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Newsweek Ranks Humana in Customer Service Among Health Insurance Companies

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 29 novembre 2018

Leading health and well-being company Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) has been recognized by Newsweek as Best in Customer Service among health insurance companies in the magazine’s new “America’s Best Customer Service 2019” rankings.In compiling its study, Newsweek and global research firm Statista collected and analyzed surveys from more than 20,000 U.S. consumers who have used services, made purchases, or gathered information about services or products in the past three years. Company rankings then were determined based on feedback regarding the company’s Net Promoter Score – the likelihood of customer recommendation – as well as on five consumer evaluation criteria: Quality of Communication; Technical Competence; Range of Services; Customer Focus; and Accessibility.“Newsweek has always been committed to deep reporting about American workers, both the challenges they face and the transformations they achieve,” said Nancy Cooper, Newsweek Global Editor in Chief. “As we examined the larger, impersonal forces that are transforming retail, it seemed like a good time to recognize a more personal factor in business success: the ways in which many companies nurture their relationships with consumers.”In all, Newsweek ranked companies across 141 sectors, including service providers, brick and mortar retailers, and online retailers. Humana ranked atop all companies evaluated in the Health Insurance Services category.“We’re very proud to receive this top honor from Newsweek,” said Vicki Perryman, Humana Senior Vice President of Consumer and Provider Service and Solutions. “Humana’s customer service team is passionate about helping members achieve their best health, and dedicated to resolving inquiries as quickly as possible. We focus on personalized engagement with members and making a connection with them. They’re at the center of all we do.”

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Scompenso cardiaco: e-health e social network per combattere la nuova pandemia

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 novembre 2018

Bologna 30 novembre e il 1 dicembre, all’Opificio Golinelli di Bologna, si terrà il Convegno nazionale sullo scompenso cardiaco. Una due giorni dedicata a quella che è stata definita “la nuova pandemia”: lo scompenso cardiaco. Una patologia cronica che sfida i sistemi sanitari per l’elevata frequenza di ri-ospedalizzazioni e l’alto assorbimento di risorse e che oggi, grazie anche nuove tecnologie, può essere tele-monitorata.
Lo scompenso cardiaco è la condizione di incapacità del cuore a pompare quantità di sangue adeguate alle necessità dell’organismo, determinando l’accumulo di liquidi (acqua) a livello degli arti inferiori, dei polmoni e in altri tessuti. Intorno ai 65 anni lo scompenso cardiaco rappresenta la prima causa di ricovero ospedaliero e dopo questa soglia anagrafica, la frequenza raddoppia a ogni decade di età fino ad arrivare a punte anche del dieci per cento circa dopo i settant’anni.“Vogliamo fare il punto sullo stato di avanzamento delle conoscenze e sui trattamenti raccomandati in un’epoca in cui alle evidenze dei trial si sovrappongono quelle dei registri e dei big data – spiega Urbinati -. Si parlerà dei marcatori, dei test di imaging per raffinare la diagnosi e delle nuove terapie farmacologiche, senza trascurare il ruolo della cardiochirurgia, dell’assistenza meccanica e del trapianto”. Si affronterà inoltre il tema dell’e-health che consente tramite smartphone il tele-monitoraggio dei pazienti affetti da scompenso cardiaco: con una “App” è possibile infatti registrare, trasmettere, archiviare e interpretare i parametri cardiocircolatori (segnali ECG, frequenza cardiaca, pressione arteriosa, saturazione di ossigeno) e immagini diagnostiche (ecocardiografia, tomografia computerizzata, risonanza magnetica cardiaca, medicina nucleare, angiografia coronarica).Una delle armi contro lo scompenso cardiaco è la prevenzione che oggi passa anche dai social network, strumento che può contribuire efficacemente a potenziare la diffusione delle campagne informative incentrate sull’adozione di uno stile di vita sano (smettere di fumare, praticare regolare attività fisica, monitorare costantemente la pressione arteriosa, limitare l’uso di caffeina e alcol, riservare al sonno e al riposo un numero adeguato di ore).“Per arginare gli effetti di questa pandemia, a tutti i livelli, e garantire un’assistenza efficace ed equa – conclude Urbinati – è necessario disporre di un’organizzazione efficiente e moderna che favorisca l’integrazione interdisciplinare”.

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3 Joint Winners of Million Dollar 2018 Al Sumait Prize for Health Announced

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 23 novembre 2018

Following consideration of the jury and selection committees’ reports, the Board of Trustees has decided to award half of the Prize to Professor Salim S. Abdool Karim, Director of the Centre for the AIDS Program of Research, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and Professor at Columbia University. The second half of the prize is to be shared equally between Professor Sheila K. West Vice Chair for Research Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Rakai Health Sciences Program, which is a nonprofit independent research center based in Rakai, Uganda.Professor Abdool Karim has been jointly awarded the prize for his recognised contributions to science in HIV treatment and prevention over the past three decades, which have led to significant changes in health policy and practices worldwide. He has published more than 350 papers in world-class medical journals and his efforts in research on prevention and treatment of AIDS patients has been a major factor in the decline in HIV/AIDS and mortality rates in Africa and the world.Kuwait’s Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah heads the Members of Board of Trustees of Al-Sumait Prize for African development meeting.
Following consideration of the jury and selection committees’ reports, the Board of Trustees has decided to award half of the Prize to Professor Salim S. Abdool Karim, Director of the Centre for the AIDS Program of Research, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and Professor at Columbia University. The second half of the prize is to be shared equally between Professor Sheila K. West Vice Chair for Research Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Rakai Health Sciences Program, which is a nonprofit independent research center based in Rakai, Uganda. Professor Abdool Karim has been jointly awarded the prize for his recognised contributions to science in HIV treatment and prevention over the past three decades, which have led to significant changes in health policy and practices worldwide. He has published more than 350 papers in world-class medical journals and his efforts in research on prevention and treatment of AIDS patients has been a major factor in the decline in HIV/AIDS and mortality rates in Africa and the world.Professor Salim S. Abdool Karim Director: CAPRISA
His findings on HIV-TB, a leading cause of death in Africa, are specifically mentioned in many country treatment policies and guidelines, and are being implemented worldwide. The impact is highly tangible (eg. HIV-TB deaths have halved in South Africa since 2012).
Professor West has been jointly awarded the prize in recognition for her dedicated research focused in Africa on ways to improve trichiasis surgery outcomes and eliminate blinding trachoma. Her work has contributed to the control of blindness for both children and adults. Professor Sheila West El Maghraby Professor Vice chair for research Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Medicine.
She has been instrumental in the development of the World Health Organization SAFE strategy for Trachoma prevention and control, a sustainable strategy that is now widely used throughout the world and is preventing blindness among both children and adults. Professor West continues her work on neglected tropical diseases in the poorest communities with partners across the globe.The third joint winner of the 2018 prize is the Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP) in recognition for its important role in improving public health in the African continent by fighting against HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, and for discovering -three decades ago- the first clinical symptoms of what was then a new medical phenomenon called “slim disease” on the African continent.
The prize amount of one million US dollars, offered by the State of Kuwait, is awarded annually to individuals or institutions within one of the three fields of Food Security, Health and Education. The Board of Trustees (BOT), which oversees the prize, is chaired by H.E. Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and its members include: Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Kwaku Aning, Chairman of the Governing Board of Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Chairman of Ghana Nuclear Energy Institute and Former Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Abdulatif Alhamad, Director General and Chairman of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, Tareq Al-Mutawa, Executive Member of the Board of Public Gathering Charity Committee and Makhtar Diop, Vice President for Africa, The World Bank. The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) provides all the administrative and logistic support.

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KKR Forms Hospital Management Company SinoCare Group to Provide Quality Health Care Services to Patients in China

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 27 settembre 2018

Global investment firm KKR today announced the creation of SinoCare Group (“SinoCare” or the “Company”), a hospital investment and management platform company in China. SinoCare aims to provide high-quality health care services to patients in China through the acquisition, build-out and consolidation of hospitals.SinoCare will work alongside KKR to bring top medical resources and management experience that aim to improve service capabilities and operational efficiencies to health care service providers within the SinoCare platform, as well as to address the high demand for quality medical services in China. The Company will build its platform through organic growth and acquisitions. Additionally, KKR’s support will enable partner hospitals and care centers to be on the leading edge of health care technology and global best practices.In conjunction with the launch of SinoCare, KKR also announced that the Company has acquired a majority stake in leading Chinese hospital management company, HeTian Hospital Management Co. (“HeTian”). The investment will support HeTian’s continued development of new medical practice areas, its expansion plans and scope to service more patients. The partnership between HeTian and SinoCare aims to serve as a model for how Chinese health care providers can be substantially enhanced through the support of a leading international investor and increased access to global best practices and medical resources.Established by Founder and Chairman Dr. Li Fangjun, HeTian is a leading comprehensive health care provider in China. HeTian operates two general hospitals in Anhui province – Lu’An Shili Hospital and WuHe Hospital – and Lu’An HeTian Nephrosis Specialty Hospital, an operator of three dialysis centers. The group manages a total of 1,300 beds, in addition to overseeing the construction of a new hospital with 500 beds planned to be completed by 2020.SinoCare will support HeTian’s expansion and growth through acquisitions, with a focus in third- and fourth-tier cities where medical resources are scarce and quality health care services are lacking. This is consistent with the Chinese government’s encouragement of more medical resources being extended to lower-tier cities, where there is urgent need but currently limited supply and high costs for medical treatments. There are fewer than three hospital beds per 1,000 people in China’s fourth-tier and smaller cities, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission.

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Anthem Blue Cross Medi-Cal Health Plan Launches Health Homes Program to Help Improve Access to HealthCare

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 luglio 2018

Anthem Blue Cross Medi-Cal Health Plan is launching a new Health Homes Program as part of its commitment to increase access to quality care and help improve the health of the people and communities it serves. The program is designed to serve eligible Medi-Cal beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions or severe mental illness who have frequent hospital or emergency room visits, or who are homeless and may benefit from enhanced care management and coordination.
“At Anthem, we view the Health Homes Program as an innovative model for the future of healthcare collaboration in California that will provide greater access to coordinated care,” said Steve Melody, Anthem Blue Cross Medi-Cal Health Plan President. “It is a blueprint of how Anthem can support Medi-Cal providers in managing not only the medical determinants of health, but also the social determinants in our communities by successfully partnering with local county organizations.” Anthem will partner with community clinics and community-based organizations to provide a full range of services to address needs related to physical health, behavioral health, and community-based long-term services and supports. A care coordinator will be assigned and responsible for providing comprehensive care coordination across health providers and can assist in finding and applying for community programs and services, such as food and housing.
In July, Anthem will be one of the first two plans in the state to introduce the State-sponsored program in San Francisco County. San Francisco Health Plan will also begin providing services through the program in July, and has worked closely with Anthem and the State Department of Healthcare Services to prepare for this implementation. Anthem is also piloting a limited version of the program in Alameda County in partnership with Alameda Care Connect beginning in July, and in 2019, plans to expand the program to Fresno, Sacramento, Santa Clara, Tulare, and Los Angeles Counties.

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Broward Health Medical Center Designated an Aetna

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 luglio 2018

Broward Health Medical Center has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® (IOQ) Cardiac Care Facility for the Cardiac Medical Intervention, Rhythm and Surgery programs for comprehensive heart and vascular treatment. Aetna makes information about the quality and cost of health care services available to its members to help them make informed decisions about their health care needs. In line with this goal, Aetna recognizes hospitals and facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services for certain health conditions. Facilities are selected IOQ for consistently delivering evidence-based, safe care.“This designation validates our continuous commitment to quality patient care,” said Beverly Capasso, President/CEO of Broward Health. “We are pleased to be recognized as a hospital that consistently provides high-quality and high-value cardiovascular care, a testament to the dedication of our physicians and staff.”Broward Health Medical Center, a leader in cardiovascular care, has been distinguished as one of the nation’s top centers for cardiovascular treatment and provides comprehensive clinical, surgical and rehabilitative care. The hospital offers a wide range of tests and procedures to diagnose and treat cardiac and vascular conditions, providing an individualized approach to identifying cardiac risk factors while offering a quick assessment of symptoms.Broward Health was the first health care system in Broward County to offer patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF), an alternative to long-term warfarin medication, with the newly approved WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Implant. In addition, it is the only health system in Broward County offering patient-friendly imaging by The SOMATOM® Definition Flash, one of the fastest computed tomography (or CT) scanners available today.

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Foundation Medicine and Guardant Health Agree to Settle Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 luglio 2018

Foundation Medicine, Inc. (NASDAQ:FMI) and Guardant Health, Inc. announced an agreement to settle a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Foundation Medicine against Guardant concerning U.S. Patent No. 9,340,830. Under the terms of the settlement, the lawsuit and counterclaims, as well as challenges to the patent in inter partes review, have been dismissed. Financial terms and other specifics of the settlement were not disclosed.
Foundation Medicine (NASDAQ:FMI) is a molecular information company dedicated to a transformation in cancer care in which treatment is informed by a deep understanding of the genomic changes that contribute to each patient’s unique cancer. The company offers a full suite of comprehensive genomic profiling assays to identify the molecular alterations in a patient’s cancer and match them with relevant targeted therapies, immunotherapies and clinical trials. Foundation Medicine’s molecular information platform aims to improve day-to-day care for patients by serving the needs of clinicians, academic researchers and drug developers to help advance the science of molecular medicine in cancer. For more information, please visit http://www.FoundationMedicine.com or follow Foundation Medicine on Twitter (@FoundationATCG).
Guardant Health is a leading precision oncology company focused on helping conquer cancer globally through use of its proprietary blood tests, vast data sets and advanced analytics. Its Guardant Health Oncology Platform is designed to leverage its capabilities in technology, clinical development, regulatory and reimbursement to drive commercial adoption, improve patient clinical outcomes and lower healthcare costs. In pursuit of its goal to manage cancer across all stages of the disease, Guardant Health has launched multiple liquid biopsy-based tests, Guardant360 and GuardantOMNI, for advanced stage cancer patients, which fuel its development programs for recurrence and early detection, LUNAR-1 and LUNAR-2, respectively. Since its launch in 2014, Guardant360 has become the world’s market-leading comprehensive liquid biopsy test and has been used by more than 5,000 oncologists, over 40 biopharmaceutical companies and all 27 of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Centers. Learn more at http://www.guardanthealth.com.
Foundation Medicine® is a registered trademark of Foundation Medicine, Inc.

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Health Net Provides Assistance to Pawnee Fire Evacuees in Lake County

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 giugno 2018

Health Net of California, Inc., one of California’s largest health insurance companies, announced today that it is providing assistance to residents of Lake County affected by the Pawnee Fire.Health Net is helping ensure that plan members who have lost their homes or have been evacuated due to current wildfire activity in Lake County have access to essential prescription medications, critical Health Net information, and other healthcare services to help them cope with grief, loss, stress, or trauma.On June 25, 2018, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Lake County due to the effects of the Pawnee Fire, which has destroyed homes, buildings and continues to threaten hundreds of additional structures, necessitating the need for evacuation of residents. It has also caused power outages, the closure of roadways, and continues to threaten critical infrastructure.

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Kevin Hart, Maria Menounos and Rally Health Surprised Chicagoans at the Gym

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 19 aprile 2018

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart and TV/radio personality Maria Menounos – Health Ambassadors for Rally HealthSM – surprised hundreds of gym goers at Midtown Athletic Club when they showed up to participate in fitness classes and stage a mini health festival. Their original plan to host thousands of Chicagoans at the Rally HealthFest in Maggie Daley Park was changed due to inclement weather.“The rain couldn’t dampen the vibe of positivity that our outdoor Rally HealthFest set out to deliver to the people of Chicago. It just got redirected indoors to the awesome people spending their Saturday at the club. We thank everyone for letting us crash their workout!” said Kevin Hart, Rally Health Ambassador.“This is a classic ‘make lemonade out of lemons’ scenario. While we were disappointed that we had to cancel our Rally HealthFest in the park, we were thrilled that we were still able to meet up with a great group of people to celebrate healthy living. Our thanks to Midtown Athletic Club for hosting us with just a day’s notice!” said David Ko, president and COO, Rally Health.
As they do at the usual Rally HealthFests, Kevin, Maria and Kevin’s personal trainer Boss participated in several fitness classes including high-intensity sprints, boxing and a spin class, and chatted it up with club members about the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle. Rally set up a photo booth and a place where people could write letters to their future selves.
“We were delighted to host Kevin, Maria and Boss at yesterday’s Rally Health event. It was a wonderful surprise for our members and an opportunity to showcase everything Midtown has to offer,” said Michael Mahoney, general manager of Midtown Athletic Club.Rally HealthFests are free, public events sponsored by digital health company Rally Health. The events, which can draw up to 12,000 people, are designed to promote healthy living through fun activities that demonstrate four key pillars of health: MOVE, EAT, CARE, FEEL. People of all ages come out to participate in family-friendly activities focused on healthy living, for example, participating in group exercise classes and cooking demonstrations, riding stationary bikes, playing memory and brain games, learning practical health tips, and running potato-sack races in the Kids’ Zone.

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Powering Precision Health Founder to Speak at Future of Health Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 11 aprile 2018

Kevin Hrusovsky, acclaimed thought leader and precision health visionary, will take the stage at PULSE: The Atlantic Summit on Health Care (PULSE) to articulate his vision on transforming our current health care system from managing disease to managing health. “The Potential of Precision Medicine” session will be held Monday, April 9at 2:45 p.m. ET.Hrusovsky, founder of the annual Powering Precision Health Summit, will join leaders from across the country and Boston’s revered medical community at PULSE. In an interview-style discussion with The Atlantic’s senior editor James Hamblin, Hrusovsky will explain that precision medicine is currently being used to treat disease, when in fact, recent technological advancements make it possible to effectively monitor healthy individuals to prevent disease before it even takes hold.
Technology is allowing researchers to see indications of disease in blood – long before symptoms ever appear – with the opportunity to radically shift our health care model. Hrusovsky will detail the areas where the medical community is making progress, such as oncology, neurology, infectious disease, and discuss how measuring protein concentrations at the femtomolar level found in the body, or biomarkers, is not only revolutionizing the way we treat patients today, but will also help enable disease prevention tomorrow.
PULSE brings together top minds shaping health care – medical experts, industry leaders, patients and policymakers – to explore the future of our health care system. The summit takes place April 9 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET at the Intercontinental Boston (510 Atlantic Avenue). To register or tune-in to the livestream, visit: https://pulsehealthcare.splashthat.com/.

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Cash rewards have a positive impact on low income families’ health in New York City, a study found

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 10 marzo 2018

Lifepath announced the publication of its new study on the health impacts of Opportunity NYC–Family Rewards, a conditional cash transfer programme in New York City aimed at improving population health by making cash transfers conditional on engaging in a number of activities, including school attendance, preventive health care use and employment participation for parents. Family Rewards was the first conditional cash transfer program for low-income families in the US. The study, published in the March issue of Health Affairs, a leading health policy journal, found that Family Rewards had small but meaningful effects on the use of some preventive health services, especially dental care. In addition, the programme had a positive impact on parents’ perceptions of their health as well as their level of hope, mainly through improvements in reported financial well-being. This study is a collaboration between King’s College London, Columbia University and MDRC – a nonprofit, social policy research organization – as part of Lifepath, a project funded by the European Commission with the aim of investigating the biological pathways underlying social differences in healthy ageing.Dr. Emilie Courtin, Research Fellow at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, King’s College London (UK), and her colleagues found that participation in the program was associated with an increased probability of having had at least two dental check-ups in the past year (by 13% in adults and by almost 15% in children 42 months after the program started). This is a very important effect, as oral health care is one of the largest unmet health care needs in the US, and the single largest among children. Family Rewards also had positive effects on health insurance coverage and receiving treatment for any medical condition. Participants were also less likely to forgo medical care due to cost. These effects translated into modest improvements in health status as measured by parental self-rated health and level of hope.
Family Rewards was created by the New York City’s Center for Economic Opportunity (now NYC Opportunity) in partnership with MDRC and Seedco. It was privately funded and offered to more than 4,700 low-income families in six of New York City’s most deprived communities – two each in the boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. It operated from 2007 to 2010 and distributed a total of $20.6 million in cash transfers to participating families, with an average of $8,674 per household. So far, the programme had already shown positive effects regarding reduction in poverty and material hardship, and improvement in perceived financial well-being and graduation rates for children. This new study further explores its effects on health and health care use.
“On top of New York City’s strong existing social safety net, Family Rewards has led to some improvements in health care access and perceived health of poor families” said Dr. Emilie Courtin, lead author of the study. Dr. Courtin added “A key strength of the study is its design. Family Rewards was evaluated in a randomized-controlled trial – the gold standard for finding out if a program like this works.” Conditional cash transfer programmes are becoming a prevalent policy for improving the education and health outcomes of poor children in developing countries, since their introduction in Mexico and Brazil in 1997. They have been implemented with the support of the World Bank and other international financial institutions in many countries, particularly in South East Asia and Latin America.Conditional cash transfer programmes aim to increase human capital investment among poor households to break the intergenerational transmission of poverty and generate individual as well as societal benefits. Interventions across Latin America have led to significant increases in the use of health services, including the number of visits to health facilities and receipt of prenatal care and paediatric examinations. Evidence shows that the interventions have also improved some health outcomes – in particular, developmental, nutritional and cognitive measures among children.“Strong evidence on what works, and also what doesn’t work, is essential for understanding the potential and limitations of conditional cash transfer programs,” said James Riccio of MDRC. “Conditional cash transfer programmes have been increasingly popular in low- and middle-income countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia,” explained Professor Paolo Vineis, Chair of Environmental Epidemiology within the School of Public Health at Imperial College London and co-ordinator of the Lifepath project. “However, programmes with different types of behavioural conditionality are also gaining ground in various developed countries. Our study can help bring lessons, positive and negative, and inform the design of similar experiments in Europe.”

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PerkinElmer to Present at Cowen and Company 38th Annual Health Care Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 marzo 2018

PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE: PKI), a global leader committed to innovating for a healthier world, today announced that the Company will present at the Cowen and Company 38th Annual Health Care Conference on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 2:50 pm ET at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston.
Robert F. Friel, PerkinElmer’s chairman and chief executive officer, will provide an overview of the Company and its strategic priorities.A live audio webcast of the presentation will also be available on the Investors section of the Company’s website at http://www.perkinelmer.com. A replay of the presentation will be posted on the PerkinElmer website after the event and will be available for two weeks following.
PerkinElmer, Inc. is a global leader focused on innovating for a healthier world. The Company reported revenue of approximately $2.3 billion in 2017, has about 11,000 employees serving customers in more than 150 countries, and is a component of the S&P 500 Index. Additional information is available through 1-877-PKI-NYSE, or at http://www.perkinelmer.com.

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Beverly Capasso Named Broward Health President/CEO

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 febbraio 2018

Beverly CapassoInterim Broward Health President/CEO Beverly Capasso today was named its President/CEO during back-to-back public meetings of the Board of Commissioners of the North Broward Hospital District, which operates as Broward Health.
The selection of Capasso, who was named interim President/CEO in May of 2017, follows a year-long national search that attracted more than 375 applicants. Ultimately, Commissioners rejected all of the applicants and voted 4 to 1 in favor of making Capasso the President/CEO of Broward Health, one of the nation’s largest public healthcare systems.Commissioner Nancy Gregoire, recently appointed to the Broward Health Board of Commissioners by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, made the motion that Capasso serve as President/CEO.“I understand there has been immense improvement at Broward Health even within the last 18 months, and I understand it’s still improving,” said Gregoire. “As long as I’m on this board, I hope we will continue to improve.”At a special meeting and regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners held earlier today, the Board weighed input from community leaders, as well as from the medical and leadership teams of Broward Health, before making a final decision. All five Broward Health Commissioners participated in the special meeting and regular meeting of the Board.Capasso was appointed Broward Health’s interim President/CEO after serving on the North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners. Capasso previously served as CEO at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami. She has also held senior management positions at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston and as Chief Nursing Officer at Miami’s North Shore Medical Center, part of Tenet Healthcare. In addition to her executive positions, she has years of experience as a registered nurse working in critical care and emergency departments.“I am humbled and honored to accept,” said Capasso. “We have stabilized Broward Health and will continue to stabilize Broward Health for our patients and our community and for the 8,000 employees of Broward Health.” (photo: Beverly Capasso)

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Broward Health Names New CEO for Broward Health Coral Springs

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 gennaio 2018

Jared M. SmithBroward Health has named Jared M. Smith, CPA, chief executive officer of Broward Health Coral Springs.“With Jared’s extensive hospital operations experience, we are confident that he will provide strong leadership to support our continued growth at Broward Health Coral Springs,” said Beverly Capasso, interim president and CEO of Broward Health. “He is a visionary and decisive leader with a proven track record of success in high-performing healthcare organizations.”As chief executive officer of Broward Health Coral Springs, Smith is responsible for leading hospital operations, working closely with the management team and medical staff to expand services and provide high-quality care.With more than 23 years of healthcare experience, Smith was a leader within the Tenet Healthcare organization, most recently serving as the national service line administrator for cardiac and vascular services. Previously, he served as chief operating officer (COO) of Delray Medical Center, a 536-bed quaternary care facility and teaching hospital. In addition to leading the day-to-day operations of the medical center, Smith was responsible for implementing nearly $100 million of major program development initiatives.He also led the efforts of Tenet’s first proton center in Palm Beach and he chaired the COO group of the coastal division, comprised of 17 hospitals. Smith began his career at Deloitte & Touche working for many major hospital systems. He was later recruited by Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach to serve as the director of strategic development, planning and government relations.Smith holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and a Master of Science in taxation from the University of Miami. He is a certified public accountant in the state of Florida. (photo: Jared M. Smith)

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HealthTrust Names John J. Young, M.D. Chief Medical Officer

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 gennaio 2018

JohnYoungHealthTrustSMtoday announced the appointment of John J. Young, M.D. as chief medical officer, effective Feb. 5, 2018. As CMO, Dr. Young will champion clinical integration in decision-making to advance providers’ clinical and financial performance. Dr. Young previously served as national medical director for LifePoint Health where he led strategic initiatives related to quality, patient safety, service line development, performance measurement and clinical operations across the 72-hospital system. Dr. Young succeeds Michael J. Schlosser, M.D. who was named chief medical officer for HCA Healthcare’s National Group.Dr. Young is a board-certified physician in internal medicine, critical care, cardiology and interventional cardiology with more than 20 years of clinical and healthcare management experience. He has participated in over 100 clinical trials and authored or coauthored 90 articles, book chapters and monographs. Dr. Young holds numerous fellowships including the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), the American College of Cardiology (FACC), the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (FSCAI), and the American Heart Association (FAHA). He received medical and MBA degrees from The Ohio State University and a B.S. in chemistry and biochemistry from Wright State University. “I am excited to have John’s goal-oriented approach and physician engagement experience at the helm,” said Ed Jones, HealthTrust president and CEO. “I am confident John’s analytical skills and operator perspective will be catalysts for enhancing our service line capabilities and fostering best clinical practices across our membership.” (photo: John J. Young, M.D)

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Broward Health Expands Compliance Program

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 14 gennaio 2018

Nicholas HartfieldBroward Health today announced the expansion of its Compliance Program and the promotion of Nicholas Hartfield to the position of Vice President, Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer. The announcement was made by Beverly Capasso, Broward Health Interim President/CEO, who said Hartfield will report directly to the Board of Commissioners of the North Broward Hospital District, which operates as Broward Health. Hartfield previously served as Broward Health’s director of focused arrangements, comprised mainly of Broward Health’s contracts with its physician providers. He also oversaw the review of all contracts as part of compliance with the Corporate Integrity Agreement. Prior to joining Broward Health, he was director of auditing, monitoring and investigations in the Office of Compliance & Ethics at Jackson Health System in Miami, Florida.Hartfield’s experience includes the supervision and performance of audits of policies and procedures, departments, clinics, physician groups, hospitals, and vendors, as well as the supervision and performance of investigations of alleged violations of policies and procedures or local, state and federal regulations and laws.Hartfield was also a special agent for the Jefferson Parish Office of Inspector General in Jefferson, La. His primary responsibility was performing criminal, civil, and administrative investigations of Jefferson Parish government officials, departments, agencies, special districts, and individuals or entities receiving funds from the Parish.Hartfield was also a lead investigator with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Zone 7 Program Integrity Contractor for the State of Florida, based in Miramar. His primary responsibility was to investigate potential fraud, waste, or abuse committed against the Medicare program in Florida. He was also a supervisor in the Special Investigations Unit for Humana, Inc., supervising 10 special investigators, four special investigator assistants, and one lead investigator who investigated potential fraud, waste, or abuse.Hartfield graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, and received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He is a certified fraud examiner through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and a health care anti-fraud associate through America’s Health Insurance Plans. (photo: Nicholas Hartfield)

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2 Day Summit: The Cyber Health Summit

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 gennaio 2018

miamiMiami. The “The Cyber Health Summit” conference has been added to Research AndMarkets.com’s offering. The Cyber Health Summit is the ONLY TED-Style’ cyber security summit and will take place in March 2018, on Miami’s beachfront. Armed with the sun and sand, we will gather industry leaders to speak, collaborate, teach, lead workshops, roundtables, panels, breakout and interactive sessions. Through this two-day summit, based in collaborative conversation and content, we will create synergistic solutions with endpoint production. We will leave inspired and empowered, armed with a new family to fight the cyberbattlefront.There is an unprecedented vulnerability with the intersection of the cyber network and the clinical setting. Health technology companies are creating woven threads underneath the healthcare umbrella that improve patient care and provider efficiency, but it also creates a breach space with truly no benchmark. This network is expanding at an exponential rate and breach goes beyond loss of revenue, clients, production and has an automatic serious nature. It effects human lives. We must look at how pharmaceutical, technology and clinical innovation, designed with little to no cybersecurity in mind, fits into the larger healthcare spectrum.One of the primary challenges that the industry faces, is the inherent secrecy. We strive to innovate and shake industry issues to their core. Rather than fearing the future, and running corporations with outdated risk, we must shift the industry away from secrecy, toward collaboration and create a culture that values it. Empowering corporate structures to leverage insights will create a platform for attendees and speakers alike, to develop effective and proactive take home strategies.

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DermTech Announces Health Canada Approval

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 gennaio 2018

DermTechDermTech, Inc., the global leader in non-invasive molecular dermatology, announced today that its licensee, DermTech Canada Inc. has received approval to market DermTech’s Pigmented Lesions Assay (PLA) and non-invasive biopsy kit for the detection of melanoma in Canada. DermTech Canada will market and sell the PLA, and samples will be processed at DermTech’s central laboratory in La Jolla, California. Provincial coverage approvals are in process, initially focused on British Columbia and Ontario, and are expected to expand across Canada.“Health Canada’s approval of the license to market our assay in Canada is a further validation of the utility of our cancer detection platform and a strong statement about the potential demand for a non-invasive alternative to surgical biopsies. We will be working closely with our Canadian licensee to leverage our sales and marketing expertise ensuring a successful launch across Canada,” stated Dr. John Dobak, CEO of DermTech, Inc.“We are very excited to receive such rapid approval from Health Canada and are enthusiastic about our upcoming Canada-wide launch to bring DermTech’s important new cancer diagnostic to Canadian patients. We look forward to working closely with the DermTech US team to make this roll-out a success,” said Douglas Horne, CEO of DermTech Canada Inc. (photo: DermTech)

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Health Mart and APCI Celebrate Pharmacists on Florida Independent Pharmacy Day

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 26 ottobre 2017

Coopers_group“American Pharmacists Month draws attention to the fact that pharmacists are consistently voted one of the most trusted healthcare professionals, as well as the most accessible healthcare provider in communities across the nation,” said Chris Dimos, senior vice president of marketing and business strategy, McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical. “With a variety of public policy issues and legislation impacting the independent pharmacy – and by extension, patients across the state of Florida – we felt it was important to kickstart a dialogue with Florida legislators about the critical role independent pharmacists play every day.”State Rep. Jay Trumbull, representing Florida’s 6th District, is just one of the legislators supporting his local independent pharmacy, Coopers Drugs in Panama City. Trumbull’s office toured Coopers Drugs and visited with staff to begin an ongoing conversation regarding potential legislation in the state. The visit will launch efforts in October, with more than 20 independent pharmacists participating statewide on Oct. 27, with additional support from APCI. “APCI supports Main Street America and interaction with elected officials, because lack of involvement in healthcare policymaking empowers others to determine your future,” said Bill Eley, director of legislative affairs, APCI.Health Mart and APCI support Florida independent pharmacists, like Dr. Aneesh Lakhani, in engaging legislation and showcase the role pharmacists play in improving patient outcomes. “October is a time for us to celebrate pharmacy in general and it also gives us an opportunity to display all the different things we do,” said Dr. Aneesh Lakhani, owner and head pharmacist at Garden Drug in Oakland Park. “So many people rely on their independent pharmacist as their go-to person for healthcare. We want to showcase the services of local pharmacists for legislators so they can see firsthand how we are out there, every day, fighting to improve the healthcare outcomes of our patients.” For more information about Florida Independent Pharmacy Day, visit flindependentpharmacyday.com. (photo: Coopers_group)

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Community Health Systems Completes Divestiture of Two Washington Hospitals

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 settembre 2017

Franklin, TennesseeFranklin, Tennessee. Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CYH) announced today that subsidiaries of the Company have completed the sale of two Washington hospitals, 214-bed Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center in Yakima and 63-bed Toppenish Community Hospital in Toppenish, to Regional Health. The effective date of the transaction is September 1, 2017.The two hospitals included in this transaction are part of the 30 planned hospital divestitures discussed on the Company’s second quarter 2017 earnings call.Community Health Systems, Inc. is one of the largest publicly traded hospital companies in the United States and a leading operator of general acute care hospitals in communities across the country. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns, leases or operates 135 affiliated hospitals in 20 states with an aggregate of approximately 22,000 licensed beds. The Company’s headquarters are located in Franklin, Tennessee, a suburb south of Nashville. Shares in Community Health Systems, Inc. are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CYH.” More information about the Company can be found on its Statements contained in this news release regarding potential transactions, operating results, and other events are forward-looking statements that involve risk and uncertainties. Actual future events or results may differ materially from these statements. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Community Health Systems, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K, current reports on Form 8-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. These filings identify important risk factors and other uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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