Labor Kaiser workers plan Monday strike, raise alarm about mental healthcare Workers have been in negotiations with Oakland, California-based Kaiser Permanente since July 2021. Labor Signify Health cutting nearly 500 employees The layoffs are tied to the value-based technology company exiting its episodes-of-care segment. Politics & Policy Congress OKs Dems' climate, health bill, a Biden triumph House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the measure “meets the moment, ensuring that our families thrive and that our planet survives.” Physicians Physician assistant role sees record growth in 2021 More than 40% of physician assistants work in hospitals. Providers The Joint Commission to add health equity standards to accreditations The changes are geared toward leadership at primary care clinics, behavioral health facilities and hospitals. Mergers & Acquisitions Humana invests in Medicaid plan as dual-eligible market share rises Humana is the second-largest Medicare Advantage and dual-eligible carrier in the nation, and growth in its plans has outpaced the industry average. Insurance Oscar Health pauses insurer, provider technology service deals Oscar Health's net loss increased 52.9% to $112.1 million in the second quarter. Safety & Quality AMA launches initiative to increase HIV, STI screenings The American Medical Association is compiling best practices for providers to boost testing, diagnosis and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. People Intermountain CEO Dr. Marc Harrison leaving for General Catalyst General Catalyst and Intermountain partnered in May to develop technology that accelerates value-based care. Politics & Policy Inflation Reduction Act contains important cost-saving changes for many patients The legislation would allow the federal government, for the first time, to negotiate the price of some drugs that Medicare buys. Finance Cardinal Health names new CEO, plans price increases to bolster earnings Cardinal Health’s CEO Mike Kaufmann will step down, effective Aug. 31. Policy CDC drops quarantine, screening recommendations for COVID-19 “The current conditions of this pandemic are very different from those of the last two years,” said the CDC's Greta Massetti, an author of the guidelines. Legal New lawsuit alleges Northwestern Memorial gave sensitive patient data to Facebook's parent Similar lawsuits have recently been filed against hospitals across the country, alleging that providers and Meta violated privacy laws. Sponsored Content Events & Programs Women Leaders in Healthcare The Women Leaders in Healthcare Conference features an engaging lineup of educational content, with keynote presentations, interactive sessions and panel discussions exploring topics relevant to both established and emerging women leaders, as well as numerous networking opportunities throughout the three-day event. ESG: The New Imperative Modern Healthcare Custom Media’s ESG: The New Imperative educational series and Summit will empower C-suite healthcare executives with the knowledge, insights and solutions they need to lead their organizations and communities in support of ESG and meet boardroom, financial and governmental demands. Apply to the program Join Modern Board Accelerator to experience and take advantage of an evidence-based curriculum, condensed into a fast-paced 24-hour training program you’ll need to design a personal, practical and on-trend boardroom strategy. Attend the 2022 symposium The seventh annual Leadership Symposium offers a unique opportunity for qualified leaders to extend and deepen their knowledge of trending healthcare issues. Participants learn and network with colleagues and other high-performing leaders, including nominees from Modern Healthcare's "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare."