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Coriell Life Sciences Earns Second PBMI Excellence Award for Cost Containment

Congratulations to Coriell Life Sciences on earning their second Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute (PBMI) Excellence Award for Cost Containment om honor of their Corigen® Medication Safety Program, which eliminates a root cause of healthcare waste—medications that are harming people instead of helping them—and in turn reduces needless healthcare costs in a major way.

Coriell Life Sciences is headquartered in the Navy Yard is a precision medicine genetics company using genetic science and research to improve lives, reduce healthcare costs, and simplify decision-making for their customers throughout the United States and around the world.

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From the Coriell Life Sciences award announcement:

“This award speaks to the fact that Corigen is not only the most comprehensive pharmacogenomics (PGx) offering on the market, but also one of the most impactful,” says Jeffrey A. Shaman, Chief Science Officer at Coriell Life Sciences, who was also selected as a speaker for the event. “When individuals and their physicians are empowered to avoid medications that are ineffective or unsafe based on their DNA and other personal factors, the measurable economic, clinical, and humanistic benefits are all quite significant.”

These benefits are illustrated in a peer-reviewed study published in the Journal of Personalized Medicine. The research examined the real-world outcomes of a Corigen implementation with a group of 5,288 Medicare Advantage members over 32 months. Findings included:

  • Lower rates of healthcare resource utilization. Among participants, inpatient visits decreased by 14.9%, Emergency Department visits decreased by 6.8%, and outpatient visits decreased by 1.9%.
  • Millions of dollars in cost savings. Driven by a decrease in Emergency Department visits and inpatient hospitalizations, direct medical charges were reduced by approximately $7,000 per member for a cumulative savings of more than $37 million over 32 months.

Payers everywhere are struggling with the rising costs of care. By eliminating a root cause of healthcare waste—medications that are harming people instead of helping them—we can reduce these costs in a major way,” notes Dr. Shaman.

Corigen, which was also honored with the PBMI Excellence Award for Cost Containment in 2020, is a turnkey PGx solution for employers, health plans, pharmacy benefit managers, and other large populations. It includes everything from population analytics (identifying high-risk, likely-to-benefit members) to member engagement, DNA testing, pharmacist consultation, physician engagement, and reporting.

Learn more about the Corigen Medication Safety Program here.

 

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Broad Street Quay Wall Reconstruction Ceremony

We were excited to finally be able to hold a ceremony to kick off the Broad Street infrastructure improvement project on September 14. Reconstruction of a critical 734-foot section of Broad Street (referred to as the Quay Wall) officially started at the end of July, but the ceremony was held later to welcome distinguished guests and partners to the event, including Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson, along with representatives from PennDOT and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).

The reconstruction of the Quay Wall is imperative to ensure safety and to increase accessibility for the public and the 150 businesses and 15,000 employees at the Navy Yard. The Quay Wall overlooks the Navy Yard River Basin and sits on top of a more than 120-year-old timber-bridge structure that has largely been submerged in the Delaware River and subject to the elements.

Broad Street will be closed between Crescent Dr & Intrepid Ave

734-foot section of Broad St (known as the Quay Wall)

The project is the result of a $19M+ joint-venture project between PennDOT, the U.S. EDA, City of Philadelphia, and PIDC.

From left to right: Sam Rhoads (PIDC Executive Vice President), Lou Belmonte (PennnDOT Regional Executive), Linda Cruz-Carnall (U.S. EDA Regional Director), Kate McNamara (PIDC Senior Vice President, Navy Yard), Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia City Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson

From left to right: Sam Rhoads (PIDC Executive Vice President), Lou Belmonte (PennnDOT Regional Executive), Linda Cruz-Carnall (U.S. EDA Regional Director), Kate McNamara (PIDC Senior Vice President, Navy Yard), Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia City Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson

“Without these partnerships, none of this would be possible,” said Kate McNamara, PIDC’s Senior Vice President, Navy Yard. “This has been a very complex project that has been in planning and procurement for several years.”

This project is also important for the future of the Navy Yard and Philadelphia.

In his remarks to the crowd, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said, the will create safer transit for pedestrians and bicyclists which can also boost the economy for local businesses, and it  was just one of the many innovative and exciting developments coming to the Navy Yard thanks to the Navy Yard Plan.

Philadelphia City Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson, who represents Philadelphia’s Second District where the Navy Yard is located, stressed the importance of investing in infrastructure for the future and that the $19 million dollar project was a needed investment.

The theme of long-term vision into the future and partnerships prevailed with the other special guests from PennDOT and U.S. EDA.

“This project started with a vision and PennDOT is proud to be part of that vision,” said Lou Belmonte, PennDOT District Executive. “The Navy Yard a truly unique place and there is tremendous work happening here as it continues as a thriving center for businesses, innovation, investment, talent, and jobs.”

“The U.S. EDA is proud to make these investments in regional growth and prosperity,” said Linda Cruz-Carnall, U.S. EDA Regional Director. “We appreciate the spirit and history and continued resiliency at this site and of all of its stakeholders. Together we are united in pride and hope.”

The Quay Wall project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2023. When complete, it will have four lanes for vehicles, a two-way raised bike lane, and a new, scenic pedestrian plaza overlooking the Reserve Basin.

Future Broad Street between Crescent Dr & Intrepid Ave

Future Broad Street between Crescent Dr & Intrepid Ave

View of new Pedestrian Plaza overlooking elevated bike lanes and Broad Street

View of new Pedestrian Plaza overlooking elevated bike lanes and Broad Street

Broad Street Quay Wall now

Broad Street Quay Wall now

 

 

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Navy Yard Skills Initiative Begins Recruitment for Patient Registrar at Jefferson Health

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University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) and PIDC’s Navy Yard Skills Initiative (NYSI) are recruiting across Philadelphia for training and job opportunities as a Patient Registrar at Jefferson Health. Full-time positions begin at $15.15/hr.

Register online for a virtual info session to learn more about the program:

September 15 at 1 p.m. or September 22 at 11 a.m. 

Who should apply?

We are looking for customer service professionals who thrive in a fast-paced environment that requires frequent computer use. Commitment to the full training schedule (below) is required:

  • Facilitated group conversations, Mon – Fri, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., October 17 – November 4, 2022
  • Additional one-on-one and small group virtual meetings several times a week between 1-3 p.m.
  • Approximately 2 hours of daily reading and reflection exercises

What is the Patient Registrar Program?

This program is offered by the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) and Navy Yard Skills Initiative (NYSI) to connect participants to the tools and support needed to build a meaningful career at Jefferson Health. Participants must attend in-person sessions at the Navy Yard every weekday between October 17 and November 4 in addition to virtual group meetings and other daily assignments. Graduates will have the opportunity to interview for full-time Patient Registrar positions at Jefferson Health.

In this program, we offer:

  • Cutting-edge job connection strategies resulting in 91% of WPSI graduates finding employment
  • A $150 weekly stipend while in the Patient Registrar Program
  • The opportunity to interview for open, full-time Patient Registrar positions at Jefferson Health starting at $15.15/hr

Are you eligible? 

All applicants must be a resident of Philadelphia; commit to the full training schedule; possess a high school diploma or GED; be unemployed; be tobacco-free; Candidates for the Patient Registrar Program must provide proof of having received the COVID-19 vaccine by October 6, 2022 to be considered.

APPLY HERE! DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, September 30, 2022 at 5 p.m.

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