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Alliance Physical Therapy Management will acquire Agility Health’s US operations for $45 million. Agility manages 84 outpatient physical rehabilitation clinics in 16 states, and develops related PM software. The Canadian arm of its similarly named parent company operates 12 podiatry clinics and manufactures orthotics and prosthetics.


Webinars

February 13 (Tuesday) 1:00 ET. “Beyond Sliding Scale: Closing the Gap Between Current and Optimal Glycemic Management Practices.” Sponsor: Monarch Medical Technologies. Presenter: Laurel Fuqua, BSN, MSN, EVP/chief clinical officer, Monarch Medical Technologies. The glycemic management practices of many hospitals and physician staff differ from what is overwhelmingly recommended by experts and relevant specialty societies. As a result, they are missing an opportunity to improve the quality, safety, and cost of care for their patients with diabetes and hyperglycemia, which commonly represent more than 25 percent of their inpatient population. Hospitals that transition from sliding-scale insulin regimens to consistent use of basal / bolus / correction protocols are seeing reductions in hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, and costs. Making this shift more effective and efficient is the use of computerized insulin-dosing algorithms that can support dedicated staff using a systematic approach.

February 14 (Wednesday) 2:00 ET. “Time is Money: Aurora Health’s Journey of Implementing and Advancing Cost Accounting.” Sponsor: Strata Decision Technology. Presenter: Patrick Nolan, VP of finance, Aurora Health Care. Aurora Health Care’s implementation of Strata’s Decision Support module involved not only building an improved cost accounting model, but improving the process to engage a cross-functional team in cost development. It now has accurate, consistent cost data to support decision-making. Aurora’s next phase will be to use actual procedure and visit times to allocate costs. This presentation will provide a detailed view into both the implementation and future direction of the Strata Decision Support program within Aurora.

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


Announcements and Implementations

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Golden Shore Medical Group (CA) enlists Apollo Medical Holdings subsidiary Network Medical Management to manage 100,000 health plan members across 17 clinics using AMH’s population health management technology.

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Health Endeavors develops the One Touch Health Smart Record app, giving patients the ability to send and receive data – including care prompts – from their provider’s EHR via Direct messaging.

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Sunwave adds a real-time communication tool to its software for substance abuse treatment providers.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Pediatrics-focused health IT company Office Practicum secures an undisclosed amount of funding from Pamlico Capital.

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Digital health coaching company Pack Health will invest $2.9 million in a company expansion that will include renovating new office space in downtown Birmingham, AL and hiring another 175 employees over the next four years.

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Oncology EHR vendor Elekta becomes a reseller of Equicare Health’s Active Patient Portal and cancer care coordination technology. The reseller agreement comes on the heels of Elekta’s agreement with IBM to offer Watson for Oncology as a complementary clinical decision support tool.


Government and Politics

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CMS creates a table of its Alternative Payments Models based on their MIPS or Advanced designations. Ten of the 39 qualify as both.


Sponsor Updates

  • The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and Nordic help University of Colorado Health and Saint Francis Hospital – both Epic sites –  optimize quality measure reporting for stroke patients using the ASA’s Get with Guidelines-Stroke program.
  • Medicomp Systems will host Medicomp U 2018 May 21-24 in Reston, VA.
  • Nordic will exhibit at the HIMSS Wisconsin Dairyland Event February 8 in Madison, WI.

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News 1/31/18

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CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, MD resigns after reports surface she purchased stocks in a Japanese tobacco company after joining the organization. Fitzgerald’s pre-CDC investments, which she divested as a condition of job acceptance, included shares in five other tobacco companies (strange choices for a life-long healthcare professional) and in healthcare companies like Merck, Bayer, and Humana – all of which HHS deemed to be conflicts of interest. Fitzgerald’s financial dealings have led to her recusal from overseeing a number of high-profile CDC efforts including the opioid epidemic and IT. Her resignation deepens the black eye the Trump administration incurred when former HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD (no stranger to scrutinized investments himself) resigned last year after his use of taxpayer-funded private jets came to light.

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CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, MD has taken on the role of acting CDC Director, a position she held for several months before Fitzgerald came to the agency.


Webinars

February 13 (Tuesday) 1:00 ET. “Beyond Sliding Scale: Closing the Gap Between Current and Optimal Glycemic Management Practices.” Sponsor: Monarch Medical Technologies. Presenter: Laurel Fuqua, BSN, MSN, EVP/chief clinical officer, Monarch Medical Technologies. The glycemic management practices of many hospitals and physician staff differ from what is overwhelmingly recommended by experts and relevant specialty societies. As a result, they are missing an opportunity to improve the quality, safety, and cost of care for their patients with diabetes and hyperglycemia, which commonly represent more than 25 percent of their inpatient population. Hospitals that transition from sliding-scale insulin regimens to consistent use of basal / bolus / correction protocols are seeing reductions in hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, and costs. Making this shift more effective and efficient is the use of computerized insulin-dosing algorithms that can support dedicated staff using a systematic approach.

February 14 (Wednesday) 2:00 ET. “Time is Money: Aurora Health’s Journey of Implementing and Advancing Cost Accounting.” Sponsor: Strata Decision Technology. Presenter: Patrick Nolan, VP of finance, Aurora Health Care. Aurora Health Care’s implementation of Strata’s Decision Support module involved not only building an improved cost accounting model, but improving the process to engage a cross-functional team in cost development. It now has accurate, consistent cost data to support decision-making. Aurora’s next phase will be to use actual procedure and visit times to allocate costs. This presentation will provide a detailed view into both the implementation and future direction of the Strata Decision Support program within Aurora.

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


Announcements and Implementations

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Kareo’s Clinical EHR for independent physicians achieves 2015 Edition health IT certification.

InSync Healthcare Solutions adds Encoda’s BackOffice RCM platform to its line of cloud-based health IT software and services.

Drchrono integrates HDP Health’s clinical trial patient eligibility software with its tablet-based EHR.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Health IT collective Cambia Grove develops a directory of startups based in its home state of Washington, with plans to include companies in Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and British Columbia.


People

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DocuTap names Robert Rueckl (Edementum) CFO and Jared Linsby (PointClear Solutions) SVP of sales.


Research and Innovation

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A study involving Kaiser Permanente Southern California Medicare patients with one or more chronic diseases finds that text-based medication reminders increased refill rates by 14 percent.


Sponsor Updates

  • EClinicalWorks outperforms Allscripts, Athenahealth, Epic, and NextGen in physician satisfaction, according to a Reaction Data report.
  • Intelligent Medical Objects CEO Frank Naeymi-Rad speaks at Harvard Medical School as part of its clinical informatics lecture series in Boston.

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HIStalk Practice Sponsors Listed in Best in KLAS 2018

Best in KLAS: Aprima – Small-Practice Ambulatory EMR/PM

Overall Physician Practice Suite: EClinicalWorks – #7

Overall IT Services: Nordic – #6


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News 1/29/18

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Surfside Non-Surgical Orthopedics (FL) files a class action complaint against Allscripts, saying the company’s ransomware-related outage caused it to lose revenue and spend money coordinating with patients. The practice says the industry has known about SamSam ransomware since March 2016 and Allscripts failed to take reasonable security measures to protect its systems.


Webinars

February 13 (Tuesday) 1:00 ET. “Beyond Sliding Scale: Closing the Gap Between Current and Optimal Glycemic Management Practices.” Sponsor: Monarch Medical Technologies. Presenter: Laurel Fuqua, BSN, MSN, EVP/chief clinical officer, Monarch Medical Technologies. The glycemic management practices of many hospitals and physician staff differ from what is overwhelmingly recommended by experts and relevant specialty societies. As a result, they are missing an opportunity to improve the quality, safety, and cost of care for their patients with diabetes and hyperglycemia, which commonly represent more than 25 percent of their inpatient population. Hospitals that transition from sliding-scale insulin regimens to consistent use of basal / bolus / correction protocols are seeing reductions in hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, and costs. Making this shift more effective and efficient is the use of computerized insulin-dosing algorithms that can support dedicated staff using a systematic approach.

February 14 (Wednesday) 2:00 ET. “Time is Money: Aurora Health’s Journey of Implementing and Advancing Cost Accounting.” Sponsor: Strata Decision Technology. Presenter: Patrick Nolan, VP of finance, Aurora Health Care. Aurora Health Care’s implementation of Strata’s Decision Support module involved not only building an improved cost accounting model, but improving the process to engage a cross-functional team in cost development. It now has accurate, consistent cost data to support decision-making. Aurora’s next phase will be to use actual procedure and visit times to allocate costs. This presentation will provide a detailed view into both the implementation and future direction of the Strata Decision Support program within Aurora.

Here’s the video from last week’s Versus webinar titled ““Location, Location, Location: How to Deploy RTLS Asset Management for Capital Savings.”

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


Announcements and Implementations

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ClinicTracker adds performance measurement reports to its EHR for mental health and substance abuse treatment providers.

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PeakMed, a chain of Colorado-based direct primary care facilities, will implement Drchrono’s EHR and text-based telemedicine capabilities from CirrusMD alongside its integration of behavioral health services. The company is in the process of expanding its flagship office in Colorado Springs, and adding additional locations later this year.

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Drchrono adds “Holly” –  a text-based virtual scheduling assistant from Nimblr – to its EHR/PM software. (When will we see a male-named virtual assistant? Iron Man’s JARVIS makes it look – and sound – so cool.)


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Primary care-focused population health management company ConcertoHealth moves its headquarters from Irvine to Aliso Viejo, CA – part of a five-year growth plan that includes adding 120 FTEs over the next several months.


People

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Scott Rongo (Active Network) joins EMDs in the new role of chief experience officer.

Sanjay Vaswani (Center for Corporate Innovation) joins Nuance’s Board of Directors.


Telemedicine

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ClearHealth Quality Institute releases draft standards for its updated Telemedicine Accreditation Program, which it took over from the American Telemedicine Association last May. Comments are due February 9 so that the program can launch in March.


Government and Politics

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President Trump and Vice President Pence swear in Alex Azar as the 24th HHS Secretary.


Research and Innovation

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Researchers from HealthPartners Institute in Minneapolis develop an EHR-linked clinical decision support tool that, after a two-year trial at 20 primary care clinics, helps improve recognition and management of pediatric hypertension.


Other

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Military analysts realize that a data-tracking map put together late last year by fitness tracker company Strava can be used to pinpoint military bases and operations by following the exercise routines of military personnel who use the Strava app.


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News 1/24/18

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The Senate votes along party lines to confirm Alex Azar as HHS Secretary. Azar was most recently president of Eli Lilly and Co.’s US division. Past HHS positions include deputy secretary and general counsel under President George W. Bush.


Webinars

February 13 (Tuesday) 1:00 ET. “Beyond Sliding Scale: Closing the Gap Between Current and Optimal Glycemic Management Practices.” Sponsor: Monarch Medical Technologies. Presenter: Laurel Fuqua, BSN, MSN, EVP/chief clinical officer, Monarch Medical Technologies. The glycemic management practices of many hospitals and physician staff differ from what is overwhelmingly recommended by experts and relevant specialty societies. As a result, they are missing an opportunity to improve the quality, safety, and cost of care for their patients with diabetes and hyperglycemia, which commonly represent more than 25 percent of their inpatient population. Hospitals that transition from sliding-scale insulin regimens to consistent use of basal / bolus / correction protocols are seeing reductions in hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, and costs. Making this shift more effective and efficient is the use of computerized insulin-dosing algorithms that can support dedicated staff using a systematic approach.

February 14 (Wednesday) 2:00 ET. “Time is Money: Aurora Health’s Journey of Implementing and Advancing Cost Accounting.” Sponsor: Strata Decision Technology. Presenter: Patrick Nolan, VP of finance, Aurora Health Care. Aurora Health Care’s implementation of Strata’s Decision Support module involved not only building an improved cost accounting model, but improving the process to engage a cross-functional team in cost development. It now has accurate, consistent cost data to support decision-making. Aurora’s next phase will be to use actual procedure and visit times to allocate costs. This presentation will provide a detailed view into both the implementation and future direction of the Strata Decision Support program within Aurora.

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


Announcements and Implementations

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Northeast Indiana Urology selects ISalus Healthcare’s UroChoice EHR,PM, billing, and virtual consult technology.

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Nonprofit homeless services provider Community Healthlink (MA) will implement behavioral health EHR software from Qualifacts.

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Altarum Institute develops an interactive online tool to help physicians predict and improve their MIPS scores.

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YMCA of Greater Houston will replace the state’s refugee resettlement database with care coordination technology from Eccovia Solutions. The YMCA is one of four Regional Replacement Designees in Texas, and has been tasked with finding a new, statewide database.

ChiroFusion adds billing functionality from OpenEdge Payments to its EHR for chiropractors.


People

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Point of Care Decision Support promotes Jennifer Glen to VP, clinical services.

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STD-focused telemedicine company Besafemeds names Dina McKenna (The Requisite Balance) CEO, Dawnyell Bowen (Leo Burnett) CMO, and Modupe Ishmael COO.

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Community Care of North Carolina appoints Tammie McLean, Tara Kinard, and Jennifer Wehe-Davis to regional VPs.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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CNBC dissects the sizeable differences (from $7 million to nothing) predicted in Practice Fusion employee payouts once the company’s sale to Allscripts is finalized. It also uncovers documents that show Allscripts initially offered $225 million for the company, but backed out once news broke of the trouble EClinicalWorks was in related to certification of its software.


Telemedicine

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Austin, TX-based startup Medici launches a text-based telemedicine app for physician practices. The company launched its app in South Africa – birthplace of founder Clint Phillips – a few weeks ago, and plans to expand to another 20 countries by the end of this year.

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Champion Sports Medicine (AL) rolls out telemedicine services from Healthy Roster, a Dublin, Ohio-based company focused on meeting the health IT needs of trainers, physical therapists, and physicians.

The local paper looks at the surge in telemedicine visits prompted by this year’s flu outbreak, which has put stress on brick-and-mortar healthcare facilities. Doctor on Demand CMO Ian Tong, MD says the company has seen visit volume increase 100 percent over the last two months, with most flu-related consults being for patients in early stages of the virus. Competitor PlushCare is experiencing a similar uptick in volume, with 2-3 percent of patients being sent to the ER for more severe flu symptoms.


Sponsor Updates

  • AdvancedMD will exhibit at the Expert Roadshow January 24 in Salt Lake City.
  • EClinicalWorks will exhibit at the 2018 Star Ratings Congress January 29-30 in Scottsdale, AZ.
  • PerfectServe publishes a new success story featuring The University of Tennessee Medical Center, “Streamlined follow-up appointment scheduling aims to reduce readmissions.”

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News 1/22/18

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Physicians in Fredericksburg, VA express their frustration with the ransomware attack that took down Allscripts systems late last week. Moss Free Clinic Medical Director Patrick Neustatter, MD believes the situation is bigger than Allscripts is letting on, given that the colleagues he has spoken with are in “frantic meltdown mode.” The clinic didn’t have to cancel appointments, but did have to revert to paper – a move that had scribes up in arms over illegible physician handwriting.

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Allscripts has kept customers apprised of recovery efforts via daily conference calls, and expects to bring customers back up on a rolling basis, presumably over the next several days. Operations were back to normal at the clinic as of this morning, with the exception of e-prescribing.


Webinars

January 24 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET: “Location, Location, Location: How to Deploy RTLS Asset Management for Capital Savings.” Sponsor: Versus Technology. Presenter: Doug Duvall, solution architect, Versus Technology. Misplaced or sub-optimally deployed medical equipment delays patient care and hampers safety-mandated preventive maintenance. It also forces hospitals to buy more equipment despite an average utilization that may be as low as 30 percent, misdirecting precious capital dollars that could be better spent on more strategic projects. A real-time locating system (RTLS) cannot only track asset location, but also help ensure that equipment is properly distributed to the right place at the right time. This webinar will provide insight into the evaluation, selection, and benefits of an RTLS-powered asset management solution.

February 13 (Tuesday) 1:00 ET. “Beyond Sliding Scale: Closing the Gap Between Current and Optimal Glycemic Management Practices.” Sponsor: Monarch Medical Technologies. Presenter: Laurel Fuqua, BSN, MSN, EVP/chief clinical officer, Monarch Medical Technologies. The glycemic management practices of many hospitals and physician staff differ from what is overwhelmingly recommended by experts and relevant specialty societies. As a result, they are missing an opportunity to improve the quality, safety, and cost of care for their patients with diabetes and hyperglycemia, which commonly represent more than 25 percent of their inpatient population. Hospitals that transition from sliding-scale insulin regimens to consistent use of basal / bolus / correction protocols are seeing reductions in hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, and costs. Making this shift more effective and efficient is the use of computerized insulin-dosing algorithms that can support dedicated staff using a systematic approach.

February 14 (Wednesday) 2:00 ET. “Time is Money: Aurora Health’s Journey of Implementing and Advancing Cost Accounting.” Sponsored by Strata Decision Technology. Aurora Health Care’s implementation of Strata’s Decision Support module involved not only building an improved cost accounting model, but improving the process to engage a cross-functional team in cost development. It now has accurate, consistent cost data to support decision-making. Aurora’s next phase will be to use actual procedure and visit times to allocate costs. This presentation will provide a detailed view into both the implementation and future direction of the Strata Decision Support program within Aurora.

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


Announcements and Implementations

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Nuance announces GA of Dragon Medical Practice Edition 4, featuring Windows 10 touchscreen compatibility, and enhanced usability and voice capabilities.


People

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Oak Street Health hires David Buchanan MD, (Erie Family Health Center) as Executive Medical Director for Illinois.

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Greg Novak (Presidio) joins CareCloud as VP of channel sales.

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EHR vendor Welligent names Matt Chamberlain (Open Minds) COO.


Telemedicine

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona taps American Well to power its new BlueCare Anywhere virtual consult service.

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The USDA awards $23.6 million via its Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program to rural communities in need of broadband equipment. The funding will assist virtual projects related to job training, education, and healthcare in 28 states. Telemedicine projects in several states will focus on offering patients greater access to mental healthcare and opioid abuse treatment.

A new MGMA poll of just under 1,300 respondents finds that 15 percent are planning to implement telemedicine this year, 20 percent are unsure, and 39 percent have no plans to. Survey results saw a 3 percent year-over-year decrease in physicians that plan to add virtual visit services.


Research and Innovation

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Using data from 2014, a RAND study on the EHR utilization of 39,000 hospital-affiliated physician practices finds that nearly 40 percent are under-utilizing the technology, and close to 25 percent are leveraging them to their full potential. Practices struggling with utilization tend to be in rural areas out West with fewer physicians than their metropolitan super-user counterparts.


Other

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TechRepublic highlights the way Walgreens uses prescription data to power its online flu-tracking map. “This is an innovative way where customers can benefit from geospatial analysis,” says David Attaway, MD of Esri, which hosts the Flu Index. “We can use predictive analytics to determine the next area that might be hardest hit.”


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