Issue 27, September 23, 2022
America faces daunting and complex healthcare challenges that include and go beyond the current pandemic. In myriad ways, innovative healthcare companies are developing solutions to improve access to care, battle disease, strengthen population health, and meet the needs of underserved communities. This newsletter will offer examples of Healthcare Leadership Council members answering the call.
Telehealth Stakeholder Letter to Senate
375 organizations sent a joint letter to bipartisan leadership of the U.S. Senate urging action on telehealth legislation. The short-term nature of the telehealth waivers continues to introduce significant uncertainty into our healthcare system.
HLC Webinar: The Complex Web of Behavioral Health
Behavioral health impacts virtually every aspect of daily life and is affected by both medical and non-medical factors. Join health industry experts for a discussion on how health systems and payers are shaping solutions to ensure people have access to help when it is needed. Learn more about comprehensive, whole-person approaches designed to elevate patient care as well as additional aspects of the healthcare environment which play a role in supporting behavioral health.
Tanya Dansky, M.D.
Senior Medical Director
MemorialCare Health System
Director, Public Policy
Manager, Behavioral Health and Enterprise Issues
Rajan Wadhawan, M.D.
Senior Executive Officer
AdventHealth for Children
October 5, 2022
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
SilverSneakers Marks 30 Years of Improving Senior Health
Tivity Health's SilverSneakers program, the nation's leading community fitness program for older Americans, has marked 30 years of helping seniors get stronger, healthier and more connected. Founded in 1992, SilverSneakers began as a fitness program designed specifically for older adults to support mobility, cardiovascular health, balance and more. It quickly became, as well, an outlet for social interaction and has grown to more than 18 million members nationwide. Tivity Health is a member of the Healthcare Leadership Council.
According to a 2021 study by Avalere Health, total average healthcare expenses were reduced by 16 percent for SilverSneakers members compared to non-participating Medicare Advantage enrollees. And 95 percent of SilverSneakers members reported being in good health compared to a national benchmark level of 75 percent. To mark the 30th anniversary, SilverSneakers participants set a Guinness World Record for "most viewers of a dance fitness lesson livestreamed on Facebook."
Richard Ashworth, president and CEO of Tivity Health, said "For 30 years, SilverSneakers has proven itself to be the premiere place for senior fitness and social connection, and we're constantly evolving to support healthier lifestyles for those 65 and older. As we look ahead to the next 30 years, we will continue to find new ways to serve members and achieve our vision of happier, healthier, more connected lives."
Cardinal Health Joins Children's Hospital Association to Prevent Youth Suicide
Cardinal Health, a Healthcare Leadership Council member, has joined with the Children's Hospital Association and the Zero Suicide Institute at the Education Development Center to announce nearly $2.1 million in Cardinal Health Foundation grants to 16 children's hospitals and health centers nationwide to implement system-wide transformation to better care for children at risk of suicide.
The program is the first national collaborative with the intent to develop a pediatric-specific, data-driven approach to improve identification and care for children experiencing mental health crises. These grants are an expansion of Cardinal Health's previous two-year, $1.6 million commitment to suicide prevention that launched in 2020.
Jessie Cannon, vice president of community relations at Cardinal Health, said, "Suicide is tragically one of the top leading causes of deaths for adolescents in America and resources for mental health support have never been more important. We're proud to support the incredible work of CHA and all of our grant recipients and we're confident in the system-wide approach to reduce youth suicide and improve community outcomes."