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News 3/27/19

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Patient check-in technology vendor Clearwave raises an undisclosed amount of money from Frontier Capital. The company had raised over $5 million before this particular round of financing. HGP served as Clearwave’s advisor for the deal.


Webinars

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EHR and practice management vendor InSync Healthcare Solutions hires Zack Kilburn (CareCentrix) as CTO.


Announcements and Implementations

With help from Pivot Point Consulting, Acumen Physician Solutions adds legacy data archiving technology powered by SMART on FHIR from Trinisys to its Acumen 2.0 powered by Epic software for nephrology practices.


Telemedicine

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FQHC Nevada Health Centers contracts with VisuWell for telemedicine services across its 24 offices, school-based clinics, and mobile health programs.


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PCP Billy Branch, MD hopes his appearance on this summer’s edition of American Ninja Warrior will inspire others to realize that fitness is important to health. Branch, who lost 80 pounds while training for the show, says he and his training partner always “preach ‘do it today’ because tomorrow is never guaranteed. We think that being healthy and helpful leads to happiness, and try to impact others around us in the same way. We’d love for that to be our message and something that might light a spark in others.”

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All eyes are on Charlotte, NC as hospital-owned physician practices around the country wait to see how former Atrium Health and Novant Health medical groups fare now that they’ve declared their independence. Physicians with the former Atrium-owned Mecklenburg Medical Group have gone on to form Tryon Medical Group, while over 40 former Novant providers have joined Tennessee-based Holston Medical Group – a move some say is not unlike signing on with a health system. Both offer access to capital, technology, and management infrastructure. Holston Medical Group provider Ehab Sharawy, MD adds that patients will benefit from more personalized care and lower costs, due to the fact that the now-independent physicians no longer feel pressured to send their patients to higher-cost hospital facilities.

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I know parents will appreciate this: CampDoc adds facial-recognition and photo-sharing capabilities from Waldo Photos to its EHR and online registration software for camps. Parents can now log in to the CampDoc system and view images of their child, or sign up to receive them via text.


Sponsor Updates

  • Culbert Healthcare Solutions will exhibit at AMGA March 27-30 in National Harbor, MD.

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News 3/25/19

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Urgent and primary care company American Family Care offers up to $30 million in financing from ApplePie Capital to new and existing franchisees. The company, which also offers occupational medicine, operates its 180 clinics across the country on DocuTap’s EHR and practice management software.


Webinars

March 27 (Wednesday) 2:00 ET. “Waiting on interoperability: What can payers and providers do to collaborate?” Sponsored by Casenet. Presenter: Amy Simpson, RN, director of clinical solutions, Casenet. A wealth of data exists to identify at-risk patients and to analyze populations, allowing every payer and provider to operate readmissions intervention and care management programs. Still, payer and provider care managers are challenged to coordinate and collaborate to improve outcomes because of the long road ahead to interoperability. Attend this webinar to learn what payers and providers can do now to share information and to coordinate their efforts to create the best healthcare journey for members and patients.

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


People

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Hudson Physicians (MN) hires Matt Brandt (Multicare Associates) as its first CEO. Brandt says his top priorities will be renovations and technology upgrades across the six-facility, independent practice.


Announcements and Implementations

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In Georgia, Resurgens Orthopaedics implements Notable Health’s automated administration tools across its 24 practices.

The Orthopaedic Institute Surgery Center (IL) selects Surgical Spotlight analytics software from ORhub.

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Good News Clinics (GA) will connect to Northeast Georgia Health System’s Epic software thanks to a $100,000 grant from local foundations.

Texas-based HIE HASA selects patient-matching software from 4medica.


Telemedicine

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Seattle-based Clocktree launches a service that helps patients find telemedicine services in the areas of mental health, therapy, addiction counseling, and nutrition. It launched a provider-facing version of its services in 2017. The company includes several former Microsoft programmers, including co-founder and CTO David Chalmers, who wrote the code for the now infamous “control-alt-delete” command.


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Pediatrician Clement Bottino, MD pens a short, heartfelt essay on why he shares his phone number with every patient he sees. The stats he shares are interesting:

  • Since opening his practice in 2009, he has shared his number with 769 patients plus hundreds more from urgent care visits.
  • Less than 20 percent of his patients texted him last year.
  • He received 2,097 texts from patients in 2018.
  • He sent 1,969 texts in 184 threads (some in different languages thanks to Google Translate.)
  • Of the patients that did text him, 80 percent sent fewer than 20 messages.
  • 3 percent sent more than 100.

He says, “Most of my paid clinical time is spent rushing through 15-minute visits and slogging through electronic paperwork. With texting, the rush disappears. Patients can text me when they want and there are no boxes to tick. I can answer questions, put worried parents’ minds at ease and prevent unnecessary ER visits. It feels invigorating, the opposite of burnout. Still, my family and colleagues often question my work-life balance. I sometimes worry that the thousand or so patients who have my number will all text me at once.”


Sponsor Updates

  • PerfectServe will exhibit at the AMGA 2019 Annual Conference March 27-30 in National Harbor, MD.

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News 3/20/19

March 20, 2019 News No Comments

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Men’s health company Ro, known thus far for erectile dysfunction, hair loss, and smoking cessation services and products, launches virtual visits and prescription delivery services for women going through menopause. The new Rory vertical is guided by an all-female advisory board, including former US Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders, MD.

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Ro’s foray into the menopause market isn’t as groundbreaking as some headlines would suggest: Seattle-based Geneve, which features an all-female team, launched a similar service late last year.


HIStalk Practice Musings

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It’s interesting to note that the women in the first two screenshots are most likely models. Neither look as if they’ve suffered a hot flash or any other menopause-related discomfort – ever. Nurx, a fast-growing telemedicine company largely known for its birth-control services, decided to eschew the too-beautiful-to-believe aesthetic in favor of using real customers in its non-Photoshopped advertising campaigns. “For us, we wanted to capture the emotions in our customers but do that in a real way versus trying to say that we are doing something and not really doing it,” explains Nurx VP of Marketing Katelyn Watson.


Webinars

March 27 (Wednesday) 2:00 ET. “Waiting on interoperability: What can payers and providers do to collaborate?” Sponsored by Casenet. Presenter: Amy Simpson, RN, director of clinical solutions, Casenet. A wealth of data exists to identify at-risk patients and to analyze populations, allowing every payer and provider to operate readmissions intervention and care management programs. Still, payer and provider care managers are challenged to coordinate and collaborate to improve outcomes because of the long road ahead to interoperability. Attend this webinar to learn what payers and providers can do now to share information and to coordinate their efforts to create the best healthcare journey for members and patients.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Medical billing and practice management company Zotec Partners plans to build a five-story headquarters near its current location in Indianapolis. Zotec also has offices in California, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.


People

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Practice management company US Urology Partners names Jay Rom (Professional Radiology) VP of ASC operations.

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The American Osteopathic Association names Kevin Klauer, DO (TeamHealth) CEO.

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Aledade moves co-founder and CTO Edwin Miller to chief product officer, and promotes Brady Richards to CTO and Emily Maxson, MD to CMO.


Announcements and Implementations

Aprima adds RavePoint’s automated patient engagement and messaging, and appointment scheduling and management technology to its EHR and practice management software.


Sponsor Updates

  • AdvancedMD will exhibit at NATCON March 25-27 in Nashville.
  • Aprima will exhibit at the AIMSVAR Annual Conference March 21-22 in San Antonio.
  • EClinicalWorks publishes a case study of the implementation of ECW’s population health management tools at Adult Medicine of Lake County (FL).
  • Culbert Healthcare Solutions will exhibit at AMGA March 27-30 in National Harbor, MD.
  • Nordic will exhibit at Texas HIMSS March 25-26 in Austin.

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News 3/18/19

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A paywalled survey of 766 telehealth users and non-users finds that the majority of users relied on virtual video visits for access to care, and were less connected to PCPs than their non-user counterparts. Survey analysts caution that telehealth may further fragment care if telemedicine providers and traditional practices can’t figure out how to share information and coordinate care.


Webinars

March 27 (Wednesday) 2:00 ET. “Waiting on interoperability: What can payers and providers do to collaborate?” Sponsored by Casenet. Presenter: Amy Simpson, RN, director of clinical solutions, Casenet. A wealth of data exists to identify at-risk patients and to analyze populations, allowing every payer and provider to operate readmissions intervention and care management programs. Still, payer and provider care managers are challenged to coordinate and collaborate to improve outcomes because of the long road ahead to interoperability. Attend this webinar to learn what payers and providers can do now to share information and to coordinate their efforts to create the best healthcare journey for members and patients.

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


People

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Coding and billing company LogixHealth names Jim Blakeman (Institute for Emergency Medicine) EVP.

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Global Partnership for Telehealth hires Matt Strickland (Memorial Satilla Health) as CTO.


Announcements and Implementations

Allscripts integrates Opargo’s physician scheduling optimization software with its practice management technology.


Research and Innovation

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A survey of 6,000 Heal app users finds that the app-based house call service helped first-time patients access timely care, and avoid trips to the ER and urgent care – a figure the company equates to $65 million in healthcare cost savings.


Other

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Former firefighter Dave Graybill creates Hlthe, a Go Fund Me-like app designed to help people raise money for healthcare needs. The app’s differentiating factor is that it ensures donations are only spent on healthcare, and allows donors to track their funds. Graybill also markets the app to employers who want to give Hlthe credits as rewards within their wellness programs. He hopes to eventually offer Hlthe gift cards.

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The married owner and manager of the Los Gatos Urgent Care Clinic in California face eight felony counts relating to filing false insurance claims after an audits finds a 100-percent error rate for billing, and billing for services never rendered. In one case, a patient was billed $700 for a typically $10 pair of foam slippers.

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The local news profiles the passion pediatrician Neil Vitale, MD has for restoring and displaying GI Joe dolls at his GI Joe “hospital” and museum in Lone Wolf, OK. Vitale, who still has his first two Joes, says his restored soldiers have seen a lot of action: “For some reason, kids like to use ice picks on Joes. Unfortunately, a lot of them were burned up, too.”


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News 3/13/19

March 13, 2019 News 1 Comment

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Billing and RCM vendor ImagineSoftware acquires healthcare payment automation and analytics vendor ProviderAlly.


HIStalk Practice Announcements and Requests

My search for orthodontia services has reached a turning point. I’ve visited two practices, both of which seem to offer similar-quality services. One is very high-touch. I’ve received several follow-up emails from their practice manager asking if I had additional questions. It hasn’t quite reached the level of a car salesman, but it might get there if I don’t let them know of my decision one way or another within the next few days. Where I spend my hard-earned money will come down to how I feel about the following:

  • One practice is large, with a very corporate feel. It offers lots of amenities, but I wonder if I’ll get lost in the shuffle when it comes to personalized care.
  • The other practice is small. It’s a family-owned and operated business with fewer amenities, though its quality of care seems equal to its larger competitor.
  • Continuity of care might be an issue at both. While both practices have just one orthodontist, the smaller one’s provider will likely retire within the next year or two, leaving me wondering who will step into his role.
  • Given that quality of care seems equal, price will likely be the ultimate deciding factor. The smaller practice has offered me a significant Facebook discount. Given that the larger practice is much closer to my home, I might just try seeing if they’ll match the discounted price. That’s something I’d never think to do with traditional medical care.

This experience has made me reflect on the difference in patient engagement techniques between traditional healthcare providers (at least those I’ve encountered) and orthodontics. I can’t recall ever having received as many follow-ups from the various primary care docs, dermatologists, and OB/GYNs I’ve seen over the years. I have never received a reminder that it’s time for any type of annual exam. That lack of communication makes me wonder just how focused my area practices (the majority of which are owned by large health systems) are on value-based, preventative care. It’s no wonder so many of us are eschewing traditional practices for more convenient though less personal options like retail clinics, urgent care, and telemedicine.


Webinars

March 27 (Wednesday) 2:00 ET. “Waiting on interoperability: What can payers and providers do to collaborate?” Sponsored by Casenet. Presenter: Amy Simpson, RN, director of clinical solutions, Casenet. A wealth of data exists to identify at-risk patients and to analyze populations, allowing every payer and provider to operate readmissions intervention and care management programs. Still, payer and provider care managers are challenged to coordinate and collaborate to improve outcomes because of the long road ahead to interoperability. Attend this webinar to learn what payers and providers can do now to share information and to coordinate their efforts to create the best healthcare journey for members and patients.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Central Ohio Urology Group spins off a practice management company under the leadership of its CEO, Mark Cherney, who explains that the goal of US Urology Group is to help urology practices succeed “without having to acquiesce to a hospital acquisition.”

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SimplifyASC raises nearly $3 million as part of a Series A round led by Jumpstart Capital. The ambulatory surgery center-focused EHR and practice management company was spun out of the assets of CSS Health Technologies and Ormed Information Systems, which merged in 2014.

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After a year-long pilot, Convene will add primary care clinics developed and managed by Eden Health across its network of co-working spaces, initially starting with Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. New York City-based Eden Health, which also offers insurance navigation services, announced a $10 million Series A round several weeks ago.

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Iora Health will expand its primary care services for Medicare members to Texas this fall. The company, which operates similar practices in six other states, will hire up to 60 employees to staff its Houston practices.


Announcements and Implementations

University Physicians’ Association adds patient billing messaging and billing interface software from Relatient to its medical billing services for physician practices.

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Division of Specialized Care for Children selects care and community services coordination software from Eccovia Solutions.


People

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Canadian health IT company Reliq Health Technologies names Rob Prouse (Bentley Systems) CTO and Bassma Ghali chief innovation officer.


Government and Politics

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AHRQ develops the Question Builder app to help patients better prepare for medical visits. Users have the ability to select questions to ask their provider from a list compiled by AHRQ based on type of medical encounter, take notes and pictures during their visit, and share their documentation with others.

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Behavioral health providers in North Carolina are pushing for more time to connect to the statewide HIE ahead of the mandated June 1 deadline. Lawmakers have introduced a bill that would give them two more years to get their EHRs up, running, and connected; but it has faced opposition from those who feel interoperability should happen sooner rather than later. Affected providers have cited prohibitively expensive EHR costs and lack of suitable systems as the reason for their delay.


Research and Innovation

Primary PartnerCare ACO Independent Practice Association (NY) finds that patients who consented to have real-time care alerts sent to their PCPs via the Healthix HIE experienced significantly lower rates of hospital admissions and 30-day readmissions.


Other

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First Pi Day, then Match Day: UC San Diego Health profiles Olympic soccer gold medalist and UC San Diego School of Medicine student Rachel Van Hollebeke and her anticipation of Match Day on Friday, March 15. Van Hollebeke, who wants to go into family medicine, will follow in the footsteps of her great grandfather and grandfather – both GPs; and father, who recently retired after a 40-year career as a cardiothoracic surgeon.


Sponsor Updates

  • AdvancedMD and Aprima will exhibit at the AAOS conference March 12-16 in Las Vegas.

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