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NCQA develops an Oncology Medical Home Recognition program using its patient-centered medical home model as a springboard. The new program will assess an oncology practice’s quality improvement, evidence-based pathways, and care coordination, among other metrics.

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Regarding timing of the new program, NCQA President Margaret O’Kane says the organization has been working on its development to demonstrate “support for patients in all aspects of care — from treatment and managing symptoms to ancillary services, and even financial counseling— as these are keys to providing the best, comprehensive care possible.” When it comes to aligning with quality payment programs and the continued move to value-based care, she adds that, “Earning recognition directly increases clinicians’ payments through MIPS. Practices that earn NCQA Recognition receive automatic full credit in the MIPS Improvement Activities category. And because NCQA programs help a practice improve quality and reduce healthcare costs, they also set practices up to do well in other MIPS categories.”


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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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EHR hosting and IT services company ITelagen relocates to a new headquarters in Sarasota, FL. The company hopes to lure its employees in Charlotte, NC, and Jersey City, NJ, to the new office with incentives and perks that include onsite daycare, a gym and game room, and café.


People

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Tom Fuelling (Laurel & Wolf) joins SnapMD’s corporate advisory board.

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Jim Lachner (HCA) joins Culbert Healthcare Solutions as regional executive – advisory services.

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Patient ID verification company MedicFP gives Chairman Ruben Jose King-Shaw, Jr the additional title of CEO. Interim CEO Wendell Elms becomes EVP of business development.


Announcements and Implementations

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Spry Health develops a wearable for chronically ill patients that monitors vital signs and delivers analytics and proactive insights to their caregivers. The Silicon Valley-based startup, which launched in 2013 out of Stanford’s StartX accelerator, plans to formally launch the device early next year.

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Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates implements Epic at its 19 offices in North and South Carolina.

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EWellness Healthcare offers patients preparing for hip, knee, or back surgery an eight week-long series of solo or virtually-assisted digital physical therapy sessions at PrehabPT.com.

Vincari adds mobile image capture to its documentation app for physicians.


Government and Politics

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ONC Director Steve Posnack previews the upcoming Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge, which will incentivize teams to develop consistently patient identity and data matching solutions with $75,000 in prize money.


Other

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Healthcare isn’t the only industry keeping the fax machine alive: Resistbot launched several weeks ago with a tool that lets users turn their texts into messages faxed to their elected officials. The company has thus far sent 800,000 pages to Capitol Hill. Over 150,000 of those were related to repeal and replace legislation.

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Attention public bathroom connoisseurs: The nonprofit Bryant Park Corp. spends $280,000 to update public bathrooms in New York City’s Bryant Park. Inspired by field trips to the Waldorf Astoria and other luxury hotels, the revamped restrooms feature attendants, fresh flowers, imported tile, classical music, artwork, and the latest in energy-saving toilets and sinks. The facilities were, of course, introduced via a toilet-paper cutting.


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News 5/1/17

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Metamorphosis hurts: Athenahealth shares fall 20 percent in trading late last week following its report of Q1 results. Mr. H provides a recap of the investor call here.


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Announcements and Implementations

RamSoft adds patient payment estimation and authorization capabilities from Availity to its RIS/PACS and Tele Plus technologies for radiology practices.

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Compulink Business Systems develops an all-in-one EHR, PM, and RCM solution for multispecialty ambulatory surgery centers.


People

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John Brooks III (Joslin Diabetes Center) joins Saturn Care as a business advisor.

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The Radiology Business Management Association elects Thomas Dickerson president and Christie James (Massachusetts General Physicians Organization) president-elect.

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Nordic promotes Vivek Swaminathan to president of its managed services division; Katherine Sager to EVP of consulting services; and Matt Schaefer to EVP of strategic services.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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If, like me, wading through quarterly earnings reports and investor call transcripts leaves you barely able to tell EPS from EHR, try Quartz’s emoji guide to quarterly earnings. I would LOVE to see something similar written up about health IT vendors.


Telemedicine

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In an interview with the local paper, MDLive CEO Scott Decker predicts the company’s telepsychiatry services will eventually be as big as its offerings around urgent care for minor ailments. “It’s about 10 percent of our business now,” he adds. “I think its market is tremendously untapped. It could be as big as our core business over time, and it probably fits our model even better than a basic physician office visit. A virtual visit can take away the stigma that has been associated with behavior health issues.” Dekker also promised that dermatology services would launch sometime this summer.

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Athene Telehealth officially opens for business in New Jersey. Founded by CEO Freida Srisuk in 2016, the company offers its services primarily to long-term care and rehab facilities.


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I’ve been remiss in sharing Vince and Elise’s annual series on the state of the HIS physician practice market. You can find their market overview here, and their top 10 vendor review here

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Chicago-based health IT incubator Matter partners with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis philanthropy Three Lakes Partners to launch the $1 million IPF Catalyst Challenge. The contest aims to highlight new, high-tech oxygen therapy solutions, and management apps and tools for IPF patients and their caregivers.


Sponsor Updates

  • GE Healthcare partners with Partnerships for Affordable Health Access and Longevity to address the healthcare needs of underserved communities in India.

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News 4/27/17

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DocuTap acquires online scheduling startup Clockwise.MD for an undisclosed sum. It is the first acquisition for the Sioux Falls, SD-based vendor of EHR and PM technologies for urgent care clinics. Acquired by private equity firm Warburg Pincus last year, DocuTap has raised over $28 million since opening for business in founder and CEO Eric McDonald’s basement in 2000. The company will take on Clockwise.MD’s 30 employees and Atlanta-based HQ. Clockwise.MD co-founder Mike Burke, who will join DocuTap’s executive team says that the combined teams will “keep working on the patient experience with specific expertise in wait time transparency, and we’ll continue to do it in urgent care and beyond.”


Webinars

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April 28 (Friday) 1:00 ET. “3 Secrets to Leadership Success for Women in Health IT.” Sponsored by HIStalk. Presenters: Nancy Ham, CEO, WebPT; Liz Johnson, MS, FAAN, FCHIME, FHIMSS, CHCIO, RN-BC CIO, Acute Care Hospitals & Applied Clinical Informatics – Tenet Healthcare. Join long-time C-level executives Liz Johnson and Nancy Ham as they share insights from nearly three decades of navigating successful healthcare careers, share strategies for empowering colleagues to pursue leadership opportunities, and discuss building diverse executive teams. This webinar is geared toward female managers and leaders in healthcare IT seeking to further develop their professional careers. It’s also intended for colleagues, executives, and HR personnel who are looking to employ supportive techniques that ensure diversity in the workplace.

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


Announcements and Implementations

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CareSet Labs releases an open data set under the slightly tongue-in-cheek PaPR acronym that highlights the different ways (e-prescribing, fax, paper) prescribers send prescriptions to pharmacies. Culled from Medicare Part D data, the CareSet data breaks down trends by individual prescriber.

Eye Care Leaders plans to add DrFirst’s medication management and e-prescribing software to its EHR for ophthalmologists this summer.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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University Radiology (NJ) decides to invest in OpenDoctor, a company that specializes in white-label appointment scheduling and communications software. University Radiology has used OpenDoctor’s technology at its 20 locations for the last several years.


People

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Sally Szumlas, RN (Family Health Network) joins the American Osteopathic Association as COO.


Government and Politics

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AAFP sends CMS an 11-page list of suggestions for simplifying MACRA. It wastes no time in highlighting its disdain for MIPS, which it cites as “an overbuilt system … unlikely to be successful in identifying high-value clinicians.” The association wants CMS to do away with documentation guidelines for evaluation and management codes for PCPs in the MIPS and AAPM pathways, and get ride of the “complicated and entirely uncalled for MIPS APM category.” It also lobbies for moving away from health IT utilization measures for Advancing Care Information.

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The CDC launches the $100,000 Healthy Behavior Data Challenge to gain insight into how data sources and collection from wearables, apps, and social media can be used to inform public health research and programs related to nutrition, exercise, sedentary behaviors, and/or sleep. Up to three teams with the most promising concepts will be invited to test their ideas for public health surveillance. The first round of submissions is due August 4.


Research and Innovation

AHRQ awards Indiana University researchers nearly $300,000 to develop software that will enable patients with chronic heart failure to access and act upon data from their implantable cardiac devices and other self-report information. The Power to the Patient technology will then serve up reports and recommendations via patient portal or smart watch.


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Health Datapalooza gets into swing in Washington, DC. Several HHS leaders have already or are scheduled to make appearances. Secretary Tom Price, MD didn’t pull any IT punches in his opening remarks this morning, referring to health IT as a burden “on physicians and all healthcare providers. The promise of big data and health IT is so great, absolutely remarkable. But we must not, cannot continue to get this wrong with the sense that sometimes comes out of this town, and that is a one-size-fits-all, inflexible system for our nation’s physicians and patients simply will not work.”


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News 4/26/17

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Rumor has it CMS will notify eligible providers of their MIPS participation status next month – information that CMS had originally intended to deliver last December. MGMA put pressure on CMS Administrator Seema Verma to issue the notices last month, emphasizing that the transition to MIPS “is a challenge involving upgrades to electronic health record software, reengineering clinical workflows to meet data capture and reporting requirements, contracting with data registries, and training clinical and administrative staff. Without basic information about eligibility, physicians and medical groups are significantly disadvantaged from positioning themselves for success in the program.”


Webinars

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April 28 (Friday) 1:00 ET. “3 Secrets to Leadership Success for Women in Health IT.” Sponsored by HIStalk. Presenters: Nancy Ham, CEO, WebPT; Liz Johnson, MS, FAAN, FCHIME, FHIMSS, CHCIO, RN-BC CIO, Acute Care Hospitals & Applied Clinical Informatics – Tenet Healthcare. Join long-time C-level executives Liz Johnson and Nancy Ham as they share insights from nearly three decades of navigating successful healthcare careers, share strategies for empowering colleagues to pursue leadership opportunities, and discuss building diverse executive teams. This webinar is geared toward female managers and leaders in healthcare IT seeking to further develop their professional careers. It’s also intended for colleagues, executives, and HR personnel who are looking to employ supportive techniques that ensure diversity in the workplace.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

Heads up sales reps: Microsoft will soon add LinkedIn data to its Dynamics 365 sales software. New features will include the ability to use a sales rep’s email, calendar, and LinkedIn connections to gauge a prospect’s interest, and ways to save an at-risk deal using co-worker connections. Microsoft acquired LinkedIn in a $26 billion deal last year, and is no doubt hoping to give Salesforce a run for its money when it unveils the new features this summer.


People

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David Harvey (Health Healthcare) joins Formativ Health as CTO.

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Culbert Healthcare Solutions hires Joel Szymanski (Nuance Healthcare) as senior sales executive.


Announcements and Implementations

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SimonMed Imaging signs on with Zotec Partners for RCM and PM services at its 75 locations in Arizona.

MedData develops a mobile version of its patient payment and engagement app.

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Oncology Consultants (TX) selects patient relationship management software from Navigating Cancer. The 10-location practice will add Navigating Cancer’s population health capabilities once it comes out of development later this year.

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Urgent care and occupational medicine provider Concentra adds PM capabilities from Allscripts to its use of the company’s TouchWorks EHR and FollowMyHealth patient portal.


Government and Politics

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President Trump nominates biopharmaceutical company executive Brett Giroir to HHS assistant secretary. If confirmed the Baylor College of Medicine adjunct professor would have the power to appoint a new Surgeon General; additional responsibilities would include oversight of a dozen public health offices, 11 advisory committees, and development of policy recommendations.


Telemedicine

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BumblebeeMD debuts a healthcare savings plan that offers members unlimited virtual consults from a variety of telemedicine companies, as well as medical bill advocacy and negotiation services. Individuals pay $170 a year, while families pay $200.


Research and Innovation

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Consumers turn to more consumer-friendly sites like WebMD and Google reviews over niche sites like ZocDoc when looking for a physician, according to a survey of 500 consumers. Top selection criteria also includes affordability, being in-network, and convenience. Fifty-three percent of patients seem to want secure messaging more than their physicians, who, at 34 percent, feel that it is a distraction from patient care. That stat seems counterintuitive to me. Wouldn’t care triaged via a text or portal message free up physicians to spend more time with patients who might need more in-person attention?


Other

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ChicagoInno profiles Triggr Health, a fledgling company that has developed an app that uses patterns derived from phone usage – sleep history, call logs, texting history, etc. – to predict when a person will likely relapse back into substance abuse. The company claims it can predict a relapse three days before it happens with 92-percent accuracy. When such a likelihood is established, the app will proactively reach out with actionable messages of support. The company has raised $4.2 million since launching in 2014.


Sponsor Updates

  • EClinicalWorks will exhibit at the CAMGMA 2017 Annual Conference April 27-29 in San Diego.
  • Healthwise will exhibit at ZeOmega’s client conference May 2-4 in Plano, TX.
  • Intelligent Medical Objects will exhibit during the HIMSS UK eHealth Week May 3-4 in London.

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News 4/25/17

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Zoom Health – the insurance arm of Portland, OR-based ZoomCare – decides to close up shop after state insurance regulators deem it financially unstable. ZoomCare clinics, which have made news over the last several years for their unwillingness to accept Medicare and Medicaid patients, remain unaffected. Zoom Health is the third payer in the state to exit the market since the ACA became law in 2010.


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.

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April 28 (Friday) 1:00 ET. “3 Secrets to Leadership Success for Women in Health IT.” Sponsored by HIStalk. Presenters: Nancy Ham, CEO, WebPT; Liz Johnson, MS, FAAN, FCHIME, FHIMSS, CHCIO, RN-BC CIO, Acute Care Hospitals & Applied Clinical Informatics – Tenet Healthcare. Join long-time C-level executives Liz Johnson and Nancy Ham as they share insights from nearly three decades of navigating successful healthcare careers, share strategies for empowering colleagues to pursue leadership opportunities, and discuss building diverse executive teams. This webinar is geared toward female managers and leaders in healthcare IT seeking to further develop their professional careers. It’s also intended for colleagues, executives, and HR personnel who are looking to employ supportive techniques that ensure diversity in the workplace.

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


Announcements and Implementations

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Medsphere Systems adds a scheduling tool to its ChartLogic EHR for physician practices and OpenVista EHR for hospitals.

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Allscripts announces that its EChart Courier service has helped physician practices digitally exchange 10 million medical records with payers since becoming part of the company’s EHR in 2015..

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Nonprofit Cumberland County CommuniCare (NC) implements Mediware’s AlphaFlex EHR to better enable its behavioral health services.

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Square Care, a physician-owned IPA and management company based in Long Island, NY, rolls out Athenahealth technologies at its 20 locations.

EHR vendor ISalus Healthcare will offer RCM services from AXO HMS.


Telemedicine

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The American Telemedicine Association’s annual conference concludes in Orlando. Looking through the tweet stream, I’m surprised no one brought up MDLive’s class-action lawsuit related to patient privacy. As a former MDLive user, I’m wondering if I’ll get paperwork in the mail alerting me to the legal wranglings.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Philadelphia-based HealthVerity raises $10 million in a Series B round led by Flare Capital Partners and Greycroft Partners. The company will likely use the funds to further develop its new Web-based Marketplace, which aggregates de-identified health data for research and marketing purposes.


Government and Politics

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The problem with paper: The Center for Children’s Digestive Health (GA) pays HHS a $31,000 HIPAA fine, incurred after it sent PHI to document storage company FileFax without first requiring the company sign a business associate agreement. The matter came to light while OCR was investigating FileFax’s failure to properly dispose of unwanted documents (think unlocked dumpsters instead of shredders).


Research and Innovation

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A PwC report on consumer receptivity to AI finds that the majority of its 2,500 survey takers believe it will benefit mankind in a number of ways – though they scale back their enthusiasm for healthcare-related advances. Just 22 percent of respondents – the lowest percentage across 10 categories – believe AI will replace physicians in the next five years. Other findings include:

  • Over 40 percent feel AI will expand access to medical services for low-income patients
  • Fifty seven-percent would share data to further medical breakthroughs. (Sixty-two percent would so to help relieve local traffic.)
  • Seventy-seven percent, however, prefer an in-person doctor’s visit to a robotic smart kit-assisted assessment performed at home.

Other

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Independent physicians in Vermont band together to form a state chapter of the national Association of Independent Doctors. Over the past year and a half the state has seen 20 independent MDs leave Vermont, sell their practices to a health system, or opt for hospital or community health center employment. A chapter spokesperson believes the new chapter will help connect Vermont’s independent physicians “with the independent doctors across the country who are dealing with the same sorts of issues, and it really helps us get our message out more nationally about the value of independent practices.” Vermont will become the AID’s fifth chapter.


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