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News 5/7/18

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Elliott Management makes an all-cash offer of $160 per share for Athenahealth, putting the total transaction at more than $6 billion. The hedge fund already owns a 9-percent stake in the company. Elliott representatives believe they can close the deal in as little as three weeks, after which they plan to take the company private. In a letter to Athena shareholders, Elliott Senior Portfolio Manager Jesse Coh writes, “For many years, despite all of its advantages, AthenaHealth’s stock price has underperformed because the Company has failed to correct a host of identifiable operational issues. Today, its inability to operate effectively and scale successfully is foreclosing a tremendous value-creation opportunity to the detriment of the business and its shareholders.”


Webinars

May 9 (Wednesday) 2:00 ET. “How to Make VBC Work for You: The Business Case to Transform Into the Health System of the Future.” Sponsor: Philips Wellcentive. Presenters: Mason Beard, co-founder and chief product officer, Philips Wellcentive; Scott Cullen, MD, principal, ECG Management Consulting; Seema Mathur, director of strategy, Sage Growth Partners. How well is your organization funding its transformation to VBC? This free webinar explains how to achieve ROI as your organization transforms to meet the future. You’ll learn how VBC is impacting healthcare system management, three strategies for funding your transformation, and what the healthcare system of the future will look like.

May 16 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “You Think You Might Want to Be a Consultant?” Sponsor: HIStalk. Presenter: Frank Poggio, CEO/president, The Kelzon Group. Maybe you just got caught in a big re-org and don’t like where things are headed, or, after almost a year of searching for a better opportunity your buddy says, “You’ve got decades of solid experience and you’re a true professional, you should become a healthcare IT consultant.” Now you start thinking, “This could be my ticket to success. I know the healthcare industry and can show people how to do things right. The sky’s the limit!” Not so fast. Consulting offers many advantages, and many pitfalls. This webinar will discuss both the rewards and the risks of moving into a full-time consulting role, as an independent, or part of a large firm. It will present a checklist you can apply to assess whether consulting is a good fit for you, and present the ground work necessary to be a successful consultant.

May 24 (Thursday) 1:00 ET. “Converting Consumers into Patients: Strategies for Creating Engaging Digital Experiences People Demand.” Sponsor: Healthwise. Presenters: Antonia Chappell, director of consumer solutions, Healthwise; Josh Schlaich, senior product manager, Healthwise. Nearly three-quarters of US adults use a digital channel to manage their health and the internet to track down health information. It’s clear that consumers have come to expect online interactions as an integral part of their overall patient experience. In fact, the Internet may be the first way people come in contact with your organization. They have more choice than ever on where to get healthcare services, and their decisions are increasingly influenced by how well organizations connect with them in the digital space. This webinar will show you how to create engaging digital and web experiences that convert casual consumers into patients and keep them satisfied throughout their entire patient journey.

June 5 (Tuesday) 1:00 ET. “Increase Referrals and Patient Satisfaction with a Smarter ‘Find a Doctor’ Web Search.” Sponsors: Phynd Technologies, Healthwise. Presenters: Joseph H. Schneider, MD, MBA, FAAP, retired SVP/CHIO, Indiana University Health; Keith Belton, VP of marketing, Phynd. A recent survey found that 84 percent of patients check a hospital’s website before booking an appointment. However, ‘Find a Doctor’ search functions often frustrate them because their matching functionality is primitive and the provider’s information is incomplete or outdated. Referring physicians need similarly robust tools to find the right specialist and to send the patient to the right location. Attendees of this webinar will learn how taxonomy-driven Provider Information Management improves patient and referrer satisfaction by intelligently incorporating the provider’s location, insurance coverage, specialty and subspecialty, and services offered that can be searched via patient-friendly terms.

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


Announcements and Implementations

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Urgent care chain CityMD (NY) sees a 20-percent decrease in staffing needs after implementing staff scheduling software from Intrigma.

GI North (GA) and GI Partners of Illinois select GMed’s EHR, PM and MIPS-friendly reporting software for gastroenterologists.

DrChrono adds patient engagement messaging from Cliniconex to its EHR for urgent care facilities.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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MTBC will acquire the practice management, revenue cycle and group purchasing organization assets of Houston-based Orion Healthcorp and its 13 affiliates. MTBC CEO Stephen Snyder expects the acquisition will open up opportunities in “long-term practice management services, niche hospital offerings, and a pharmaceutical group purchasing organization that provides discounts to … physician customers.” Orion Healthcorp parent company Constellation Healthcare Technologies filed for bankruptcy in March.


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Miami-based Leon Medical Centers names Roymi Membiela (UHealth) VP and chief consumer officer.


Government and Politics

A federal jury in Massachusetts finds gynecologist Rita Luthra, MD guilty of violating HIPAA and obstructing a criminal healthcare investigation after investigators find that she allowed pharma reps from Warner Chilcott to access patient files as part of a kickback scheme, and then lied about it. Warner Chilcott paid $125 million for its part in the 2015 crime. Luthra has yet to be sentenced.


Telemedicine

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signs into law a bill that mandates Medicaid and payer reimbursement for telemedicine services, including those provided by PAs, psychologists, and family therapists. The law will go into effect in July of next year.


Sponsor Updates

  • Medicity publishes a new perspective paper, “Interoperability 2.0: How to Consume, Organize and Share Health Data to Achieve Greater Value.”
  • PerfectServe will exhibit at the 2018 ANIA Annual Conference May 10-12 in Orlando.

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News 5/2/18

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Suki raises $15 million in a Series A funding round led by Venrock, bringing its total raised to $20 million. The 14-employee startup is piloting its virtual assistant technology in a dozen practices in Georgia and California, and claims to have reduced paperwork at those offices by 60 percent.


Webinars

May 9 (Wednesday) 2:00 ET. “How to Make VBC Work for You: The Business Case to Transform Into the Health System of the Future.” Sponsor: Philips Wellcentive. Presenters: Mason Beard, co-founder and chief product officer, Philips Wellcentive; Scott Cullen, MD, principal, ECG Management Consulting; Seema Mathur, director of strategy, Sage Growth Partners. How well is your organization funding its transformation to VBC? This free webinar explains how to achieve ROI as your organization transforms to meet the future. You’ll learn how VBC is impacting healthcare system management, three strategies for funding your transformation, and what the healthcare system of the future will look like.

May 16 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “You Think You Might Want to Be a Consultant?” Sponsor: HIStalk. Presenter: Frank Poggio, CEO/president, The Kelzon Group. Maybe you just got caught in a big re-org and don’t like where things are headed, or, after almost a year of searching for a better opportunity your buddy says, “You’ve got decades of solid experience and you’re a true professional, you should become a healthcare IT consultant.” Now you start thinking, “This could be my ticket to success. I know the healthcare industry and can show people how to do things right. The sky’s the limit!” Not so fast. Consulting offers many advantages, and many pitfalls. This webinar will discuss both the rewards and the risks of moving into a full-time consulting role, as an independent, or part of a large firm. It will present a checklist you can apply to assess whether consulting is a good fit for you, and present the ground work necessary to be a successful consultant.

May 24 (Thursday) 1:00 ET. “Converting Consumers into Patients: Strategies for Creating Engaging Digital Experiences People Demand.” Sponsor: Healthwise. Presenters: Antonia Chappell, director of consumer solutions, Healthwise; Josh Schlaich, senior product manager, Healthwise. Nearly three-quarters of US adults use a digital channel to manage their health and the internet to track down health information. It’s clear that consumers have come to expect online interactions as an integral part of their overall patient experience. In fact, the Internet may be the first way people come in contact with your organization. They have more choice than ever on where to get healthcare services, and their decisions are increasingly influenced by how well organizations connect with them in the digital space. This webinar will show you how to create engaging digital and web experiences that convert casual consumers into patients and keep them satisfied throughout their entire patient journey.

June 5 (Tuesday) 1:00 ET. “Increase Referrals and Patient Satisfaction with a Smarter ‘Find a Doctor’ Web Search.” Sponsors: Phynd Technologies, Healthwise. Presenters: Joseph H. Schneider, MD, MBA, FAAP, retired SVP/CHIO, Indiana University Health; Keith Belton, VP of marketing, Phynd. A recent survey found that 84 percent of patients check a hospital’s website before booking an appointment. However, ‘Find a Doctor’ search functions often frustrate them because their matching functionality is primitive and the provider’s information is incomplete or outdated. Referring physicians need similarly robust tools to find the right specialist and to send the patient to the right location. Attendees of this webinar will learn how taxonomy-driven Provider Information Management improves patient and referrer satisfaction by intelligently incorporating the provider’s location, insurance coverage, specialty and subspecialty, and services offered that can be searched via patient-friendly terms.

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


Announcements and Implementations

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Denver-based Sopris Health develops an AI-powered medical transcription app that captures pertinent information during a patient encounter and converts it into an EHR-friendly SOAP note.

Independence Physician Management will implement Tonic Health’s real-time digital survey and payments software across its ambulatory network. IPM is a United Health Services business unit offering practice management and consulting services to physicians in the acute care, behavioral health, and ambulatory surgery center markets in 37 states.

The Recovery Platform integrates access to LabCorp testing services and results into its opioid recovery and medication management tools for PCPs.


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Adrianna Iorillo (CSI Tech) joins Encoda as director of RCM services.

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Chronic Care Management promotes Mark Douglas to chief operating and finance officer, and Lisa Owens, RN to VP of care management and client success.

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DaVita promotes David Roer, MD to VP of medical affairs at its VillageHealth subsidiary.

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Henry Schein promotes Brad Connett to president of its US Medical Group.


Telemedicine

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98point6 launches a chatbot-based virtual consult app in 10 states, and plans to expand availability to all 50 states by the end of the year.


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Pediatrician Michael Cohen, MD attributes his successful independent practice in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood to relentlessly chasing claims. That attention to detail, plus a strong commitment to fitting in with the neighborhood and giving back to the community, will enable Cohen to open 10 more practices in underserved areas “where there are no hipsters” within the next 18 months. The globetrotting surfer and restaurateur attributes his continued independence to high energy:

“In New York, the three- or four-doctor groups will go away except for the concierge model, which limits services. But that model does not attract me. And I’m too big to be bought by a hospital. At one point I was negotiating with NYU and Cornell. Hospitals bank on doctors being tired. They say, “You will make the same money, but we’ll do your billing. You’ll have vacation and a great retirement plan.” But I’m not tired. I’m actually very energetic.”


Sponsor Updates

  • AdvancedMD will exhibit at APA’s annual conference May 5-9 in New York City.
  • Aprima will present at Asembia’s 2018 Specialty Pharmacy Summit May 2 in Las Vegas.
  • GCS Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre in India selects the EClinicalWorks Hospital Management Information System.

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News 4/30/18

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A two-phased study in Health Affairs finds that primary care offices in 10 states made appointments available to self-pay patients who could commit to paying in full at the time of service. Appointment availability was far less, however, for patients that inquired about payment plans – a indication not only of the access issues faced by the uninsured, but of the thin margins these practices continue to operate under.


Webinars

May 9 (Wednesday) 2:00 ET. “How to Make VBC Work for You: The Business Case to Transform Into the Health System of the Future.” Sponsor: Philips Wellcentive. Presenters: Mason Beard, co-founder and chief product officer, Philips Wellcentive; Scott Cullen, MD, principal, ECG Management Consulting; Seema Mathur, director of strategy, Sage Growth Partners. How well is your organization funding its transformation to VBC? This free webinar explains how to achieve ROI as your organization transforms to meet the future. You’ll learn how VBC is impacting healthcare system management, three strategies for funding your transformation, and what the healthcare system of the future will look like.

May 24 (Thursday) 1:00 ET. “Converting Consumers into Patients: Strategies for Creating Engaging Digital Experiences People Demand.” Sponsor: Healthwise. Presenters: Antonia Chappell, director of consumer solutions, Healthwise; Josh Schlaich, senior product manager, Healthwise. Nearly three-quarters of US adults use a digital channel to manage their health and the internet to track down health information. It’s clear that consumers have come to expect online interactions as an integral part of their overall patient experience. In fact, the Internet may be the first way people come in contact with your organization. They have more choice than ever on where to get healthcare services, and their decisions are increasingly influenced by how well organizations connect with them in the digital space. This webinar will show you how to create engaging digital and web experiences that convert casual consumers into patients and keep them satisfied throughout their entire patient journey.

June 5 (Tuesday) 1:00 ET. “Increase Referrals and Patient Satisfaction with a Smarter ‘Find a Doctor’ Web Search.” Sponsors: Phynd Technologies, Healthwise. Presenters: Joseph H. Schneider, MD, MBA, FAAP, retired SVP/CHIO, Indiana University Health; Keith Belton, VP of marketing, Phynd. A recent survey found that 84 percent of patients check a hospital’s website before booking an appointment. However, ‘Find a Doctor’ search functions often frustrate them because their matching functionality is primitive and the provider’s information is incomplete or outdated. Referring physicians need similarly robust tools to find the right specialist and to send the patient to the right location. Attendees of this webinar will learn how taxonomy-driven Provider Information Management improves patient and referrer satisfaction by intelligently incorporating the provider’s location, insurance coverage, specialty and subspecialty, and services offered that can be searched via patient-friendly terms.

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


Announcements and Implementations

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Behavioral health and youth services organization Excelsior (WA) selects CareLogics EHR software from Qualifacts. The technology will also be offered to members of the new Integrated Managed Care Collaborative being formed by Excelsior in Washington State. Behavioral health and human services company Xpio Health will assist with implementation, training, and population health management programs.

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Intermedix develops performance analytics for physician practices that include practice volume, patients per hour, comparative rankings, documentation quality, and revenue analysis.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Remote patient monitoring company VRI will hire up to 75 new call center employees at its facility in Franklin, OH.


Telemedicine

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Membership-based primary care company One Medical selects technology from TokBox to power virtual consults within its mobile app.

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This tweet from the American Telemedicine Association’s annual conference caught my eye. I’m surprised “machine-learning” wasn’t also part of the solution. After digging through the first full day’s tweet stream, it looks like the exhibit hall and sessions don’t offer much for independent practices. Practice-focused EHR vendors include EClinicalWorks and Azalea Health.

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This #ATA18  tweet also caught my attention. I can certainly identify with “Cindy,” but at some point a busy mom is going to consider where to go for in-person care, and then wonder how to transfer her virtual care history over to her brick-and-mortar physician. An iPhone might help, if it’s on the latest operating system and if her physician is in a network that participates in Apple’s app-based medical record sharing. I’m a big fan of telemedicine, as I’ve documented, but I can imagine it’s these types of data-sharing barriers (not to mention reimbursement issues) that keep smaller practices on the sidelines of virtual care business models.


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News 4/25/18

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Doctor on Demand raises $74 million in a Series C funding round led by Princeville Global and Goldman Sachs Investment Partners. The San Francisco-based company has raised over $160 million since it launched in 2012 as the direction of talk show host Dr. Phil, his son Jay McGraw, and Adam Jackson, who served as CEO until Hill Ferguson took over the role in May 2016.


Webinars

May 9 (Wednesday) 2:00 ET. “How to Make VBC Work for You: The Business Case to Transform Into the Health System of the Future.” Sponsor: Philips Wellcentive. Presenters: Mason Beard, co-founder and chief product officer, Philips Wellcentive; Scott Cullen, MD, principal, ECG Management Consulting; Seema Mathur, director of strategy, Sage Growth Partners. How well is your organization funding its transformation to VBC? This free webinar explains how to achieve ROI as your organization transforms to meet the future. You’ll learn how VBC is impacting healthcare system management, three strategies for funding your transformation, and what the healthcare system of the future will look like.

May 24 (Thursday) 1:00 ET. “Converting Consumers into Patients: Strategies for Creating Engaging Digital Experiences People Demand.” Sponsor: Healthwise. Presenters: Antonia Chappell, director of consumer solutions, Healthwise; Josh Schlaich, senior product manager, Healthwise. Nearly three-quarters of US adults use a digital channel to manage their health and the internet to track down health information. It’s clear that consumers have come to expect online interactions as an integral part of their overall patient experience. In fact, the Internet may be the first way people come in contact with your organization. They have more choice than ever on where to get healthcare services, and their decisions are increasingly influenced by how well organizations connect with them in the digital space. This webinar will show you how to create engaging digital and web experiences that convert casual consumers into patients and keep them satisfied throughout their entire patient journey.

May 29 (Tuesday) 1:00 ET. “Increase Referrals and Patient Satisfaction with a Smarter ‘Find a Doctor’ Web Search.” Sponsors: Phynd Technologies, Healthwise. Presenters: Joseph H. Schneider, MD, MBA, FAAP, retired SVP/CHIO, Indiana University Health; Keith Belton, VP of marketing, Phynd. A recent survey found that 84 percent of patients check a hospital’s website before booking an appointment. However, ‘Find a Doctor’ search functions often frustrate them because their matching functionality is primitive and the provider’s information is incomplete or outdated. Referring physicians need similarly robust tools to find the right specialist and to send the patient to the right location. Attendees of this webinar will learn how taxonomy-driven Provider Information Management improves patient and referrer satisfaction by intelligently incorporating the provider’s location, insurance coverage, specialty and subspecialty, and services offered that can be searched via patient-friendly terms.

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


Announcements and Implementations

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Riverside Medical Group (NJ) selects practice management and RCM services from Continuum Health.

Central Georgia Health Network deploys Arcadia analytics as part of its population health management efforts.

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CampDoc.com adds text message alert functionality to its EHR.

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The New Jersey-based Osler Health network of independent physicians will implement Innovaccer’s data aggregation and exchange technology.

Chimes Family Services (MD) selects care management and population health management software from VirtualHealth.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Henry Schein spins off its animal health business with plans to focus on the development of its dental and medical businesses, including practice management, EHR and document management software.

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Seattle-based Vera Whole Health raises $5 million that it will use to open six more membership-based workplace clinics by the end of the year. The primary care company is no doubt hoping to avoid the fate of similarly conceptualized (and located) Qliance, which also ran six clinics before abruptly shutting down last year.

Cura Health Management purchases competitor ACO Health Partners from Citra Health Solutions, which will focus on providing technology and services to risk-bearing organizations.


Telemedicine

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A study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine highlights the value of telemedicine in the immediate aftermath of natural disasters, particularly when it comes to helping patients manage chronic conditions. Of the five companies that provided free virtual consults to affected patients, Doctor on Demand (which provided data for the study) treated 2,057 – 63 percent of which were first-time users. Physicians in non-disaster states handled just over half of the visits.

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Baby products company Philips Avent adds access to virtual visits from American Well to its UGrow parenting app.


Sponsor Updates

  • AdvancedMD will exhibit at ACOG April 27-29 in Austin, TX.
  • Aprima will exhibit at AROC April 25-26 in Atlantic City, NJ.
  • EClinicalWorks will exhibit at the 2018 Physician Practice Management & ASC Symposium April 25-26 in Nashville.
  • Healthwise will exhibit at GetWellNetwork’s getconnected 2018 conference April 30-May 2 in National Harbor, MD.

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News 4/23/18

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Two weeks after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, CCS Oncology notifies patients and employees it will shut down on April 27. Adding to its woes with its creditors and the IRS, the New York State Department of Labor has opened an investigation into the company after employees complained of not receiving paychecks following the Chapter 11 filing.


Webinars

None scheduled soon. Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre for information.


Announcements and Implementations

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Beverly Hills, CA-based National ACO selects population health management and care coordination software from The Garage.

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The San Antonio Endovascular & Heart Institute (TX) implements Biotricity’s Bioflux remote cardiac monitoring solution.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Web-based specialty consult company RubiconMD raises $13.8 million in a Series B funding round that brings its total raised to just under $20 million. The two year-old company plans to use the investment to expand its customer base and develop machine learning data-mining capabilities.


Telemedicine

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The Ocean City American Legion Morvay-Miley Post 524 in New Jersey will become the first post to offer veterans telemedicine services as part of a VA pilot program.


Other

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In Iowa, Polk County Health Services notifies 1,071 patients seen at the Crisis Observation Center in Des Moines that their information was “accidentally and unknowingly disseminated” between June 2014 and January 2018. The organization offers no further explanation as to how the breach occurred.

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and Department of Human Services send 4,136 letters to incorrect addresses. The correspondence included birth dates and medical, financial, and health insurance information. The mix-up was attributed to data files incorrectly reconciled between the two departments.

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A cure for burnout? The local paper covers the record store revolution happening in New Braunfels, TX thanks to OB/GYN Kevin Blair, MD. Blair opened StingRay Records in a building adjacent to his practice five years ago, and says the community’s interest in vinyl may prompt an expansion.


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