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ENT and Allergy Associates (NY) launch QMMS USA, a practice support company that will provide its 46 clinics and other practices with billing, practice management, and health IT, among other back-office services. ENT and Allergy Associates CEO Robert Glazer will also head up the new company.


HIStalk Practice Musings

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Health IT and books again collide in “Scenes from an Early Morning Run,” a new coffee table book from former HIStalk contributor, health IT fixture, and athlete Ed Marx. He says the book contains “the best pics taken while running from around the world. You are holding the first edition. All proceeds go directly to help a Dreamer realize her dreams.”

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It wasn’t long after I came across the book above that I ran across the story of family physician Maria Loerzel, MD who’ll run her first marathon this Sunday while pushing her friend Chris Douglas, who has ALS, in a wheelchair. Loerzel got into running several years ago after losing a bet to her husband.


Webinars

December 10 (Tuesday) 1:00 ET. “Move on from the age of the inefficient EHR.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Jim Thompson, MD, physician informaticist, IMO; Obaid Baig, product manager, IMO. The EHR seems more like transactional workflow system rather than an intuitive clinical documentation tool, creating the possibility of loss of data consistency and the need for manual workarounds. The presenters will describe how to turn an EHR into a powerful tool that can help improve workflows and documentation so that clinicians can focus on care, not coding and reimbursement.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Atlanta-based Motivo raises $2.2 million in a seed funding round led by Cox Enterprises. Motivo has developed an app that helps connect mental health providers with clinical supervisors who can oversee continuing education related to licensure.

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The OneFifteen addiction center in begins seeing patients in Dayton, OH. The center is part of an addiction services campus backed by Verily that will eventually include a workforce development site. Plans are already in the works for a 5,000 square-foot addition.

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Senior-focused primary care, management, and technology company ChenMed will open 20 new practices in five new cities, bringing the number of its centers to 80 in 10 states.


Announcements and Implementations

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Clearwater develops a cyber risk management and HIPAA compliance implementation and management program for business associates of healthcare providers.

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The American Oncology Network of 58 physicians selects patient and provider engagement software from PatientPoint.


People

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Digital prescription savings company RxSense names Vishal Arora (EF Educational Tours) CTO of its enterprise division and Nitin Shingate (Raise) as CTO of its consumer division.

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MGMA hires Ron Holder (Baylor Scott & White Healthcare) as COO and Albert Hwang (Prestige Consumer Healthcare) as CMO.


Telemedicine

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Foley & Lardner publishes a state-by-state look at telehealth payment parity laws in a new 150-page report. Only 10 states have true parity – meaning providers are reimbursed at the same rate for virtual care as for in-person care.


Other

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Could this be the start of a trend? Rahul Khare, MD expands his practice’s services to include cannabis-focused primary care and cannabis consulting. Khare and his staff will guide patients on the appropriate use of cannabis for symptom relief, including the most effective strains and dosing.


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