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General Atlantic acquires onsite health center company Marathon Health from Goldman Sachs. Marathon Health has developed a proprietary health IT system that includes an EHR equipped with e-prescribing and Medicomp’s Medcin Engine, and member portal and app.


Webinars

October 15 (Tuesday) 1:00 ET. “Universal Health Services Case Study: How to Improve Network Design and Management with Claims Data.” Sponsor: CareJourney. Presenters: Mallory Cary, regional director of ACO operations, UHS; Abbas Bader, director of product development, CareJourney. Universal Health Services (UHS), one of the nation’s largest hospital management companies, has more than 350 acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities, and ambulatory centers across the US, Puerto Rico, and the UK. UHS has collaborated closely with CareJourney over the last three years in building high-performing networks in new markets, managing patient populations as they flow through those networks, and targeting areas for performance improvement within the network. Join the expert presenters for deep insights into network design and optimization.

Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre to present your own.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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BetterConsult opens its first US office in Houston. The Australia-based company has developed software that enables patients to fill out pre-consult paperwork that is then summarized for physician review.

CentralReach will add newly acquired Precise Xceleration’s evidence-based clinical programming to its EHR and practice management technology for autism specialists.

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BrainCheck raises $8 million to further develop its cognitive assessment software for seniors.


Announcements and Implementations

Real-time patient data company Trio Health works with the American Rheumatology Network to develop a rheumatology registry that combines EHR data with prescription drug data.


Government and Politics

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In an effort to highlight and advance the adoption of electronic prescribing of controlled substances, ONC releases new data showing that the size of a practice correlates to the number of providers who electronically prescribe. Employed physicians electronically prescribe at rates higher than their private practice counterparts, and those who participate in CMS-sponsored programs also have higher rates of EPCS. ONC stats also show that providers using ONC-certified EHRs are more likely to prescribe electronically.


Telemedicine

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CVS Health’s MinuteClinic expands telemedicine offerings to locations in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and South Carolina. The Teladoc-powered service was first launched in August 2018 and is now available in 32 states.

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CareDash adds online consult providers and state-by-state virtual licensing to its provider review website.

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A Doctor on Demand survey of 1,000 consumers finds lack of time to be the biggest barrier to scheduling annual primary care visits. While 60% of respondents said they would use virtual care if their insurance covered it, the same percentage said such visits are more suitable for more urgent care. Sixty percent believe a relationship can be built with a PCP through video technology; 70% feel that phone calls and texts without video just won’t cut it.


Other

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New American Heart Association studies show that owning a dog may lead to a longer life and better cardiovascular outcomes, especially for heart attack and stroke survivors who live by themselves.


Sponsor Updates

  • AdvancedMD will exhibit at the AAO meeting October 12-15 in San Francisco.
  • Culbert Healthcare Solutions will exhibit at MGMA October 13-16 in New Orleans.

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