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The first full day of MGMA kicks off in Anaheim, with attendees taking in the keynote session, exhibit hall, and downwind effects of a wildfire in nearby Anaheim Hills.

News of note from the show floor include PatientKeeper’s launch of a hosted charge capture solution for small to medium-sized practices, and Drchrono’s addition of enterprise task management features – including a dashboard and real-time staff reminders and notifications – to its EHR.

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A quick look at the #mgma17 tweet stream found the usual mix of exhibit hall shots, though I have to admit the one above did stand out. Visitors to the CareCloud booth seemed to be having a good time immersing themselves virtually in the company’s offerings.

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The association also released its latest report on practice performance, highlighting the fact that better-performing physician-owned practices spend less on operating expenses, including health IT, and see greater patient portal utilization than their lower-performing and hospital-owned counterparts. Top-performing primary care practices all have lower no-show and appointment cancellation rates, a higher percentage of same-day appointments as part of their total mix, and quicker appointment scheduling processes – which might tie into the aforementioned portal usage, assuming online scheduling is available.


Webinars

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October 17 (Tuesday) noon ET. “Improve Care and Save Clinician Time by Streamlining Specialty Drug Prescribing.” Sponsored by: ZappRx. Presenter: Jeremy Feldman, MD, director, pulmonary hypertension and advanced lung disease program and medical director of research, Arizona Pulmonary Specialists. Clinicians who treat pulmonary arterial hypertension can spend an average of 20 minutes to prescribe a single specialty drug and untold extra hours each month completing prior authorization (PA) paperwork to get patients the medications they need. This webinar will describe how Arizona Pulmonary Specialists automated the inefficient specialty drug ordering process to improve patient care while saving its clinicians time.

October 19 (Thursday) noon ET. “Understanding Enterprise Health Clouds with Forrester:  What can they do for you, and how do you choose the right one?” Sponsored by: Salesforce. Presenters: Joshua Newman, MD, chief medical officer, Salesforce; Kate McCarthy, senior analyst, Forrester. McCarthy will demystify industry solutions while offering insights from her recent Forrester report on enterprise health clouds. Newman and customers from leading healthcare organizations will share insights on how they drive efficiencies, manage patient and member journeys, and connect the entire healthcare ecosystem on the Salesforce platform.

October 26 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “Is your EHR limiting your success in value-based care?” Sponsored by: Philips Wellcentive. Presenters: Lindsey Bates, market director of compliance, Philips Wellcentive; Greg Fulton, industry and public policy lead, Philips Wellcentive. No single technology solution will solve every problem, so ensuring you select the ones most aligned to meet your strategic goals can be the difference between thriving or merely surviving. From quality reporting to analytics to measures building, developing a comprehensive healthcare strategy that will support your journey in population health and value-base care programs is the foundation of success. Join Philips Wellcentive for our upcoming interactive webinar, where we’ll help you evolve ahead of the industry, setting the right strategic goals and getting the most out of your technology solutions.

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November 8 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “How Clinically Integrated Networks Can Overcome the Technical Challenges to Data-Sharing.” Sponsored by: Liaison Technologies. Presenters: Dominick Mack, MD, executive medical director, Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center and Georgia Health Connect, director, National Center for Primary Care, and associate professor, Morehouse School of Medicine;  Gary Palgon, VP of  healthcare and life sciences solutions, Liaison Technologies. This webinar will describe how Georgia Heath Connect connects clinically integrated networks to hospitals and small and rural practices, helping providers in medically underserved communities meet MACRA requirements by providing technology, technology support, and education that accelerates regulatory compliance and improves outcomes.

Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre for information on webinar services.


Announcements and Implementations

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The Illinois Bone & Joint Institute selects SRS Health’s patient engagement technology, and outcomes-based data collection and registry tools.

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Kareo announces several software updates to its EHR/PM/RCM platform, including automated eligibility checks, balance due alerts, and easier charge capture and patient statement processing.

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As part of its quality transformation initiative, Hope Orthopedics of Oregon implements Code Technology’s patient-reported outcomes program across its five locations.

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Objective Medical Systems develops a remote monitoring platform for cardiology practices that includes secure patient communication tools and data aggregation across EHRs, labs, and medical devices.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Care Centered Collaborative selects physician management services from Formativ Health in an effort to help its network of independent providers transition to value-based care.


People

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AMGA promotes Jerry Penso, MD to president and CEO. Penso, who came to AMGA from the Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group in San Diego, will take over from Donald Fisher, who passed away in March after 35 years with the association.

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Rachel Neifeld (Rise Labs) joins Fruit Street Health as head of its virtual diabetes prevention program.

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James Murray, MS (CVS/Minute Clinic) joins Culbert Healthcare Solutions as CIO.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Coinciding with its annual user group meeting, EClinicalWorks reports $130 million in Q3 revenue and the addition of 3,750 new providers. It claims to now be “the second most widely used EHR in the country.” The company also announced availability in December of an interoperability development platform that will enable developers to connect to ECW’s API-enabled EHR; as well as a voice-powered virtual assistant, the Healow Virtual Room for telemedicine, and v11 of the company’s core product.


Telemedicine

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Developers of the Health Integrated Rescue Operations Telemedical Drone Project demonstrate the latest iteration at the American Osteopathic Association’s annual meeting. The HIRO system is part of a pilot with the Mississippi Department of Emergency Management, Homeland Security, the National Guard, and NATO. Designed to provide emergency care during and after natural disasters, HIRO includes a Microsoft HolonLens VR headset so that remote physicians can treat multiple patients on the scene, smart glasses so that first responders can correspond and transmit visuals to the physician, an automated medication bin controlled by the off-site physician, and what developers are calling a “holographic EHR system display” for remote monitoring.


Other

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It’s official: Monday really is the worst day of the week, according to a 2008-2017 Twitter sentiment analysis done by researchers at the University of Vermont Complex Systems Center. Other interesting facts about the first day of the work week:

  • Over 50 percent of employees are late to work on Monday mornings.
  • On average, productivity on Mondays only spans about three and a half hours.
  • Most people don’t crack their first smile until 11:16 AM.

Sponsor Updates

  • Versus Technology will exhibit at the ANCC Magnet Conference October 11-13 in Houston.

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Population Health Management Weekly Wrap Up 10/8/17

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Scott McFarland (EXL) joins Equality Health as president of its HealthBI division. The Arizona-based company has partnered with UnitedHealthcare to develop a team-based care management program for Medicaid patients in Arizona that will encompass physical, behavioral, and social needs.

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EQHealth Solutions hires Lori Kools, RN (WellCare Health Plans) as state director of government operations in Florida.

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Washington Regional Medical System (AR) promotes Mark Thomas, MD to VP and medical director of population health.

Sidewalk Labs, an urban innovation group within Google parent Alphabet, announces Cityblock, which will offer residents of low-income communities who are covered by Medicare or Medicaid a care team that provides doctors, coaches, technology tools, and a health plan. The service will launch next year.

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Population health analytics startup Cardinal Analytx raises $6.1 million in a Series A round led by Cardinal Partners, which worked with Stanford University professors Arnie Milstein, MD and Nigam Shah to launch the payer-focused company.

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BaseHealth names Tamara StClaire (Xerox Healthcare) COO and Nick van Terheyden, MD (NTT Data) CMO.

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MissouriHealth+ will implement population health management solutions from Caradigm across its network of 24 community health centers.

North Carolina-based Novant Health, Carolinas HealthCare System, UNC Charlotte, Mecklenburg County Public Health, and Renaissance West Community Initiative receive a $250,000 grant from the national Build Health Challenge program that they will use, via their Building Uplifted Families collaboration, to improve the health and wellness of Renaissance West residents in Charlotte. The money will, over a two-year period, go towards improving access to preventive care, grocery stores and healthy food, and educational and career opportunities.

Lightbeam Health Solutions will provide population health management solutions to members of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

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MCG tweaks its Indicia Web-based evidence-based care guidelines so that they integrate with Epic’s Healthy Planet population health management technology.

Innovista Health Solutions will include CollaborNet analytics, referral, and real-time care coordination technology from Holon Solutions as part of its IT toolkit for IPAs and ACOs in Texas, Illinois, and Georgia.

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The Mary Washington health system (VA) expands its use of Koan Health’s analytics to include its Health Alliance ACO, in addition to its employee health plan.

Seven Hills Foundation (MA) chooses Netsmart as the care coordination and population health management provider for the Massachusetts Care Coordination Network.


Sponsor Updates

  • McLaren Flint (MI) implements an RTLS-smart pump interface between Versus and B. Braun, allowing clinicians to see on a real-time floor plan where pumps are located and whether they are actively infusing to improve re-distribution.
  • EClinicalWorks will exhibit at the Louisiana Primary Care Continuing Education Conference October 10-12 in Lake Charles.
  • Healthwise and Intelligent Medical Objects will exhibit at the Cerner Health Conference October 9-12 in Kansas City, MO.

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News 10/5/17

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The Senate confirms Eric Hargan (Greenberg Traurig) as deputy secretary of HHS – now second in command to new acting Secretary Don Wright. The Chicago-based lawyer, whose mother worked at the family’s local rural hospital for 58 years, was part of President Trump’s transition team, and worked at HHS during the George W. Bush administration. When asked during his confirmation hearing why he would like to get back into government work, he said it was an opportunity he just couldn’t pass up. “The challenges are so great,” he explained, “whether in public health, in healthcare finance, in facilitating innovation in healthcare and in the administration of human services, that I cannot imagine not wanting to participate, and to lend to the government both my past experience at HHS, as well as the fruit of my years of work in the healthcare sector since then, to help as much as I can.”


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Check out HIStalk’s Must-See Exhibitors Guide for MGMA 2017. Map out your trip to the exhibit hall using the guide, which includes descriptions of the products and innovations (and giveaways!) our sponsors plan to showcase. We’ve also included contact information for sponsors that will be walking the show floor.


Webinars

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October 17 (Tuesday) noon ET. “Improve Care and Save Clinician Time by Streamlining Specialty Drug Prescribing.” Sponsored by: ZappRx. Presenter: Jeremy Feldman, MD, director, pulmonary hypertension and advanced lung disease program and medical director of research, Arizona Pulmonary Specialists. Clinicians who treat pulmonary arterial hypertension can spend an average of 20 minutes to prescribe a single specialty drug and untold extra hours each month completing prior authorization (PA) paperwork to get patients the medications they need. This webinar will describe how Arizona Pulmonary Specialists automated the inefficient specialty drug ordering process to improve patient care while saving its clinicians time.

October 19 (Thursday) noon ET. “Understanding Enterprise Health Clouds with Forrester:  What can they do for you, and how do you choose the right one?” Sponsored by: Salesforce. Presenters: Joshua Newman, MD, chief medical officer, Salesforce; Kate McCarthy, senior analyst, Forrester. McCarthy will demystify industry solutions while offering insights from her recent Forrester report on enterprise health clouds. Newman and customers from leading healthcare organizations will share insights on how they drive efficiencies, manage patient and member journeys, and connect the entire healthcare ecosystem on the Salesforce platform.

October 26 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “Is your EHR limiting your success in value-based care?” Sponsored by: Philips Wellcentive. Presenters: Lindsey Bates, market director of compliance, Philips Wellcentive; Greg Fulton, industry and public policy lead, Philips Wellcentive. No single technology solution will solve every problem, so ensuring you select the ones most aligned to meet your strategic goals can be the difference between thriving or merely surviving. From quality reporting to analytics to measures building, developing a comprehensive healthcare strategy that will support your journey in population health and value-base care programs is the foundation of success. Join Philips Wellcentive for our upcoming interactive webinar, where we’ll help you evolve ahead of the industry, setting the right strategic goals and getting the most out of your technology solutions.

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November 8 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “How Clinically Integrated Networks Can Overcome the Technical Challenges to Data-Sharing.” Sponsored by: Liaison Technologies. Presenters: Dominick Mack, MD, executive medical director, Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center and Georgia Health Connect, director, National Center for Primary Care, and associate professor, Morehouse School of Medicine;  Gary Palgon, VP of  healthcare and life sciences solutions, Liaison Technologies. This webinar will describe how Georgia Heath Connect connects clinically integrated networks to hospitals and small and rural practices, helping providers in medically underserved communities meet MACRA requirements by providing technology, technology support, and education that accelerates regulatory compliance and improves outcomes.

Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre for information on webinar services.


Announcements and Implementations

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ZyDoc releases an Android version of its mobile dictation app used in conjunction with its cloud-based transcription service.

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The Western New York-based HealtheLink HIE announces that 1 million patients have signed up to share their data.

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MyMipsScore adds a payment adjustment estimator to its app, giving physicians the ability to estimate MIPS payments based on historical data from CMS.

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New Mexico Orthopaedics selects the Outcomes-Based Electronic Research Database (OBERD) platform from Universal Research Solutions to aggregate outcomes, satisfaction, education, and operative data; and to expedite participation in MIPS.

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Seven Hills Foundation selects population health management and care coordination software from Netsmart to help improve communication and outcomes amongst its network of primary care, acute care, and behavioral health providers.

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Nextech adds RCM services including claims management and patient collections to its EHR and PM technologies for specialty practices.


People

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Tom Nix (CDG) joins Ria Health as CEO. The company launched this week with a mobile app designed to help people stop or reduce their alcohol consumption.

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Outpatient chronic wound care center operator Healogics names Kelly Priegnitz (Kindred Healthcare) chief compliance officer.

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Caravan Health appoints Anna Loengard, MD (The Queen’s Clinically Integrated Physician Network), CMO and Tim Gronniger (The Brookings Institution) VP of strategy.


Government and Politics

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In Cincinnati, the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition will use half of a $400,000 federal grant to incorporate predictive analytics into its efforts to help prevent overdoses and get drug users into treatment. The coalition will equip its Quick Response Teams with analytics they can use to not only predict overdoses, but to reach out to the social network of drug users to let them know about the prediction and options for care.


Research and Innovation

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A UnitedHealthcare survey finds that consumer interest in telemedicine has increased from 37 percent in 2016 to 42 percent in 2017, though it doesn’t go into detail about how many have actually used the service to access care. I’d also be interested to know why 46 percent feel telemedicine isn’t for them, as that would clue physicians in to what may be key to successfully implementing their own telemedicine service. The payer began covering virtual visits in 2015. Other interesting finding include:

  • 28 percent of survey takers first turn to the Internet to research their health concerns.
  • 32 percent used the Internet to compare cost of services – a figure that’s more than double the number of consumers who conducted such searchers five years ago.
  • 71 percent of savvy consumers believe (and rightly so) that there is no correlation between cost and quality of healthcare services.

Other

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Toy maker Mattel cancels development plans for Aristotle, a kid-friendly device akin to the Amazon Echo that, accompanied by a small camera, could interact with kids as they grow. Originally announced in January, ads for the device showed it acting as a video sleep monitor, then nightlight, then homework assistant as its camera recorded the growth and habits of the child it was stationed near. Privacy experts cried foul, though the company hasn’t attributed the cancellation to those concerns. Perhaps the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood’s petition with 15,000 signatures prompted the halt, or concerns from pediatricians like Jennifer Radesky, MD who fears the device would encourage parents to substitute technology for human interaction.


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News 10/4/17

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Rock Health’s latest report puts digital health funding for 2017 at $1.2 billion, making it the biggest year yet for such investment since the company began tracking figures. The total includes 268 deals across 261 companies, with $334 million from 17 deals involving EHR and clinical workflow technology companies.


HIStalk Practice Announcements and Requests

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Check out HIStalk’s Must-See Exhibitors Guide for MGMA 2017. Map out your trip to the exhibit hall using the guide, which includes descriptions of the products and innovations (and giveaways!) our sponsors plan to showcase. We’ve also included contact information for sponsors that will be walking the show floor.


Webinars

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October 17 (Tuesday) noon ET. “Improve Care and Save Clinician Time by Streamlining Specialty Drug Prescribing.” Sponsored by: ZappRx. Presenter: Jeremy Feldman, MD, director, pulmonary hypertension and advanced lung disease program and medical director of research, Arizona Pulmonary Specialists. Clinicians who treat pulmonary arterial hypertension can spend an average of 20 minutes to prescribe a single specialty drug and untold extra hours each month completing prior authorization (PA) paperwork to get patients the medications they need. This webinar will describe how Arizona Pulmonary Specialists automated the inefficient specialty drug ordering process to improve patient care while saving its clinicians time.

October 19 (Thursday) noon ET. “Understanding Enterprise Health Clouds with Forrester:  What can they do for you, and how do you choose the right one?” Sponsored by: Salesforce. Presenters: Joshua Newman, MD, chief medical officer, Salesforce; Kate McCarthy, senior analyst, Forrester. McCarthy will demystify industry solutions while offering insights from her recent Forrester report on enterprise health clouds. Newman and customers from leading healthcare organizations will share insights on how they drive efficiencies, manage patient and member journeys, and connect the entire healthcare ecosystem on the Salesforce platform.

October 26 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “Is your EHR limiting your success in value-based care?” Sponsored by: Philips Wellcentive. Presenters: Lindsey Bates, market director of compliance, Philips Wellcentive; Greg Fulton, industry and public policy lead, Philips Wellcentive. No single technology solution will solve every problem, so ensuring you select the ones most aligned to meet your strategic goals can be the difference between thriving or merely surviving. From quality reporting to analytics to measures building, developing a comprehensive healthcare strategy that will support your journey in population health and value-base care programs is the foundation of success. Join Philips Wellcentive for our upcoming interactive webinar, where we’ll help you evolve ahead of the industry, setting the right strategic goals and getting the most out of your technology solutions.

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November 8 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “How Clinically Integrated Networks Can Overcome the Technical Challenges to Data-Sharing.” Sponsored by: Liaison Technologies. Presenters: Dominick Mack, MD, executive medical director, Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center and Georgia Health Connect, director, National Center for Primary Care, and associate professor, Morehouse School of Medicine;  Gary Palgon, VP of  healthcare and life sciences solutions, Liaison Technologies. This webinar will describe how Georgia Heath Connect connects clinically integrated networks to hospitals and small and rural practices, helping providers in medically underserved communities meet MACRA requirements by providing technology, technology support, and education that accelerates regulatory compliance and improves outcomes.

Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre for information on webinar services.


Announcements and Implementations

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The Cohen Veterans Network selects AI-driven clinical decision support from Raiven Healthcare to optimize treatment for veterans within its network of 11 mental health clinics.

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In an effort to enhance transparency and accountability, medical marijuana technology company Alternate Health adds blockchain ledger technology to its newly rebranded CanaPass Patient Management System.

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MRI of Woodbridge (NJ) selects RCM and PM services from Healthcare Administrative Partners.

EClinicalWorks adds a self-service option for customers to connect with CommonWell and Carequality.


People

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VillageMD names Michael Pape (US Congress) head of growth strategies and business development in Kentucky.

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Seth Darmstadter (Michelman & Robinson) joins Outcome Health as general counsel.


Government and Politics

Abdul Haq, MD pleads guilty to charges related to his involvement in a $19 million Medicare fraud scheme that involved a number of Detroit-area providers, all of whom seem to have colluded on prescribing Medicare beneficiaries medically unnecessary controlled substances, requiring them to undergo medically unnecessary procedures in exchange for prescriptions, and fraudulent billing, among other crimes.


Telemedicine

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Griffin OB-Gyn Clinic (GA) will implement Women’s Telehealth services for maternal fetal medicine.

Premium Health Connections selects white-labeled technology from Teladoc to power its virtual consult offerings.


Other

Former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD points to the workplace is a big contributor to today’s loneliness epidemic, which he considers to be a public health issue due to its correlation with decreased life spans stemming from heart disease, depression, anxiety and dementia. “For better or worse, people understand the language of epidemics,” Murthy says. “I think of loneliness as an epidemic because it affects a great number of people in our country, but also because one person’s loneliness can have an impact on another person. This is not a condition that is developing in isolation. I talk about this as an epidemic because it’s far more widespread than people believe, and like many illnesses that are related to our mental and psychological state, it gets swept under the rug and exists in the shadows. That’s why I speak about this with the urgency that I do.”


Sponsor Updates

  • Nordic posts a podcast titled “How do I plan for a successful EHR go-live?”
  • AdvancedMD will exhibit at the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery October 5-8 in Chicago.
  • Aprima will exhibit at the American Osteopathic Association Conference & Exhibition October 7-9 in Philadelphia.

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News 10/3/17

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WebPT acquires physical therapy-focused patient relationship management software startup Strive Labs for an undisclosed amount. WebPT has already begun to roll out the EHR-agnostic StriveHub PRM product to its EHR/PM customers. Strive Labs co-founders Scott Hebert and Ryan Klepps previously helped launch TheraVid, a developer of PT-prescribed Web-based rehab programs.


HIStalk Practice Announcements and Requests

Check out HIStalk’s Must-See Exhibitors Guide for MGMA 2017. Map out your trip to the exhibit hall using the guide, which includes descriptions of the products and innovations (and giveaways!) our sponsors plan to showcase. We’ve also included contact information for sponsors that will be walking the show floor.


Webinars

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October 17 (Tuesday) noon ET. “Improve Care and Save Clinician Time by Streamlining Specialty Drug Prescribing.” Sponsored by: ZappRx. Presenter: Jeremy Feldman, MD, director, pulmonary hypertension and advanced lung disease program and medical director of research, Arizona Pulmonary Specialists. Clinicians who treat pulmonary arterial hypertension can spend an average of 20 minutes to prescribe a single specialty drug and untold extra hours each month completing prior authorization (PA) paperwork to get patients the medications they need. This webinar will describe how Arizona Pulmonary Specialists automated the inefficient specialty drug ordering process to improve patient care while saving its clinicians time.

October 19 (Thursday) noon ET. “Understanding Enterprise Health Clouds with Forrester: What can they do for you, and how do you choose the right one?” Sponsored by: Salesforce. Presenters: Joshua Newman, MD, chief medical officer, Salesforce; Kate McCarthy, senior analyst, Forrester. McCarthy will demystify industry solutions while offering insights from her recent Forrester report on enterprise health clouds. Newman and customers from leading healthcare organizations will share insights on how they drive efficiencies, manage patient and member journeys, and connect the entire healthcare ecosystem on the Salesforce platform.

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November 8 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “How Clinically Integrated Networks Can Overcome the Technical Challenges to Data-Sharing.” Sponsored by: Liaison Technologies. Presenters: Dominick Mack, MD, executive medical director, Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center and Georgia Health Connect, director, National Center for Primary Care, and associate professor, Morehouse School of Medicine;  Gary Palgon, VP of  healthcare and life sciences solutions, Liaison Technologies. This webinar will describe how Georgia Heath Connect connects clinically integrated networks to hospitals and small and rural practices, helping providers in medically underserved communities meet MACRA requirements by providing technology, technology support, and education that accelerates regulatory compliance and improves outcomes.

Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre for information on webinar services.


Announcements and Implementations

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OptimizeRx integrates its prescription savings messaging with EHRs from Aprima and ISalus.

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CareCloud partners with investor and global payments technology company First Data to develop Breeze, a mobile patient intake and payment system that also incorporates access to First Data’s marketplace of 300 business apps.


People

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Kidney- and dialysis-focused healthcare technology company Cricket Health names Danny Shapiro (Home Care Assistance) chief business officer.

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Richard Morel, MD (WestMed) joins CareMount Medical – New York’s largest independent multispecialty medical group – as deputy CMO.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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US Physical Therapy saw operations at 81 of its 567 outpatient PT clinics affected by the recent spate of hurricanes, with 7,1000 patient visits cancelled to the tune of $635,000 in lost revenue.

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MTBC uses a $6 million public offering of non-convertible preferred stock to help fund its recent acquisition of MediGain, a medical billing company headquartered in Dallas. The company reports it has signed contracts with physicians in 42 states for its new voice-enabled TalkEHR.


Telemedicine

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Teladoc updates its mobile app with specialty consult services and technology from Best Doctors, which it acquired in July.


Government and Politics

A former Hewlett-Packard Enterprise employee faces a federal indictment related to charges of computer fraud. The allegations contend that Hossein Heydari purposefully shut down Oregon’s Medicaid computer system for 24 hours in retaliation for being let go as part of a workforce reduction. Heydari, who has pleaded not guilty, provided technical support for Oregon’s system, as well as those of three other states.


Research and Innovation

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An evaluation of complaints from cancer outpatients and their families finds that management issues (48 percent) and relationship issues (41 percent) rank higher than those related to quality and safety. The authors particularly hone in on the importance of clear lines of communication, patient-staff dialogue, and humanness and caring in the cancer patient’s journey. The study seems to emphasize the fact that genuine human interaction during treatment means more to patients than whether or not their care is powered by the latest, heavily marketed AI.

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An MGMA survey conducted with help from Navicure finds that practices are outpacing their hospital counterparts when it comes to healthcare pricing transparency: Nearly eighty percent of ambulatory organization respondents provide cost estimates on demand, versus 69 percent of hospital survey-takers. Despite strong patient interest in electronic billing options – and the fact that 27 percent of practices already offer online bill pay – 77 percent of practices still send their patients paper statements.


Other

Northwestern Children’s Practice produces a totally 80’s flu vaccine promo video. Kudos to them for incorporating a “Say Anything” reference.


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