Coinciding with National Health Center Week, HHS doles out $105 million to 1,333 centers across the country. The centers were chosen based on high performance levels in categories related to improving quality, increasing access, addressing health disparities, achieving PCMH recognition, and improving upon delivery of value-based care. The centers will use the funds to continue improving in similar areas.
A quick glance at the #NHCW17 hashtag finds many health centers holding special events this week, including free screenings and test, fresh produce giveaways, and roundtables with local legislators. Some seem a bit misguided in their patient-appreciation efforts, handing out coupons and vouchers for local fast food chains.
August 17 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “Repeal and Replace McKesson’s EIS.” Sponsored by HIStalk. Presenters: Frank Poggio, CEO, The Kelzon Group; Vince Ciotti, principal, HIS Professionals. The brutally honest and cynically funny Frank and Vince will analyze the Allscripts acquisition of McKesson’s EIS business. They will predict what it means for EIS’s 500+ customers, review what other vendors those customers might consider, describe lessons learned from previous industry acquisitions, and predict how the acquisition will affect the overall health IT market. Their 2014 webinar on Cerner’s acquisition of Siemens Health Services has generated over 8,000 YouTube views.
Announcements and Implementations
PatientPop adds appointment scheduling capabilities via a practice’s Google business listing to its PM system. PatientPop Director and ex-Googler Joel Headley seems to have stumbled upon the new feature last week.
Practice consulting and technology company Complete HealthCare Solutions develops a single sign-on solution for its EMDs, Lytec, and Medisoft customers that includes API connectivity to DrFirst e-prescribing and other healthcare applications.
Aledade will work with the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians to launch a statewide, primary care-focused ACO in early 2018.
Nonprofit OpenEMR announces a cloud-based version of its open source EHR and PM software.
Nicholas Gettas, MD (Cigna) joins value-based healthcare consulting startup CareAllies as SVP and CMO.
Research and Innovation
A Rock Health poll of vague proportions finds that 70 percent of startup respondents are interested in pre-certification from the FDA for their medical software products. The agency will launch a pre-certification pilot program at a yet-to-be determined date as part of its Digital Health Innovation Action Plan, which aims to help ease market entry for low-risk digital health products.
In a bid for better security, SnapMD transitions its Virtual Care Management telemedicine platform to Microsoft Azure Cloud Services.
The local business paper reports that American Well is adding office space at its headquarters in Boston after increasing its employee headcount there to 400 in the last year.
HHS awards a $325,000 grant to the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center in Maine. The center, one of 14 across the country, provides telemedicine-related resources, services, and support to healthcare organizations in eight states.
NCQA creates an online toolkit to help practices participate in MACRA. Available resources include best practices, case studies, podcasts, and videos.