Amid rumors of its impending acquisition by Walmart, Humana acquires 22-clinic Family Physicians Group (FL) as part of its primary care expansion efforts.
The company is in the midst of consolidating its physician networks in South Florida and Texas under the new payer-agnostic Conviva brand – part of a strategy that CEO Bruce Broussard says is built around integrating senior-focused primary care, home and behavioral health with tech and analytics to help patients proactively manage their health.
Announcements and Implementations
Northeast Texas Women’s Health deploys RCM software and services from EMDs to help its physician and office manager – also husband and wife – reclaim time at home, some of which had been used to catch up on billing.
Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock
A former CCS Oncology employee is outraged after her last paycheck bounces. Denise Goff, who left the company last month, believes there are between 100 and 150 former employees who also received bad checks. The company filed for bankruptcy last week.
To help practices more efficiently implement and use telemedicine, Global Partnership for Telehealth develops a tool that puts PHI, peripheral scope access, and tele-auscultation technology on one platform.
Press Ganey develops surveys to help practices gauge patient satisfaction with virtual care services.
Research and Innovation
An SAS survey of 500 consumers finds that they are more comfortable with AI-powered technologies in healthcare than in banking or retail. (And yet less than half reported they can accurately define the concept.)
A new Surescripts survey of PCPs finds that, like today’s increasingly price-conscious patients, physicians believe prescription cost should impact prescribing practices – yet just 11 percent of the 300 surveyed can access that information electronically. Respondents also expressed dissatisfaction with their ability to digitally access patient clinical histories and medication adherence data.
Cambia Grove launches the TRAILS Competition to offer primary care-focused health IT startups access to data and multi-state testing in primary care settings through its partnership with the University of Washington’s Primary Care Innovation Lab. First-round submissions are due April 27.
- AdvancedMD will exhibit at ASCRS April 13-17 in Washington, DC.
- EClinicalWorks will exhibit at the AAOE 2018 Annual Conference April 14-17 in Orlando.
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