May 17, 2020

Molina Healthcare appoints Richard Chambers as new President of its arm

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Molina Healthcare appoints Richard Chambers as new President of its subsidiary
Molina Healthcare, Inc said Richard Chambers has been named President of its arm namely Molina Healthcare of California. Lisa Rubino, The former presid...

Molina Healthcare, Inc said Richard Chambers has been named President of its arm namely Molina Healthcare of California. Lisa Rubino, The former president of Molina Healthcare of California, was recently promoted to Senior Vice President of the Western region for Molina Healthcare.

Mr. Richard will be responsible for the health plan’s operations, strategic expansion and financial results. Chambers has more than 35 years of experience in the health care industry. He has spent more than 27 of these years working with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services.

Before joining Molina, Chambers was the CEO for CalOptima, a country organized health system providing publicly-funded health coverage programs for low income families, seniors and persons, and children with disabilities.

Lisa Rubino, Senior Vice President of the Western Region for Molina Healthcare said, “Richard’s extensive knowledge and experience in managed care combined with his unwavering commitment to Medicaid and Medicare programs and to assisting vulnerable populations prepare him well for the opportunities ahead.” “We are excited to have him on our team and look forward to his contributions in growing our California health plan,” she said.

Mr. Richard currently serves as a commissioner on the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Payment and Access Commission. He is also a member of the Congressional Budget Office Panel of Health Advisers- 2 high-level groups that advise Congress on healthcare policy matters.

Molina Healthcare, Inc is a managed care company based in Long Beach, California in U.S. The company provides quality and cost-effective Mediciaid-related solutions to meet health-care needs of low-income families and to assist state agencies in their administration of the Medicaid program.

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Jun 17, 2021

Dexcom: changing the lives of people with type 1 diabetes

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British actress Nina Wadia OBE tells us how her son's life has changed since using glucose monitoring system Dexcom

It is estimated that 9.3% of adults around the world are living with type 1 diabetes, which amounts to a total of 463 million people. A further 1.1 million children and adolescents under the age of 20 are living with the condition. 

Unlike the more prevalent type 2 diabetes, where the body still produces insulin and symptoms develop slowly, people with type 1 diabetes need regular insulin injections or pumps, and must monitor their sugar levels frequently. 

In recent years a number of remote glucose monitoring systems have become available that patients can use at home. These work with a sensor, usually placed under the skin, that measures glucose levels every few minutes. This information is then transmitted wirelessly to a device like a smartphone or tablet, which can then be shared with their clinician. 

British actress Nina Wadia's son Aidan, 14, has type 1 diabetes, and has been managing his condition using Dexcom, a glucose monitoring system used by patients all over the world. Here Wadia explains how Dexcom has improved their lives. 

As a parent of someone with type 1 diabetes, what is your day-to-day life like?
Being able to take a breath, think and pivot constantly without getting frustrated becomes an essential mindset because sometimes it feels like each day is determined to be different from the day before. Whatever worked yesterday is going to misfire today. 

Which areas of yours and Aidan’s life are most impacted by diabetes? 
The one thing that you have to fight hard to reclaim is spontaneity, especially when it comes to food and exercise. It’s only when this is taken do you realise how essential each one is. You can be flexible and there are no real limits, but only in the sense that a great athlete can be flexible without limits because they’ve trained super hard to be that way. So we’ve all had to become athletes when it comes to being spontaneous.

How has Dexcom helped you and Aidan? 
Dexcom has brought future science fiction to real life today. The continuous glucose monitoring system is tiny, sits discreetly on his body and gives him a ten-day breather between sensor changes, so it's goodbye finger-pricking seven times daily. 

Dexcom is totally active at a grass roots level and for Diabetes Awareness has pledged to donate £2,000 if #DexcomDiabetesStories and/or #DexcomWarriorStories is shared 200 times! I’ll be sharing more on social media and would love to hear how other families are winning their fights.

Maybe most importantly Dexcom is trying to introduce a reimbursement programme for type 1 diabetes  patients which will give greater access to modern, life changing hi-tech. I want to spread the word on the importance of accessing it through this campaign. 

If you compared your life today with how it was before Aidan was using Dexcom, what has changed? 
It's always working, which lets him take his mind off diabetes for longer stretches. It also lets me get off his back. We both receive alerts so I no longer have to pester him by asking him what his number is, and especially importantly, I don’t have to wake him at night to prick his finger if I’m worried. Dexcom gave us back our sleep!

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