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Posts made in March, 2013

PAMF to Host Affordable Care Act Briefing for Businesses

U.S. Health and Human Services Director Sol Ross is Keynote

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation Mountain View Center will host a breakfast briefing on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on businesses on Wednesday, April 3, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce – Mountain View, more than 100 Bay Area business owners and chamber members from five local communities are expected to attend.

Sol Ross is the director of Private Sector Outreach in the Federal Intergovernmental and External Affairs Office in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Keynote speaker for the morning is Sol Ross, director of Private Sector Outreach in the Federal Intergovernmental and External Affairs Office in the Department of Health and Human Services. Ross serves as a liaison between the business community and the Federal government on Affordable Care Act. His presentation will cover small business tax credits, the medical loss ratio provision, insurance rate reviews, and the functioning of the insurance exchange.

Via WebEx from Sacramento, Michael Lujan, director of the Small Business Health Options Program, will discuss the role of Covered California, the state’s Health Benefit Exchange.

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Culturally Competent Coaching May Help Reduce Heart Disease & Diabetes Risk in South Asians

 

Findings presented at the American Heart Association Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Session

Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Palo Alto Campus

A study conducted at the South Asian Heart Center at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, Calif., and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation showed that providing culturally competent coaching to South Asian patients may be an effective way to reduce their risk for developing coronary artery disease.  The findings were presented as a poster at the American Heart Association Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism Conference in New Orleans, March 19-22, 2013.

“Coronary artery disease affects the South Asian Community four times more than the general population, even for lifelong vegetarians who do not smoke and are not overweight,” said Powell Jose, M.D., division of Patient Outcomes and Clinical Research, Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute, and poster presenter.  “Diet and lifestyle counseling had not been previously validated in the South Asian population, which makes these results even more encouraging as we continue to address this community’s increased risk for coronary artery disease.”

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PAMF Surgeons Join the Vascular Quality Initiative

Outcomes Reporting Improves Vascular Health Care

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) reached a significant program milestone with their participation in the Vascular Quality Initiative® (VQI) of the Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS), a national registry and outcomes reporting system designed to improve vascular health care.

As of March 1, 2013, all vascular surgical procedures at PAMF are entered into a national registry to track risk adjusted quality outcomes. The registry will include patients being treated at PAMF centers in Burlingame, Mountain View, Palo Alto and Santa Cruz, Calif. 

Tej Singh, M.D.

“This is the first dedicated peripheral vascular registry to start at PAMF,” said Tej Singh, M.D., chief of vascular surgery and director of the Robert L. Mitchell Vascular Center at PAMF’s Mountain View Center. “The timing could not be better as cost and quality will be driving much of America’s health care reform and reimbursement.”

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PAMFRI’s Zhao to Receive Award at SAS Global Forum

Every year, users of Statistical Analysis System (SAS) software meet at the international SAS Global Forum. This year, Beinan Zhao, MS, senior statistician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI), will present recent research at the 2013 SAS Global Forum, taking place April 29 to May 1, in San Francisco, Calif. 

Beinan Zhao, MS, is a senior statistician with the PAMF Research Institute.

At this year’s conference, Zhao will be receiving a Junior Professional Award for her work on an abstract titled “Estimating Patient Adherence to Medication with Electronic Health Records Data and Pharmacy Claims Combined.”

Zhao has conducted statistical analysis and data management using SAS software in health policy, patient outcomes and clinical research studies as a member of the DISCOVER team at PAMFRI.  Her work focuses on utilizing de-identified data from Electronic Heath Records (EHRs) in chronic disease epidemiology research.  She is examining racial/ethnic disparities with regards to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors for the Pan-Asian Cohort Study (PACS). PACS is a five-year study funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and led by PAMFRI’s Latha Palaniappan, M.D., which is researching diabetes and its risk factors among Asian American subgroups. 

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American College of Cardiology Recognizes PAMF Research Institute

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) will present recent findings at the upcoming American College of Cardiology (ACC) Annual Scientific Sessions, taking place March 9-11, 2013 in San Francisco, California.

Two abstracts authored by Powell Jose, M.D., a research physician at PAMFRI, were designated as “Best Poster,” representing approximately the top three percent scoring percentile of poster acceptances.  

 The first abstract, titled “Variation in Hypertension Prevalence among Asian American Subgroups: Results from PACS (Pan-Asian Cohort Study),” demonstrates significant heterogeneity in hypertension prevalence among Asian-American subgroups, particularly among Filipino and Japanese Americans.  The Pan-Asian Cohort Study is a five-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and led by Latha Palaniappan, M.D., lead investigator at PAMFRI. The study is examining diabetes and its risk factors among Asian American subgroups.  

The second abstract came from the Causes of Asian American Mortality Understood by Socio-Economic Status (CAUSES) Study, another NIH-funded study awarded to Dr. Palaniappan and her team at PAMFRI to examine causes of death among Asian American subgroups using national mortality records.  The abstract, titled “Differences in Coronary Heart Disease Mortality Rates Among Asian American Subgroups; Results from the CAUSES Study,” showed higher rates of death due to coronary heart disease among Asian Indians and Filipinos compared to other racial/ethnic groups. 

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