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The National Governors Association selects Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania to participate in its Rural Health Learning Collaborative. The program will help states identify and implement solutions that will improve healthcare access for their communities, which typically suffer from physician shortages, and high rates of uninsured and aging patients.


Webinars

April 26 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “SSM Integrated Health Technologies Clinical Data Migration: Functional and Technical Considerations.” Sponsored by Galen Healthcare Solutions. Presenters: Sandy Winklemann, MHA, RHIA, project manager, SSM Integration Health Technologies; Tyler Mawyer, MHA, managing consultant, Galen Healthcare Solutions; Kavon Kaboli, MPH, senior consultant, Galen Healthcare Solutions. GE Centricity and Meditech to Epic EHR transition. Join us for a complimentary webinar as present the decisions that are important to consider when performing a clinical data migration from the point of view of  the healthcare organization program manager, the clinical analyst, and the technical implementation team. Our expert panel will survey data migration considerations, best practices, and lessons learned. The webinar will present a unique client perspective, offering insight into considerations surrounding staffing, clinical mapping, legacy application support, and validation and testing.

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


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WEDI elects Laurie Darst (Mayo Clinic) chair and Jay Eisenstock (Aetna) chair-elect of its Board of Directors.

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The Society of Behavioral Medicine appoints Gary Bennett, Jr (Duke University) president and Sherry Pagoto (University of Massachusetts) president-elect.


Announcements and Implementations

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MTBC adds analytics for ACOs and medium to large group practices to its line of business intelligence tools.

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Healthcare Administrative Partners offers MIPS measure assurance services to its specialty practice clients. Services include analytics, Provider Quality Report Card, qualified registry set up, and practice profile and evaluation.

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Midtown Outpatient Surgery Center (FL) implements the ASC Cloud EHR from SurgicalNotes.

Daw Systems adds electronic prior authorization capabilities from CoverMyMeds to its cloud-based ScriptSure e-prescribing technology.

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Desert Radiology (NV) extends its agreement with Zotec Partners for RCM services covering its seven outpatient facilities in Las Vegas.


Telemedicine

Maryland legislators consider a bill that would expand telemedicine coverage to include counseling for addiction treatment. If passed, the bill, could help ameliorate the state’s shortage of mental health professionals and curb its growing addiction problem: Opioid-related deaths have doubled from 529 in 2011 to 1,089 in 2015.


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It’s never too late for funny: Amazon introduces Petlexa , enabling our four-legged friends to communicate their orders via squeak, bark, or meow.


Sponsor Updates

  • Intelligent Medical Objects will exhibit at AORN International Surgical Conference & Expo April 1-5 in Boston.

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Population Health Management Weekly Wrap Up 4/2/17

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Christopher Stanley, MD (Catholic Health Initiatives) joins Navigant as Healthcare practice director.

Reuters reports that Advisory Board Company and Evolent Health are considering a merger of some or all of their businesses but ABCO has other bidders, among them Press Ganey. Advisory Board and UPMC created Evolent in 2011 and it went public in 2015, with Advisory Board owning 13.7 percent of the shares.

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Nan Hayworth, MD – the only female physician ever elected to Congress – joins HealthEC’s Board of Directors.

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The AAFP creates the Center for Diversity and Health Equity, an initiative still in its infancy that will focus on understanding and addressing the role social determinants of health play in overall population health management initiatives. Planned activities include research on current social determinants, a concerted effort in partnership with other medical organizations to recruit students from underrepresented minority groups into family medicine, and the development of tools and resources to help family physicians address SDOH with their patients.

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Cerner and Nevada, MO launch a county-wide prescription drug monitoring program as part of their Healthy Nevada program. The regional PDMP is a step in the right direction, covering 40 percent of the state’s population via participating counties. Missouri is the only state without a statewide PDMP. Its legislators have two potential bills in the work – one that would focus on monitoring the prescription records of physicians and another that would look at the prescription histories of patients.

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Thomas Jefferson University’s Jefferson College of Population Health and Hearst Health award Intermountain Healthcare (UT) the $100,000 Hearst Health Prize for its Mental Health Integration program. The program, which integrates mental health screening and treatment within primary care and certain specialty practices, has tracked 100,000 patients over a 10-year period and found:

  • Higher rates of active depression screening when compared with traditional practice models
  • Lower rates of utilization
  • Significant reductions in payment to the health system.

Charlotte County Public Schools in Florida selects Marathon Health to take over management of its onsite wellness center for employees scheduled to open May 17. Marathon Health embedded point-of-care clinical decision support tech from Medicomp Systems within its Healthcare Engagement System platform late last year.

The Garage releases the latest version of its Bridge population health management technology.


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News 3/30/17

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Just in time for National Doctor’s Day: An AMA survey of 1,200 physicians finds that 90 percent are satisfied with their career choice – a surprising statistic given the enormous regulatory, reimbursement, and technology challenges they have faced over the last several years. (Respondents cite administrative burdens, stress, and lack of time as their top three challenges.) Thankfully, 75 percent report that helping people is a top career motivator. I’m also heartened to learn that 73 percent of today’s MDs knew before they had reached the age of 20 that they wanted to enter the field of healthcare – 33 percent even knew it before their teenage years. As a patient, it’s comforting to think that (hopefully) my provider is devoted to healing his patients no matter how high the odds are stacked against him.


Webinars

April 26 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “SSM Integrated Health Technologies Clinical Data Migration: Functional and Technical Considerations.” Sponsored by Galen Healthcare Solutions. Presenters: Sandy Winklemann, MHA, RHIA, project manager, SSM Integration Health Technologies; Tyler Mawyer, MHA, managing consultant, Galen Healthcare Solutions; Kavon Kaboli, MPH, senior consultant, Galen Healthcare Solutions. GE Centricity and Meditech to Epic EHR transition. Join us for a complimentary webinar as present the decisions that are important to consider when performing a clinical data migration from the point of view of  the healthcare organization program manager, the clinical analyst, and the technical implementation team. Our expert panel will survey data migration considerations, best practices, and lessons learned. The webinar will present a unique client perspective, offering insight into considerations surrounding staffing, clinical mapping, legacy application support, and validation and testing.

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


Announcements and Implementations

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Qualifacts Systems develops a mobile version of its behavioral health EHR for care teams working in the field. In addition to EHR capabilities, CareLogic Mobile features GPS location services that track when providers arrive and depart from a patient’s home.

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Health information exchange company Hemcare Health Services launches RecordsBank.org, a fee-based medical records retrieval, exchange, and storage service for patients, providers, payers, and lawyers.

Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Co. subsidiary KaMMCO Health Solutions and the Connecticut State Medical Society will partner to develop and launch a statewide HIE in late summer. CSMS no doubt looked to work with KaMMCO based on its relationship with the Kansas Health Information Network; KaMMCO SVP Laura McCrary also serves as KHIN’s executive director.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Carbon Health raises $6.5 million in a seed funding round led by BuildersVC, which also invested in co-founder Eren Bali’s previous online marketplace for education. The startup, which has a brick-and-mortar clinic in San Francisco, has developed technology aimed at helping independent physicians leverage virtual services and mobile capabilities like telemedicine, prescription refills, and appointment scheduling.


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Pam Matthews, RN (Pam Matthews & Associates) joins the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative, an HIE trade association based in Grand Junction, CO, as interim executive director.

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Solutionreach promotes Justin Everette to VP, marketing; Paul Kocherhans to SVP, sales; and Lance Rodela to VP, product management.


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Today marks the 84th anniversary of National Doctor’s Day. The commemorative event was the brainchild of Eudora Almond, a physician’s wife who presumably wanted to recognize local physicians in her community for their devotion to patients. Rumor (Wikipedia, actually) has it that she chose March 30th because it is the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery. President Bush officially recognized the day as a national holiday in 1990.


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News 3/29/17

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RCM consulting and software services firm IHealth Innovations acquires medical billing and collections company AllDocuments for an undisclosed sum. The deal brings with it offices in San Mateo, CA and Pittsburgh. IHealth, which seems to have come out of stealth mode early last year, already has offices in Kentucky, Georgia, and Virginia. Its New Jersey office came via the acquisition of DNA Healthcare last May.


Webinars

April 26 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “SSM Integrated Health Technologies Clinical Data Migration: Functional and Technical Considerations.” Sponsored by Galen Healthcare Solutions. Presenters: Sandy Winklemann, MHA, RHIA, project manager, SSM Integration Health Technologies; Tyler Mawyer, MHA, managing consultant, Galen Healthcare Solutions; Kavon Kaboli, MPH, senior consultant, Galen Healthcare Solutions. GE Centricity and Meditech to Epic EHR transition. Join us for a complimentary webinar as present the decisions that are important to consider when performing a clinical data migration from the point of view of  the healthcare organization program manager, the clinical analyst, and the technical implementation team. Our expert panel will survey data migration considerations, best practices, and lessons learned. The webinar will present a unique client perspective, offering insight into considerations surrounding staffing, clinical mapping, legacy application support, and validation and testing.

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


Announcements and Implementations

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CareCloud offers a MIPS Success Guarantee to ensure that its EHR users do not receive MIPS-related penalties from CMS. As part of the guarantee, the company will provide performance coaching and service throughout the 2017 MIPS performance year to increase chances of bonuses in 2019.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Health screening kiosk company Higi acquires payer-focused consumer health engagement vendor EveryMove, and raises an undisclosed amount of funding in a Series B round led by BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners. Founded in 2012, Higi’s last funding round (in January 2016) brought in $40 million. For contrast, competitor Pursuant Health has raised a total of $41.5 million since launching as Solo Health in 2007.

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Say it ain’t so: Amazon will begin collecting sales tax from every applicable state starting April 1. Shoppers in Hawaii, Idaho, Maine and New Mexico – the last remaining holdouts – may want to make their big purchases sooner rather than later.


People

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Reed Ferber (Running Injury Clinic at the University of Calgary) joins Biotricity’s Board of Advisors.

Tom Ziesmann (Optum) joins Healthcare Associates of Texas as CEO.


Government and Politics

The State of Michigan will make the reporting of maternal deaths mandatory beginning April 6 via the Michigan Maternal Mortality Surveillance project, which has previously enabled reporting on a voluntary basis. The state’s health department reports that nearly 100 women die annually during pregnancy or within a year of pregnancy – a statistic that unfortunately correlates with a nationwide rise in maternal deaths over the last 20 years.

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Let’s cut to the chase: Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) introduces the Obamacare Repeal Act, a one-sentence bill that he believes will separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to showing “American voters who really wants to repeal Obamacare and who merely acts that way during election time.”


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A US District Judge sentences Anthony Harris to six years in federal prison for his part in stealing the PHI of 13,000 Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology & Nutrition of Florida patients. Harris, an administrative employee, and two accomplices accessed the practice’s EHR in hopes of using that PHI to apply for credit cards and file fraudulent tax returns using the stolen patient identities.

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Mecklenberg County (NC) officials accidentally release the HIPAA-protected medical information of 1,200 people to the local media while attempting to fulfill an open records request related to the health department’s failure to notify women of abnormal Pap smear results. County officials will have to report the incident to HHS within 60 days, and are already anticipating fines of up to $5 million. This incident is the second time this year the county has released inappropriate information to the media.


Sponsor Updates

  • Aprima and Healthwise will exhibit at the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting March 30-April 1 in San Diego.
  • CompuGroup Medical will exhibit at the COLA Annual Symposium April 5-8 in Las Vegas.
  • EClinicalWorks will exhibit at the Pediatric Urgent Care Conference March 30-31 in New Orleans.

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News 3/28/17

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Physicians in Wisconsin will join their peers in 30 other states April 1 when legislation kicks in requiring them to check the state’s PDMP database before issuing prescriptions for controlled substances. Pharmacies and other dispensaries have reported such prescriptions since the program launched in 2013. A special effort is being made to educate PCPs on the appropriate use of opioids and alternative medications. UW Health Pain Management Clinic Director Alaa Abd-Elsayed, MD will use a CDC grant to launch the awareness initiative.


Webinars

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March 29 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “Improving patient outcomes with smartphones: UW Medicine Valley Medical Center’s story.” Sponsored by Voalte. Presenters: James Jones, MBA, MSN, VP of patient care services and nursing operations, UW Medicine Valley Medical Center; Wayne Manuel, MBA, SVP of strategic services, UW Medicine Valley Medical Center. UW Medicine Valley Medical Center dramatically improved patient outcomes after moving to a smartphone-based platform for clinical communication and alarm and alert notification. Before-and-after analysis shows a reduction in hospital-acquired pressure ulcers and skin integrity events, fall and slip events, and medication errors. By limiting overhead paging, the medical center also created a calmer, quieter environment and improved engagement among nursing and hospitalists. Hospital executives will describe their experience and vision for the future in addressing quality, cost, and the patient-caregiver experience.

April 26 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “SSM Integrated Health Technologies Clinical Data Migration: Functional and Technical Considerations.” Sponsored by Galen Healthcare Solutions. Presenters: Sandy Winklemann, MHA, RHIA, project manager, SSM Integration Health Technologies; Tyler Mawyer, MHA, managing consultant, Galen Healthcare Solutions; Kavon Kaboli, MPH, senior consultant, Galen Healthcare Solutions. GE Centricity and Meditech to Epic EHR transition. Join us for a complimentary webinar as present the decisions that are important to consider when performing a clinical data migration from the point of view of  the healthcare organization program manager, the clinical analyst, and the technical implementation team. Our expert panel will survey data migration considerations, best practices, and lessons learned. The webinar will present a unique client perspective, offering insight into considerations surrounding staffing, clinical mapping, legacy application support, and validation and testing.

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


Announcements and Implementations

Eastern Shore Psychological Services rolls out AlphaFlex EHR software from MediWare Information Systems at its four facilities in Maryland.


People

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Former practice manager Robert Still (County of Lancaster) takes on the role of executive director for the Radiology Business Management Association.

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InnovaTel Telepsychiatry appoints Charles Gordon, MD (Texas Spine and Joint Hospital) chairman and former US Representative Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) vice chairman of its new advisory board.


Telemedicine

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The local news covers the growing user base of DocMJ.com, a virtual practice geared towards Florida-based patients seeking medical marijuana prescriptions. Launched in 2016, it has has so far helped 1,000 patients sign up for the state’s Compassionate Use Registry – a database of qualified patients and ordering physicians. Florida seems to be getting its medical marijuana ducks in a row: Lawmakers approved an amendment last fall allowing physicians to prescribe medical marijuana for a range of conditions, and are preparing to consider legislation that would shorten the time between consultations from 90 to 45 days.

A Sermo survey of 1,651 members reveals that 41 percent believe the country is doing a “fair” job of adopting telemedicine, though 44 percent feel their states are doing a poor job with such programs. Responding physicians believe Ohio has implemented telemedicine the most effectively, followed by California. New Jersey and New York were found to be the most lacking in telemedicine friendliness.


Government and Politics

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While I’ve never played Dungeons & Dragons, I do find this summary of the #GOPDnD hashtag quite humorous.


Research and Innovation

A survey of 200 Millennial physicians reveals that 34 percent have found the reality of practicing medicine to be worse than they expected, though that hasn’t hampered their commitment to the career. Just over 80 percent report they are committed – even optimistic – about their role in changing the way healthcare is delivered. Many are already exploring the option of taking on the additional roles of entrepreneur, consultant, health system executive, and academic researcher. When it comes to health IT, they believe they’re more data-driven than their older colleagues. Sixty-two percent believe EHRs are an important part of their ability to care for patients.

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Coming to a reality near you: Tesla founder Elon Musk teases followers about the formal launch of Neuralink, an AI business that will develop brain implants to help humans merge their thoughts with software. Such technology could be used to treat brain disorders like depression and epilepsy, though Musk seems to think it will ultimately be effective in helping humans function in a world increasingly dominated by robots.


Other

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Better late than never, I suppose: “Brand experience” agency Cramer releases its review of HIMSS17 booths, highlighting the rise of the “living” booth designed to give attendees all the comforts of home. Salesforce and Athenahealth earned accolades for seating, creative use of height and/or second-story space, and outdoor themes. (Several booth reviews point to unnamed HIStalk sponsors.) I seem to remember the folks at Dodge Communications publishing a similar type of wrap up several years ago. I’d love to see them pick that back up for major industry tradeshows.

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Rumor has it Johnny Depp will star in King of the Jungle as “computer virus magnate-turned-accused murdered John McAfee.” The movie will depict a magazine writer’s visit to McAfee’s residence in Belize – a trip “filled with paranoia, machine guns, sex, and murder.” McAfee, who had multiple run ins with local authorities, was in fact wanted for questioning related to the 2012 murder of a local who had complained about McAfee’s tendency to shoot guns and exhibit “roguish behavior.”


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