El Camino has launched a new specialized vaccination van, which safely stores and transports vaccines, supplies, and the IT equipment required for vaccine clinics. (Cecile Currier, SV)

Covered California Sets New Enrollment Record

As of June 21, Covered California had enrolled a record 1.6 million people, as thousands of consumers sign up for coverage due to the lower premiums provided by the American Rescue Plan. New data shows that 139,000+ people have signed up for a health plan through Covered California since the new and expanded financial help from the new law became available on April 12. Covered California is also launching a provision that allows thousands of eligible Californians, who received unemployment insurance benefits at any point in 2021, to get the best coverage available for as low as $1 per month. (Kathy Keeshen, JD, SF)

GeBBS Shares How NLP & AI Can Improve Risk Adjustment

In this edition of Gibson Talks, Gabe Stein, EVP of GeBBS Healthcare Solutions, and Trey Wheless, a risk adjustment and quality reporting executive at Gibson Consultants, discuss the benefits to payors and providers of adopting technology that impacts risk adjustment. Gabe shared his perspective as an executive for a leading technology-enabled provider of revenue cycle management solutions. (Gabe Stein, LA)

Hospice of Santa Cruz County to Hold Webinar on Advance Healthcare Planning in Light of COVID

On July 14, from 12-1 p.m. Pacific, Hospice of Santa Cruz County (HSCC) will present a webinar - Advance Healthcare Planning In Light of COVID-19, which will cover how to complete your Advance Directive, the difference between an Advance Directive and a Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Form, how to talk with your loved ones about your wishes, and how COVID-19 might impact your wishes.
Meanwhile, HSCC is offering a downloadable Spring/Summer 2021 Guide to Wellbeing. (Cathy Conway, SV)

HumanGood Gets OK to Affiliate with Living Care Retirement Community

The Washington Department of Social and Health Services formally approved the affiliation of HumanGood and Living Care Retirement Community and, as of June 22, HumanGood assumed management over Living Care. This is an important step in the process to bring the two organizations together and they expect state regulators to approve the affiliation agreement later this summer. (Tara McGuinness, OAK)

Kaiser Permanente Recognized Again for Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion

DiversityInc recently named Kaiser Permanente to its 2021 Top 50 Hall of Fame in recognition of its diversity and inclusion practices in hiring, retaining, and promoting women, minorities, veterans, people with disabilities, and people in the LGBTQ community. This is the 15th consecutive year DiversityInc has honored KP, and KP's fourth consecutive year in the hall of fame. (Marcos Vasconcelos, OAK)

King & Spalding Discusses Telehealth, Ransomware & Covid-Related Litigation & the PREP Act

King & Spalding (K&S) Partner Marcia Augsburger, JD, recently published these client alerts: Are States Making COVID-19 Telehealth Emergency Measures Permanent? and OCR Updates Ransomware Guidance.
Also, the Legal 500 United States 2021 Guide has recognized K&S with 53 practice rankings, including 10 Tier-1 rankings.
Meanwhile, on July 28, from 9-10 a.m. Pacific, K&S will present a webinar - COVID-19-Related Litigation and the PREP Act: A Year Later. (Marcia Augsburger, JD, SF)

KMD Architects Contributes to Kaiser's New Office Building - Video

Take a video tour of Kaiser Permanente's new Berkeley Medical Office Building, for which KMD Architects provided medical planning, interior architecture, and design. The building has been proclaimed a "next-generation type of medical office." (Rob Matthew, SF)

Life Adjustment Team: Mental Health Can Be Improved Via Sleep Patterns & Daily Self-Check-ins

In The Connections Between Mental Health and Sleep Patterns - A Study By Harvard, Cynthia Sampson, COO of Life Adjustment Team, explains the importance of the circadian rhythm, complications of sleep deprivation, and suggests ways to improve sleep quality.
And, in Asking Yourself These Questions Every Day Can Benefit Your Mental Health, Cynthia says that checking in with ourselves daily with a few simple questions can be a great way to keep track of our mental health and stay ahead of problems. (Cynthia Sampson, LA)

LifeLong Medical Care Named California Nonprofit of the Year & Chosen for Delta Center Learning Lab

LifeLong Medical Care has been selected as a 2021 California Nonprofit of the Year by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks.
And, LifeLong is among the six teams selected to participate in the Delta Center California Learning Lab, in which participants will complete a project focused on advancing the integration of primary care and mental healthcare or substance use disorder treatment and recovery services. Over the course of the 16-month Learning Lab, teams will receive one-on-one coaching and other direct technical support from Delta Center California to advance their individual projects. (Mike Stacey, MD, OAK)

LigoLab Explains Often-Confusing Lab Software Terminology & More

In Laboratory Software Systems: What You Need to Know to Make an Informed Decision, LigoLab provides a comprehensive list that highlights the types of laboratory software systems currently available, and the common processes managed by these systems.
Other recent blog posts from LigoLab include Leveraging LIS & RCM Integration to Improve the Laboratory Billing Process and LigoLab Delivers the Interoperability Needed to Transform Medical Laboratories into Thriving Businesses. (Suren Avunjian, LA)

LucidAct Health Partners with NEMS to Promote Health Outcomes for Bay Area Seniors

LucidAct Health Inc. and North East Medical Services (NEMS) have partnered to deliver remote patient monitoring management to some of San Francisco's most vulnerable communities. LucidAct's innovative and linguistically appropriate virtual healthcare will aim to improve patient outcomes for some of NEMS' limited-English-proficient seniors by making these virtual services available and accessible to use in the comfort of their homes.
Also recently, the LucidAct Provider Portal was integrated with AireHealth's digital health solution to support remote treatment and management of COPD and other chronic respiratory conditions from patients' homes. (Grace Chen, SV)

Mahmee CEO Spotlighted on "Passionate Pioneers" Podcast

Melissa Hanna, CEO of Mahmee, recently sat down for a conversation with Mike Biselli for his Passionate Pioneers podcast - spotlighting Mahmee's role in revolutionizing maternal and child healthcare. Melissa talks about the national crisis of mothers and babies falling through the cracks of our fragmented healthcare system, how preventable issues are not being caught fast enough because of siloed patient data, and how Mahmee's rapid growth is coming to the rescue. (Melissa Hanna, JD, LA)

MayView Community Health Center Has Reopened

MayView Community Health Center, a Member of Ravenswood Family Health Network, recently reopened after undergoing extensive renovations to expand clinical capacity, upgrade interior finishes, and make the clinic safe for patients and staff. MayView provides family medicine care for children, adolescents, and adults, as well as women's health, chiropractic, immunizations, laboratory, and counseling services. Care is provided regardless of ability to pay. (Ken Graham, SV)

Mazzetti Suggests How 5 Minutes a Day Can Create More Effective Teams

In Lean Leadership: How Five Minutes a Day Creates More Effective Teams, Mazzetti interviews one of their own to learn more about his daily, informal five-minute check-ins with each of his team members, particularly geared toward younger staff. The intent is to increase productivity by quickly removing a barrier (i.e., answer a critical question). This five-minute allotment can justifiably evolve into 30 minutes if a learning and development opportunity is achieved. At the end of the conversation, the co-worker is that much more informed, confident, and able to tackle a similar obstacle in the future. (Walt Vernon, JD, SF)

MedWand Solutions Showcases Award-Winning Solutions at Arab Health Live Trade Show

Bob Rose, President of MedWand Solutions, recently remarked on LinkedIn that his company was a big star at the Arab Health live trade show in Dubai last month. Bob said it's "clear that the entire world is in need of and desperately searching for a new paradigm in telehealth where a clinician can actually examine a patient remotely, real-time from anywhere to anywhere. As the many visitors to our booth from across the Gulf Region and the rest of the world experienced first-hand, MedWand solves all of that. And now MedWand Connect enables seamless, single log-in integration with any EHR/EMR or PMS without disrupting your current workflow or data integrity." MedWand is also participating in Arab Health Online, the official virtual event from May 23 until July 22. (Bob Rose, OC)

On Lok Celebrates 50 Years with #50stories

On Lok is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a #50stories campaign: Each week, from now until the end of the year, On Lok will share stories from members of its community, partners, and staff, that reflect on the past, and inspire the future. Reflections will shine the light on On Lok's work in the areas of advocacy, community, and innovation, from its humble beginnings to today. (Grace Li, SF)

OneLegacy Presents Virtual Town Hall Series & DLH Inspire Awards

OneLegacy has launched Connecting the Dots, a virtual town hall series that provides knowledge and empowerment, and addresses health disparities in minority communities. In each episode, OneLegacy engages an expert host from various industries (health, fitness, medical), to provide health facts and updates that are relevant to its diverse communities.
Also, on July 15, at 4 p.m. Pacific, OneLegacy will present the DLH Inspire Awards on Facebook Live @DLHCampaign - honoring Hollywood's most authentic and positive organ donation and transplantation storylines. (Tom Mone, LA)

Satellite Healthcare Dialysis Centers Rated the National Leader in Patient Experience

In the most recent CMS Survey of Patients' Experiences Star Program, Satellite Healthcare received the highest percentage of 4- and 5-star rated dialysis centers as compared to all other top-ranked dialysis providers in the U.S. Satellite's centers rate 32% higher than the national average with 100% rated 3, 4, or 5 stars (84% rated 4 or 5 stars). Additionally, in CMS's Dialysis Facility Compare Star Program, Satellite again exceeds the national average in the Quality of Patient Care category with 94% of its centers rated 3, 4, or 5 stars (62% rated 4 or 5 stars).
Meanwhile, Satellite will participate in an ongoing clinical trial sponsored by DEKA Research & Development - investigating the clinical use of a new home hemodialysis machine designed to make overnight hemodialysis safer and easier to perform.
And, Satellite and Outset Medical announced a joint effort in which Satellite will purchase and utilize Tablo systems for home hemodialysis, and the two organizations will collaborate on education and training initiatives to boost patient awareness and adoption of home dialysis options. (Jim Glafkides, SV and Bernadette Vincent, OAK)

Savi Group Discusses HBMA's New RCM Industry Benchmarking Survey

Savi Group's Sumit Mahendru recently participated in a "Preview of the New RCM Industry Benchmarking Survey" from Healthcare Business Management Association, discussing the performance metrics it will measure and how viewers can get the survey data to assess their own company's performance - watch a video of the presentation here.
Also, click here to read recent articles from Savi Group, including "Integrating Artificial Intelligence into Healthcare;" "Common Myths About Outsourcing Medical Billing;" and "The Many Benefits of Remote Patient Monitoring." (Sumit Mahendru, OC)

Chris Selecky Interviewed in "Three Questions" Video from National Assoc of Corporate Directors

Chris Selecky is interviewed in this recent "Three Questions - Spotlight on Chapter Ambassador" video from the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Pacific Southwest Chapter, in which she discusses her experiences serving on boards, necessary skill sets, and more.
And, in this Three Questions video, Chris interviews Larraine Segil, Chair & CEO of The Exceptional Women Awardees Foundation and Board Director of Calprivate. (Chris Selecky, OC)

SimpleTherapy Video Provides Case Study of Pain Relief

In this video from SimpleTherapy, and promoted by MAXIS Global Benefits Network, "Tony from Texas" describes his recovery from shoulder pain thanks to SimpleTherapy's online exercise videos that are proven to reduce pain from head to toe. (Arpit Khemka, SV)

Wipfli Acquires Mueller Prost & Announces Upcoming Healthcare Webinars

The partners and associates of CPA firm Mueller Prost have joined Wipfli, expanding Wipfli's presence in Missouri and Southern California.
Meanwhile, upcoming healthcare webinars from Wipfli include:
>> Provider Relief Fund Reporting - What you need to know, on July 14.
>> On July 15, How to keep your remote workforce secure and productive.
>> Healthcare mergers and acquisitions, buying and selling - what you need to know, on July 20. (Jeff Johnson, John Dao, & Steve Rousso, OAK)

Eckert & Ziegler and Telix Pharmaceuticals Collaborate on Prostate Cancer Diagnostic

Eckert & Ziegler and Telix Pharmaceuticals announced that they will cooperate closely in the commercialization of GalliaPharm and investigational product Illuccix in the U.S., and recently signed an agreement for the exclusive distribution of Illuccix in Germany. Illuccix is a preparation for imaging prostate cancer by positron emission tomography and is currently under review for regulatory approval in the U.S. and multiple markets worldwide. (Frank Yeager, ABL-Tech SGV)

Tanner Research CEO to Present Virtual Nutrition Science Workshop

On the evening of July 27 (click here), John Tanner, Ph.D., of Tanner Research, will present a free Nutrition Science Virtual Workshop, via Zoom, where he will relay to participants the scientific information they need to avoid heart disease and other leading killers with a proper diet. The group will discuss strategies for change and John will field questions, plus give a free book to participants. (John Tanner, Ph.D., ABL-Tech SGV)

ACA Survives: Supreme Court Dismisses Big Challenge

The Supreme Court recently rejected the latest major Republican-led effort to kill the Affordable Care Act. In a 7-2 vote, the justices left the entire ACA intact in ruling that Texas, other GOP-led states, and two individuals had no right to bring their lawsuit in federal court. Also left in place is the law's now-toothless requirement that people have health insurance or pay a penalty. Congress rendered that provision irrelevant in 2017 when it reduced the penalty to zero. (https://apnews.com/article/supreme-court-dismisses-obamacare-challenge-67cc2e9604a70b1b329c5f3b4177a688)

CMS Unveils Surprise Billing Rule

CMS unveiled July 2 the first in a series of rules aimed at shielding patients from surprise billing. The interim final rule addresses several provisions in the No Surprises Act passed by Congress last year. Most provisions outlined in the proposed rule will not take effect until Jan. 1, 2022. Among the interim final rule's provisions are:
>> It bans surprise billing for emergency services, regardless of where they are provided. Providers are required to bill emergency services on an in-network basis without prior authorization.
>> It prohibits out-of-network charges for ancillary care in in-network facilities in all instances. It includes a ban on any other out-of-network charges to patients without notice.
>> Patient cost-sharing, including coinsurance and deductibles, is to be based on in-network provider rates - cost-sharing can't be higher than if the services were provided by an in-network physician. (https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/finance/cms-unveils-surprise-billing-rule-10-things-to-know.html)

CMS Withdraws Prior Approval for "Must-Work" Requirements in State Medicaid Programs

On June 24, 2021, CMS sent letters to Arizona and Indiana informing them that the agency has revoked its approval of provisions in their state Medicaid demonstration projects that had required adults to be employed as a condition to receiving healthcare through the Medicaid programs. CMS emphasized that it "has serious concerns about testing policies that create a risk of substantial loss of health care coverage and harm to beneficiaries." CMS has already taken similar action against Arkansas, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Michigan, which had each included work requirements in their Medicaid programs. (King & Spalding Health Headlines, 6/28/21: https://www.kslaw.com/news-and-insights/health-headlines-june-28-2021)

OCR Updates Ransomware Guidance

In June, OCR distributed an update to those on its Privacy List sharing links to alerts and resources for addressing the growing number and size of ransomware incidents. One such resource included a White House memorandum dated June 2, 2021 from Anne Neuberger, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology, titled, "What We Urge You To Do To Protect Against The Threat of Ransomware" (White House Memo). The White House Memo describes best practices to significantly reduce the risk of a successful cyber-attack. Additional discussion and analysis is available in this King & Spalding Client Alert. (https://www.kslaw.com/news-and-insights/ocr-updates-ransomware-guidance)

Are States Making COVID-19 Telehealth Emergency Measures Permanent?

Texas may be among the first of many states to enact laws that encourage providers to continue electronically communicating with and monitoring their patients after COVID-19 emergency regulations and governors' orders expire. State legislatures are acknowledging the advantages telehealth offered during COVID-19 and are making major changes to pre-pandemic law to accommodate its continued use and growth. Additional discussion and analysis is available in this King & Spalding Client Alert. (https://www.kslaw.com/news-and-insights/are-states-making-covid-19-telehealth-emergency-measures-permanent)

CMS Announces Additional Payment for Administering In-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations

On June 9, 2020, CMS announced an additional payment to providers for administering in-home COVID-19 vaccinations for Medicare beneficiaries who have difficulty leaving their homes or are otherwise hard-to-reach. Medicare will pay an additional $35 per dose for COVID-19 vaccine administration in a beneficiary's home, increasing the total payment amount for at-home vaccination from approximately $40 to approximately $75 per vaccine dose. (King & Spalding Health Headlines, 6/14/21: https://www.kslaw.com/news-and-insights/health-headlines-june-14-2021)

Sacramento Mayor Wants City to be Required to Shelter/House All Homeless People

A federal judge earlier this year ordered Los Angeles to shelter or house all homeless people living on skid row by October. Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg wants to impose a similar order on his city. Sacramento would be the first city in the country to enact both a legal right to shelter or housing, and a parallel obligation for homeless people to accept it, Steinberg said. If the City Council adopts the mayor's ambitious proposal, the city could require itself to shelter or house all its homeless people by a certain date. (https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article252454558.html)

Unprecedented Lobbying Effort Scores Big Win for California Public Health

Democratic lawmakers have secured a landmark agreement that promises $300 million a year in new state funding to fortify and reimagine California's public health system, a complex network of services shouldered largely by the state's 61 local health departments. The deal, outlined last week as the Democratic-controlled legislature approved a record $262.6 billion state budget for fiscal year 2021-22, marked a dramatic reversal for Gov. Gavin Newsom, who had rebuffed requests the past three years to bolster annual spending on public health, arguing that federal funding would suffice. At Newsom's insistence, the infusion for public health won't kick in until July 2022. (https://californiahealthline.org/news/article/unprecedented-lobbying-effort-scores-big-win-for-california-public-health/)

Older Undocumented Immigrants to Get Medi-Cal in California

California plans to extend Medi-Cal health coverage to some 235,000 low-income undocumented immigrants over the age of 50 - offering the most expansive health coverage in the nation to people without legal residency. The state already offers Medi-Cal to immigrant children and young adults under the age of 26. This latest expansion, once it receives final approval, will mean that many undocumented immigrants, except those who are 26 to 50, will be eligible. (https://www.ocregister.com/2021/06/29/older-undocumented-immigrants-to-get-medi-cal-health-care-in-california/)

At 67%, U.S. Falls Short of Biden's 70% July 4th Covid-19 Vaccination Goal

The U.S. remains millions of shots away from meeting President Biden's original goal of 70% of American adults receiving at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by July 4. The CDC said on July 2 that over 172 million Americans, or about 67% of the adult population, have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. About 156 million have received both doses, or about 47%. (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/biden-covid-19-vaccine-goal-missed/)
Meanwhile, 20 states - including California - and the District of Columbia met President Biden's 4th of July goal of vaccinating 70+% of adults, according to tracking by the New York Times. Puerto Rico and Guam have also met the goal. (https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2021/07/20-states-reach-70-covid-19-vaccination-goal)

U.S. to Share Tens of Millions More Covid-19 Vaccines Worldwide This Summer

The Biden administration will share tens of millions of Covid-19 vaccines this summer to countries around the globe, in addition to the 80 million it has already allocated internationally, as the President had pledged to do by the end of June. The White House said at least 75% of those donated vaccines would be shared with the global vaccination program called Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX), and 25% would be shared directly with countries in need. In addition to those 80 million Pfizer, Moderna and J&J doses, the President pledged last month to donate 500 million Pfizer doses globally. (https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/01/politics/us-covid-vaccines-global/index.html)

Delta Variant: White House to Deploy Response Teams Focused on Combating Delta

The Biden administration is deploying response teams across the U.S. to areas with a high spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of Covid-19. These teams - made up of officials from the CDC, HHS, and FEMA - will go into communities where officials are worried about a potentially deadly combination: low vaccination rates and a significant presence of the highly transmissible form of the virus. They will conduct surge testing, provide therapeutics like monoclonal antibodies, and deploy federal personnel to areas that need support staff for vaccinations. (https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/01/politics/delta-variant-white-house-response-teams/index.html)

With $14.7 Billion Raised, Digital Health's Funding Has Already Surpassed 2020

Digital health startups raised $14.7 billion in the first six months of 2021 - already surpassing the $14.6B it raised in all of 2020, according to a report released July 6 by Rock Health, a venture fund dedicated to digital health. For digital health startups receiving funding in the first half of 2021, the top-funded clinical indication was mental health. Ranked by amount of funding, the next five top-funded clinical indications were cardiovascular disease, diabetes, primary care, substance use disorder and oncology. (https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/digital-transformation/with-14-7b-raised-digital-health-s-funding-has-already-surpassed-2020.html)

Aetna, Anthem and Cleveland Clinic Back Blockchain Venture to Improve Healthcare Efficiency

Aetna, Anthem, and Cleveland Clinic are backing a new venture that uses blockchain technology to improve efficiencies in healthcare. Avaneer Health was founded by a consortium of top industry heavyweights to improve transparency and interoperability in healthcare. The new venture builds off a collaboration announced in 2019 to develop a blockchain healthcare network. That initiative has focused on using blockchain to address a range of industry challenges, including "promoting efficient claims and payment processing, to enable secure and frictionless healthcare information exchanges, and to maintain current and accurate provider directories," officials said. (https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/tech/aetna-anthem-and-cleveland-clinic-back-blockchain-startup-to-improve-healthcare-efficiency)

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