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News 2/27/16

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GE Healthcare announces plans to move hundreds of tech workers from its suburban offices in Barrington to its existing office in downtown Chicago later this year. The company expects to employ up to 1,000 at the newly consolidated office, which already includes GE Healthcare’s executive management team and GE Transportation’s Digital Solutions business. In announcing the move, GE Healthcare CEO John Flannery emphasized the company’s desire to be in the midst of Chicago’s booming technology scene – part of GE’s strategic emphasis on technology that includes a $500 million software spend over the next several years.


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HIMSS was an exhausting blast. I’ll be spending this week coming out of the post-conference fog and catching up on news that I didn’t get a chance to cover last week. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth to say hello. I really enjoyed getting a chance to chat with readers – not to mention catching up with Lorre. It’s the one time of year we get to spend time together (with Mr. HIStalk looking over our shoulders to make sure we aren’t looking at our phones).

I forgot to mention in my Wednesday recap how hospitable the folks at Ivedix were when I stopped by 10 minutes before closing time. Marketing Director Ashley Fantigrossi was kind enough to walk me through the company’s EHR technology and the impact it’s having on helping governments and organizations like the CDC monitor disease outbreaks and medication supply lines.

Because the conference can be such a whirlwind, even I sometimes don’t get a chance to read through the daily recaps written by Mr. H and Dr. Jayne. Here are our summaries for those that want to catch up:

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Announcements and Implementations

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The Little Clinic rolls out online place-holding for its 215 grocery store clinics in 10 states.

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The Vancouver Clinic (WA) adds genomic decision support from ActX to its Epic EHR, which will help alert its 250 physicians to potentially adverse reactions to medication.  

The Delaware Health Information Network leverages Medfx’s data integration technology to help connect member health data from disparate EHRs to its statewide HIE.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Mountain View, CA-based Drchrono opens a second office to accommodate the growth of its RCM software and services business. The company has brought in Axel Perez as VP of RCM to oversee the new Baltimore location, including the hiring of additional account managers and engineers.

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Northbrook, IL-based Intelligent Medical Objects will use an undisclosed amount of funding from Ascension Ventures for expansion and product development.

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Data submission vendor ReportingMD will move into larger office space in Georges Mill, NH next month.


People

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Map Health Management promotes Karen Pilley to CEO of its Revenue Cycle Solutions subsidiary.

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Amy Amick (NThrive/MedAssets) joins SPH Analytics as CEO.

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Digital communications company MetTel hires Jake Levy (LG) to head up its new telehealth business.


Telemedicine

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Just a few weeks after adding telepsychiatry to its service line, PatientClick launches a telemedicine Iphone app for physician practices.

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American Well plans to offer its services to Samsung consumers as part of a newly announced partnership.


Government and Politics

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I missed this in my frenzy to prepare for HIMSS: The AAFP offers new HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD an itemized health IT wish list that includes:

  • Accelerating interoperability, including work on the Direct exchange.
  • Flipping industry and government focus from creating new health IT to optimizing solutions that already exist, especially when it comes to documentation.
  • Redesigning health IT with an eye towards seamless workflows.
  • Realigning regulatory requirements with what’s available from vendors.

Research and Innovation

Patients prefer paying for doctor visits via credit cards on file, according to a Navicure survey that also found patients and providers disagree on how long it takes payments to be made and received. Less than 20 percent of patients say they pay their bills beyond the three-month mark, while 51 percent of providers say it takes their patients over three months. While the focus of the study seems to be on the convenience CCOF capabilities give to the patient payment process, I’m more interested in the fact that 75 percent of providers claim they provide care cost estimates up front, yet only 25 percent of patients have requested them.


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With repeal and replace still in the news, The Washington Post looks at the impact the ACA has had on startups, noting that the law has spurred investors to dump billions of dollars into the digital health startup ecosystem. While the ACA and its resultant investment whirlwind have helped birth dozens of companies focused on helping consumers and other businesses navigate its benefits (and drawbacks), it has also helped spur the likes of Uber and the great gig economy. Stride Health founder Noah Lang is already planning his next steps in the face of the act’s impending overhaul – plans that include working with the Trump administration to ensure his company can still help the likes of Uber employees figure out their insurance options.


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Population Health Management Weekly Wrap Up 2/18/17

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Rob Scavo (TriZetto) joins Welltok as president and COO.

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Apollo Medical Holdings releases the latest version of its Care Connect population health management software.

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CentraForce Health develops a social risk stratification tool that segments and analyzes the population based on social determinants of health.

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Wellness technology company FitLyfe adds automated design of tailored treatment plans to its 360 health and wellness platform.

Transcend Insights offers Analytics as a Service to help health systems more cost-effectively manage population health programs.

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CareSkore makes its Zeus analytics engine available to third parties via API as part of its new Population Health Management as a Service.

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Texas-based Community First Health Plans selects ZeOmega’s Jiva 6.1 population health management solution to help it better serve its managed Medicaid population.

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San Juan Regional Medical Center (NM) will replace 75 disparate IT systems with integrated clinical, financial, and population health management technology from Cerner.

Health Integrated selects population health management technology from ZeOmega to enhance its Precision Empowered Care Management tool, and streamline its technology services for payers.

Epic will add care management technology from XG Health Solutions to its Healthy Planet population health management software later this year.


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News 2/16/17

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CMS Administrator nominee and consulting firm owner Seema Verma attends her first Senate confirmation hearing, facing a round of questions from the Finance Committee related to the just-released proposed marketplace rule, the conflicts of interest that may have arisen during her time as a Medicaid consult for the State of Indiana while working for Medicaid contractors, and the controversial methods she used to help expand Medicaid in Indiana alongside then Governor Mike Pence, which included monthly premiums for low-income members and six-month coverage lockouts for missed payments. Verma defended her decisions, pointing out that members “had more primary care, more preventative care. They had lower (emergency room) use. They were more satisfied with their care. And we also showed they had better adherence to the drug regimens that doctors prescribed.”


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Don’t miss HIStalk’s Guide to HIMSS17. Over 60 companies, including several HIStalk Practice sponsors, have submitted their exhibit hall plans.

This post will be my last regular one until #HIMSSanity dies down next week. With the exception of the Population Health Management Weekly Wrap Up, look for regular news updates to resume Monday, February 27. I’ll share my HIMSS experience via daily posts at HIStalk.com.


Announcements and Implementations

Athenahealth leverages the HIE capabilities of Transcend Insights to enable data sharing between end users who care for Humana members. The move is part of a broader effort by Athenahealth to help its customers exchange health plan data.

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National Decision Support Co. expands its CareSelect imaging decision support service to include ambulatory EHRs like NextGen and Allscripts.

Aprima, EClinicalWorks, and NextGen Healthcare join the Surescripts National Record Locator Service.

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Drchrono adds Physitrack’s telemedicine capabilities and patient engagement tools, including prescription exercise programs and outcomes tracking, to its EHR software.

Radiological Services (OK) extends its RCM services and support agreement with Zotec Partners.

Miami-based care coordination and communication startup SirenMD selects ByteGrid for its hosting and data center centers.


Telemedicine

Pager adds PokitDok’s eligibility verification capabilities to its app-enabled telemedicine and house call services.

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MDlive becomes the first telemedicine company to offer virtual psychiatric consultations in all 50 states. The Sunrise, FL began offering such services in late 2014 after acquiring Breakthrough Behavioral.

SkyMD adds RegimenMD’s Regimen Pro Network technology to its teledermatology services, giving providers the ability to recommend, dispense, manage, and educate patients about products and regimens during a virtual consult.


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News 2/15/17

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HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD wastes no time in getting the ball rolling on reforming several provisions of the Affordable Care Act. In an effort to “stabilize the Marketplace, provide more flexibility to states and insurers, and give patients access to more coverage options,” CMS has issued a proposed rule that includes reducing the open enrollment period from three months to six weeks, more stringent vetting practices to ensure people who sign up outside of those six weeks do so for legitimate reasons, and giving states more responsibility to ensure their consumers have adequate network coverage options. The rule also requires people who drop coverage to pay the difference owed for the full year before they can enroll for the following year. Comments on the proposed rule are due March 7.


HIStalk Practice Announcements and Requests

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Don’t miss HIStalk’s Guide to HIMSS17. Over 60 companies, including several HIStalk Practice sponsors, have submitted their exhibit hall plans. It’s a great resource for planning your giveaway-grabbing strategy.


Announcements and Implementations

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The Mental Health Center of Denver integrates RxRevu’s RxCheck prescription decision support technology with its Netsmart EHR. The center will work with RxRevu to enhance the tool’s cost management and pharmacogenomics capabilities.

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Fourteen CommonWell members agree to develop APIs that will help drive proactive data availability notifications, provide data needed for life and disability insurance coverage, and to integrate CommonWell services into the ecosystems of providers who don’t use CommonWell-enabled EHRs.

Sam’s Club installs Higi health-screening kiosks at 622 pharmacy locations. The free, self-service screenings will be offered in tandem with the discount superstore’s existing free screening programs.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

Diversified holding company IGambit acquires patient eligibility and chronic care management company HubCentrix as originally announced last fall. HubCentrix will operate as a subsidiary of IGambit under the new name of HealthDatix.


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Healthwise Chief Science Officer Michael Barry, MD is appointed to the US Preventive Services Task Force.

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MGMA welcomes incoming board chairman Ron Holder Jr. (Baylor Scott & White Health). The association has also added five new members to its Board of Directors, including Mike Biselli (Catalyst Health-Tech Innovation), Eric Crockett (Mayo Clinic), Anne Hill (Gastroenterology Associates of the Piedmont), Richard Schlosberg, MD (ABCD Pediatrics), and Jeffrey Smith (Piedmont Healthcare). Speaking of MGMA, tomorrow is the last day to register for the association’s Financial Management and Payer Contracting Conference, which will take place February 19-21 in Las Vegas. Attendees will no doubt enjoy a more low key event than those of us that are about to ourselves through yet another round of #HIMSSanity.


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Christian health cost-sharing company Liberty HealthShare rolls out Salus Telehealth’s VideoMedicine offering to its members. The nonprofit, which brings together self-pay patients who share each other’s medical bills, has seen its membership soar from 16,000 to 48,000 households in the last year. Organizations like these, which are technically not health insurance companies, are seeing a surge in popularity due to far more affordable premiums and the religious exemption afforded to them from the ACA’s coverage mandate.

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The local paper looks at the ways in which first responders in rural areas are using telemedicine to connect therapists with people in the throes of a mental health crisis. The Southwest Iowa Mental Health and Disability Services Region’s Mental Health Crisis Response Team has used its new video conferencing technology to help three adults and one minor over the last several weeks. “It’s a bit different,” admits lead therapist Mandy Standley, “because you have to build that connection, since you’re not really there. You have to build that rapport in an unusual setting. The people we did see through telehealth, none of them had to go to the hospital. We were able to de-escalate the situation and make a safety plan.” Deputy Mark Freeman makes sure to point out that the video consult does not have to take place in the back of a squad car. “We can take our computer out of the car and set this on a table or something in their home, if that makes them feel more comfortable,” he adds.


Other

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Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but it’s never too late (or too soon) to think about what to get the sweetheart who has everything. Consider purchasing lot 92 at Bonhams auction house. The encased blob of mold is part of the original culture of Penicillium chrysogenum that led to Alexander Fleming’s 1928 discovery of penicillin. The mold is expected to fetch around $5,000 – a lowly sum thanks to the fact that Fleming apparently gave away his mold to many for just about any and every occasion. Historian Kevin Brown says the bacteriologist grew his gift mold on absorbent paper and pressed the samples between spectacle lenses sourced from the optometry practice owned by his brother.


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News 2/14/17

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Retriever Medical/Dental Payments receives a minority investment from private equity firm TA Associates. The Valhalla, NY-based company offers payment services that can be integrated with existing PM systems. TA Associates Managing Director Roger Kafker will join Retriever’s Board of Directors.


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Don’t miss HIStalk’s Guide to HIMSS17. Over 60 companies, including several HIStalk Practice sponsors, have submitted their exhibit hall plans. I peruse it every year to determine what demos I might want to see, giveaways I might want to grab, and charitable causes I can help support.

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Speaking of HIMSS, I was sad to find out that my mentor, friend, and “Secret Crush” won’t be attending this year. Cynthia, who has been a fixture at HIStalkapalooza for the last several years, took me under her wing several years ago to show me the HIMSS ropes. (She truly set the bar when it comes to the number of appointments you can cram into a single day at the conference.) For those who’ve done the conference circuit for more years than you care to remember, consider sparing an hour to spend cruising the exhibit hall floor with someone new to the industry. They’ll glean invaluable wisdom (and hopefully a few introductions) from you, and you’ll get their fresh perspective on an industry that can sometimes be a tad too insular.


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None scheduled in the coming weeks. Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre for information on webinar services.


Announcements and Implementations

Raintree Systems adds interoperability capabilities from Kno2 to its EMR and PM technology, giving physicians the ability to share data via fax, Direct messaging, or document query.

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CareSync will debut at HIMSS17 clinical protocols to help practices meet Comprehensive Primary Care Plus program measures.

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Fuhrmann Health Center (NY) selects InboundMD’s marketing tools to help the chiropractic clinic jumpstart campaigns related to patient acquisition, online scheduling, and reputation management.

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CloudMedX adds a risk adjustment module to its Clinical AI platform to help practices and large physician groups aggregate clinical and financial data to better assess patient risk.

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Practice Fusion develops an active safety surveillance program to its EHR, giving physicians the ability to monitor, screen for, and report on Adverse Events of Special Interest during the course of a patient’s treatment.


People

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Proskriptive hires Ryan Heyborne, MD (Telligen) as CMO and Brett Taylor (St. Luke’s Health System) as chief technology strategist.


Telemedicine

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Michigan-based Great Lakes Health Connect adds virtual consult company Answer Health On Demand to its HIE network, giving physicians the ability to share telemedicine visit summaries with PCPs and specialists across the state.


Government and Politics

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CMS gives providers and other stakeholders an opportunity to identify and submit measures for three of the four MIPS performance categories as part of its “Annual Call for Measures and Activities.” Submission forms will be accepted through June. In the meantime, those interested in submitting can learn more during a CMS webinar on February 16.


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A few of my favorite #healthpolicyvalentines


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