Issue 5, August 13, 2021
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.
Financial Times Live:
The Future of American Healthcare
This digital conference will discuss where American healthcare is going in terms of legislation, innovation and investment. FT journalists, policymakers and business leaders will consider the challenges and opportunities that come with the rise of remote care, the evolution of hospitals, the growth of partnerships and much more in a series of insightful panel discussions and keynote interviews.
September 14, 2021
09:00 - 18:10 EDT
Medicare Today Town Hall
September 15, 2021
2:00 p.m. ET
Discussion of the results of the annual Part D Satisfaction Survey.
Aetna Launches Innovative Virtual Primary Care Service
Aetna, a CVS Health company, has announced the creation of Aetna Virtual Primary Care, a service that reimagines the primary care experience and enables members to receive the healthcare they need anytime, anywhere.
With the Aetna Virtual Primary Care benefit, members will have a continuous relationship with a virtual care physician, access to a diverse panel of board-certified physicians and coordinated care from a consistent team of specialists based on the patient's health needs, in-depth preventive care with biometric screenings and support for managing chronic health issues, and a virtual nurse car team accessible through in-app text or phone with navigation to in-person local providers as well as labs and testing. The new care experience is powered by Teladoc Health's longitudinal, physician-led care team model. Both Aetna and Teladoc Health are members of the Healthcare Leadership Council.
Dan Finke, Executive Vice President, CVS Health, and President, Aetna said, "The future of digital health solutions is rapidly unfolding. Aetna Virtual Primary Care is a first-of-its-kind healthcare solution that provides a simple, affordable, convenient way for eligible members to receive quality primary care from a physician-led team that knows them and is accessible from virtually anywhere."
Texas Health Resources Expanding COVID-19 Vaccine Access to Underserved Communities
Texas Health Resources, a faith-based, nonprofit health system in North Texas, has announced it will be scaling up COVID-19 vaccination efforts in the region's most underserved communities, assisted by a $1 million grant from the Communities Foundation of Texas.
Rosemary Galdiano, M.P.H., R.N., OCN, director of Texas Health's Mobile Health program said, "The percentage of people who need to be vaccinated is still high. The people we're trying to reach are the ones most at risk for serious complications and most likely to wind up in the hospital, fighting for their lives. With this help, we're going to be able to continue the hard work of embedding ourselves in the communities, educating the patient population and developing trust in places that we haven't been before."
The Texas Health initiative will include culturally and linguistically appropriate outreach and education about COVID-19 and available vaccine sites, as well as expanding mobile vaccination clinics available in the region. Texas Health will set up vaccination sites at community centers and churches in the communities, use a bilingual and bicultural mobile team and provide transportation for patients, especially those in rural areas.