ABL Healthcare Member News & Industry Trendletter * February 1, 2022

>>> Jeff Goffman is CEO of Satellite Healthcare, a non-profit, top-rated provider of kidney dialysis and related patient services. Satellite has 85+ locations across five states and provides in-center and home dialysis, operates National Nephrology Alliance, a PPM, and has an extensive partnership with CVS Kidney that includes CKD care management focused on improving the quality and access to home dialysis care, reducing costs and implementing integrated value-based care. Satellite has been a leader in research and clinical trials. Jeff is also the Vice Chairman of OneGI, a Webster Equity portfolio company that's a gastroenterology management services organization that partners with GI physicians to help them manage, optimize and grow their practices and focus on providing excellent care to their patients. Jeff brings 30 years of healthcare industry leadership to Satellite, with expertise in physician practice management, large healthcare system joint ventures, ancillary services and value-based care models. Prior to taking the helm of Satellite in December 2020, he was Co-Founder and CEO of Integrated Oncology Network (ION), a private-equity-sponsored national oncology company that provides management services to its physician and hospital partners. During Jeff's leadership, ION owned 50+ oncology centers across 17 states in partnership with ~300 physicians and 20 hospitals. Before that, Jeff was CEO and Founder of OnCURE Medical Corp. until it was sold, and CEO of U.S. Diagnostic, Inc. Jeff has joined the ABL-Health Silicon Valley Round Table.

  • 2/02 - Orange County ZOOM Table - Discussion Topic: "Using Incremental Improvements to Accelerate Your Growth" - Featured Member Presenter: Tarek El Nabli, CEO of Parentis Health

  • 2/08 - Silicon Valley ZOOM Table - Discussion Topic: "Measuring What Matters - for Results" - Featured Member Presenter: Mark Parinas, CEO of CVHCare Home Health, and Chairman & Founder of Curaesoft

  • 2/09 - San Francisco ZOOM Table - Discussion Topic: "Lessons from Orange County's Interdisciplinary Approach to Improving Homeless' Lives & Reducing Healthcare Spend" - Featured Member Presenter: Paul Leon, CEO of Illumination Foundation

  • 2/17 - Oakland ZOOM Table - Discussion Topic: "How COVID Impacted Marketing Medicare Advantage" - Featured Guest Presenter: Robin Raff, CEO of Pulse Healthcare Marketing, Inc.

  • 2/18 - Los Angeles ZOOM Table - Discussion Topic: "Putting a Dent in Medicare's $370 Billion Problem" - Featured Member Presenter: Kim Phan, Founder and CEO of CareConnectMD

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What Do Employees Want?

Covered California Offers Solutions
for "Small" Employers!
    For many employees, health benefits are more important than salary, and most of them are at least very concerned about the high cost of their premium share and their out-of-pocket expenses. In a recent ABL-Health Round Table, Covered California's Terri Convey, Director of Outreach & Sales - for both individuals as well as for Small Businesses, and Dan Tyler, CC's VP of Sales presented Covered California's Small Business program - that offers employers a range of PPO and HMO health and dental plans they can offer their (in-state and out-of-state) employees - as long as there are fewer than 100 FTEs, earning the employer tax credits in the process.

    ABL Members, to view a recording of this presentation, their Powerpoint slides, and biographies of Terri and Dan, go to abl.org, click on "Members Only" on the top far right, and then on "Presentations" in the red bar on the top left. (While you're there, scroll down the postings of all of the "special event" presentations that have been posted.)
Alegre Home Care Provides Insights on Therapeutic Relationships & Positive Communication Within Home Care

In Creating a Therapeutic Relationship through In-Home Care, Alegre Home Care notes that prioritizing mental health helps make a caregiving relationship a therapeutic one. Alegre provides a variety of communication techniques for a therapeutic relationship, including unbiased listening, restating what a client says, to help them reflect upon their own words, and validating and acknowledging how a situation can cause someone to feel upset.
AND, in Responding to Challenging Behaviors with Positive Communication, Alegre discusses what triggers challenging behaviors, how to prevent/avoid them, and some strategies for managing specific behaviors, such as repetitive, hallucinations, sundowning, agitation and aggression. (Charles Symes, OAK)

Anthem's David Pryor Contributes to Article on Dr. ML King Jr.'s Impact on Health Equity

Anthem, Inc. recently published Reflecting on Dr. Martin Luther King's Legacy and Impact on Health Equity, which featured David Pryor, MD's remarks, among others, on the following topics: Describe the influence of MLK Jr. on your career path; Based on your experience, how has Dr. King's work impacted the field of healthcare?; and When considering the next steps we must take toward equity in health and beyond, in your opinion, where do we go from here? (David Pryor, MD, LA)

Bayer & Mammoth Biosciences to Collaborate on Novel Gene-Editing Technology

Bayer AG and Mammoth Biosciences, which is harnessing the diversity of nature to power the next-generation CRISPR products, have announced a strategic collaboration and option agreement for the use of Mammoth's CRISPR systems to develop in vivo gene-editing therapies. Mammoth Biosciences' gene-editing technology will significantly enhance Bayer's efforts to develop transformative therapies for patients faster and strengthen the company's recently established new cell and gene therapy platform. The two companies will start their collaboration with a focus on liver-targeted diseases.
MEANWHILE, BlueRock Therapeutics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bayer AG, recently announced the dose administration for the first patient in Canada in partnership with the University Health Network in a Phase 1, open-label trial of pluripotent stem cell-derived dopaminergic neurons in patients with advanced Parkinson's disease. (Rama Penta, SV)

Biospectal a Finalist for SXSW Innovation Award + Wins CES 2022 Tech Innovation Award

Biospectal is among the 60+ finalists for the 2022 SXSW Innovation Awards, which span 13 categories, including Health, Med & BioTech; AI & Machine Learning; Wearable Tech; and more. Winners, plus additional honors, will be announced at a ceremony on March 14, and these 60+ digital projects will be available for SXSW attendees to interact with at the Finalist Showcase on March 12.
MEANWHILE, at the recent CES 2022, Biospectal won an Omdia Technology Innovation Award, in the Fitness, Health and Wellbeing category, for its Biospectal OptiBP for iOS and Biodisc, an all-in-one blood pressure monitor and a monitoring platform that extends smartphones and other connected mobile devices to clinics, hospitals, work, and home. (Eliott Jones, SV)

Choice in Aging CEO Interviewed on ABC 7 re Booster Shots & Healthcare Workers

Debbie Toth, CEO of Choice in Aging (CiA), was recently interviewed by ABC 7 about the "astoundingly low" percentage of eligible healthcare workers at skilled nursing facilities who have received a booster shot [as of press time].
ALSO, recent episodes of CiA's "Dishing with Debbie" video series include:
>> Guests John Cunningham, Principal Transportation Planner in Contra Costa County Dept of Conservation and Development, and Peter Engel, who has worked in public transit and transportation demand management for 30 years - how a private/public partnership and some righteous advocacy is going to ensure folks aren't institutionalized just because they cannot drive.
>> Guest Bette Felton, a Principal Investigator for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - explore the partnerships the Foundation created throughout this pandemic and how they are going to ensure they remain together beyond the crisis. (Debbie Toth, OAK)

Cigna Named One of America's Best Corporate Citizens & A Best Place to Work

Cigna Corporation has been named one of "America's Most JUST Companies," by JUST Capital and CNBC, making this the third year that the organization has been recognized for its corporate citizenship. Cigna has taken leadership positions on a variety of environmental, social, and corporate governance issues, including pay parity, workforce diversity, climate impact, and community involvement.
AND, Cigna earned a perfect 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2022 Corporate Equality Index, making it one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality - the tenth year in a row that Cigna has earned this honor. (Chris De Rosa, OC)

Elemeno Health Wins InnovatorMD & American College of Emergency Physicians Awards

At the recent InnovatorMD Global Summit 2022, Elemeno Health won first place in the Startup Showcase.
ALSO, Elemeno recently won the American College of Emergency Physicians 2021 Emergency Medicine Innovator of the Year award, PLUS closed a $1.5 million Series Seed 2 round in Q4, AND signed five new hospitals, including its first in the Midwest. (Arup Roy-Burman, MD, OAK)

Greg Buchert, MD is Now a MEDA Angels Partner

Greg has joined MEDA Angels as a Partner in this healthcare-focused angel investor group that is investing in digital health SaaS, medical devices, robotics, diagnostics, imaging, AI-driven technologies and wellness (food/tech, sports/tech, media-promoting health). The organization has chapters in Newport Beach, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. (Greg Buchert, MD, OC)

Hospice of Santa Cruz County Debuts "Concurrent Care for Children" Program

Hospice of Santa Cruz County recently announced a new program, Concurrent Care for Children, which provides comfort care for children with life-limiting illnesses, combining palliative care and hospice care across time. Children on this service may continue to seek life-sustaining and curative treatments, while receiving home-based pain and symptom management.
ALSO, the Santa Cruz Sentinel recently published a feature article - Have aging parents? Hospice of Santa Cruz County can help - which details the many ways this hospice organization supports local patients and families, including transitional and palliative care services, help with creating Advance Directives, music therapy, support for faith leaders, "Hospice 101" presentations to local groups, as well as traditional hospice care. (Cathy Conway, SV)

Illumination Foundation to Present "Solutions to Address Health Equity" - Now on April 19

On April 19, Illumination Foundation will present its 2022 consortium "Together We Can - Solutions to Address Equity" (previously scheduled for February 3), at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. The new date will enable Illumination Foundation "to provide the safest experience for every person who wants to be part of these important conversations around housing and healthcare." The event will bring together speakers and panelists from governmental agencies, non-profits, for-profits, healthcare providers, private foundations, and educational institutions to drive solution-driven conversations around inequity and inequality in housing, healthcare, workforce, and education. (Paul Leon, OC)

Kaiser Permanente Joins Graphite Health to Create Trusted Interoperable Data Platform

Graphite Health, a digital healthcare company, has announced that Kaiser Permanente is now an organizing member, joining SSM Health, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, and Intermountain Healthcare. Modeled on Civica Rx, a health utility company, Graphite Health is creating a standardized, interoperable data platform that enables a secure and open marketplace to streamline the distribution of digital health solutions for both health systems and entrepreneurs. Fundamental to Graphite Health's vision is the Digital Hippocratic Oath, which serves as the ethical compass that guides all operations, including their approach to data sharing, integration, and technical processes (Marcos Vasconcelos, OAK)

LigoLab Recognized as Industry Leader by Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan recently analyzed the North American Laboratory Information Systems Industry and recognized LigoLab as the "2022 Competitive Strategy Leadership Award" winner for improving the efficiency of diagnostic labs and transforming them into thriving businesses. According to Amartya Bose, an industry analyst, "LigoLab's truly integrated LIS & RCM platform allows for the seamless integration, transparency, and situational awareness of all laboratory operations and RCM processes through its real-time, queue-facilitated workflow. This RCM module ensures billing cycle management starts at the order initiation, providing a single source of truth that's supported by automated coding and regulatory claim compliance verification, thus reducing the risk of denials at a later stage by up to 98% and improving the net collections for laboratories." (Suren Avunjian, LA)

Mazzetti Working on UW Behavioral Health Facility + Researching Hospitals Stressed by Pandemic

The Seattle Times recently published a feature article on the new University of Washington Behavioral Health Facility, a project for which Mazzetti is providing mechanical and plumbing design services.
Meanwhile, for the first time in a century, researchers (from Mazzetti) had the opportunity to examine electricity use at hospitals stressed to the max - ICU beds full, ventilators whirring, infusion pumps beeping. Supported by the Fire Protection Research Foundation, these researchers embarked on a yearlong project starting in the spring of 2020 to study electricity use - specifically, the energy used by equipment plugged into receptacles - at eight hospitals across the country, each chosen because they were expected to see surges in patients during the pandemic. Read about it here. (Walt Vernon, JD, SF)

MedWand CEO Interviewed for Series on Technology Making an Important Positive Social Impact

Dave Philistin, CEO of Candor, recently interviewed MedWand CEO Bob Rose, in Health Tech: Robert Rose On How MedWand Solutions' Technology Can Make An Important Impact On Our Overall Wellness - published in Authority Magazine, and part of an interview series about "Technology Making An Important Positive Social Impact." Among other things, the article covers Bob's three character traits he thinks were most instrumental to his success; particular problems MedWand is aiming to solve; how MedWand's technology can address these, and "five things you need to know to successfully create technology that can make a positive social impact." (Bob Rose, OC)

Nelson Hardiman Discusses 2022's New Healthcare Laws, Vaccine News & More

Harry Nelson is among eight Nelson Hardiman (NH) attorneys named to the "2022 Southern California Super Lawyers List" - for Harry's 12th consecutive year.
AND, Harry was interviewed recently on Spectrum News about a California bill that would allow children 12+ years old to get vaccinated without parental knowledge or consent.
MEANWHILE, NH has published recent Client Alerts, including:
>> The Top Ten: 2022's New Healthcare Laws, which cover telehealth; vax mandates; psychedelics as a mental health therapeutic; next-gen diagnostics; medicine delivery; No-Surprises Act; and more.
>> Appreciating the Genomic Legacy of Henrietta Lacks (In Honor of MLK Jr. Day).
>> California Mandate Effective January 14, 2022: Can Private Businesses ask about Employee Vaccination Status?
>> Opioids and Addiction Health Challenges in the Pandemic.
>> Covid-19 Free Swabs & Rising Fraud: Authorities Increase Testing Availability While Warning of Scams & Faulty Product. (Harry Nelson, JD, LA)

On Lok Honored by State Officials for 50th Anniversary

In recognition of On Lok's 50th anniversary, CEO Grace Li was honored to accept a proclamation from Senator Scott Wiener, Assemblymember Phil Ting, and San Francisco City Attorney (and former Assemblymember) David Chiu. (Grace Li, SF)

OneLegacy Announces Record-Setting Year in Organ Donation and Transplantation

OneLegacy, the not-for-profit organ, eye and tissue recovery organization serving seven Southern California counties, announced an 8% increase in organ donation in 2021, marking the seventh consecutive year of record-setting organ donation and transplantation. The 2021 increase reflects OneLegacy enabling the transplant of 1,688 organs from 591 donors. Also in 2021, the OneLegacy Eye Bank enabled 1,037 vision-restoring corneal transplants, which represents a 4% increase from 2020. Additionally, 155,000+ lives were healed through tissue donation and transplantation in the year just concluded. ALSO, to help hospitals and communities care for COVID patients, OneLegacy transferred a record number of organ and tissue donors to its Transplant Recovery Center in Redlands rather than take up ICU beds, ventilators and essential hospital staff. (Tom Mone, LA)

Parentis Health Video Provides Look at Life at Verona Court

This short video provides a testimonial of what Verona Court, a Parentis Health company, is really like. Jim, the son of a resident, shares his experience and why he thinks Verona Court is the best choice when it comes to finding compassionate senior living care. He shares details about his search to find the right care for his mother and expresses his genuine appreciation for the kindness, care, attention, and love his mother received at Verona Court. (Tarek El Nabli, OC)

Pharmco Completes Lab Expansion

Pharmco Inc. CEO Robert Nickell recently posted on LinkedIn: "Excited to announce the completion of our additional 5000 square foot expansion with negative and positive pressure labs." (Robert Nickell, OC)

PreludeDx CEO Named Among "30 Best CEOs of the Year 2022" by Silicon Review

The Silicon Review has named Dan Forche, CEO of PreludeDx, among its "30 Best CEOs of the Year 2022" and published an interview with Dan to learn more about his leadership which has been pivotal in giving the company direction and great success. In the article, Dan discusses: Top three skills needed to be a successful CEO; One piece of advice for someone just starting out; Any new services ready to be launched?; and What the future holds for PreludeDx and its customers. (Dan Forche, OC)

PRODEO Teams with LusioMATE in the U.S.

PRODEO is excited to introduce LusioMATE to the U.S. market, a product of Lusio Technologies, based in Sydney, Australia. LusioMATE's wearable rehabilitation device and physical therapy ecosystem to motivate the achievement of movement goals, and drive adherence to PT programs, in general, via a suite of fun and engaging games suitable for all ages and capabilities. LusioMATE can be used remotely by both patients and clinicians in the emerging areas of telehealth and virtual care. PRODEO sees this breakthrough technology as the missing lever to drive desired outcomes while boosting both patient and clinician satisfaction. (Mark Heinemeyer, OC)

Providence DIG Gives Digital Predictions + Spin-Out DexCare Raises $50M

Providence Digital Innovation Group (DIG) has published COVID-19 Digital Insight Series: Industry Consolidation - 2021 in Review, as well as 2022 Digital Predictions.
MEANWHILE, DexCare, Inc., a data-driven intelligence company focused on healthcare access, which was incubated by Providence DIG, recently announced a $50M Series B funding led by Transformation Capital, with participation from all existing investors, Kaiser Permanente, Providence Ventures, Mass General Brigham, Define Ventures, Frist Cressey Ventures, and SpringRock Ventures. In less than one year, DexCare has closed two oversubscribed funding rounds totaling $71M to-date. (Marcee Chmait, LA)

Royal Ambulance Shares Why Sign-On Bonuses Can Destroy Your Team Culture

In Why EMT Sign-On Bonuses Are Destroying Your Team Culture, Royal Ambulance delves into the question, "Are sign-on bonuses a good idea?" The reality is, they're not. "It makes far more sense to elevate those who are loyal and work hard during their time at Royal," says Eve Grau, VP of Human Resources at Royal. "It's important to be compensated well for hard work, but non-financial perks make a considerable impact on employee engagement, job satisfaction and promote a healthy team culture." Royal concludes that leaders in the EMS industry should be providing team members with a clear path for growth within their organizations, offering tailored opportunities to increase or learn new skills and move into advanced roles. (Steve Grau, SV)

Savi Group Lauds the Future of Predictive Analytics & AI in Healthcare

In The Future of Predictive Analytics in Healthcare, Savi Group shares that predictive analytics has the potential to help healthcare providers make better decisions about patient care and other important medical concerns.
AND, in Artificial Intelligence Trends in Healthcare 2022, Savi concludes that AI has the ability to streamline administrative processes; AI data analyses hold the potential to uncover many new trends and insights from mountains of unorganized data that currently exist within medical organizations across the world; and AI algorithms hold the power to provide more accurate medical diagnoses to patients. (Sumit Mahendru, OC)

SimpleTherapy CEO Discusses Effects of Growing Musculoskeletal Problems

In this 13-minute video, Arpit Khemka, CEO of SimpleTherapy, explains the growing issues with musculoskeletal problems (MSKs). Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, MSKs were a top cost-driver in multinational employers' medical claims data, and with many employees hunched over laptops and away from the ergonomic setup of an office, the problem is only growing. (Arpit Khemka, SV)

Wipfli Once Again a Bob Scott VAR Star + Provides Healthcare-Related Webinars On-Demand

For the 10th consecutive year, Wipfli LLP has been selected as a member of the Bob Scott's VAR Stars for 2021, a group of 100 organizations honored for their accomplishments in the field of midmarket financial software.
MEANWHILE, in this on-demand webinar - Hospital Price Transparency: Unpacking the common pitfalls, Wipfli explains why hospital price transparency continues to be a challenge for hospitals.
AND, in Driving Success in Home Health Value-Based Purchasing, also available on-demand, Wipfli covers the essential components of the HHVBP model and how CMS will utilize claims data; strategies and best practices to drive successful operations and reimbursement under the new model, and more. (Jeff Johnson, Steve Rousso & John Dao, OAK)

AfterNow Seeks AR/VR Presentation Builders & Unveils New AR/VR Software Product, Viz

AfterNow has an Open Call for Presenters! They're looking for a few professionals or creatives interested in presenting a 20-30 minute experience in VR to an intimate audience of 20-30 people as a use case for AfterNow's drag & drop AR/VR presentation builder: Prez. Anyone interested, please contact the Captain of AfterNow, [email protected], directly.
MEANWHILE, AfterNow has introduced Viz, a new software product in its suite of augmented and virtual reality presentation tools, which enables users to show their audience what data means in one simple 3D and interactive experience. Any presentation, whether for sales, financial projections, inventory analysis, scientific research, or product visualization, is backed up with data. Click here to learn more and sign up for early access. (Philippe Lewicki, ABL-Tech WLA)

Eckert & Ziegler Acquires SPECT Firm & Signs Exclusive Supply Agreement

Eckert & Ziegler (EZ) has acquired 100% of the shares of Argentinian nuclear medicine specialist Tecnonuclear S.A., a manufacturer of Technetium-99 generators and a portfolio of related biomolecules. These so-called "cold kits" function as vectors for the in-vivo delivery of Technetium-99 to more specific biological targets such as receptors and transporters. Worldwide they represent the most widely used class of nuclear medicine products for the detection of cancer and cardio-vascular abnormalities.
ALSO, EZ Radiopharma (EZR) has signed a joint venture and exclusive long-term supply agreements for Ytterbium-176 with Atom Mines LLC. Cancer therapies based on Lutetium-177 are proving highly effective, yet the world supply of the indispensable precursor, Ytterbium-176, has previously been measured in grams per year. A new technology partially financed by EZR and developed by Atom Mines now promises to overcome this bottleneck. (Frank Yeager, ABL-Tech SGV)

GIDEON Informatics Adds 1,800+ COVID-19 Research Graphs to Epidemiology Database

Over 1,800 charts have been added to the robust GIDEON epidemiology database and diagnostic toolkit, GIDEON Informatics has announced. Now, researchers can download ready-to-use graphs on SARS-CoV-2 cases, cumulative cases, cumulative case rates per 100,000 persons, deaths, mortality rates, cumulative death rates by country, region, or worldwide. GIDEON also supports the creation of custom charts to compare data from one country or region versus another over time. Over 200 publications, and counting, have already leveraged the GIDEON database for their infectious disease and epidemiology-related research. (Uri Blackman, ABL-Tech WLA)

Intellect Provides Webinar on Building a Covid-19 Daily Health Screening Mobile App

Intellect has made its recent webinar available on-demand: How to Build a COVID-19 Daily Health Screening Mobile App with Intellect's No-Code Compliance Platform. Watch a demo on how MedBio, a full-service medical contract manufacturer, uses a COVID-19 web and mobile app to keep their business going during the pandemic. You will also learn more about:
>> Why build a COVID-19 web and mobile app for tracking COVID-19 data;
>> How simple it is for employees to submit their health status daily;
>> What features Managers and HR can leverage for keeping employees safe; and
>> What are the benefits of COVID-19 app for employees and employers. (Romeo Elias, ABL-Tech WLA)

Omicron Deaths in U.S. Exceed Delta's Peak as Covid-19 Optimism Rises in Europe

More signs emerged that the Omicron wave is taking a less serious human toll in Europe than earlier phases of the pandemic, while U.S. data showed daily average deaths from the disease exceeding the peak reached during the surge driven by the previously dominant Delta variant. In the U.S., the seven-day average for newly reported Covid-19 deaths reached 2,258 a day on Tuesday, up about 1,000 from daily death counts two months ago, data from Johns Hopkins University show. That is the highest since February 2021 as the country was emerging from the worst of last winter's wave. While there is a large body of evidence suggesting that Omicron is less likely to kill the people it infects, it spreads much more quickly and therefore infects many more people than earlier variants, epidemiologists say. Case counts in the U.S. have dwarfed previous records. (https://www.wsj.com/articles/omicron-deaths-in-u-s-exceed-deltas-peak-as-covid-19-optimism-rises-in-europe-11643201653)

Meanwhile, Denmark said it will end virus restrictions and reclassify Covid-19 as a disease that no longer poses a threat to society, even as infections hit a record high. The Nordic country won't extend the pandemic measures beyond Jan. 31, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said. Denmark's decision on reclassifying the virus dramatically pushes forward an idea that's emerged recently in Europe - that it's time to start thinking about Covid as endemic rather than a pandemic. However, World Health Organization experts have warned against complacency. (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-01-26/denmark-to-end-covid-curbs-as-premier-deems-critical-phase-over)

And, England Lifts Covid Restrictions as Omicron Threat Recedes: Most coronavirus restrictions including mandatory face masks were lifted in England last week, after Britain's government said its vaccine booster rollout successfully reduced serious illness and COVID-19 hospitalizations. Face coverings are no longer required by law anywhere in England, and a legal requirement for COVID passes for entry into nightclubs and other large venues has been scrapped. (https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-boris-johnson-health-business-sajid-javid-0c6d0302f6dabc7f1f7e633cc3a81d06 )

Scientists Monitoring New Omicron Subvariant BA.2

There are already dozens of cases across almost half of the U.S. of a new Covid subvariant - BA.2 - that's even more contagious than the already highly transmissible omicron variant. Nearly half of U.S. states have confirmed the presence of BA.2 with at least 127 known cases nationwide as of Friday, according to a global data base that tracks Covid variants. The CDC, in a statement, said although BA.2 has increased in proportion to the original omicron strain in some countries, it is currently circulating at a low level in the U.S. The World Health Organization has not labeled BA.2 a separate variant of concern from omicron. However, WHO officials have repeatedly warned that new variants will arise as omicron spreads across the world at an unprecedented rate. (https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/28/the-new-bapoint2-omicron-subvariant-is-already-circulating-in-half-of-us-states.html)

Meanwhile, early data indicate vaccines still protect against Omicron's sister variant, BA.2: New data show that vaccines still protect against a spinoff of the Omicron variant, a welcome sign as the world keeps a close eye on the latest coronavirus iteration. (https://www.statnews.com/2022/01/28/early-data-indicate-vaccines-still-protect-against-omicrons-sister-variant-ba-2/)

Moderna Wins Full Approval for its Covid-19 Vaccine, as Novavax Seeks Authorization for its Version

After more than 200 million doses administered in the U.S., Moderna won full approval for its initial vaccination and its half-dose booster from the FDA for individuals over 18. Meanwhile, Novavax submitting a long-awaited application to the agency for an emergency use authorization for its vaccine. The approval of Moderna's vaccine, Spikevax, makes it the country's second fully licensed vaccine to protect against SARS-CoV-2 - the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine, Comirnaty, became the first to be fully approved in August.

Novavax's vaccine, currently known as NVX-CoV2373, is made differently than the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, which both deploy messenger RNA to teach the immune system to recognize and attack SARS-2 viruses. Novavax's jab is a so-called protein vaccine, which delivers nanoparticles of the SARS-2 spike protein to the immune system to activate its defenses against the virus. (https://www.statnews.com/2022/01/31/and-then-there-were-2-fda-gives-full-approval-to-modernas-covid-19-vaccine/)

California Covid Cases Top 8 Million, Adding 2.5M Since January 1st

California has now surpassed 8 million cumulative coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic, the result of weeks of unprecedented spread fueled by the highly infectious Omicron variant. The milestone, equivalent to roughly 1 out of every 5 residents having been infected at some point, comes amid growing signs that Omicron has finally peaked - but not before tearing through California's communities. Since New Year's Day, 2.5 million coronavirus cases have been reported in California. That's fast approaching the entire statewide caseload reported all of last year: 3.1 million. (https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-01-26/california-coronavirus-cases-top-8-million)

ICYMI: Public Health Emergency Extended for the 8th Time

HHS renewed its determination that a public health emergency exists nationwide due to the continued consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, effective January 16, 2022. This is the eighth renewal of the original January 31, 2020 determination that a public health emergency exists and has existed since January 27, 2020. (https://aspr.hhs.gov/legal/PHE/Pages/COVID19-14Jan2022.aspx)

Lost or Damaged Your Covid-19 Vaccine Card? Here's What You Need to Do in California

Just as you can misplace your phone, wallet or keys, a COVID-19 vaccine card can easily go missing after a night out in town, especially since many businesses, events and restaurants are requiring proof of vaccination for entrance. If you misplaced your card or damaged it, here's what you can do: https://www.sacbee.com/news/coronavirus/article257752358.html

New Clues About Who Will Develop Long Covid

Asthma. Unhealthy gut bacteria. The presence of autoantibodies, usually associated with autoimmune conditions. These are among the risk factors identified in new studies as potentially making someone at greater risk of developing long Covid, a condition in which wide-ranging symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, and racing heart rate persist months after an initial Covid-19 infection. The studies help advance scientists' understanding of the biology behind long Covid, and provide clues to potential treatments. Patients with autoantibodies, for instance, might get relief from existing treatments for lupus, an autoimmune disease. (https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-new-clues-about-who-will-develop-long-covid-11643625003?mod=hp_trending_now_article_pos4)

Zeke's Opinion: PCR Covid Tests Are Not Very Useful. Focus On Rapid Antigen Tests Instead

The following is an excerpt written for The Washington Post by Zeke Emanuel, MD/PhD, and three others who served as members of the Covid-19 Advisory Board for the Biden-Harris transition: "...There is no need for someone without symptoms or who has had a high-risk exposure to take a PCR test, unless they can get a very rapid result. Shifting to reliance on rapid antigen tests will help slow transmission during this pandemic. It should also ease the confusion and concerns of Americans about getting a coronavirus test."

How mRNA Vaccines Were Made: Drawing Upon Long-Buried Discoveries in the Hopes of Ending Past Epidemics

Tony Pfannkuche, a 17-year veteran of ABL, prior to retiring as the CEO of Bridge Executive Corporation to become an accomplished reader and commenter, consistently keeps our Inbox full of valuable articles, including this one from The New York Times, about which he writes: "I always thought that the great value of ABL was the diversity of its expert membership. Every discussion I attended provided a variety of perspectives and usually resulted in a clarification of knotty issues achieved through leveraging the long and varied experience of the members. I thought of this this morning when I read the long and very entertaining article about the provenance of the COVID mRNA vaccines, Halting Progress and Happy Accidents: How mRNA Vaccines Were Made. This should be recommended reading for ABL-ers."

Universal Health Care Bill Fails to Pass in California

A bill that would have created the nation's only government-funded universal health care system died in the California Assembly on Monday as Democrats could not gather enough support to bring it for a vote ahead of a legislative deadline. The bill had to pass by midnight on Monday to have a chance at becoming law this year. Democrats needed 41 votes for that to happen, a threshold that did not seem impossible given that they control 56 of the 80 seats in the state Assembly and universal health care has long been a priority for the party. (https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/universal-health-care-bill-faces-deadline-california-82573398)

HHS Distributes Additional $2 Billion in Provider Relief Fund Payments

Last week, HHS announced the distribution of more than $2 billion in Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 General Distribution payments. These payments bring the Phase 4 distribution total to approximately $11 billion of the total allotted $17 billion. In this round of distributions, more than 7,600 providers received payments based on changes in revenue and expenses, with an increased focus on equity. (King & Spalding Health Headlines, 1/31/22: https://kslawemail.com/128/8704/pages/art2.asp?sid=483087ab-44ab-4200-928f-e6d494931f74)

14.5 Million Americans Signed Up for Affordable Health Care During Historic Open Enrollment Period

The Biden-Harris Administration announced a record-breaking 14.5 million people have signed up for 2022 health care coverage through the Marketplaces during the historic Marketplace Open Enrollment Period from November 1, 2021 through January 15, 2022 - including 5.8 million people who have newly gained coverage under the Administration. The American Rescue Plan lowered health care costs for most Marketplace consumers and increased enrollment to these records levels: HealthCare.gov consumers saw their average monthly premium fall by 23%, compared to the 2021 enrollment period that ended before the American Rescue Plan passed. (https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/biden-harris-administration-announces-145-million-americans-signed-affordable-health-care-during)

What's in the California Paid Sick Leave Deal for Workers & Businesses?

California workers will soon again have access to as much as two weeks paid time off for COVID-related sick leave, under a deal announced Thursday by the governor and legislative leaders. The agreement comes amid the continued omicron surge and the resulting labor shortage across the state's workforce, including health care, schools and public transit. And it may be just in time: The number of Californians who were not working in the last month because they or a family member had COVID-19 increased by 320%, according to a California Budget and Policy Center analysis of census data. California workers have been without extra paid time off for COVID - on top of just three days of regular paid sick leave - since a statewide program ended Sept. 30. Under the deal negotiated by Gov. Newsom, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, the new leave program will be retroactive to Jan. 1 and extend through Sept. 30. As with the previous leave, the new leave only covers employers with 26 or more workers, and the state will provide tax credits to companies. (https://www.dailynews.com/2022/01/27/whats-in-the-california-paid-sick-leave-deal-for-workers-and-businesses-3/)

Bed Rest After Hospitalization May Hamper Recovery for Older Patients

Hospitalization often spells the beginning of the end of older patients' mobility. Bed rest could be to blame - and in-hospital exercise programs could provide the jump-start older patients need to maintain their functionality at home, a study in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/bedrest-hospital-exercise/2022/01/28/0dc1a724-7ed5-11ec-a25a-1eefb09da298_story.html)

Moderna Launches Clinical Trial for HIV Vaccine that Uses mRNA Technology

Moderna announced that it has launched early-stage clinical trials of an HIV mRNA vaccine. The biotech company has teamed up with the nonprofit International AIDS Vaccine Initiative to develop the shot, which uses the same technology as Moderna's successful COVID-19 vaccine. Nearly 38 million people worldwide - including about 1.3 million in the U.S - are living with HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, which can lead to the potentially fatal disease AIDS. (https://abcnews.go.com/Health/moderna-launches-clinical-trial-hiv-vaccine-mrna-technology/story?id=82510807)

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