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News 5/24/16

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Former Practice Fusion CEO Ryan Howard re-emerges (despite vowing to never return to healthcare) as the founder of Ibeat, a San Francisco-based startup that includes three former Practice Fusion employees. The company is raising seed funding to develop a smart watch that monitors heart rate. Howard plans to sell the self-charging device directly to consumers for under $200. For those who opt to pay a monthly subscription fee, Ibeat will contact them, their family members, and emergency services when their GPS-equipped watches signal cardiac trouble. The watch, which Howard says is being tested on 1,000 users, will launch early next year – probably just in time for HIMSS.


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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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San Francisco-based Apixio raises $19.3 million in Series D funding led by SSM Partners. The cognitive computing company will use the investment to further develop its Iris technology, specifically with an eye toward mining EHR data to determine care quality based on patient condition. 

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Population health management technology vendor I2I Systems rebrands to I2I Population Health and appoints Steve Weiler (Kaiser Permanente) chief experience officer and Fatima Karwandyar (Healthcare Bluebook) vice president of product management. The company closed a “significant” investment round and brought former GetWellNetwork Vice President of Product Solutions Justin Neece on board as president and COO earlier this month.


Announcements and Implementations

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Direct Urgent Care (CA) adds heart and lung sounds captured wirelessly via the Eko Core Digital Stethoscope to its Drchrono EHR. DUC Founder Caesar Djavaherian, MD believes the “ability to share recorded heart and lung sounds with specialists who may not be in the same location as the patient dramatically improves the time diagnosis and treatment of the patient.

MedSafe partners with HIPAA Secure Now! to offer physicians compliance services including ICD-10, and other billing and coding solutions.


Government and Politics

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AHRQ and OCR issue guidance on the 2005 Patient Safety Act that allows physicians to collect patient safety information while at the same time protecting a patient’s right to their own data. HHS has found that some providers have been using the law as a means to deny patients their records, and has emphasized that “some requirements are more ambiguous or broad, thus creating uncertainty about the information required to satisfy them.”

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Second Lady Jill Biden visits Boston-based PatientsLikeMe to talk about her husband’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative and the cancer stories shared by the social network’s 400,000 users.


People

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Terry Bauer (Stroudwater Associates) joins Specialdocs Consultants as CEO.


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Duke University physicians Jeffrey Clough, MD and Mark McCellan, MD take to JAMA to pen their thoughts on MACRA’s implications for physicians and physician leadership. They single out PCPs, advising them to either “join an ACO with significant ‘downside risk’ or join a medical home demonstration and hope it succeeds. For most specialists, the only clear advanced APM option is joining a consolidated risk-bearing ACO.” They also stress that physicians “now have a critical opportunity to improve the proposal and develop and implement reforms to maximize its effectiveness.” Comments on the proposed rule are due June 27.


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News 5/23/16

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CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield awards up to $3 million to 10 healthcare organizations working to expand access to care via telemedicine in underserved communities. Based in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, the organizations include:

  • The Medical Society of Northern Virginia Foundation, which will use $250,000 to add volunteer specialists at its safety net centers.
  • Queen Anne’s County Dept. of Health (MD), which will use $400,000 to implement a Mobile Integrated Community Telemedicine Health Program.
  • Mosaic Community Services (MD), which will use $501,590 to increase access to behavioral health services and improve care coordination.
  • Total Health Care, which will use $245,046 to offer primary care telemedicine solutions for patients suffering from diabetes and hypertension.

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Announcements and Implementations

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Primrose Healthcare develops an app for hepatitis C patients to help them overcome alcohol addiction. The app, developed with expertise from alcohol addiction program creator Here and Now Systems, features goal setting, alerts, coaching, and shareable progress reports.

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Compulink Business Systems debuts a new EHR for gastroenterologists that features a single tab exam layout for improved workflow.


People

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Gary Christian (Contact At Once!) joins Reach Health as COO.

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Angela Hickman (Culbert Healthcare Solutions) joins MiraMed Global Services as vice president RA-HCC program strategy and business development.

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CellTrak Technologies names Heidi Ewell (Truven Health Analytics) vice president, provider sales, North America; and Lynn Zimmerman (Sweas Consulting) director of marketing.


Government and Politics

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National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, MD and several ONC and CMS colleagues co-author an article outlining the progress made in developing and utilizing comprehensive shared care plans, which emphasize the use of health IT to help clinicians collaborate in addressing a patient’s needs across care settings and time. New York City-based physician practices are singled out for their use of local HIEs to share and retrieve care plans as part of a DSRIP pilot program.


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Hearst Health and the Jefferson School of Population Health of Thomas Jefferson University accept entries for the second annual Hearst Health Prize for Excellence in Population Health. Judges will evaluate implemented projects that demonstrate improved outcomes. Submissions for the $100,000 prize are due August 26.

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The Merck Foundation launches the Alliance to Advance Patient-Centered Cancer Care that will support programs working to improve access to patient-centered care and reduce disparities in cancer care in underserved communities. Nonprofits may apply for an Alliance grant to help set up cancer-care programs that improve care coordination, outcomes, and patient-provider communications. The foundation plans to support the alliance with up to $15 million over five years. Letters of intent are due June 30.

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Surely this has implications for healthcare: British financial software vendor Intelligent Environments develops a wristband that shocks users if their spending gets out of hand. Users can connect their credit cards or bank accounts to their Pavlok wristband and set a spending limit that, if surpassed, will induce an electric shock of up to 340 volts. The company, which bills itself as the first IoT bank, has also created software that connects a user’s bank account to their Nest thermostat: When spending gets out of control, the thermostat automatically lowers by a certain number of degrees.

Vince and Elise from HIS Professionals post their Physician Practice Vendor Review, which highlights the “diversity of the market.” As Vince points out, “Physicians are independent and entrepreneurial thinkers – less inclined to buy mainstream, costly products.” A third of the 2014 EP attestations by vendor are attributed to companies “Other” than the big(gish) 10.

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News 5/19/16

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GE Healthcare announces Project Northstar, its latest solution for the ambulatory market. Scheduled for GA in the first quarter of 2017, Northstar will initially offer Centricity customers an ecosystem of technologies that includes population health management, RCM, and payer connectivity. Mr. H has all the details in his interview with GE Healthcare IT VP/GM Jon Zimmerman.


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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

Private equity firm Abry Partners secures a majority investment in Dermatology Associates. The Dallas-based practice management business provides its services to 60 dermatologists in 42 clinics across Texas, Kansas, and Missouri.

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Wired reports that Nintendo is getting into healthcare, including the development, manufacture, and sale of medical devices, health devices, and computer software. Industry insiders speculate the company is trying to revive its “Quality of Life” initiative – including sleep trackers/monitors and vitality sensors that never quite got off the ground several years ago. While I tend to think of Nintendo as just a gaming company (I can still fondly remember trying to blow the dust out of its original gaming cartridges), it has also dabbled in toys, arcade machines, and Japanese “love” hotels.


Announcements and Implementations

Drchrono updates its RCM software, adding enhanced eligibility verification, denied claims process, and accounts receivable.

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CommunityHealthIT joins the Florida HIE. The nonprofit, via its RelayHealth-powered MyHealthStory HIE, will connect to the HIE’s patient look-up service and act as a liaison to help local physicians connect to the statewide exchange.

CareCloud adds a credit processing solution to its CareCloud Central PM system.

BusComm, a voice management and recording solutions firm based in St. Louis, begins offering Nuance’s Dragon Medical Practice Edition 2.


People

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Clay Cockerell, MD (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center) joins MyDerm Portal’s Medical Advisory Board.

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Michael Sokol, MD (Sanofi) joins WebMD Health Services as CMO.

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Athenahealth promotes Karl Stubelis to SVP and CFO. Chief Financial and Administrative Officer Kristi Matus will step down effective May 31. The company has also announced plans to hire a SVP of talent and culture.


Research and Innovation

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Google attempts to keep up with Amazon’s Echo, launching Google Assistant at its annual developer’s conference. Developers stress that Google’s virtual assistant will surpass Alexa’s capabilities through its ability to use images and other data to offer more intuitive results to user questions. It will be interesting to see how this technology gets picked up by healthcare. Boston Children’s Hospital has already launched an Alexa-friendly “skill” called KidsMD that lets parents ask Alexa healthcare-related questions.


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Hackers that breached LinkedIn in 2012 attempt to sell the data they stole, including 117 million email addresses and passwords. The company has begun notifying impacted users (myself included), requesting that they change their passwords.


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News 5/18/16

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The Medical Association of Georgia will partner with KaMMCO Health Solutions to establish a private HIE for its members this summer. The HIE will also provide participating physicians with actionable analytics to better enable care coordination.


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Announcements and Implementations

WEA Trust, a provider of group health coverage for public employees in Wisconsin, rolls out Livongo Health’s diabetes care management tools to its employees. The trust completed an “encouraging” pilot with Livongo’s smart glucometer and Certified Diabetes Educators with four large employers earlier this year. 

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Medical Advantage Group launches the Consortium of Independent Physician Associations in Ohio to assist Buckeye State physicians in the transition to value-based care. CIPA consulting services will include practice assessments, group purchasing, and a range of healthcare IT selection and implementation offerings.

Aurora Health Care (WI) implements online appointment reservation software from Clockwise.MD at select urgent care and walk-in clinics.


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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush returns to Jackson Healthcare’s Board of Advisors after taking time off to run his presidential campaign.

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Taiymoor Naqi (CareCentrix) joins Hixny in the new role of privacy and security officer.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Population health management company Virtual Health raises an undisclosed amount of funding from growth equity firm Edison Partners. The New York City-based startup primarily serves payers, managed care organizations, ACOs, and city governments. Founder Adam Sabloff has an interesting background; he founded hospital and hotel software firm Midtown Technologies and did a five-year stint at Midtown Equities.


Government and Politics

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signs a bill making the state’s voluntary prescription drug monitoring program mandatory. Physicians will now have to check the state’s PDMP database before prescribing opiate painkillers except in emergencies or when treating hospice or cancer patients.


Sponsor Updates

  • Nordic kicks off its Community Giveback Week.
  • Clockwise.MD will exhibit at the Pediatric Urgent Care Conference June 1-3 in New York City.
  • Bloomberg profiles GE Healthcare CEO John Flannery.
  • EClinicalWorks will exhibit at the 2016 annual meeting of the California Orthopedic Association May 19-21 in Dana Point, CA.
  • Healthwise will exhibit at the Cognizant / Trizetto User Group Meeting May 22-25 in Palm Desert, CA.

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News 5/17/16

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Direct primary care physician network MedLion Management chooses the InLight EHR from Amazing Charts as its preferred solution for documentation and billing. Founded in 2009, the company operates in 27 states and counts itself as the largest DPC group in the US.


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In Hand Health develops a Web-based app to help physical therapists create custom home exercise programs for their patients, and a separate app that lets patients view and record their exercises and securely message their therapists.

Aprima’s PRM 2016 software earns NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Prevalidation.


People

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Vermont Information Technology Leaders names Robert Turnau (ReSource) vice president of finance/CFO and consultant Jonathan Knapp security analyst.


Telemedicine

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The Nebraska-based Midwest Independent Physicians Practice Association partners with technology company AET to offer telemedicine services to its patients living in rural areas.


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The local business paper profiles The Center for Rheumatology, an Albany, NY-based practice that has made a conscious effort to expand in order to remain independent and still maintain leverage with payers and drug companies. CEO Janice Maguire attributes the aggressive strategy to the founding physicians’ desire to remain independent:  “One of the trends in health care is that a lot of medical practices, in order to protect themselves against the liabilities and risks out there in the volatile world, are looking to the hospitals,” she said. “A lot of my doctors thought the hospitals come in with a really sweet deal and they pay really high salaries the first couple of years, and they only have to go to work from 8 to 5 … and then all the sudden things change, and they realize they’re losing control."

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Bathing suit season, here we come: An Intel Security survey finds that consumers don’t give enough thought to the security of promotional email links, especially when easy weight loss plans are involved. Over 60 percent of survey takers clicked on a link promoting a diet program, while 30 percent bought a product from that promotional link without verifying the legitimacy of the link. A majority of respondents noted they’d be happy to share their name, age, and email address online if it would assist in their weight-loss efforts.  While I’m sure HIStalk Practice readers are far too savvy to fall for such clickbait ploys, it might be wise to tell your friends and family to thoroughly vet their digital health and wellness resources.


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