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Nurse Practitioners Celebrating Ten Years with Matrix Medical Network In 2020

Nurse Practitioners Celebrating Ten Years with Matrix Medical Network In 2020

Throughout the annual National Nurse Practitioner Week, we recognize and salute the contributions of our very own nurse practitioners and the impact they have on the individuals they serve. As part of our celebration, some of our tenured nurse practitioners look back on their ten years with Matrix and reflect on some special memories and their profession in the stories shared below.


[Infographic] Nurse Practitioner Week 2020

[Infographic] Nurse Practitioner Week 2020

Nurse practitioners are celebrated this week, Nov. 8-14, 2020, in recognition of their exceptional professional accomplishments. They are skilled in delivering primary care or care in a variety of specialty services to diverse populations in the home, on mobile health clinics, in the workplace and in medical facilities. This year they have been frontline in treating individuals and addressing the challenges related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. View the statistics about nurse practitioners and the impact they have on the healthcare system.


Despite Pandemic Challenges, New Matrix Medical Network Survey Finds Nurse Practitioners Are More Committed Than Ever to Their Profession

Despite Pandemic Challenges, New Matrix Medical Network Survey Finds Nurse Practitioners Are More Committed Than Ever to Their Profession

More than 90 percent also feel technology such as telehealth has had a positive impact on their nursing abilities

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Nov. 10, 2020) Matrix Medical Network® (Matrix), a clinical services organization that gives health plans and employers the tools and knowledge they need to manage the health of at-risk populations at home and at work, today announced the results of a survey conducted in recognition of National Nurse Practitioner Week, Nov. 8-14, 2020. The survey’s purpose was to assess nurse practitioner (NP) attitudes toward various developments and challenges related to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.

One of the most significant findings was that in spite of the long hours and difficult conditions that have led to physical, mental and emotional exhaustion for many nurses, 60 percent of NPs surveyed said the experience has strengthened their commitment to the nursing profession, while another 35 percent said their commitment level remained the same. Only 4 percent said it had reduced their commitment, which is good news in light of ongoing concerns about nurses leaving the healthcare industry, especially with another COVID-19 surge reportedly underway.

“I have always been committed to my nursing profession but feel health plan members need us even more than they did before the pandemic,” said a nurse practitioner who offers direct patient care. “Most members have not been able to see their primary care physicians since the pandemic started. This has made our visits, whether in-person (when allowed) or via telehealth, even more crucial. In many cases we not only bring them care but also the human contact they may not be getting from other normal sources. When you see their response, it inspires you to do more.”

Another key survey question inquired about the impact of technology (such as telehealth) on respondents’ nursing abilities. Early in the pandemic, as many states went on full or partial lockdown, health plans were restricting NPs from making in-home visits. Organizations such as Matrix overcame that barrier by expanding their use of telehealth, including telephone or voice-and-video calls over the Internet, to continue performing health assessments and a breadth of other clinical services for health plan members. More than nine out of ten NPs reported at least somewhat of a positive impact, with 45 percent saying it was very positive. Only 3 percent found it to be negative, with none stating it was “very negative.”

“A lot of our members are elderly, and some are afraid to leave the house for fear of contracting COVID-19,” one nurse practitioner shared. “That makes telehealth crucial for this population because it might be the only type of health-related visit they get during this pandemic. Telehealth enabled us to adapt what we do to the unfortunate circumstances we as a nation find ourselves in so we can continue to deliver access to care, and the power of human touch without the physical touch, in their time of great need.”

Yet it wasn’t only the members who benefitted from the use of telehealth. The NPs surveyed were largely grateful this option was available to maintain care, and that it was implemented so quickly and supported so deeply by their organizations.

“I am not surprised to see results like these,” said Laura Jonsson, chief clinical officer at Matrix Medical Network. “Our organization alone has more than 3,000 NPs, and we are in the process of hiring 1,000 more, so we have some strong insights into the level of commitment NPs bring. While it may sound like a cliché, it really is a calling, and we know NPs really care about the members they help. I also think telehealth has proven its effectiveness in bringing NPs and members closer together and improving care, even when there isn’t a global pandemic in play. We at Matrix have seen how much having a telehealth option improves NP job satisfaction as well as member satisfaction, and plan to expand its use to further our mission of meeting members where they live or work.”

Jonsson was recently interviewed on HIMSS TV discussing the important role technology plays in alleviating clinician burnout.

To understand how Matrix uses telehealth to conduct risk adjustments, read this article.

To learn about career opportunities at Matrix Medical Network, click here.

About the Study

Matrix Medical Network collected survey data online from Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2020. The survey report was based on 489 responses. Survey respondents were nurse practitioners across the U.S.

About Matrix Medical Network

Matrix Medical Network is a leader in supporting the needs of at-risk populations. Matrix has worked with millions of individuals across the country to assess and help them manage their health risks through a network of more than 3,000 clinicians and a fleet of mobile health clinics. The organization’s unmatched network of health care professionals meets individuals where they work and live to assess health and safety, identify and close care gaps, and offer life-changing services that activate them to manage their own health. With its deep roots in clinical assessment and care management services, Matrix was uniquely positioned to rapidly respond to the spread of COVID-19 with clinically based services to employers providing essential services to keep or return their workforces to their worksites. Today, Matrix offers customizable solutions including on-site clinics, viral testing, contact tracing, environmental assessments, clinical consultations, vaccine administration, clinical trial support, and access to an expert clinical advisory panel. Matrix services leading companies across a wide range of industries including food manufacturing, defense manufacturing, government, retail, higher education, distribution, entertainment, and others.  For more information, visit www.matrixmedicalnetwork.com.

*Matrix Medical Network is the registered trademark of Community Care Health Network, LLC.  Community Care Health Network, LLC is an affiliate of Matrix Clinical Solutions, LLC.

Media Contact:

David Goodspeed
Director, Marketing & Communications
david.goodspeed@matrixmedicalnetwork.com
480.286.1311

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Is Telehealth on Par with In-Person Risk Adjustment Assessments?

Is Telehealth on Par with In-Person Risk Adjustment Assessments?

Written by Ted Kyi, Published by Managed Healthcare Executive

This article was originally published by Managed Healthcare Executive. Click here to view the full online article. 

Evaluating patients to determine their risk scores for Medicare Advantage payments traditionally involves face-to-face encounters, either in the physician’s office or increasingly in patients’ homes. The opportunity to sit down with patients, create a human connection, confirm existing chronic conditions and uncover any new health issues is considered an industry best practice.

Or at least it was until COVID-19 became a pandemic.

Just like that, primary care physician offices were limiting or stopping entirely all but COVID-19-related care, and health payers were telling clinicians not to conduct risk adjustment assessments in patient/member homes, to prevent the spread of the virus to other patients/members and to the clinicians themselves.

Of course the advent of a global pandemic did not mean treatment for all those other chronic conditions could be put on hold until it passed. Patients still needed care, and healthcare organizations needed to be reimbursed for that care, which means they still needed to have their risk score house in order. What to do?

The obvious answer to these competing priorities appeared to be telehealth, specifically

audio-video visits over the Internet. The question, however, was how effective these visits would be compared to traditional in-home visits?

We now have an answer. In comparing our own telehealth diagnosis rates and risk scores from April and May 2020 reassessments to metrics for the same members seen in 2019 when we were doing in-home assessments, we saw that there was no difference (adjusted for some clinical guideline changes). The same was true when comparing in-home reassessments in late February and early March 2020 versus same member in-home assessments from 2019.

Telehealth on par with in-home visits

When we compared the data, both the 2020 in-home and telehealth time periods had identical percentage increases in both average all lift (AL) risk scores (every diagnosis from the prospective assessment) and the number of Hierarchical Condition Codes (HCCs) diagnosed per assessment. In other words, overall telehealth was just as effective as in-home visits in capturing risk.

This parity was further demonstrated by the fact that the top ten HCCs diagnosed in these reassessments were the same for both in-home and telehealth. There was a small difference, however, in the order of how common each of them was.

For example, in the in-home visits, HCC108 Vascular Disease was the second most common diagnosis during in-home visits while it fell to seventh in telehealth. This likely was due to the inability to perform peripheral artery disease diagnostic (PAD) tests via telehealth, eliminating that source of PAD diagnoses.

On the other side, HCC59 Major Depressive, Bipolar, and Paranoid Disorders was the second most commonly diagnosed condition through telehealth, while only ranking sixth during in-home visits. Additionally, HCC19 Diabetes without Complication was the fourth highest condition documented through telehealth, while only being eighth in in-home reassessments.

Given issues such as PAD tests for vascular disease requiring an in person presence, some have asked whether there are HCCs that simply cannot be captured via telehealth assessments. The short answer is no. While telehealth does have some limitations in terms of the types of testing that can be performed, every HCC that was captured during in-home visits in 2019 also appeared, usually with similar volumes, in 2020 telehealth results.

Comparing Net Promoter Scores

We also recently compared the Net Promoter Scores (NPS) of virtual visits to in-home visits.

We conducted follow up phone calls within 48 hours of the telehealth appointment to ensure an accurate recollection of the visit. On a sample size of 2,219 completed surveys we found that video telehealth net promoter scores are on par with in-home visits at 70%. Gratitude for virtual wellness visits was a big theme from members. Many have been experiencing isolation, difficulty getting medications refilled, and the need for COVID education.

As we learn more, we may discover that offering patients/members a choice between in-home and telehealth visits enables us to increase assessment completion rates by matching the delivery mechanism to their comfort level – while remaining confident that the assessments using either modality provide a great patient experience and accurately capture the information needed for proper risk adjustment.


Have a question or want to learn more about Matrix's Telehealth offering?

Ted Kyi
SVP, Business Intelligence & Analytics at Matrix Medical Network

Ted Kyi is a leader in the Business Intelligence & Analytics group responsible for measurement and analysis of current and new products and services at Matrix.  Ted leads the healthcare analytics and data science teams, and is a subject matter expert on risk adjustment and government programs.  He has worked in healthcare analytics for over twenty years.  Prior to joining Matrix, Ted was president of the analytics vendor Ascender Software, and vice president of the consulting firm Infotech Systems Management.


Matrix Medical Network Announces the Acquisition of Biocerna

Matrix Medical Network Announces the Acquisition of Biocerna

Laboratory Will Enable Matrix to Better Serve Customers with Agile, In-House Testing Capabilities

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 2, 2020Matrix Medical Network® (Matrix) today announced the acquisition of Biocerna, a CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited laboratory dedicated to delivering clinical diagnostics tests to improve patients’ safety and quality of care. Biocerna has developed innovative assays, including for COVID-19 testing, that will allow Matrix to provide safe and expedient testing services to Matrix Medical Network and Matrix Clinical Solutions clients. Biocerna is located in Fulton, Maryland and has significant experience in clinical diagnostics and clinical testing support for clinical trials.

“Matrix’s network of more than 3,000 clinicians and mobile health clinics brings health and safety assessments and solutions directly to individuals where they work and live,” said Matrix Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Keith Henthorne. “Adding the diagnostic and testing expertise of Biocerna to our in-house capabilities will allow us to provide even more timely support to our clients. Being able to quickly turn around critical test results is important, especially as we help our clients safely return employees to work and keep them working amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Biocerna develops and commercializes non-invasive, readily accessible, easy-to-use and affordable diagnostics needed to accurately diagnose and treat health conditions. Biocerna currently processes a significant number of COVID-19 RT-PCR tests, is a leader in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency testing, and offers various biometric screening tests including lipid panels, diabetes screening, and colorectal cancer screening.

“Biocerna takes great pride in the work we do as a high-quality diagnostic laboratory. Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we mobilized to handle COVID-19 testing in a timely and scalable manner,” said Biocerna Founder Chris Sanders. “I am excited to bring the amazing Biocerna team into the Matrix community in the coming months.”

About Matrix Medical Network

Matrix Medical Network is a leader in supporting the needs of at-risk populations. Matrix has worked with millions of individuals across the country to assess and help them manage their health risks through a network of more than 3,000 clinicians and a fleet of mobile health clinics. The organization’s unmatched network of health care professionals meets individuals where they work and live to assess health and safety, identify and close care gaps, and offer life-changing services that activate them to manage their own health. With its deep roots in clinical assessment and care management services, Matrix was uniquely positioned to rapidly respond to the spread of COVID-19 with clinically based services to employers providing essential services to keep or return their workforces to their worksites. Today, Matrix offers customizable solutions including on-site clinics, viral testing, contact tracing, environmental assessments, clinical consultations, vaccine administration, clinical trial support, and access to an expert clinical advisory panel. Matrix services leading companies across a wide range of industries including food manufacturing, defense manufacturing, government, retail, higher education, distribution, entertainment, and others.  For more information, visit www.matrixmedicalnetwork.com.

*Matrix Medical Network is the registered trademark of Community Care Health Network, LLC.  Community Care Health Network, LLC is an affiliate of Matrix Clinical Solutions, LLC.

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Matrix Medical Network to Support COVID-19 Vaccine Trials as Part of Operation Warp Speed

Matrix Medical Network to Support COVID-19 Vaccine Trials as Part of Operation Warp Speed

Mobile Health Clinics Will Help Ensure Communities with Barriers to Healthcare Access are Reached

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 1, 2020Matrix Medical Network® (Matrix) will be a key enabler in clinical trials of investigational COVID-19 vaccines conducted by the COVID-19 Prevention Network. Matrix Clinical Solutions, through an agreement with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, will provide mobile health clinics to more than 20 academic medical centers to increase access to the investigational vaccines by deploying its mobile clinics and clinicians across the country, focusing on the populations most impacted by COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Prevention Network, supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, aims to enroll thousands of volunteers in large-scale clinical trials testing a variety of investigational vaccines and monoclonal antibodies intended to protect people from COVID-19.

Matrix will support critical trial logistics and will accelerate the vaccine development process, while maintaining the highest standards for safety and effectiveness. A major factor in the success of a vaccine trial is identifying eligible volunteers to participate. Speed to delivery is critical based on the need to identify and approve a vaccine to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic at large.

“Our team will help scale the vaccine trials to reach participants, especially minorities and rural populations, by providing increased access for individuals to participate where they may otherwise have limited access to traditional health centers or trial sites,” said Matrix Chief Medical Officer Daniel Castillo, M.D. “In the history of vaccine development, there’s never been an initiative of this magnitude or with as much of a push to safely expedite.”

Matrix’s mobile health clinics and clinicians will work closely with various universities, hospitals, and other locations across Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington to reach eligible volunteers. In a typical trial, participants would travel to established sites often affiliated with academic medical centers in major cities. Matrix’s mobile health clinics will safely extend these sites and meet the volunteers where they are, helping to better ensure that all members of the community, including those with barriers to healthcare access, are included.

“Fred Hutchinson’s depth of expertise in immunology and virology has led us to take an active role in responding to COVID-19, and to be named the coordinating center for vaccine clinical trials of the COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN), said Troy Martin, M.D. M.P.H, Chief of Staff/CoVPN, of Fred Hutch. “The team at Fred Hutchinson is honored to play such an important role in developing safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, and the partnership with Matrix is allowing us to progress things in a safe and expedient manner.”

 

About Matrix Medical Network

Matrix Medical Network is a leader in supporting the needs of at-risk populations. Matrix has worked with millions of individuals across the country to assess and help them manage their health risks through a network of more than 3,000 clinicians and a fleet of mobile health clinics. The organization’s unmatched network of health care professionals meets individuals where they work and live to assess health and safety, identify and close care gaps, and offer life-changing services that activate them to manage their own health. With its deep roots in clinical assessment and care management services, Matrix was uniquely positioned to rapidly respond to the spread of COVID-19 with clinically based services to employers providing essential services to keep or return their workforces to their worksites. Today, Matrix offers customizable solutions including on-site clinics, viral testing, contact tracing, environmental assessments, clinical consultations, vaccine administration, clinical trial support, and access to an expert clinical advisory panel. Matrix services leading companies across a wide range of industries including food manufacturing, defense manufacturing, government, retail, higher education, distribution, entertainment, and others.  For more information, visit www.matrixmedicalnetwork.com.

*Matrix Medical Network is the registered trademark of Community Care Health Network, LLC.  Community Care Health Network, LLC is an affiliate of Matrix Clinical Solutions, LLC.

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Elissa Johnsen
EJJ Communications, LLC on behalf of Matrix Medical Network
ellijohnsen@ejjcommunications.com
312-285-3203

Megan Manzari
Public Relations Supervisor, Dixon Schwabl
Megan_Manzari@dixonschwabl.com
585-899-3244


Matrix Medical Network and Berkeley Data Ventures Collaborate to Make Mass COVID-19 Testing More Accessible

Matrix Medical Network and Berkeley Data Ventures Collaborate to Make Mass COVID-19 Testing More Accessible

Machine learning drives smarter pooled testing strategies

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 4, 2020 – Matrix Medical Network has partnered with Berkeley Data Ventures to improve the availability and ease of COVID-19 testing by combining the power of machine learning and pooled testing. The new solution, driven by machine learning algorithms, will enable more individuals to be tested, more often, through strategic pooled testing.

“Frequent testing, for example at a school or workplace, is both costly and a real challenge given limited testing capacity,” said Dr. Daniel Castillo, Chief Medical Officer, Matrix Medical Network. “Our partnership with Berkeley Data Ventures combines our clinical knowledge and their machine learning expertise to tackle this problem by establishing new and smarter protocols that allow more frequent testing.”

Matrix has administered more than 30,000 coronavirus tests since the onset of the pandemic. Of those who tested positive, many were asymptomatic. These asymptomatic, and pre-symptomatic, carriers add an additional layer to the challenge of detecting infected individuals. The algorithms devised by Berkeley Data Ventures leverage key data to identify the optimal testing strategy by assessing individual prevalence and correlation risk to show who would, and who would not, benefit from pooled testing.

“Pooled testing using machine learning allows us to get on the offensive of COVID-19 testing by allowing for efficient testing at high frequency,” said Ned Augenblick, Associate Professor Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. “One of the keys to the pooled testing algorithm is understanding who is more likely to be positive and separating them from those that are likely to be negative.”

Pooled testing can drastically help businesses boost testing capabilities. For example, if 20 individuals with a high likelihood of being negative were all pooled together for testing and no infection is detected, all of them are cleared using one test versus 20 individual tests. The strategy is to put people who are unlikely to be infected into a larger pool, and those that are likely to be infected into a much smaller pool, or even an individual test.

As businesses, universities and other organizations look to operate safely within the environment of COVID-19, frequent testing, along with the use of PPE and social distancing, is one of the most crucial strategies to have in place.

About Matrix Medical Network

Matrix Medical Network is a leader in supporting the needs of at-risk populations. Matrix has worked with millions of individuals across the country to assess and help them manage their health risks through a network of more than 3,000 clinicians and fleet of mobile health clinics. The clinical services organization’s unmatched network of healthcare professionals meets individuals where they live and work to assess health and safety, identify and close care gaps and offer life-changing services that activate them to manage their own health.

Matrix has deep roots in clinical assessment and care management services that improve health outcomes, while helping clients manage risks and connect individuals to more options for the care and support they need. Matrix combines leading-edge technologies and proprietary platforms to harness the massive amounts of data captured to drive better clinical decision-making, improving outcomes and satisfaction while reducing the cost of care. For more information, visit www.matrixmedicalnetwork.com.

About Berkeley Data Ventures

Berkeley Data Ventures was founded to help solve some of the biggest challenges in health care. The team brings years of academic experience studying behavioral economics, machine learning, causal inference and how these tools apply to health and health care as well as deep industry and government experience. Berkeley Data Ventures partners with companies trying to create truly unique solutions that generate massive value and change the health care system by bridging the gap between data analytics and strategy to build technology solutions and deploy them with measurable impact.

Media Contact

David Goodspeed
Director, Marketing & Communications, Matrix Medical Network
david.goodspeed@matrixmedicalnetwork.com
480.286.1311

Megan Manzari
Public Relations Supervisor, Dixon Schwabl
Megan_Manzari@dixonschwabl.com
585.899.3244


Tyson Foods Launches New, Nationwide COVID Monitoring Strategy; Expands Health Staff

Tyson Foods Launches New, Nationwide COVID Monitoring Strategy; Expands Health Staff

Initiatives part of ongoing health and safety efforts to combat COVID-19

Springdale, Ark. – July 30, 2020 – As part of its commitment to team member safety and continually evolving efforts to protect workers from COVID-19, Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is launching a new, industry-leading monitoring program and expanding its occupational health staff, including a new chief medical officer position.

The comprehensive COVID monitoring strategy was designed with the assistance of outside medical experts and includes ongoing, data driven COVID testing of workers without symptoms, as well as those who exhibit certain symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has the virus.

“While the protective measures we’ve implemented in our facilities are working well, we remain vigilant about keeping our team members safe and are always evaluating ways to do more,” said Donnie King, Tyson Foods group president and chief administrative officer.

“We believe launching a new, strategic approach to monitoring and adding the health staff to support it will help further our efforts to go on the offensive against the virus,” he said. “Adding more resources and technologies reinforces our commitment to protecting our team members, their families and plant communities.”

Tyson Foods has been using TESTING AS A TOOL to protect workers and has likely been involved in more testing than any other company in the country. Already having tested nearly a third of its workforce, the company plans to test thousands of workers every week across all of its facilities. Currently, less than one percent of Tyson Foods’ U.S. workforce of 120,000 team members has active COVID-19. The company is continually tracking active COVID-19 cases involving company team members as well as the case levels in the communities where the company operates.

The new monitoring strategy Tyson Foods is implementing was designed with input from MATRIX MEDICAL and is consistent with CDC guidance.

To support the effort, Tyson Foods has created a chief medical officer position and plans to add almost 200 nurses and administrative support personnel to supplement the more than 400 people currently part of the company’s health services team. The additional nurses will conduct the on-site testing and assist with case management, coordinating treatment for team members who contract the virus.

“What we’re adopting is a strategic, ongoing approach to combatting COVID-19,” said King. “It involves weekly testing of team members at our facilities to monitor for the presence of the virus. By using data science to test a statistically sound sample of team members, we have a better chance of staying ahead of any potential virus spread and protecting our teams and communities.”

“As the largest union for America’s meatpacking workers, we welcome this important step by Tyson Foods, which demonstrates the leadership needed to strengthen COVID monitoring across the industry,” said United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International President Marc Perrone. “UFCW is urging all companies in the industry to follow Tyson’s lead and take immediate action to expand COVID monitoring as we work to flatten the curve. Together, we will continue to look for new and better ways to protect the health and safety of the brave frontline workers who are so important to the nation’s food production system.”

The testing program includes three categories:

  • Strategic, always-on monitoring. Team members who have no symptoms may be selected for testing based on an algorithm-based selection process. The number tested each week will be dynamic and adjusted based on factors, such as the number of positive cases involving plant workers as well as people in the community.
  • Symptomatic team members. The company conducts health screenings daily as team members arrive for work. Those found to have symptoms will be tested using CDC GUIDANCE.
  • Close contacts. Team members who have come into close contact with co-workers (or non-Tyson personnel in the workplace) who have symptoms or have tested positive will be tested according to CDC guidance.

“We’ve been piloting this program at several of our facilities and have seen great success,” said King. “Our team members tell us they feel especially supported by this scientifically sound combination of testing and monitoring.”

Medical experts believe this monitoring approach is the best way to screen for COVID-19 in an ongoing way that helps determine the prevalence of the virus and how to keep it under control. It will especially be helpful in identifying team members who have the virus but are not showing any symptoms.

“The new monitoring program we helped Tyson create is a science-first approach that’s really on the cutting edge of how workplaces can best mitigate the risk of the virus,” said Dr. Daniel Castillo, chief medical officer for Matrix Medical Network, which has assisted in the development of the advanced testing protocols. “You’ll likely see many others adopt a similar approach in the coming months because it’s a process that looks both at people showing symptoms as well as those who do not.”

Worker health and safety is Tyson Foods’ top priority. The company formed a coronavirus task force in January and has since transformed its food production facilities with protective measures, from SYMPTOM SCREENINGS and FACE MASKS, to workstation dividers and SOCIAL DISTANCE MONITORS.

Tyson Foods has given PLANT TOURS to GOVERNMENT LEADERS, and officials from the CDC and LULAC, the nation’s largest and oldest Hispanic organization, so they could see the measures the company has put place. LULAC has acknowledged that Tyson Foods has “made significant strides.”

About Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods, Inc. is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp® and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company has 141,000 team members. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities and team members and serve as a steward of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. Visit TYSONFOODS.COM.

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Contact: GARY MICKELSON, 479-236-9022


Matrix Medical Network Announces Formation of Clinical Advisory Board

Matrix Medical Network Announces Formation of Clinical Advisory Board

Committee of industry experts will guide company’s COVID-19 programs and support businesses on return-to-work-strategies

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (July 28, 2020) Matrix Medical Network has formed a strategic committee of trusted clinical advisors that includes distinguished industry experts whose focus will be to guide the strategy and clinical practices of Matrix’s COVID-19 support programs. Working closely with the Matrix leadership team, the advisory board will provide insights that support and advance the services Matrix provides to businesses, to ensure safe operations and COVID-19 mitigation with their return-to-work and operational continuity strategies.

The advisory board’s deep expertise spans infectious diseases, epidemiology, behavioral health, and diagnosis and management of airway and respiratory disorders. Advising Matrix, the team will help define clinical and worksite policies and procedures that mitigate risks for a safe return-to-work for employees during the phased re-openings across the country as well as the ever-changing dynamics with the COVID-19 pandemic. The advisory board members include:

  • Peter Belafsky, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Director and Center for Voice & Swallowing and Vice Chairman for Academic Affairs – University of California Davis Health | Professor of Clinical Medicine & Epidemiology, University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Marthe Haverkamp, M.D., Ph.D.
    Infectious Disease Physician | Senior Associate – Alvarez & Marsal’s Healthcare Industry Group
  • Melbourne Hovell, Ph.D.
    Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science Distinguished Professor – San Diego State University School of Public Health
  • Jonathan Kolstad, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy – University of California, Berkeley | Research Associate – the National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Lisa Saiman, M.D., M.P.H.
    Professor of Pediatrics – Columbia University Irving Medical Center | Hospital Epidemiologist –  New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
  • Daniel Uslan, M.D., MBA
    Chief Infection Prevention Officer | Clinical Chief, Infectious Diseases – UCLA Health

“We are pleased to be working alongside this esteemed group of industry experts,” said Dan Meltzer, MD, MPH, FACEP, Senior Vice President, Clinical Improvement at Matrix. “As a company, we’re proud and honored to be at the forefront of enabling businesses to safely return to operations by providing industry leading clinical expertise and operational strategies for COVID-19 testing protocols and additional access to much needed healthcare and safety measures.”

The reliance on skilled clinicians is a critical component to protecting entire populations during a global pandemic. Matrix has an established national network of clinicians and a fleet of mobile health clinics that are deployed wherever, whenever they are needed—in a retail community, distribution center, food manufacturing facility or worksite which can help to alleviate fears for employees as they return to work.

About Matrix Medical Network

Matrix Medical Network offers a broad range of clinical services and proven expertise that gives health plans and employers the tools and knowledge they need to better manage the health of at-risk populations at home and at work. With its deep roots in clinical assessment and care management services, Matrix’s network of more than 3,000 clinicians and fleet of mobile health clinics breaks through traditional barriers to care access by meeting members and employees where they are. By bringing the care to them and using in-person or virtual visits, this approach improves health outcomes for millions of Americans while reducing costs and risks for payers and employers. By combining leading-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning with its proprietary platforms, Matrix is able to harness the massive amounts of data it captures to identify emerging health issues, close care gaps, connect individuals to additional resources for care, and drive better clinical and business decisions. For more information, visit www.matrixmedicalnetwork.com.

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Matrix Medical Network Achieves Recertification for NCQA Credentialing Accreditation

Matrix Medical Network Achieves Recertification for NCQA Accreditation

Company achieves the highest level awarded for credentialing and recredentialing

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 16, 2020 – Matrix Medical Network (Matrix), a clinical leader in supporting the needs of at-risk populations, has achieved the highest level for credentialing and recredentialing from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The much-coveted accreditation is valid until 2023. It allows Matrix health plan clients to continue to fully delegate all of their credentialing responsibilities to Matrix and eliminate any need to provide credentialing oversight for the Matrix nurse practitioners who see their members.

“Achieving NCQA recertification is an important achievement for both Matrix and our clients,” said Keith Henthorne, Matrix Chairman and CEO. “It validates that our credentialing processes meet or exceed the industry’s highest quality standards and instills confidence in the services we provide.”

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires that companies review and verify a clinician’s training, experience, practice history and license. This process, known as credentialing, is completed initially when a clinician is hired and then at regular intervals thereafter. NCQA’s Credentialing/Recredentialing program evaluates organizations that help health plans make sure providers have proper credentials.

This is important because encounters with Matrix’s qualified healthcare professionals can be much more than health assessments for risk adjustment. Comprehensive health assessments and quality visits ensure members’ and employees’ ongoing safety and well-being, which in turn improve outcomes and lower costs from a population health management standpoint.

Partnering with a clinical services organization that can ensure the availability of credentialed clinicians is critical to protecting entire populations from acute and chronic issues, while reducing costs and legal exposure. Matrix has an established national network of clinicians across the country and credentials approximately 120 clinicians each month. As part of the ongoing certification process, NCQA will audit Matrix triennially. NCQA’s Credentialing Accreditation focuses on consumer protection and customer service improvement. It provides a framework for organizations to implement industry best practices that help them accurately and efficiently credential and recredential healthcare professionals.

“Achieving NCQA Credentialing Accreditation demonstrates that Matrix Medical Network has the systems, process and personnel in place to conduct credentialing with the strictest quality standards,” said Margaret E. O’Kane, President, NCQA.

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 (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s website (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed healthcare choices. NCQA can be found online at ncqa.org, on Twitter @ncqa, on Facebook at facebook.com/NCQA.org/ and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/ncqa.

About Matrix Medical Network

Matrix Medical Network offers a broad range of clinical services and proven expertise that gives health plans and employers the tools and knowledge they need to better manage the health of at-risk populations at home and at work. With its deep roots in clinical assessment and care management services, Matrix’s network of more than 3,000 clinicians and fleet of mobile health clinics breaks through traditional barriers to care access by meeting members and employees where they are. By bringing the care to them and using in-person or virtual visits, this approach improves health outcomes for millions of Americans while reducing costs and risks for payers and employers. By combining leading-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning with its proprietary platforms, Matrix is able to harness the massive amounts of data it captures to identify emerging health issues, close care gaps, connect individuals to additional resources for care, and drive better clinical and business decisions. For more information, visit www.matrixmedicalnetwork.com.

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Marcia Rhodes, Amendola Communications for Matrix Medical Network
mrhodes@acmarketingpr.com
480.664.8412 ext. 15