ABL Healthcare Member News & Industry Trendletter * July 7, 2022
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                     Blog by Mimi Grant

Mimi recently participated in the "Living Longer Festival: Health + Wellness 2050," held at the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building on the National Mall. Following, Mimi shares a brief photo journal, with captions, of her incredible experience.

National Museum
In 1879, the "National Museum" - the nation's first, was "crowned" on the Washington Mall. Last November, after being closed for the past 20 years, the renamed Smithsonian "Arts + Industries Building" (AIB) reopened its doors to host the "FUTURES" exhibit. Over the eight months of the exhibit, FUTURES looked at a number of themes, including the future of AI, Generative Design, Conservation, Energy, Transportation, Work, Fashion, Gaming, and "Healthcare - in 2050."

The Doctor is In (Space)
On June 25th, the "Living Longer Festival: Health + Wellness 2050," highlighted a special demonstration entitled, "The Doctor Is In (SPACE)," "demonstrating" how an astronaut using a MedWand on a patient in space could conceivably link with a terrestrial doctor for an exam. MedWand's Co-Founders, Bob Rose, CEO, and Samir Qamar, MD, CMO, were frequently seen on-hand answering questions from the 12,000 visitors who toured the Exhibit on "Solstice Saturday," when several of the Smithsonian museums, including AIB, stayed open late - some till midnight.

Living Longer Festival
Later, I had the honor of moderating an outstanding panel of experts, supplemented with questions from the audience who "Interrupted Your Regularly Scheduled Panel" throughout "WIYRSP: Living Longer in the Future." To kick it off we introduced "Elizabeth," a great grandmother, who was captured on her grandson's iPhone for the masses when she demonstrated her impressive moves as she got down to Bruno Mars at her 100th birthday party surrounded by friends and family... CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF MIMI'S BLOG WITH MORE PHOTOS

CareConnectMD Announces $25 Million Investment to Fuel Expansion & Hiring

CareConnectMD, Inc., a provider of primary care and care coordination services tailored to meet the needs of complex Medicare participants, recently announced the close of a $25 million financing round led by Minneapolis-based TT Capital Partners. CareConnectMD will leverage the investment to deepen its presence in California, Ohio and Texas, and expand into other markets - and to enhance its technology platform to scale and streamline care delivery. (Kim Phan, OC)

Choice in Aging Awarded $10 Million in State Budget for Aging in Place Campus

The California Legislature recently voted for the 2023 fiscal year budget, which includes $10 million to help fund Choice in Aging's (CiA) innovative Aging in Place Campus in Pleasant Hill. The campus will create a national model for aging independently in the community with wraparound health and social services outside a senior's front door. The campus includes 82 single bedroom apartments for low-income seniors, a new CiA adult day health care facility, and a new Choice in Learning Montessori intergenerational preschool.
ALSO, CiA's Choice in Learning has been named by Parents Press as Contra Costa County's best child care facility, independent preschool, large preschool, and Montessori preschool. (Debbie Toth, Bay Area)

Change Healthcare & Luma Launch "Patient Engagement" Tech Solutions

Change Healthcare, in Collaboration with Luma Health, has launched Patient Engagement, a suite of solutions that seamlessly connects touchpoints across the patient journey, increasing access and improving communication between patients and providers. The Patient Engagement suite centers on the patient's success, and the tools work to increase patient volumes and loyalty while reducing denials and other administrative burdens for providers. (Marcia Augsburger, JD, Bay Area)

Donate Life Announces 2023 Rose Parade Float Theme

Celebrating its 20th year of participation in the iconic Rose Parade, the Donate Life community announced the theme for its 2023 Donate Life parade float, "Lifting Each Other Up," heralding the power of organ, eye and tissue donation. A spectacular Chinese street dragon is the centerpiece of the float, which will be supported on poles by living donors, and surrounded by organ, eye and tissue recipients, whose lives have been transformed and have turned the corner to a more prosperous future, thanks to those who said "YES" to organ, eye and tissue donation. OneLegacy's Tom Mone is Chairman of the Donate Life Rose Parade float committee. (Tom Mone, LA)

El Camino Health Gets Top Honors in Newsweek's Best Maternity Care Hospitals + Wins Awards for Stroke & Diabetes Awards

El Camino Health (ECH) has been named a five ribbon hospital, receiving top honors on Newsweek's 2022 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals. The distinction recognizes facilities that have provided exceptional care to mothers, newborns and their families, as verified by Statista Inc.
AND, ECH has received the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement Award, for proven dedication to ensuring all stroke patients have access to best practices and life-saving care. ECH also received the Target: Stroke Honor Roll and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Awards, which aim to ensure patients who might be at higher risk for complications receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care. (Cecile Currier, SV)

GameRx Debuts Sports Pharmacy Line

At the recent National Athletic Trainers Association meeting in Philadelphia, GameRx performed a soft launch of nine new pain relief products, including Ketorub, Iontosone, Pain XIT, Gabazone, Skrgel, Sportcaine, Wasabi Rub, YabaGabaGoo, and US Diclo. These products are custom-formulated topicals of OTC and Rx medications that are widely used as treatment options for athletes across all genres of sports. GameRx also offers a telehealth platform available if needed on a more urgent basis. The GameRx Sports Pharmacy line was developed by Robert Nickell, the first pharmacist of the US Olympic Medical Team for the Athens Games in 2004. (Robert Nickell, Pharm, OC)

HumanGood Opens Filipino Community Village in South Seattle

HumanGood recently celebrated the opening of Filipino Community Village, a 95-unit residence for low-income seniors, located in South Seattle, WA. The ground floor of the new building will be occupied by a 4,800-square-foot Innovation Learning Center, which will provide youth and adults with access to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs, and serve as a vibrant and inclusive community gathering space. Filipino Community Village will join the HumanGood family of 99 affordable housing communities. (Tara McGuinness, Bay Area)

Kaiser Permanente Pledges Meaningful Action to Decarbonize Healthcare Sector

Kaiser Permanente (KP) joined the Biden administration for a White House event on June 30, with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where Bechara Choucair, MD, KP SVP and chief health officer, along with industry colleagues, pledged meaningful action to decarbonize the health care sector and make health care facilities more resilient to the effects of climate change. KP has committed to meet the Biden administration's climate goal of reducing emissions by 50% by 2030 and aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. (Marcos Vasconcelos, Bay Area)

LifeLong Medical's Street Medicine Awarded for Mental Health Work

The City of Berkeley recently presented its Mental Health Department and LifeLong Medical Care Street Medicine with its "2022 Mental Health Achievement Award." LifeLong's Berkeley Street Medicine crew have been able to provide a higher level of mental healthcare for people experiencing homelessness. (Mike Stacey, MD, Bay Area)

LigoLab Reports on Digital Pathology + Web-Based Remote Ordering & Reports

In Digital Pathology: The Future is Here, LigoLab Information System describes how the pandemic opened the door to digital pathology and how modern LIS systems provide the foundation for this new and evolving laboratory ecosystem.
AND, The LigoLab LIS & RCM Laboratory Operating Platform Now Features Web-Based Remote Ordering and Reporting announces that this newly added feature, dubbed LigoLab Web Connect, enables physicians and other lab clients to easily place orders, retrieve lab reports, and track the status of a case in real-time from anywhere and from any device with a simple internet connection.
ALSO, LigoLab is recently featured in articles on Influencive and MedCityNews. (Suren Avunjian, LA)

Mazzetti Participating in Construction of New UCSF Hospital of the Future

UC San Francisco has received approval for its plans to build a state-of-the-art hospital at UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights to meet the region's growing demand for specialty care and California's rigorous hospital seismic requirements, and Mazzetti announced that in collaboration with HDR and Herzog & de Meuron, they are working with Arup as lead MEP engineers, as part of a multi-firm team, designing the hospital of the future. It will incorporate the latest innovations in technology, like advanced diagnostics and robotics, lighting design and sustainability services for the project. (Walt Vernon, JD, Bay Area)

MedWand Unveiled the Future at Smithsonian's FUTURES Exhibition / Living Longer Festival

MedWand recently had the honor of participating with the FUTURES exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC to support a special one-day event - Living Longer Festival: Health + Wellness 2050. During the special pop-up, FUTURES and MedWand unveiled the "The Doctor is In (Space)!" where guests of all ages lined up to visit a healthcare provider in the year 2050 with a futuristic distanced healthcare visit, where medical professionals could monitor key health data from anywhere, anytime, allowing for distanced diagnoses and immediate care (even in outer space). ABL was well represented at the event: in addition to MedWand CEO Bob Rose, ABL Member Marcia Augsburger participated on a panel of experts discussing "Living Longer in the Future," moderated by Mimi Grant, with Bob Kelley interacting with the live and telecast audience. (Bob Rose, OC)

Nelson Hardiman Sheds Light on New Aspects of Abortion Access, and Impact of Transportation Costs on EMS

Harry Nelson and Nelson Hardiman have published How Telemedicine Changes the Abortion Conversation, while Harry was interviewed on ABC News in San Diego, discussing if doctors can prescribe abortion pills across state lines.
AND, Harry was featured on Cheddar TV News talking about telemedicine's impact on abortion access and options for women in restrictive states. Harry was also interviewed on Spectrum about the impact of transportation costs on emergency medical services workers. (Harry Nelson, JD, LA)

Parentis Foundation Announces Pickleball Tournament Fundraiser on July 16

Parentis Foundation, the non-profit affiliate of Parentis Health, a healthcare company offering continuum of care for seniors, has planned its first annual Pickleball Tournament for July 16, at the Tennis and Pickleball Club at Newport Beach. The tournament will raise funds for the Foundation's intergenerational literacy program - which empowers and inspires both seniors and children by nurturing relationships across generations. (Tarek El Nabli, OC)

PRODEO Examines Economic & Societal Effects of COVID on Our Brains

PRODEO and the PRODEO Institute contributed to a recent article - The economic and societal effects of COVID-19 on our brains. "We are in the infancy stages of understanding COVID-19's short- and long-term effects on the brain," says PRODEO's Harris Eyre, MD. "While COVID-19 is mainly a respiratory illness, long-COVID-19 is increasingly being revealed as a neuropsychiatric disorder. In other words, long-COVID-19 is all about the brain."
ALSO, Capital Finance International published an article to which PRODEO contributed - Brain Capital: An Emerging Investment Opportunity. (Mark Heinemeyer, OC)

Providence Digital Innovation Group Tackles Healthcare's Workforce Crisis

Providence Digital Innovation Group (DIG) has published Utilizing Innovation to Impact Healthcare's Workforce Crisis and is also making a video of a recent discussion on the topic available on-demand. Providence DIG delves into enabling self-service, automating non-clinical tasks, digital clinical support, new digital-first disruptive models of care, and workforce wellness. (Marcee Chmait, LA)

Royal Ambulance Named to "Top 50 Most Inspiring Workplaces - North America"

Royal Ambulance has been named one of the Top 50 Most Inspiring Workplaces in North America, sitting alongside past and present winners such as Twitter, Blue Shield California, Microsoft, Visa, and Adobe. The team at Inspiring Workplaces focuses on highlighting culture, leadership, employee wellbeing, team communication, inclusivity, and empowerment. (Steve Grau, SV)

SAVI Group Considers the Potential of AI & Healthcare Analytics

In The Future of Artificial Intelligence & Healthcare, SAVI Group explores the potential of increasing early diagnoses with AI, increased efficiency, and greater access to care.
AND, in Embracing Healthcare Analytics to Improve Patient Care, SAVI shares multiple data points that providers can use to improve their operations and patient care quality levels, including data on procedural tasks and giving patients insights into their health and well-being. Data can be stored, shared, and analyzed by using EHRs, patient portals, RPM devices, and more. It can also be used for predictive modeling, making it possible to take preventive measures and track health outcome improvements. (Sumit Mahendru, OC)

Select Data Webinar to Address Augmented Coding & QA

On July 13, Select Data will present Augmented Coding & QA - Reduce Staff Turnover While Improving Quality of Care, a panel discussion on the issues confronting home health and the next generation of tools coming to help. CEO Ed Buckley will participate as a panelist; discussions will include what has changed that requires a new approach, the right tools to improve employee satisfaction and quality, and how artificial intelligence can help. (Ed Buckley, OC)

Wipfli Unveils EMRConnect Solution for Healthcare Clients

Wipfli has launched EMRConnect, a new solution for healthcare clients using Sage Intacct, which allows the seamless flow of information from EMRs to the Sage Intacct cloud financial management system and bolsters Wipfli's ability to help healthcare organizations streamline operations and consolidate operational, clinical and financial reporting and analysis, while helping to ensure accurate billing and reimbursement.
MEANWHILE, for the 11th year in a row, Wipfli has been named to the Bob Scott's Top 100 VARs list, chosen from organizations specializing in the sale and implementation of ERP and accounting software.
AND, on July 19th, Wipfli will offer a webinar - Recruiting and retaining with unique employee benefits; plus on July 11-15, in Las Vegas, the Stronger to Serve 2022 Wipfli National Training Conference will be particularly useful for nonprofit and FQHC leaders. (Jeff Johnson, John Dao & Steve Rousso, Bay Area)

GIDEON Informatics New Offerings Include a Free eBook on Monkeypox

GIDEON is offering its comprehensive eBook, Monkeypox: Global Status, available at no cost - use coupon code: mpox22 at checkout. It's one in a series of GIDEON ebooks which explore all individual infectious diseases, drugs, vaccines, outbreaks, surveys and pathogens in every country of the world.
PLUS, watch an on-demand video, 10 Things You Can Do With GIDEON That May Surprise You, to learn what the company can do, plus "some sweet tips, and maybe a chuckle or two." (Uri Blackman, ABL-Tech WLA)

Greenlight Info Services Presented Free Webinar: Keeping Cyber Criminals Out of Your Bank Account

Businesses and individuals are losing thousands of dollars to cyber criminals way too often. But there are things you can do to protect yourself and your business. On Wednesday, July 6, Jason Makevich of Greenlight Information Services, along with cyber insurance experts, presented a free webinar - Keeping Cyber Criminals Out of Your Bank Account - which provided valuable information on how to prevent this from happening to you. (Jason Makevich, ABL-Tech OC)

Profi CEO Featured in Print & Podcast

Alina Trigubenko, CEO of Profi, is spotlighted in a feature article from Thrive Global - Don't forget your humanity and your place in the whole of life.
AND, Profi has published an article - 5 Ways COVID Improved Mind-Body Wellness for Health & Wellness Coaching and Training Teams.
PLUS, Alina is interviewed on an episode of Marketing the Invisible podcast - How to Leverage Technology to Grow Your Business - In Just 7 Minutes. (Alina Trigubenko & Adam Miller, ABL-Tech WLA)

The Joy Factory Adds New Product Line for Mobile Workforce

The Joy Factory's new product line - aXtion Volt - will complement its existing inventory of commercial-grade, ruggedized protective cases under the aXtion brand. These products are designed for the mobile workforce and now come with wireless charging capabilities - the VOLT, the first-ever charging product line for the aXtion brand. There will be a total of eight new products offered this year. The first two are available now: DCA505: aXtion Volt Case for iPad Air 5th/4th Gen/Pro 11-inch/3rd/2nd Gen; and DDU111: aXtion Volt Single Bay Charging Dock. (Sampson Yang, ABL-Tech OC, & Miranda Su, ABL-Tech SGV)

VCP's Parent Covetrus to Be Acquired by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and TPG

Covetrus (NASDAQ: CVET), parent company of VCP, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a global private investment firm, and TPG Capital, to acquire all outstanding shares of Covetrus common stock not already owned by affiliates of CD&R for $21.00 per share in cash, representing an enterprise value of approximately $4 billion. Upon completion of the transaction, expected to close in the second half of 2022, Covetrus will become a private company and will no longer be publicly listed or traded on NASDAQ. (Bob Richardson, ABL-Tech OC)

Governor Newsom Signs $308 Billion State of California Budget

Governor Newsom has signed a $308 billion state budget that includes funds for a Medi-Cal expansion, bonus checks for healthcare workers, and increased abortion access. California will become the first state to offer healthcare to all undocumented residents through a Medi-Cal expansion that will take effect by January 2024. It will cover about 700,000 immigrants ages 26-49 who had been left out of the program. The state will also provide up to $1,500 to healthcare workers as "hero pay" for their challenging work during the COVID-19 pandemic. California will spend more than $200 million to help pay for abortion and reproductive healthcare. This includes funds to offset the cost of abortion care for uninsured and low-income residents, as well as those traveling to California from anti-abortion states. (https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article263044563.html)

Health-Insurance Providers Begin Publishing Prices for Medical Care

In response to CMS's July 1 deadline, insurers and employers began publicly posting the prices they pay for healthcare services ranging from doctor visits to lab tests, hugely expanding a federally mandated effort to unveil the long-secret rates. The new data is coming in the form of massive, machine-readable digital files, typically in formats not easily accessible to consumers, posted mostly on insurers' websites. In addition to insurers, employers are required to post prices under the rule, though many of them are expected to outsource the responsibility to insurers and health-plan administrators. (https://www.wsj.com/articles/health-insurance-providers-begin-publishing-prices-for-medical-care-11656685249?mod=hp_lista_pos5)

California Court of Appeal Finds Hospitals Do Not Have a Duty to Disclose ER Level Fees

On June 17, 2022, the First Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal issued a decision in Saini v. Sutter Health, Case No. A162081, affirming the decision of the Superior Court in Alameda County to dismiss class action claims against Sutter Health with prejudice. This case mirrors several cases throughout California and the country where plaintiffs' attorneys are attempting to use class action cases to impose a new duty on hospitals to disclose to emergency room patients - before providing emergency care - the existence, amount, and intent to charge certain emergency room charges, specifically the five ER Level Fees. The California Courts of Appeal have recently issued prior two decisions on this issue, one unequivocally finding that this alleged duty to disclose does not exist and one finding that the duty may exist in certain circumstances. This new case, Saini v. Sutter Health, affirmatively came down on the side that the duty to disclose ER Level Fees does not exist as a matter of law. Although unpublished, the Saini decision is nonetheless an important development of California law in this area as hospitals continue to try to defeat these class actions throughout the state. (https://kslawemail.com/128/9254/pages/article1.asp?sid=646d8da6-2cad-40ae-8ea0-9090bc9a61a0)

CMS Proposes Prospective Payment Rules for Home Health, Home Infusion, and End-Stage Renal Disease

In June, CMS issued a pair of proposed rules to update reimbursement for home health and end-stage renal disease services. The CY 2023 Home Health PPS rate update proposed rule was issued June 17, 2022. The CY 2023 End-Stage Renal Disease PPS proposed rule was issued June 21. Here is a summary of notable proposed changes in the two proposed rules: https://kslawemail.com/128/9263/pages/art3.asp?sid=050a2b67-331c-4348-87f8-d542c57ec1b5

HHS to End Telehealth HIPAA Flexibilities Upon Expiration of Public Health Emergency

On June 13, 2022, HHS OCR issued guidance on how covered health care providers and health plans can use remote communication technologies to provide audio-only telehealth services when conducted in a manner consistent with HIPAA requirements. In March 2020, OCR issued a Telehealth Notification informing the public that HHS would exercise discretion in how it applies the rules under HIPAA and that it would not impose penalties for noncompliance against covered providers in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). Under the flexibilities, covered health care providers have been able to use any available non-public facing remote communication technologies for telehealth, even when those technologies, and the manner in which they are used, may not fully comply with the HIPAA Rules. HHS's most recent guidance is aimed at assisting covered entities in complying with the HIPAA rules when OCR's Telehealth Notification is no longer in effect - at the end of the (PHE), which could be as early as July 15, 2022. (https://kslawemail.com/128/9254/pages/article3.asp?sid=646d8da6-2cad-40ae-8ea0-9090bc9a61a0)

Administration Secures 105 Million Doses of Pfizer's Latest COVID-19 Vaccine for Fall Vaccination Campaign

HHS, in collaboration with the Department of Defense, recently announced an agreement to purchase 105 million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for a fall vaccination campaign, with options for up to 300 million doses. The contract announcement follows a June 28 meeting of the FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting, which recommended the inclusion of an Omicron component for COVID-19 booster vaccines in the U.S. (https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2022/06/29/biden-harris-administration-secures-105-million-doses-of-pfizers-latest-covid-19-vaccine-for-fall-vaccination-campaign.html)

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Additional Deliveries of Vaccine as Part of Nationwide Strategy for Preventing Monkeypox

HHS on July 1 began delivering additional doses of vaccine as part of an enhanced nationwide vaccination strategy to mitigate the spread of monkeypox in communities where transmission is highest and with populations most at risk. As new orders come in, HHS will ship doses to those jurisdictions within one business day. (https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2022/07/01/biden-harris-administration-announces-additional-deliveries-vaccine-as-part-of-nationwide-vaccine-strategy-for-preventing-monkeypox.html)

100 Million People in America Are Saddled With Healthcare Debt

More than 100 million people in America - including 41% of adults - are beset by a health care system that is systematically pushing patients into debt on a mass scale, an investigation by KHN and NPR shows - far more pervasive than previously reported. That is because much of the debt that patients accrue is hidden as credit card balances, loans from family, or payment plans to hospitals and other medical providers. A quarter of adults with health care debt owe more than $5,000. And about 1 in 5 with any amount of debt said they don't expect to ever pay it off. (https://californiahealthline.org/news/article/diagnosis-debt-investigation-100-million-americans-hidden-medical-debt/)

Health Insurers Have the Data. Will Patients Listen?

Health insurers are betting big on artificial intelligence and data analytics that scan medical records and then alert members on how to improve their health. The challenge: It's difficult to get people to listen. Now companies say they're figuring out the best way to get people to respond, an effort that can include tapping consumer behavior experts and training nurses on the finer points of the phone call.

Health insurers like Cigna Corp. and UnitedHealthcare say they are exploring the idea of targeted medical interventions. Applying data analytics or AI algorithms to data from claims documents, electronic medical records and other sources of information, they are able to determine when a member might be at risk for a particular condition or further complications of an existing condition, the companies said. (https://www.wsj.com/articles/health-insurers-have-the-data-will-patients-listen-11657013401?mod=hp_minor_pos4)

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