Texas-based FQHC Legacy Community Health partners with business development firm Canton & Co. to launch Monarch Health Solutions, a practice management company dedicated to community health centers.
June 24 (Thursday) 2 ET: “Peer-to-Peer Panel: Creating a Better Healthcare Experience in the Post-Pandemic Era.” Sponsor: Avtex. Presenters: Mike Pietig, VP of healthcare, Avtex; Matt Durski, director of healthcare patient and member experience, Avtex; Patrick Tuttle, COO, Delta Dental of Kansas; Chad Thorpe, care ambassador, DispatchHealth. The live panel will review the findings of a May 2021 survey about which factors are most important to patients and members who are interacting with healthcare organizations. The panel will provide actionable strategies to improve patient and member engagement and retention, recover revenue, and implement solutions that reduce friction across multiple channels to prioritize care and outreach.
Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock
Syra Health announces expansion plans that include doubling its office space and adding up to 150 new jobs by 2025. Based in Carmel, Indiana, company offers value-based care consulting, medical education content development, and staffing services.
Consulting firm Patient Access Solutions acquires TelaMentalHealth.com.
Well Health Technologies will acquire MyHealth Partners, a provider of primary, specialty, and virtual care with 48 locations in Ontario. Once the acquisition closes, Well Health will become the largest non-governmental operator of outpatient clinics in Canada.
PerfectServe hires Rodrigo Martínez, MD (TransformativeMed) as its first CMO.
Announcements and Implementations
US Radiology Specialists selects patient intake and messaging solutions from Royal Health including Royal Pay, Royal Kiosks, and Royal Alerts.
Behavioral health provider Coyote Task Force (AZ) implements EnSoftek’s DrCloudEHR.
Government and Politics
Missouri Governor Mike Parson signs into law a bill creating a statewide prescription drug monitoring program. The state has suffered from the distinction of being the last in the country to be without a PDMP. A task force will oversee the development of the program’s centralized database and select a vendor to collect patient data.
Research and Innovation
Just over a third of 505 surveyed healthcare workers say that technology frustrates them, while 19% say it does not help with productivity. The same percentage admit that technology makes their jobs harder. The survey also found a strong correlation between job satisfaction and negative views of technology. Also worth noting: Twenty-eight percent of respondents feel that their company doesn’t give them the technology training they need to succeed, while 25% don’t believe they have the skills to succeed in an increasingly technologically advanced workplace.
Telehealth utilization continues to decrease, though at a slower pace than seen at the beginning of the year, according to Fair Health’s latest analysis. The drop coincides with a national decrease in COVID-19 cases and increasing vaccination rates.
The local news investigates the discovery of boxes of medical records dumped outside of a storage unit in Atlanta. Hope Medical had moved the files to a storage unit after a fire at their facility in 2018. The rental facility sold off the contents of Hope Medical’s unit after the practice defaulted on its payments. The highest bidder for the unit’s contents likely found them to be of no immediate value.
Former US Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD appears on the local news to discuss the impact of COVID-19 vaccination rates on the county’s public health ordinances. He stepped down from his government job at the request of the Biden administration earlier this year and, according to the news, is practicing medicine in Central Indiana.
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