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Surescripts releases its annual progress report on e-prescribing. Key takeaways include:

  • Nearly 75 percent of prescriptions in 2016 were electronic, totaling 1.6 billion – that’s 180,000 every hour.
  • E-prescribing of controlled substances increased year over year by 250 percent.
  • Patients with chronic conditions accounted for 91 percent of all prescriptions filled.

While the company claims e-prescribing helps improve medication adherence by 10 percent, I think it would be interesting to dig a little deeper to determine just how much adherence improved, and if there were any downstream benefits such as reduced hospital readmissions or ER visits. It’s a correlation that would hopefully give physicians impetus to rethink their current prescribing workflows.


Webinars

June 22 (Thursday) 1:00 ET. “Social Determinants of Health.” Sponsored by Philips Wellcentive. Presenter: David Nash, MD, MBA, dean, Jefferson College of Population Health. One of the nation’s foremost experts on social determinants of health will explain the importance of these factors and how to make the best use of them.

June 29 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “Be the First to See New Data on Why Patients Switch Healthcare Providers.” Sponsored by Solutionreach. As patients pay more for their care and have access to more data about cost and quality, their expectations for healthcare are changing. And as their expectations change, they are more likely to switch providers to get them met. In this free webinar, we’ll look at this new data on why patients switch and what makes them stay. Be one of the first to see the latest data on why patients leave and what you can do about it.

July 11 (Tuesday) 1:00 ET.  “Your Data Migration Questions Answered: Ask the Expert Q&A Panel.” Sponsored by Galen Healthcare Solutions. Presenters: Julia Snapp, manager of professional services, Galen Healthcare Solutions; Tyler Suacci, principal technical consultant, Galen Healthcare Solutions. This webcast will give attendees who are considering or in the process of replacing and/or transitioning EHRs the ability to ask questions of our experts. Our moderators have extensive experience in data migration efforts, having supported over 250+ projects, and migration of 40MM+ patient records and 7K+ providers. They will be available to answer questions surrounding changes in workflows, items to consider when migrating data, knowing what to migrate vs. archive, etc.

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


People

John Merenich, MD joins care management and patient engagement software company Clarify Health as strategic advisor.


Telemedicine

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Salus Telehealth looks to an untapped market – that of the touring recording artist. The Waycross, GA-based telemedicine company has partnered with Dreamcatcher Artist Management to offer its musicians and their road crews access to its service. Country artist Mo Pitney is among the first to install VideoMedicine cameras on his tour bus.

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Back to business: EClinicalWorks adds telemedicine functionality to its Health & Online Wellness smartphone app.

MyTelemedicine incorporates e-prescribing technology from EazyScripts into the physician-facing software of its virtual consult services.

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HomeHero pivots from a defunct home care marketplace to a telemedicine company focused on naturopathic care that will also offer in-home lab testing and natural treatments. Co-founders Kyle Hill and Mike Townsend renamed the company Harvey after William Harvey, an English physician and scientist who discovered the way in which blood circulates throughout the body.


Announcements and Implementations

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Addiction recovery EHR vendor Alleva develops a patient-facing app that serves up post-treatment plans and daily meditations, survey prompts, and crisis alerts. The startup has also opened a new office in Provo, Utah.


Research and Innovation

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A survey of 438 physicians, practice managers, and executives finds that interest in the Chronic Care Management is on the rise – 41 percent of surveyed medical groups have launched a CCM, which is a sizeable increase from those surveyed in 2015. Practices of 20 or more physicians are leading CCM adoption; 84 percent of surveyed CCM participants believe it is positively impacting patient care. Interest in (and preparation for) MACRA, on the other hand, has not fared quite as well. Just 19 percent of those surveyed claim to be very familiar with the federal act; 25 percent have never even heard of it.


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Independent physician Bruce Latham, DO doesn’t seem to need technology to help prevent opioid abuse amongst his patients and within his community. The small-town doc has a close relationship with local law enforcement, and has patients who receive prescription pain medicine sign an agreement authorizing him to “cooperate” with law enforcement and waiving any right to confidentiality. “If you sell,” he says, “I turn you into the police. I can’t have one person destroy the program.”

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DataBreaches.net reports that Victory Medical Center notified patients Monday of a data breach discovered by a patient in April that exposed non-sensitive patient information. The cause of the breach has not yet been made public, though it is believed to have occurred in 2013.


Sponsor Updates

  • Software Advice names AdvancedMD a 2017 Mental Health FrontRunners Quadrant Leader.
  • Aprima Medical Software will exhibit at the NJ MGMA meeting June 14-16 in Atlantic City.
  • EClinicalWorks will exhibit at AHIP Institute & Expo June 7-9 in Austin, TX.
  • Healthwise will exhibit at the Cerner North Atlantic Regional User Group June 12-14 in Springfield, IL.

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News 6/6/17

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MDLive announces that the $5 million class action lawsuit brought against it in April for privacy violations has been voluntarily dropped by the Utah-based plaintiff. The suit contended, among other things, that the telemedicine company captured screenshots of virtual consults without telling patients, and then transmitted them to a third-party IT company tasked with maintaining the MDLive mobile app. “Privacy and patient confidentiality are at the heart of everything we do,” said CEO Scott Decker in response to the news, “and MDLIVE will continue to rigorously review and evolve our technology and processes to safeguard member information and build trust in the telehealth industry. We are thrilled this lawsuit was appropriately dismissed …”


Webinars

June 22 (Thursday) 1:00 ET. “Social Determinants of Health.” Sponsored by Philips Wellcentive. Presenter: David Nash, MD, MBA, dean, Jefferson College of Population Health. One of the nation’s foremost experts on social determinants of health will explain the importance of these factors and how to make the best use of them.

June 29 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “Be the First to See New Data on Why Patients Switch Healthcare Providers.” Sponsored by Solutionreach. As patients pay more for their care and have access to more data about cost and quality, their expectations for healthcare are changing. And as their expectations change, they are more likely to switch providers to get them met. In this free webinar, we’ll look at this new data on why patients switch and what makes them stay. Be one of the first to see the latest data on why patients leave and what you can do about it.

July 11 (Tuesday) 1:00 ET.  “Your Data Migration Questions Answered: Ask the Expert Q&A Panel.” Sponsored by Galen Healthcare Solutions. Presenters: Julia Snapp, manager of professional services, Galen Healthcare Solutions; Tyler Suacci, principal technical consultant, Galen Healthcare Solutions. This webcast will give attendees who are considering or in the process of replacing and/or transitioning EHRs the ability to ask questions of our experts. Our moderators have extensive experience in data migration efforts, having supported over 250+ projects, and migration of 40MM+ patient records and 7K+ providers. They will be available to answer questions surrounding changes in workflows, items to consider when migrating data, knowing what to migrate vs. archive, etc.

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


Announcements and Implementations

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Central Oregon Radiology Associates selects patient intake, billing, and messaging technology from Royal Solutions Group.

Allscripts will add prescription pricing options from GoodRx to its Professional and TouchWorks EHRs.

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Applied Pathways develops a self-triage app that providers and payers can incorporate into their patient portals and other patient engagement tools.

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IPA Scripps Mercy Physician Partners (CA) selects technology and services from Chronic Care Management LLC to support the CCM efforts of its member physicians.

Glenwood Systems will add OptimizeRx’s digital prescription savings software to its EHR.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Aprima announces record growth for the fiscal year, including record revenue, a 97-percent customer retention rate, and the relocation and expansion of its headquarters.

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DaVita launches a new business unit aimed at better coordinating care for chronically ill patients, particularly those suffering from end stage renal disease. DaVita Health Solutions will offer house calls for primary and behavioral healthcare, post-acute care services, around-the-clock support – all while keeping the dialysis center as the medical home.


Telemedicine

Innovista Health Solutions will offer advanced care planning telemedicine services from Iris Plans to its physician practice customers in Texas.

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Primary care company Carbon Health adds Acuant’s data capture and verification capabilities to its app, which offers telemedicine features in a PHR-like platform.


Government and Politics

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CMS agrees to refund Hematology-Oncology Associates of Central New York $250,000 in Medicare reimbursements initially withheld due to a clerical error. An HOACNY staffer accidentally typed the letter “I” instead of the number “1” when submitting annual performance data to CMS, leading to the quarter million-dollar ding. CMS at first refused to correct the mistake, but later recanted after Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D–NY) and Rep. John Katko (R–NY) took the matter straight to CMS Administrator Seema Verma.


Research and Innovation

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A study of 766 outpatient chemotherapy patients finds that those that regularly reported symptoms via a Web-based portal experienced more immediate follow-up care than those that did not, leading to five additional months of survival. A larger, more mobile-friendly clinical trial is ongoing in community practices.


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News 6/5/17

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Recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins publishes its annual Physicians Incentive Review, a comprehensive look at the most requested search assignments and corresponding salary ranges amongst various healthcare facilities, and the underlying industry trends driving such demand. Family medicine and psychiatrists top the list of this year’s most requested assignments, reflecting a nationwide dearth of practitioners in primary and mental health care. Given their rare commodity status, PCPs have seen an upswing in salary, reaching $240,000 so far this year. Placements in solo practice settings have understandably all but dried up (from 22 percent in 2001 to 1 percent in 2017) as burdensome regulatory programs, declining reimbursements, and physician burnout continue to propel MDs into retirement, direct or concierge care, or employment. The report suggests that over 90 percent of physicians looking for new gigs will go the employment route, versus 40 percent in 2001.


Webinars

June 22 (Thursday) 1:00 ET. “Social Determinants of Health.” Sponsored by Philips Wellcentive. Presenter: David Nash, MD, MBA, dean, Jefferson College of Population Health. One of the nation’s foremost experts on social determinants of health will explain the importance of these factors and how to make the best use of them.

June 29 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “Be the First to See New Data on Why Patients Switch Healthcare Providers.” Sponsored by Solutionreach. As patients pay more for their care and have access to more data about cost and quality, their expectations for healthcare are changing. And as their expectations change, they are more likely to switch providers to get them met. In this free webinar, we’ll look at this new data on why patients switch and what makes them stay. Be one of the first to see the latest data on why patients leave and what you can do about it.

July 11 (Tuesday) 1:00 ET.  “Your Data Migration Questions Answered: Ask the Expert Q&A Panel.” Sponsored by Galen Healthcare Solutions. Presenters: Julia Snapp, manager of professional services, Galen Healthcare Solutions; Tyler Suacci, principal technical consultant, Galen Healthcare Solutions. This webcast will give attendees who are considering or in the process of replacing and/or transitioning EHRs the ability to ask questions of our experts. Our moderators have extensive experience in data migration efforts, having supported over 250+ projects, and migration of 40MM+ patient records and 7K+ providers. They will be available to answer questions surrounding changes in workflows, items to consider when migrating data, knowing what to migrate vs. archive, etc.

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


Announcements and Implementations

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Meridian Medical Management adds robotic process automation to its Revenue Acceleration Program to speed up billing processes and eliminate human error.

Georgia Health Connect and Matthews, NC-based Tangible Solutions will work together to help physicians in rural areas of “The Peach State” connect to regional HIEs and adopt health IT, including billing and patient scheduling software.

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Surescripts offers complimentary Web-based access to its CompletEPA electronic prior authorization tool to physicians who have not yet incorporated it into their EHR.


People

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Stratus Video hires Ryan Barry (CareCloud) and Jim Brown (Eliza Corp.) as vice presidents of sales for its Telehealth Division.


Telemedicine

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The Clarke County School District in Athens, GA will install its first telemedicine clinic at a local elementary school in August. Medicaid payer Amerigroup has agreed to donate the necessary equipment, while nearby Athens Regional Medical Center will help to recruit pediatricians. The state of Georgia has several similar clinics in more rural parts of the state where there is a lack of physicians. While Clarke County doesn’t technically fit into that category, many children within the school district are from low-income families who face the same healthcare access issues as their more southern peers.


Government and Politics

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Based on historical Medicare Part B claims data, CMS predicts that nearly 100 percent of eligible clinicians in Advanced APMs with data currently available will achieve Qualifying APM Participant status this performance year.


Research and Innovation

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California-based startup Mindcotine launches a Kickstarter campaign to fund development of a virtual reality app that will help smokers kick the habit. The app offers users guided mediation and calming images before putting them into a simulated smoking experience. The app will also a virtual support group.


Other

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Family physician and incoming AMA President David Barbe, MD outlines several key focus areas of his upcoming tenure, including advocating for more affordable healthcare and the sustainability of Medicaid; combatting opioid abuse via a three-pronged approach that includes physician education, reducing patient stigma, and devoting more money to medication assistance treatment programs; and helping physicians prevent or cope with burnout. He will take the helm from outgoing president Andrew Gurman, MD at the association’s annual meeting next week in Chicago.


Sponsor Updates

  • Inc. Magazine includes Nordic in its list of “Best Workplaces 2017.”
  • Versus Technology will host an open house at its new Bayside Education & Visitor Center June 7 in Traverse City, MI.

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Population Health Management Weekly Wrap Up 6/4/17

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Gary Janko (Pain Solutions Management Group) joins Senscio Systems, developer of the Ibis digital therapeutics tool, as COO.

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I2I Population Health hires Daniel Bullington (DaVita) as CTO.

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The Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences awards $275,000 in grants to 11 pilot projects, many of which aim to look at health beyond the four walls of a doctor’s office. SDOH-related projects include improving food insecurity screenings in a community clinic population, mapping autism and gaps in autism services, and improving school readiness through pediatrics and education.

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Siemens Healthineers finalizes its acquisition of Medicalis, first announced in April. Siemens has added the San Francisco-based company’s clinical decision support, imaging workflow, and referral management technologies into its population health management line.

Anthem Blue Cross announces that its Vivity hospital alliance will implement a homegrown population health management tool to help the seven facilities better coordinate care. The Vivity Provider Care Management Solution includes clinical and claims data aggregation and analytics.

Crain’s looks at the evolving ways in which health systems are incorporating population health management leadership into value-based care transition efforts. Kristene Grayem, the new VP of population health management at Akron Children’s Hospital (OH), is still working to develop her team and define its goals. Cleveland Clinic (OH) isn’t far behind: Chief Clinical Transformation Officer Michael Modic, MD is in the process of developing an office around its population health management efforts, and hopes to have leadership in place within the next several months. “From an organizational perspective,” he explains, “we’ve spent a considerable amount of time developing the rationale and the research necessary to help the organization understand that we need to build out a formal population management business.”


Sponsor Updates

  • EClinicalWorks will exhibit at the California Primary Care Association Region IX Clinical Excellence Conference June 4-6 in Lahaina, HI.
  • Aprima wins Frost & Sullivan’s product leadership award for its RCM platform.

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News 6/1/17

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HealthTap opens its first office in New Zealand to better serve the local Waikato District Health Board and its digital SmartHealth initiative, which launched last year with HealthTap’s virtual care technology to better connect patients with local healthcare providers. The Palo Alto, CA-based company will also use the new location to sell regional employers on its HealthTap Compass product, a virtual consult package that also includes reminders, tips, and health management tools.

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Anita Hogan (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) will head up the Asia-Pacific hub.


Webinars

June 22 (Thursday) 1:00 ET. “Social Determinants of Health.” Sponsored by Philips Wellcentive. Presenter: David Nash, MD, MBA, dean, Jefferson College of Population Health. One of the nation’s foremost experts on social determinants of health will explain the importance of these factors and how to make the best use of them.

June 29 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “Be the First to See New Data on Why Patients Switch Healthcare Providers.” Sponsored by Solutionreach. As patients pay more for their care and have access to more data about cost and quality, their expectations for healthcare are changing. And as their expectations change, they are more likely to switch providers to get them met. In this free webinar, we’ll look at this new data on why patients switch and what makes them stay. Be one of the first to see the latest data on why patients leave and what you can do about it.

July 11 (Tuesday) 1:00 ET.  “Your Data Migration Questions Answered: Ask the Expert Q&A Panel.” Sponsored by Galen Healthcare Solutions. Presenters: Julia Snapp, manager of professional services, Galen Healthcare Solutions; Tyler Suacci, principal technical consultant, Galen Healthcare Solutions. This webcast will give attendees who are considering or in the process of replacing and/or transitioning EHRs the ability to ask questions of our experts. Our moderators have extensive experience in data migration efforts, having supported over 250+ projects, and migration of 40MM+ patient records and 7K+ providers. They will be available to answer questions surrounding changes in workflows, items to consider when migrating data, knowing what to migrate vs. archive, etc.

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


Announcements and Implementations

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Internist Mehnaz Haq, MD (NJ) goes live on MTBC’s cloud-based, voice-enabled TalkSoft EHR. The company brought in Amazing Charts founder Jonathan Bertman, MD in April to lead development and launch of the new technology.

SRS Health adds OBERD’s patient-reported outcomes management capabilities to its data-collection platform.

Presagia Sports will integrate Privit’s physical evaluation and health history registration software with its EHR for athletes, trainers, and sports medicine professionals.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Heal begins offering its app-powered house calls in Washington, DC and parts of Northern Virginia. The company, which got its start in California, has hired Kari Scantlebury, MD (Inova Fairfax Hospital) as its first East Coast medical director.

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Encoda will use an undisclosed amount of funding from Clearwell Group to expand its billing and analytics business. The Tampa, FL-based business plans to grow its sales and marketing team, focus on new product development, and look for acquisition opportunities. Its last purchase was in 2015, when it acquired Carrollton, GA-based Strategic Management Consultants.


Research and Innovation

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I would if I could: A Fitbit study finds that seven-plus hours of sleep each night is best for health; fewer hours result in negative impacts to short-term memory, cell regeneration, and mood stability. The wearables company analyzed millions of hours of sleep data from several of its devices to determine that magic number. Results of the study are comparable to those achieved in a sleep clinic, leading head researcher Conor Heneghan to boldly pound the first nail into the sleep clinic coffin: “Fitbit has transformed what people can learn about their sleep habits by taking the ability to track sleep stages out of a lab and putting it on the wrist.”


Telemedicine

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Mesa, AZ-based EVisit raises $2 million in a funding round led by Traeger Grills CEO Jeremy Andrus and venture capital firms Kickstart Seed Fund and Arizona Founders Fund. The company has raised $3 million since opening for business in 2013. It will use the financing to accelerate support, sales, and marketing efforts – a timely move given that the press section of its website hasn’t been updated since January 2016.

In other HealthTap news, the company takes advantage of the recent passage of telemedicine-friendly legislation to launch its subscription service in Texas.

Occupational health provider US HealthWorks selects American Well to power its new USHW CareConnectNOW telemedicine service for employers.


Other

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A plastic surgeon’s office in Beverly Hills tries to pick up the pieces after a disgruntled ex-employee stole patient files, financial data, and photos of celebrity patients while in surgery, many of which she then shared via social media. Originally hired as a translator and driver for Zain Kadri, MD the former staffer convinced physicians and patients to let her sit in on surgeries, during which she surreptitiously took photos and videos. She is also thought to have been behind a break-in several weeks ago that saw all of the practice’s digital files stolen.


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