Private equity firm GTCR acquires urgent care health IT vendor Experity for a rumored $1.2 billion. Experity was created in 2019 through the merger of Practice Velocity and DocuTap. It acquired patient survey and reputation management company Calibrater Health in 2020.
April 6 (Wednesday) 1 ET. “19 Massive Best Practices We’ve Learned from 4 Million Telehealth Visits.” Sponsor: Mend. Presenter: Matt McBride, MBA, founder, president, and CEO, Mend. Virtual visits have graduated from a quickly implemented technical novelty to a key healthcare strategy. The challenge now is to define how telehealth can work seamlessly with in-person visits. This webinar will address patient satisfaction, reducing no-show rates to single digits, and using technology to make telehealth easy to use and accessible for all patients. The presenter will share best practices that have been gleaned from millions of telehealth visits and how they have been incorporated into a leading telemedicine and AI-powered patient engagement platform.
Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock
CVS files an application with the US Patent Trade Office to trademark its logo, and provide healthcare services including non-emergency telemedicine in the metaverse. I suppose the family Oculus is the next patient access point for virtual care.
Former Livongo executives launch Homeward Health with a $20 million investment from General Catalyst. The startup aims to provide Medicare Advantage plan members in rural communities with primary and specialty care using local care teams that provide in-person and virtual services, and in-home remote patient monitoring. It is initially focusing its evidence-based, value-based care model on cardiology.
Government and Politics
A federal judge sentences Ameet Goyal, MD to 96 months in prison, five years of supervised release, and penalties of $7.2 million for a seven-year medical billing scheme in which he falsely upcoded $3.6 million in procedures. He has also been found guilty of fraudulently obtaining small business loans issued during the pandemic. In addition to bullying employees into going along with his scheme, Goyal even went so far as to send patients who couldn’t pay his falsely upcoded bills to collections agencies, negatively affecting their credit.
ViVE 2022 gets underway in Miami, where daily temps are in the high 70s and the mojitos are apparently flowing in the exhibit hall, where 273 companies have committed to the inaugural event. National Coordinator Micky Tripathi’s session seems to have attracted a healthy crowd. Feel free to email me with any ambulatory-related observations.
- PerfectServe Values Awards winners include Sales Manager Joe Faso for collaboration, Enterprise Solutions Manager Alex Van Buren for integrity, Customer Solutions Director Cameron Shahnazi for innovation, Customer Success Advisor Courtney Allnutt for service, Deployment Manager Phil Towne for purpose, People Operations & Office Coordinator Kerry Mathews for inclusion, and VP of Customer Solutions Lois Hester for leadership.
- Nordic Consulting has received certification from HITRUST via the risk-based, two-year validation process.
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