Anthem finalizes its acquisition of Cigna in a deal valued at $54.2 billion, $6.2 billion more than the initial bid. The newly combined company will cover close to 53 million members, making it the country’s largest payer by enrollment. Cigna CEO David Cordani will become president and COO of the new organization, while Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish will serve as chairman and CEO.
July 29 (Wednesday) 11:30 ET. “Earning Medicare’s New Chronic Care Management Payments: Five Steps to Take Now.” Sponsored by West Healthcare Practice. Presenters: Robert J. Dudzinski, PharmD, EVP, West Healthcare Practice; Colin Roberts, senior director of healthcare product integration, West Healthcare Practice. Medicare’s new monthly payments for Chronic Care Management (CCM) can improve not only patient outcomes and satisfaction, but provider financial viability and competitiveness as well. Attendees will learn how to estimate their potential CCM revenue, how to use technology and clinical resources to scale up CCM to reach more patients, and how to start delivering CCM benefits to patients and providers by taking five specific steps. Don’t be caught on the sidelines as others put their CCM programs in place.
July 30 (Thursday) 3:00 ET. “De-Silo Your Disparate IT Systems Around the Patient with VNA.” Sponsored by Lexmark. Presenters: Steven W. Campbell, manager of diagnostic applications and interfaces, Piedmont Healthcare; Larry Sitka, VNA evangelist, Lexmark. The entire patient record, including both DICOM and non-DICOM data, should be available at the point of need. Disparate, aging systems that hide data inside departmental silos won’t cut it, nor will IT systems that can’t integrate medical images meaningfully. Learn how Piedmont Healthcare used a vendor-neutral archive to quickly and easily migrate its images and refocus its systems around its patients.
Announcements and Implementations
KLAS recognizes Cerner as “a supplier most considered for future population health management (PHM) capabilities” in its latest report.
Morrissey Associates launches a practitioner performance reporting tool to offer physicians an enterprise view of improvement opportunities and benchmarking, as well as recommended performance metrics and implementation guidelines.
Population health management and wellness company U.S. Preventive Medicine earns validation from the Intel-GE Care Innovations Validation Institute for its ability to achieve a significantly sustained reduction in healthcare costs associated with wellness-sensitive medical events.
University of Missouri Health Care promotes Michael LeFevre, MD to medical director of population health.
Intermedix Corp. names Jack Hemmert (Verisk Health) CIO and promotes Melissa Leigh to chief compliance officer.
Government and Politics
HHS launches the Response and Recovery Resources Compendium to support government officials in managing health and emergency operations during disaster response and recovery operations. The compendium includes resources across 24 categories including patient movement, hospital care, and personnel such as medical staff from the U.S. Public Health Service and National Disaster Medical System.
Research and Innovation
Dell Services and Massachusetts-based Baystate Health’s TechSpring technology innovation center announce three innovation programs, including a telehealth pilot, evaluation of freestanding healthcare kiosks, and use of Dell’s Population Health Analytics to target patients for more effective care management.
Lincoln/Lancaster County, NE launches PulsePoint AED, a smartphone app that helps users locate the nearest automated external defibrillators. The app also allows “citizen-rescuers” to add and edit AED locations. County officials will integrate the desktop app into the emergency dispatch system later this year so that dispatchers can direct callers to the nearest potentially life-saving device.