How the AMA plans to promote gender equity in healthcare

beckershospitalreview | June 11, 2019

The American Medical Association adopted a set of guidelines designed to reduce gender disparities in medicine, particularly around pay and leadership roles.Disparities in healthcare are significant Female physicians earn 36 percent less than male physicians across all specialties, according to Medscape physician compensation data. Meanwhile, women account for only 25 percent of tenured medical school faculty, despite accounting for 41 percent of full-time faculty.The principles adopted at AMA's annual meeting are designed to be a step in the right direction,according to AMA board chair Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD. Among its new policies and principles, the AMA says all physician employers  academic medical centers, medical schools, hospitals, group practices and others should periodically review compensation and promotion rates by gender to see if adjustments need to be made, and make this information transparent. It also suggests healthcare organizations provide training on leadership development, contract and salary negotiations, and career advancement strategies. It suggests these trainings include a component that discusses how gender affects these areas.

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Zócalo Health’s Culturally Competent Virtual Healthcare Services for Latino Communities Now Available

Zócalo Health | October 12, 2022

Zócalo Health, a Latino-founded healthcare service designed for Latino patients, announced the launch of its primary care memberships for residents across California and Texas. Starting members can access same day virtual care visits and care navigation services via Zócalo’s website, introducing the Latino community to an improved and long overdue healthcare experience built on trust, relationships, and culture. Zócalo Health, which premiered as an invite-only service to select members earlier this summer, was founded by Erik Cardenas and Mariza Hardin to strengthen the health and wellbeing of the Latino community by eliminating barriers to high-quality healthcare services. This multi-state launch demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to delivering affordable and accessible primary care that blends tradition with innovation and prioritizes trusting relationships between providers and patients. Members will have access to a range of services and care options that would typically be addressed in primary care including: mental health conditions, preventative and lifestyle needs, chronic disease management, urgent care, and other more specific health conditions. The Zócalo primary care model includes the use of community health workers (CHWs) – or as they’re known in the Latino community, promotores de salud. Research shows CHWs are crucial to helping health systems achieve their full potential, since they work to connect patients to local resources and care. At Zócalo, promotores work individually with members to coordinate their care across a team of physicians, nurses, and mental health therapists, as well as connect members to needed resources across the community. Clinicians and promotores are hired from the communities they serve and can provide culturally competent care in both English and Spanish. By building care teams that come from and look like the communities they serve, the team is better able to foster a primary care relationship with patients. Once care has been established with Zócalo Health, members have 24/7 access to chat with their promotor de salud to receive individual guidance on personal health goals and needs. “Today, I am immensely proud to open up Zócalo Health’s services to the community. As a kid, I remember the long waits in the community health clinic to see a doctor who often did not speak Spanish. I had to act as a translator for my mom about my own care and help her navigate next steps. I felt guilty that my mom had to take time off from work for my appointment and pay for any prescriptions or additional care needed. For my family, no work meant no pay, so a doctor’s visit was a heavy burden on everyone,” said Zócalo Health CEO Erik Cardenas. “As the landscape for healthcare delivery has changed with technology, our community continues to get left behind. The one-size-fits-all model for healthcare doesn’t work for everyone. I owe it to my parents and my family to do better. Zócalo Health is focused on giving our people a community built around their healthcare needs.” Despite the major cultural impact the Latino population has had on the U.S., and their increased spending power year after year, the U.S. healthcare system has been slow to adapt its services to the needs of this community’s unique health and cultural needs. Latinos still experience disproportionate barriers to healthcare access, particularly in primary care, where the average wait time to see a doctor is 24 days. This long delay, combined with fewer in-person appointments, high-deductible plans, and high out-of-pocket fees, results in many Latino patients avoiding treatment, using informal networks (family/friends), or waiting for hours in expensive emergency rooms to seek care. In addition to the existing disparities in healthcare access, the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic impact have exacerbated health inequities for the Latino community, particularly when it comes to accessing high-quality primary care and preventative services. “I’ve always been community-oriented and my role as a promotora gives me the opportunity to help other Latinos manage their health and navigate a system that unfortunately has not adapted to our needs. “I’m so excited to be able to guide my community through what can often be a stressful experience in order to deliver personalized care management from someone who understands our culture and needs. Our Zócalo Health team is ready to advocate for our members and ultimately impact our community’s health, one person at a time.” Zócalo Health promotora Caroline Carbajal Zócalo Health’s membership and payment options are designed to make access to primary care easy and affordable for Latinos. Services are offered through monthly memberships, with pricing starting at $40 per month or at a discounted rate of $420 a year when paid upfront. Patients in California and Texas can now purchase a membership and schedule same-day virtual appointments by visiting zocalo.health. Zócalo Health plans to expand to other states in 2022 and beyond. About Zócalo Health Zócalo Health is a Latino-founded healthcare service designed for the Latino patient. Our primary care model blends tradition with innovation and prioritizes trusting relationships between care teams and patients. Each member of Zócalo Health is paired with a promotor de salud (community health worker) to establish a relationship to better understand members’ goals and connect them to a Zócalo Health physician. Our team of physicians, hired from the community, focus on prevention, primary care, behavioral health, and traditional practices that work together to support our members’ wellness. Operating in the states of California and Texas, Zócalo Health offers affordable and convenient care memberships that provide same-day access to culturally-aligned providers.

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Signify Health Receives NCQA’s HEDIS Allowable Adjustments Certification

Signify Health | September 26, 2022

Signify Health a leading healthcare platform that leverages advanced analytics, technology, and nationwide healthcare networks to create and power value-based payment programs, has again achieved the National Committee for Quality Assurance certification for the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set. This is the second year in which the Company has received this certification. NCQA provides accreditations and certifications to evaluate a wide range of organizations across the healthcare system. More than 90 percent of health plans in the United States, covering 190 million people, rely on NCQA’s HEDIS measurement tool. The methodology that Signify Health uses to identify Medicare members who have gaps in their care and would benefit from in-home diagnostic testing was evaluated and certified by NCQA. Receiving this certification allows Signify Health to provide services that align with the industry's most rigorous data assessment processes, resulting in more accurate and timely clinical services for eligible members. “Through our comprehensive data set and analytics, Signify Health is able to effectively identify at-risk patients and connect them with the appropriate diagnostic and preventive services. We are proud to once again have achieved this NCQA certification, demonstrating our ability to effectively identify gaps in care and to support access to high-quality health services.” Marc Rothman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Signify Health NCQA HEDIS measures relate to many of the most significant chronic health conditions facing seniors in Medicare. In 2021, Signify Health announced the certifications for diabetes care, kidney health evaluation in patients with diabetes, colorectal cancer screening, and osteoporosis management in women. In 2022, Signify Health was recertified for all of the measures from 2021 that are still recognized by NCQA and expanded its certification to include osteoporosis screening as a preventive measure for older women who have not had a fracture. Osteoporosis is a serious bone disease that impacts the quality of life, especially for women aged 67-85. With the appropriate screenings and interventions, the risk of future bone fractures related to osteoporosis can be reduced. HEDIS® is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance. NCQA Measure Certification Program™ is a trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance. About Signify Health Signify Health is a leading healthcare platform that leverages advanced analytics, technology, and nationwide healthcare provider networks to create and power value-based payment programs. Our mission is to build trusted relationships to make people healthier. Our solutions support value-based payment programs by aligning financial incentives around outcomes, providing tools to health plans and healthcare organizations designed to assess and manage risk and identify actionable opportunities for improved patient outcomes, coordination and cost-savings. Through our platform, we coordinate what we believe is a holistic suite of clinical, social, and behavioral services to address an individual’s healthcare needs and prevent adverse events that drive excess cost, all while shifting services towards the home. About NCQA NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care.

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Study Reveals Florence Healthcare’s Site Enablement Platforms Can Accelerate Clinical Trials by Six Weeks and Reduce Costs by Over $1M per Study

Florence Healthcare | November 18, 2022

Florence Healthcare™, a clinical research technology company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, announced the completion of a year-long third-party study on the impact of Site Enablement Platforms™ on clinical research timelines and costs. The study by Marketcap Consulting is the first to compare how traditional site management approaches differ from site-first Site Enablement Platforms. The study looked at the impact of traditional sponsor portals and new Site Enablement Platforms on research sponsor and Contract Research Organization study timelines and budgets. “Pharma sponsors and CROs realize the importance of enabling sites to do their best work - but only recently have they discovered that traditional site portals are more hindrance than help. Yet, these organizations weren't able to measure the true impact of switching to a Site Enablement Platform. This year-long study aimed to fix that and highlight how linking fragmented workflows accelerates the full lifecycle of clinical trials.” Ryan Jones, CEO of Florence Healthcare Site enablement is a new technology category that prioritizes the needs of the site, a major shift from past technology that only looked at the experience of the sponsor. These platforms, including Florence Healthcare’s SiteLink™, insist on ease-of-use and ease-of-setup for the site, quality support, and simplified integrations. SiteLink works in conjunction with eBinders™, an electronic Investigator Site File solution used by over 12,000 research sites in 45 countries. About the Study Marketcap Consulting conducted interviews with clinical research operations leaders harnessing SiteLink, examined timelines and study costs, and analyzed the impact across the sites in the study. On average, the team found that SiteLink accelerated study start-up by four weeks and study close-out by two weeks at every site. For a 50-site study, this six-week acceleration reduced cash burn by one million dollars. “We can see a clear positive impact on study timelines and cash burn when research sponsors and CROs implement Site Enablement Platforms,” said Joel White, founder of Marketcap Consulting. “This early study reveals that by enabling sites to do their best work, the clinical research industry unlocks value across the full research cycle.” “While the financial impact of switching to SiteLink makes investing in site enablement an easy choice for sponsors and CROs, it’s really the acceleration of studies that gets our team at Florence Healthcare excited,” said Jones. “We aim to double the output of research teams by the end of the decade, and enabling sites is the way to do it.” About Florence Healthcare Florence Healthcare’s clinical trial software helps more than 12,000 research sites in 45 countries manage their documents, data, and workflows. The Florence Healthcare™ platform also provides remote access so sponsors and Contract Research Organizations can collaborate with their sites around the world. Florence Healthcare users now perform 5.8 million remote monitoring activities each month.

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Zynx Health Introduces Complimentary Monkeypox Order Set and Care Plan Bundle

Zynx Health | September 20, 2022

Zynx Health announced that it has published new order set and care plan guidelines to aid clinicians in the treatment of patients diagnosed with monkeypox. Created by the Zynx Clinical Team and based on recommendations from World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the content is available as a single, downloadable PDF on the Zynx Health website. Given the public health emergency, this content is being made available at no cost. “As monkeypox cases continue to rise, and with hospitals still facing shortfalls in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Zynx clinicians have developed and deployed this comprehensive order set and care plan bundle to alleviate the burden of researching the underlying evidence and then building the associated clinical decision support from scratch,” said Chuck Tuchinda, MD, president of Zynx Health. “The monkeypox content on the Zynx site is comprehensive, evidence-based, and ready for use.” The Zynx Clinical Team will continue to update its monkeypox care guidance as new evidence emerges and best-practice recommendations evolve. About Zynx Health Zynx Health, a market leader in providing evidence- and experience-based clinical improvement solutions since 1996 and part of the Hearst Health network, provides healthcare professionals with vital information and processes that guide care decisions and reduce complexity across the entire patient journey in a way that leads to healthier lives for all. Named the “Best in KLAS” Category Leader for Clinical Decision Support – Care Plans and Order Sets in 2021 and 2022, Zynx is a pioneer and market leader in evidence- and experience-based clinical solutions that help health systems improve patient outcomes, financial outcomes, clinical engagement, and technology performance. With Zynx Health, healthcare organizations exceed industry demands for delivering high-quality care at lower costs under value-based reimbursement models. About Hearst Health The mission of Hearst Health is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person’s health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from Hearst Health reaches 85% of discharged patients, 205 million insured individuals, 103 million home health visits, and 3.2 billion dispensed prescriptions. The Hearst Health network includes FDB Zynx Health, MCG, Homecare Homebase, and MHK. Hearst also holds a minority interest in the precision medicine and oncology analytics company M2Gen.

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