4 Burst results for "Blue Shield Of California"
"blue shield california" Discussed on Masters in Business
"You and yet you have this enormous responsibility and if you're really good at your job. Nobody knows because that means you've prevented it. You've stopped the outbreak right. They find out when you mess up and giant thing of mersa spreads all over the county. So how did you work your way from santa barbara to state of california while i was the local health officer in santa barbara over a number of different outbreaks disasters. I was the health officer there. During the thomas fire. Which at the time was the largest fire in the history of california was a strange time of year in december and it was followed by a really powerful rainstorm that led to the montecito mudslides and as i was managing a number of different health. Risks around the mudslides not just communicable disease but a host of other things. I was in close close communication with state health officer karen smith who was my person to call your local health officer. And you need backup. You need a thought partner. You call the state. So karen a nice a lot of time on the phone and shortly after that she called me one day and said would you think about moving up to sacramento to be my number two and i said yes and That's how the adventure started. And i had always thought that. That's where i wanted to end up was being state health officer because i thought i could. Have you know an incredible amount of impact there at that level but california has forty million people in california's really like its own nation. It's so diverse so it made me nervous moving from making risk based differential diagnoses on behalf of four hundred and fifty thousand people at the county to doing that. At the state on behalf of forty million people so it was a different comfort level. Right stakes are higher. Stakes are high and mistakes or or more costly. And but the same problem. If you succeed. Nobody knows it's always the challenge of public health because we succeed and then it silence and you can't see that succeed in the data and statistics. If you're not tracking outcomes and traditionally public health disease control does not have a good way to show return on investment other than nothing bad has happened. Money must be well spent. But that's it's hard to prove a negative isn't isn't it is hard and we can get to that later because i'll tell you why i'm so passionate about the private sector need for this and the mandate to show return on investment so before we get to the private sector. I have lots of questions for you about that. You were also the co chair of the california testing task force for cova nineteen and you ramp that up to over a hundred thousand tests a day in a very short period of time. Tell us about that. That sounds like a giant logistical undertaking. It was it was the greatest experience in rapid project management. I've ever had. And i would be remiss if i didn't mention my amazing co-lead which is paul markevic. He's the ceo and president of blue shield california. And what happened is there was no testing in california or anywhere else. The state was only able to do about two thousand. Pcr test today and the backstory as you know is the cdc and fda had said. Nobody could test wait for the cds test so we waited. They rolled it out. It didn't work. They said wait. We'll fix it so we waited. They rolled it out again. It didn't work and so the united states missed that critical. Two month window of containment without testing. There's no way you can contain a threat because you can't find it so by the time. They opened the floodgates that any microbiology lab could test..
"blue shield california" Discussed on Technovation with Peter High (CIO, CTO, CDO, CXO Interviews)
"In sharing this was a continual issue we engaged with in the intelligence community. If you think about after nine eleven how do we continue to improve. Data sharing data interoperability. So that we were acting off all the same information you know it. of course. The mission then was to the outcome was to catch the bad actors in terms of what we were trying to do. But now bring that into healthcare. You know one of the biggest challenges that we have in health care is data sharing interoperability and there are so many different constituents and take hold stakeholders that have a view or a role as to why that should happen or not happen so how we solve that problem and move. The industry forward is very similar to challenges. That i dealt with when i was working in department of defense and you know one other example that i'll give is blue. Shield of california has had the honor to work with the state of california and helping to accelerate vaccine to all californians and many of my peers had never had the experience working with government before state governments. And of course. Oh yes. i've had this experience. I'm having deja vu moment with my twenty six years in federal government of how do you find and build coalitions and partnerships in order to meet the mission and saw for the bigger problem that we all have the same goal. How we want to get there and south for that goal is where those coalitions and partnership building becomes so important. That's a great overview. You also a board member chief information officer growing Clubs so to say of of your peers still elite but but growing thankfully you're on the board of miranda's among other organizations marandus being a bb open source cloud computing software and services company. Talk a bit about the pathway to becoming a board level chief information officer and and perhaps with a little bit of advice for those who might wish to follow in your footsteps. Yes i've had the ability to serve certainly with marandus. I've done a lot of nonprofit boards. I've been done on visory committees and currently i'm serving on the board of trustees for the Blue shield california foundation which really focuses on health equity and ending domestic violence. And and really my advice would be Being on a board requires a lot of time and commitment and i always recommend Certainly as i'm talking to other leaders is to find a board of where you're passionate about where their focuses. Because you're going to be spending time there and i think a great way to get experience is to start on those advisory committees and those nonprofit boards. It's a great learning opportunity to understand how to best support and serve as a board member. They're not quite as time. Consuming as a for profit board is an. It's a great way to build and create a stepping stone into more board appointment. So that would be my first council. And then it's about networking certainly even myself as i think about other corporate board appointments and something. I'm very interested in doing. But i'm also very cognizant of my time availability and the commitment that i can give to those boards but networking certainly leveraging executive search firms and one of the beautiful things here in california is the requirement to have women on the board..
"blue shield california" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Morning. I'm Dave Freeman on KQED in the time is a 30. Live from NPR news. I'm Laxmi, saying President Biden will be in Wisconsin this evening, where he's expected to promote his nearly $2 trillion coronavirus relief package. MPR's Windsor, Johnston says. Biden is scheduled to take part in a town hall style event in Milwaukee. Biden administration and congressional Democrats are trying to fast track the measure ahead of a March 14th deadline when a number of unemployment benefits are set to expire. The president's bill is expected to include another round of stimulus checks and to extend extra weekly jobless benefits. Congressional Republicans have yet to get on board with the measure, arguing that it's too expensive Windsor Johnson reporting millions of people in Texas they're dealing with rolling blackouts to ease extreme demand. For electricity and heat is the state like much of the country grapples with freezing conditions. Bret Jaspers with K E R A in Dallas, says utilities that implement to our black outs of the direction of Southwest powerful face heavy backlash. Lot of public officials, though I've seen on social media and saying they're really angry things that the grid manager because they're saying we knew about this storm about a week ago, and you know why wasn't mortgage done to prepare for this? I think there's gonna be a lot of fall out that we'll have to watch in the coming weeks. Right. Jaspers reporting at last check on Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 21 points of 31,479. This is NPR. Live from KQED News. I'm Raquel Maria Dylan. They area counties are pleading with the state for more doses of the cove in 19 vaccine under a new contract with Blue Shield, California is aiming to double the number of people inoculated by April. KQED is Molly Peterson reports. This week, Alameda County is opening a big site of the Coliseum, San Francisco closed Mosconi center without doses to go around. Yes, it's hard to keep up counties learn how many doses air coming just days in advance, according to San Francisco Health officer Dr Grant Colfax. He says 117,000 residents have a first dose, but we need to get more needles into arms and get that number higher. Insurance provider Blue Shield took over the state's job distributing vaccines as of yesterday. Even so, Colfax says he still doesn't know how that's going to work. We do hope that this will improve our ability to understand inventory scheduling on data reporting, but I don't have any details to share this point because the details have not been shared with the county's yet So far, Counties have gotten 1st and 2nd doses. Separately soon the state will send one pile of vaccines and leave it to counties how to allocate those doses. San Francisco supervisor Matt Haney says that's why planning is important. If we could be sure about how many doses we're going to get in three weeks, we could do that. But it's hard to be confident in that if the supply remains so inconsistent. San Francisco and Napa have paused first doses when shipments fell short. Other Bay Area counties are worried they'll have to do the same thing. I'm Molly Peterson. KQED news. There's more news at KQED dot or G'kar in Oakland. I Marquel Maria Dylan. Support for KQED today comes from Netflix and the trial of the Chicago Seven. Nominated for five Golden Globes, including director and original screenplay, Aaron Sorkin. Supporting actor Sasha Baron Cohen and three side awards, including outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture. Well for the.
"blue shield california" Discussed on KGO 810
"Well, there's good news. If you have yet to receive your vaccine, it looks like we're opening up the vaccinations for people who are high risk. Regardless of your age s. Oh, that's the good news. The bad news is, you may be eligible, but you can't get it anyway, because I think we're out. Is it Is that right, Brett and open things up, But we're closing down the major vaccination sites. Yeah, it zah sad sight in San Francisco. They close to mass vaccination sites, one that the Mosconi Center won it. City College of San Francisco. And it's just because there's there's short supplies, which means they don't have enough vaccines. They do have enough for the second shot for people who have already gotten their first shot. But that's what they have. Okay, so they're doing the whole backs, then? Yeah, the whole backs, But the good news is, they're they're opening up in Alameda County of Mass vaccination side at the Coliseum, and they are taking reservations today. And so if you're in that tier girl, 65 older are frontline worker. You'll you'll be able to get vaccinated over there. She's great. Okay. Good. Yeah, we get the get the reservations, hate calling for reservations. I'm one of those people that doesn't like the call. I don't like to call people I wig out, and I think it's I think it's a condition of Lot of millennials do not like to pick up the phone. My wife works trying to trying to make insurance companies pay doctors, right, right. Sure, Scott was always trying to get away with not paying doctors And sometimes doctors don't get the paperwork done correctly because of somebody office. It doesn't really know what they're doing, or whatever so my wife. Is so incredibly smart when it comes to, you know, trying to help providers. She's doing stuff for a couple different labs right now. She started her own business, and she works full time. But one of the big things is you gotta get on the phone, right. You have to call at night. You have to call humanity. You have to call Blue Cross blue shield, California. Whatever it is, you gotta call somebody. She has trouble finding people to come to work for her because people don't like making phone calls. I'm kind of in that boat. Yeah, I'm kind of in that boat. I don't like making phone calls. So do I have to call somebody make a reservation? I'm gonna do it online. You can do it online. It's actually it's my turn dot CIA dot com. I turned out CIA dot gov and Go ahead and sign selfish reservation. My turn that know exactly. I thought this was selfish, but it's catchy. My turn, Doc. See, it is easy to remember. They hope to administer up to 6000 vaccinations. Sounds like a dating safer narcissus, right? Yeah. Oh, that's funny. Oh, my gosh. Yeah, me first dot CIA dot Go, right? I'm just my turn my turn dot CIA dot com So Okay, yeah. Just encourage that they're opening up the more vaccination sites. I mean, we're opening up some in the North Bay, and I think it's a sign that yes, the vaccines are on their way. You heard Anthony Fauci talking about, you know the floodgates opening up by March and April, And so it's encouraging. And by summer, we could, you know, have most of Americans vaccinated. There's more controversy is there's another group of people that are eligible for vaccinate. And now, um, there. There's grief coming in because these people are getting vaccinated. And they don't like There's a profile on 11 woman who is eligible for vaccination that some people are having major issue with. It was living in a single room with three other individuals. One of them was a male and the other two. Well, the other two of females. God only knows what they were up to in there. And furthermore, Susan, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to learn that all four of them habitually smoke marijuana cigarettes. Briefers jump. It's creating a bit of Ah, bit of a hassle here. Some people are very upset because Some working in pot shops are eligible or have been eligible for, um, for vaccinations they wanted. The head of the line is that the Orange County Register, which you know is, um it's a super right wing area. So you know, this is the sort of story that just just tickles their readers. They just love like I haven't been angry about anything. At least 10 minutes. Give me something else. The register, so they did. They found the stewed Jared Kilo kylo kilo like Is that a play on words? You said? Is that what it is? Is that a nickname? Jared Kilo k. I. L O H is a kilo is a cannabis entrepreneur. So you know it's got to be a play on words, right? It has to be okay. So here's the owner of the Higher Path collective in Sherman Oaks. He got an appointment for his vaccination here. Hey, got his first Kobe 19 vaccination appointment for February 11th in San Francisco. So I guess he drove up and got it. The state updating the covert vaccine application guidelines to say cannabis industry employees are included in a phase one A for medicinal, cannabis and phase one. Be food and agriculture for growing production. Story transported distribution. Medical cannabis workers should be accommodated as necessary in phase one B tier one by the nature of their designations ineligible essential workforce classifications. So basically, marijuana has been In California since 1996 has been a medicinal right right Well if pharmacists are frontline workers shouldn't those and people working at pharmacies shouldn't those people who work in the medical marijuana field also be frontline workers? Essential employees? They are, they're considered essential. So no e guess the controversy is what they actually sell on the front lines. Um, can you compare? So what line worker from like to say a liquor store? Total line, right So now people while unfortunately I can't get a prescription for total wine would be great if I could. You know, you conjoined wine clubs here and there. Which is close enough. It's really like in H m O A t That point, right? That's exactly what it is. Yeah. Esso, Anyway, Now people are upset because they're you know, you've got druggies. Remove one of the front of the line, man. Not really. Although Wouldn't you agree? Maybe not. I don't know. I see the need for pharmacists as the front line workers because they deal with a number of different Um pharmaceuticals. Right, so people may need their blood pressure medication for survival. And some might argue that they need their marijuana in order Tol reduce their anxiety. It might be a survival thing in the minds of many people, right, But at some point we're gonna love pharmacist to start to start distributing marijuana. We're not gonna have to have Dispensaries doing this stuff. You know that's down the road and the more dispensaries we have. Them. The stronger their lobby is going to grow and the more difficult it's going to be for pharmacists to distribute marijuana and the farther away from that we are the farther away we are from, you know global acceptance of the stuff, but I'm just fascinated by people getting all worked up because the weed is in the way. I'm also fascinated. I still have not been able to figure this out. Phase one A phase one B. The cannabis workers should be accommodated as necessary. And phase one b tier one. No, no. Why do we have to make everything so difficult? Why can't we just say Phase one? Face to face three. Phase four. Well would be nice when we can throw that all out, and just you just show up to get vaccinated, and I think we'll get to the point. But right now they need to somehow categorize each segment of society. In the meantime, you know, like we open the segment. We're talking about the widening standards, right? If you're a high risk person, you're gonna be eligible. So now I have to figure out what my risk is so that I can cut in line, right? I'm Super Fat s. So that's got to be one thing, right? I'm definitely Yeah, Well, if I'm not super fat now, I'm gonna go have a few burgers. Just so I qualify ever since Florida cut me off, and I can't do vaccine tourism anymore. You know, for a while, I was just thinking just go to Florida and get a vaccination. But I can't do that any longer, So I have to come up with something so I'm thinking another week or two here with nothing but McDonald's. My blood pressure should be high enough that I could get to him. Push me right in there on phase one seat ear to see three B Dash four. Niner Niner Niner. It's gonna be that's gonna be interesting to see how that works. A Zafar is the people who have compromised immune systems and things like that, Because, you know, how do you How do you prove it? I guess you got to get a doctor's note, but that's going to slow down the process of actually administering Cove in 19 vaccines. Right. And this is one of those times. I really wish I were a doctor because I would take bribes. Be happy to write, you know, for the right price. Things get nasty for people in Texas and I have zero sympathy. Why? Because I'm a bad person was next. Chris.