Home » News » Recent Articles:

News 2/7/18

February 7, 2018 News No Comments

Top News

image

Athenahealth continues its leadership restructuring with the appointment of Jeff Immelt as chairman – a position previously held by CEO Jonathan Bush. Immelt, who helmed GE as chairman and CEO for 16 years, plans to purchase $1 million in Athenahealth stock, and invest in the company. Not one to rest on his laurels, Immelt has also joined venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates as a venture partner.


Webinars

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

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

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

image

Former 21st Century Oncology patients vote to continue with their lawsuit over a 2015 data breach of over 2 million health records. The status of the lawsuit was in question pending the outcome of 21st Century Oncology’s bankruptcy proceedings. Those proceedings have concluded, leaving the company with a new management team and its $1.1 billion debt reduced by half. Patients involved in the lawsuit, which may become a class-action, may be entitled to nearly $22 million in damages.


People

image

CDI company Enjoin promotes James Fee, MD to CEO.

image

Caresyntax hires Paul Summerside, MD (Summerleigh Associates) as CMO.


Announcements and Implementations

image

UniNet Healthcare Network selects Innovaccer’s InData data aggregation tool to improve care coordination efforts for patients in Nebraska and Iowa.

image

VitalHub works with blockchain experts at the Hyperledger Foundation to develop the new WellLinc EHR for mental health providers.

image

Community Care of North Carolina will implement VirtualHealth’s population health management technology to better manage care for Medicaid and Medicare patients across 1,800 practices.


Government and Politics

image

ONC and CMS will hold a listening and feedback session on reducing provider burdens related to EHRs February 22.


Telemedicine

image

EWellness will put its Phzio PT technology on the blockchain in August. The announcement mentions that patients will be able to digitally confirm the completion of sessions, thus hopefully reducing patient fraud.


Research and Innovation

image

A late January study of family physician reaction to Meaningful Use offers a retrospective look at benefits versus burdens in an effort to help policy makers craft (or adjust) regulatory programs. Four of MU’s 31 criteria were designated as both high benefit and high burden:

  • Recording electronic notes in patient records.
  • Maintaining a current problem list with active diagnosis.
  • Performing medication reconciliation when receiving a patient from another setting or care provider.
  • Using CPOE for new or renewal medication orders.

The authors conclude that, “Roughly one-third of MU criteria were perceived as useful in less than 50 percent of patient encounters, which means that time is taken away from typical patients for these non-value-added tasks (i.e. system waste) that must be performed for compliance. Hence the policy becomes a burden on the quality of care that physician can provide to their patients. In total, these findings provide insight into CMS’ comment that MU has ‘lost the hearts and minds of the physicians.’"


Other

image

In Ohio, state medical board officials extend the medical licensing renewal deadline for 1,100 providers to February 14 after the bumpy mid-January addition of government administrative software to the state’s ELicense system. The new OH/ID system will be turned off to address several kinks that have left 400 providers unable to renew.


Sponsor Updates

  • PerfectServe publishes a new customer success story, “Chicago-based ACO and managed care organization Advocate Medical Group (AMG) strengthens continuity of care for patients.”
  • AdvancedMD will exhibit at the Association of Dermatology Administrators & Managers February 12-14 in San Diego.

Blog Posts


Contacts

Jenn, Mr. H, Lorre

More news: HIStalk.

Get HIStalk Practice updates.
Contact us online.
Become a sponsor.

News 2/5/18

February 5, 2018 News No Comments

Top News

image

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


Webinars

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

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

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


Announcements and Implementations

image

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

image

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

image

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

image

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

image

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

image

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


Government and Politics

image

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


Sponsor Updates

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

Blog Posts


Contacts

Jenn, Mr. H, Lorre

More news: HIStalk.

Get HIStalk Practice updates.
Contact us online.
Become a sponsor.

News 1/31/18

January 31, 2018 News No Comments

Top News

image

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

image

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


Webinars

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

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

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


Announcements and Implementations

image

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

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

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

image

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


People

image image

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


Research and Innovation

image

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


Sponsor Updates

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

Blog Posts


HIStalk Practice Sponsors Listed in Best in KLAS 2018

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

Overall Physician Practice Suite: EClinicalWorks – #7

Overall IT Services: Nordic – #6


Contacts

Jenn, Mr. H, Lorre

More news: HIStalk.

Get HIStalk Practice updates.
Contact us online.
Become a sponsor.

News 1/29/18

January 29, 2018 News No Comments

Top News

image

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


Webinars

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

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

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

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


Announcements and Implementations

image

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

image

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

image

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

image

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


People

image

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

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


Telemedicine

image

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


Government and Politics

image

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


Research and Innovation

image

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


Other

image

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


Contacts

Jenn, Mr. H, Lorre

More news: HIStalk.

Get HIStalk Practice updates.
Contact us online.
Become a sponsor.

News 1/24/18

January 24, 2018 News No Comments

Top News

image

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


Webinars

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

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

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


Announcements and Implementations

image

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

image

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

image

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

image

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

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


People

image

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

image image image

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

image image image

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

image

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


Telemedicine

image

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

image

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

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


Sponsor Updates

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

Blog Posts


Contacts

Jenn, Mr. H, Lorre

More news: HIStalk.

Get HIStalk Practice updates.
Contact us online.
Become a sponsor.

Founding Sponsor


  

Platinum Sponsors


  

  

  

  

  

  

Gold Sponsors


  

Subscribe to Updates




Search All HIStalk Sites


Loading

Recent Comments

  • Charlie Harris: Re: Rucker blog post. I'm not as smart as Washington insiders -- did ONC Rucker's blog actually say anything??? Maybe ON...
  • Dr. Dalal: I have used Soapware for 17 years. Soapware has shut down. I took many interviews and decided to use Elation. I am ex...
  • Chip Hart: There are a lot of fascinating take-aways from the time motion study, but they almost buried the lede: "Our findings ...
  • Tana Lucas: Good points for any medical practice to consider, not to replace face to face quality care of course. It seems these add...
  • : After talking with multiple providers one of the larger trends I noticed is that a lot of practices that were "using" PF...