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EHR-related medical malpractice claims continue to rise, according to the latest analysis from The Doctors Company. The malpractice insurer’s study of 66 such claims between July 2014 and December 2016 found that end-user factors like copying and pasting notes were found in 58 percent of the claims, while system factors such as those above were found in 50 percent. Drug or clinical decision support alert failure seems to be the only type of system factor that has decreased over the last 10 years. The silver lining for physicians is that fewer EHR-related claims were filed pertaining to practices and ambulatory surgery centers.


Webinars

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

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October 24 (Tuesday) 1:00 ET. “Improve Care and Save Clinician Time by Streamlining Specialty Drug Prescribing.” Sponsored by: ZappRx. Presenter: Jeremy Feldman, MD, director, pulmonary hypertension and advanced lung disease program and medical director of research, Arizona Pulmonary Specialists. Clinicians spend an average of 20 minutes to prescribe a single specialty drug and untold extra hours each month completing prior authorization (PA) paperwork to get patients the medications they need. This webinar will describe how Arizona Pulmonary Specialists automated the inefficient specialty drug ordering process to improve patient care while saving its clinicians time.

October 25 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “Delivering the Healthcare Pricing Transparency that Consumers are Demanding.” Sponsored by: Health Catalyst. Presenter: Gene Thompson, director, Health City Cayman Islands. Health systems are unlike every other major consumer category in not providing upfront pricing information. Learn how one health system has developed predictable, transparent bundled pricing for most major specialties. Attendees will gain insight into the importance of their quality measures and their use of actual daily procedure costing rather than allocated costs. They will also learn about the strategic risk of other market participants competing with single bundled pricing. The organization’s director will expand how its years-long process is enabling healthcare delivery reform.

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

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

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


Announcements and Implementations

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CKM Healthcare adds a hand hygiene app to its line of infection prevention and control software. Part of its new IPaC Cloud platform, the app gives providers the ability to track and manage protocols for staff, and act on real-time feedback and analytics. 

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AMA launches the Integrated Health Model Initiative in an effort to help healthcare stakeholders develop a common data model they can use to organize and share information, address interoperability challenges, and eventually develop new patient care models. Initial efforts will focus on diabetes prevention, hypertension management, asthma status and patient goals, and defining wellness.

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PatientPop incorporates Google Posts into its practice marketing software, giving physicians the ability to share custom content – including appointment booking capabilities – in Google search results and maps.

CVS Health will add population health and analytics tools from Epic in an effort to work with physicians, payers, and patients on improving medication adherence. CVS, which already uses Epic in its MinuteClinics and Specialty care management programs, will leverage the new technology to offer real-time electronic prior authorization, prescription savings, and pharmacist access to care plans.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Charlotte, NC-based Eye Care Leaders purchases eye care-focused healthcare technology company IMedicWare for an undisclosed amount. IMedicWare founder and CEO Arun Kapur will head up ECL’s line of EHR, PM, and software for ophthalmic and optometric practices and ambulatory surgery centers.

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MTBC secures a $5 million line of credit from Silicon Valley Bank. The Somerset, NJ-based company, fresh off the nearly nationwide rollout of its new TalkEHR, plans to use the financing for general corporate development.

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Dermatologist Erum Ilyas, MD launches a line of women’s wear that incorporates UPF 50 in every made-in-the-USA garment. “For me, creating this clothing line is blending an aesthetic [with] functionality. This is in many ways the essence of what I do as a dermatologist — merging art and science in a practical way,” Ilyas says. She is working on funneling a portion of the proceeds from each sale to nonprofit Dress for Success, which helps women in need with resources and job placement.


People

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The American Board of Family Medicine appoints Warren Newton, MD (North Carolina Area Health Education Center and UNC) president and CEO. Newton will succeed James Puffer, MD when he retires next year.

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Laureen Segall (ZirMed) joins Hiteks as director of products and compliance.


Telemedicine

Medtronic Care Management Services will incorporate American Well’s telemedicine services into its remote patient monitoring software for home-based care.


Research and Innovation

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Unintended disclosure incidents top the list of healthcare data breaches for the first nine months of 2017 – more than double that of hacks or malware. Unintended disclosures and insider incidents were the only two categories to see an increase since 2015. Human error (including willful maliciousness) had a hand in 70 percent of all causes, proving that more often than not, employees can be their own worst enemies.


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Man’s best friend may just help him lead a longer life: Researchers with the Human Animal Bond Research Institute find that bringing pets into primary care conversations can help physicians build rapport with their patients. An analysis of 225 pet conversations revealed that PCPs gained a better understanding of their patients, including home life and other determinants of health, and helped them incorporate pets into care plans. 


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News 10/12/17

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Just a few weeks shy of open enrollment, President Trump signs an executive order directing HHS and other agencies to look at:

  • Allowing employees to buy insurance coverage across state lines via Association Health Plans,
  • Allowing consumers to purchase low-cost, short-term insurance policies that would not be subject to ACA penalties
  • Giving employers and employees greater control over HRSA accounts.

Analysts expect Trump’s directives will take at least six months to carry out, with initial market impacts not likely felt until 2019 – not exactly the “fast” timeline his tweet suggests.


Reader Comments

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From Sudsy: “Re: SOAPware. Did you hear? SOAPware will sunset their software in February. Just got a text from a friend who has been a long time user.” Unverified. The Fayetteville, AR-based company has flown under the radar for some time, with no news of any kind listed on its website. (Though its LinkedIn description does, ironically, mention that its user base across “10,000 sites in all 50 states and 30 other countries” … “is the best guarantee against orphaned or obsolete EMR software, and reduces acquisition costs for the EMR while promoting a permanent EMR implementation.”) We last mentioned the company in 2013, when Surescripts announced it would expand its clinical messaging capabilities to SOAPware end users.


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Webinars

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

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

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

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

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


Announcements and Implementations

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Cytta will integrate CardioComm’s consumer heart monitoring software and hardware with its EvrCare smartphone-based remote patient monitoring technology. The companies ultimately plan to create a product using their combined technologies that physicians will prescribe to high-risk patients or those with chronic conditions.

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ChiroTouch updates its EHR software for chiropractors with new MACRA/MIPS reporting and billing features.

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EClinicalWorks offers end users reporting access to clinical data registries through a new partnership with registry platform vendor FigMD.

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Compliancy Group releases its annual HIPAA Compliance Checklist to help behavioral health professionals assess compliance needs.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

Data-sharing plays a significant role in the success Dallas-based Catalyst Health Network and UnitedHealthcare’s ACO have seen in their efforts to reduce healthcare costs and increase preventive care. Launched in 2015, the ACO now includes 450 PCPs and 60,000 participants. In 2016, it reduced healthcare costs by over $11 million, out-of-network lab procedures by 44 percent, and out-of-network outpatient surgeries by 30 percent.


People

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Wendy Rubas (Northwest Community Healthcare) joins VillageMD as general counsel.


Telemedicine

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Harvey Health launches a naturopathic telemedicine service, including virtual consults and in-home lab testing. Founders Kyle Hill and Mike Townsend named the company after physician William Harvey, who discovered how blood circulates through the body in the early 17th century. Hill and Townsend both founded Flowtab, a mobile payment app for bars and nightclubs; and HomeHero, a home health company for seniors.

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Medical Innovation Holdings debuts Telemedicos USA, a Spanish-language telemedicine service that leverages the company’s 3PointCare subsidiary’s physician network.

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Workers compensation-focused Consumer Healthcare Connections raises an undisclosed amount of funding from Mitchell International, a technology company that focuses on the collision repair and property and casualty claims markets. In addition to virtual consults, CHC provides employees virtual claim reviews.


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The local paper looks at the emphasis digital patient education company Outcome Health is placing on serving physician practices in Chicago’s underserved neighborhoods. “In a lot of these communities, people don’t have the latest technology,” says co-founder and President Shradha Agarwal. “They don’t have tech literacy. They don’t have the education to be able to understand complex concepts that the physician might be trying to communicate.” The company, which offers its tablet-based patient education content to practices for free, celebrated the opening of its new Chicago headquarters last month.


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News 10/11/7

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Seven months after acquiring competitor LeonardoMD, physician practice-focused EHR and PM vendor Azalea Health merges with Prognosis Innovation Healthcare, a Houston-based EHR vendor that caters to rural and smaller hospitals. In a move that echoes those of Athenahealth, Atlanta-based Azalea hopes to leverage Prognosis talent, technology, and relationships as a means to enter the rural hospital market. Prognosis CEO Douglas Cameron will become an Azalea advisor during the transition. Prognosis went through a rebranding in 2014 after being acquired by AO Capital, a private equity firm led by two of the company’s founders.


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Webinars

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

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

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

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

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


Announcements and Implementations

Athenahealth offers end users security risk analysis software from HIPAA One through the company’s More Disruption Please marketplace.


People

Russell Senger (Navicure) joins TDP RCM as VP of business development.


Government and Politics

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President Trump promotes HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan to acting HHS Secretary.

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Coinciding with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, ONC announces the Secure API Server Showdown Challenge, a two-stage competition in which teams will build secure FHIR servers that will then be dissected for vulnerabilities by healthcare security professionals. Three winning teams will receive a total of $10,000. Submissions are due January 15.

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STAT profiles Grubb’s Pharmacy – Washington, DC’s oldest such establishment – and the delivery services it provides to lawmakers on Capitol Hill through the Office of the Attending Physician. Pharmacy owner Mike Kim seems pleased enough with the decades-old government business, though he does get frustrated by the OAP’s inability to send prescriptions electronically. He seems no longer star-struck when high-profile lawmakers come into his establishment: “I still remember John Kerry — it was literally like the day after he lost [the 2004 presidential election], he came in and he was just standing in line with everybody else,” Kim says. “I just remember seeing him standing in line and almost feeling sorry for him — one day he’s a superstar, he’s got his entourage and security detail, and the next day he’s just by himself, he’s picking up his prescription.”


Other

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Vermont Public Radio looks at the state’s nascent medical marijuana industry, highlighting the skepticism new clinics like Canna Care Docs face from the traditional medical establishment. Similarly to the early days of telemedicine, current state regulations require physicians to establish relationships with patients seeking certificates by seeing them twice in a three-month period before issuing certificates – once in person and the second via virtual consult. It’s a strategy that doesn’t sit well with Rep. Ann Pugh, who co-authored the state’s medical marijuana law. “To be honest, that’s not a relationship in my mind,” she says of the Canna Care model.

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Coming soon to a mailbox near you: The US Postal Service will pilot self-driving delivery trucks along 10 rural routes in 2019 as part of a larger look at how autonomous vehicles can help the federal agency cut costs and keep its doors open. If the test routes go well, the USPS will roll out the vehicles on 28,000 rural routes by 2025.


Sponsor Updates

  • Aprima will exhibit at the American Academy of Home Care Medicine Annual Meeting October 13-14 in Rosemont, IL.
  • Healthwise will exhibit at Philips Connect2Care October 16-18 in Los Angeles.

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News 10/10/17

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Healthcare communications and technology company StayWell acquires health and wellness app developer MedHelp. StayWell CEO Nicole Latimer says the acquisition will help extend the company’s reach into women’s health, and bolster its diabetes and weight management offerings.


Webinars

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

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

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

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

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


Announcements and Implementations

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Pulse Systems adds InteliChart’s patient portal to its EHR.

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EClinicalWorks adds OpenNotes capabilities to its patient portal, giving physicians the ability to share their visit notes with patients.


People

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Andy Slavitt becomes a special advisor to General Atlantic, a growth equity investment firm that has invested in such healthcare companies as Oak Street Health, CitiusTech, and Alignment Healthcare.

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Veteran Jerry Baker (Notifi Health) joins patient payment company TevixMD as president.


Telemedicine

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Washington, DC-based OnePath Medical expands its telemedicine services for medical marijuana patients to Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania.

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In Michigan, the Community Health Center of Branch County will use a $10,300 donation from civic organization Women Who Care to support its School Tele-Health Program, which connects students in three counties with a CHC Pediatric and Adolescent Center NP.


Research and Innovation

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A follow-up study on the antibiotic prescribing habits of nearly 250 PCPs across 47 practices finds that some slipped back into the habit of overprescribing once the initial study’s “nudges” – which included monthly peer comparisons, top performer accolades, written justification requirements, and suggested alternatives delivered via EHR pop up – ended. Peer comparisons, emailed to physicians on a monthly basis, were found to have the most lasting impact on reducing antibiotic prescriptions, leading researchers to posit that providers should consider permanently integrating such low-cost reminders into their prescribing workflows. Interestingly, the digital delivery of suggested alternatives had no effect on prescribing rates. 


Other

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PBS looks at the success Kaiser Permanente has had with its Safe and Appropriate Opioid Prescribing Program. Launched in 2010, the program combines suggested alternatives to medication like yoga, acupuncture, and meditation with pharmacist training and more high-tech hoops that require prescribers to validate their prescription decision within the EHR. The program has helped the Southern California provider reduce opioid prescriptions by 30 percent. 

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The last full day of MGMA concludes, with ZDoggMD bringing some presumably much-needed levity to attendees in his opening keynote. (Whether it’s encroaching wild fires, physician burnout, declining reimbursements, or regulatory burdens, I’m sure they needed a few laughs.) Next year’s conference will take place September 30-October 3 in Boston.


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News 10/9/17

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

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

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

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


Webinars

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

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

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

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

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


Announcements and Implementations

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

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

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

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

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


People

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

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

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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


Telemedicine

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


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

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

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