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News 9/16/19

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Primary care startup Firefly Health raises $10 million in a Series A funding round led by F-Prime Capital and Oak HC/FT. the Wellesley, MA-based company offers concierge care to Massachusetts-based employers and health plan members at its clinic and on-site pop-up clinics, and through virtual consults or text-based messaging. It has developed a digital platform, Lucian, to connect with and care for patients before, during, and after their visits.

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Former Athenahealth co-founder and CEO Jonathan Bush has joined the company as executive chairman.


HIStalk Practice Musings

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Eric Topol, MD tweets his enthusiasm for Arthur Kleinman, MD’s new book, “The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor.” His take:

“I think Kleinman’s new book ‘The Soul of Care’ is one of the best in 2019. Some definitions of ‘care’ that he provides:

  1. Care is accompanying someone through their experience of alarm and injury. It is assisting, protecting thinking, ahead to prevent further difficulty.
  2. It is also the existential activity through which we most fully realize our humanity.
  3. The human glue that holds together families, communities and societies.
  4. Care can offer wisdom for the art of living.
    …..and many, many more

And I share his concern: ‘I believe we are living through a dangerous time when high-quality care is seriously threatened among families, in the health professions, in our hospitals & aged care homes, & in our society at large.” “sacrificed on the altar of economy and efficiency.’”

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ChartLogic’s recent blog on maintaining proper etiquette in a physician practice reminded me of “The Emily Post Book of Etiquette for Young People” by Elizabeth Post. I picked up a copy of the now-vintage edition at my local Goodwill while in high school. Reading it helped me to understand that exhibiting good manners is simply a way of showing others they are worthy of our respect, time, and attention. In today’s world of patient satisfaction scores and high-tech patient engagement strategies, it seems that good manners might get lost in the world of high-tech, eyes-down healthcare. It should be the starting point, rather, for patient engagement strategies. As the blog says, “Maintaining proper etiquette throughout the day – even when times are tough – will help patients feel comfortable, trust your judgment, and ensure their loyalty to your practice.”

Perhaps its time for Post’s descendants to come out with an edition specific to healthcare settings. In the meantime, we’ll have to settle for “Manners in a Digital World” or “The Etiquette Advantage in Business.”


Webinars

September 19 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “ICD-10-CM 2020 Code Updates.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: June Bronnert, MSHI, RHIA, director of terminology mapping, IMO; Theresa Rihanek, MHA, RHIA, classification and intervention mapping lead, IMO; and Julie Glasgow, MD, senior clinical terminologist, IMO. The 2020 regulatory release is right around the corner. Join IMO’s top coding professionals and thought leaders as they discuss new, revised, and deleted codes; highlight revisions to ICD-10-CM index and tabular; discuss changes within Official Coding Guidelines; share potential impacts of the code set update; and review ICD-10-CM modifier changes.

September 26 (Thursday) 2 ET. “Patient Education Data: A Key Ingredient for Improving Quality and Patient Experience.” Sponsor: Healthwise. Presenters: Victoria L. Maisonneuve, MSN, RN, director of the Nursing Center for Excellence and Magnet program, Parkview Health; Marta Sylvia, MPH, senior manager of quality improvement and outcomes research, Healthwise. Healthcare data is everywhere! It’s scattered across various systems and in countless formats, making it difficult to collect and glean actionable information. Knowing where to start depends on what your organization wants to accomplish.  By focusing on your patient education data, you can drive quality improvement across your organization. Vicki Maisonneuve will share how her team analyzes data around the use of patient education. By combining different data sets, she can easily identify trends, gaps, and opportunities to improve quality and patient experience across Parkview Health.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

Seven family practice physicians sue CaroMont Health in North Carolina after the health system insists on a restrictive non-compete clause and refuses to let them out of their contracts without paying a $1.8 million. The doctors want to leave and form a practice as part of Tryon Medical Group, which formed last year after several physicians sued to break away from Atrium Health. The physicians claim they want to leave CaroMont because of frustrations with the “bureaucratic red tape of hospital administration.”


Announcements and Implementations

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DrChrono puts all of its Ipad-based EHR and practice management features onto its Iphone app.

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Eccovia Solutions adds an SDOH screening tool to its ClientTrack care coordination software.


People

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Patient engagement company Health Monitor Network names William Saint-Louis (Regalis Health Services) CTO and promotes Alex Dong to EVP.


Research and Innovation

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Google develops a deep learning system to help primary care physicians improve diagnostic accuracy of skin conditions. An initial study found that its DLS helped PCPs diagnose skin conditions across 26 categories with accuracy similar to that of dermatologists.


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Construction of the Google-backed OneFifteen addiction treatment center continues in Dayton, OH. Development of the center, part of a campus of tech-enabled recovery and social services launched by Kettering Health Network, Premier Health, and Verily, was originally scheduled to open in June. Construction delays have pushed the start of patient care back to October.


Sponsor Updates

  • EClinicalWorks will exhibit at Health 2.0 September 16-18 in Santa Clara, CA.
  • Intelligent Medical Objects will exhibit at AHIMA September 14-18 in Chicago.

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News 9/11/19

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Women’s healthcare company Kindbody opens its fourth – and largest – clinic in Flatiron, NY. The company launched just over a year ago, has raised $22 million, and developed its own EHR. Digital health offerings also include virtual consults and a patient portal. It plans to open three more clinics by the end of 2019.

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Founder and CEO Gina Bartasi’s path to women’s wellness seems to have started at an Atlanta-based publishing company, progressed to the founding of a content-driven fertility-focused website, and then led to her founding fertility benefits company Progyny, which she left in 2017.


HIStalk Practice Musings

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Fans of Margaret Atwood will be happy to know that “The Testaments,” her sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is now available. I remember liking the first book, but it’s been so long that I’ll need to read it again before attempting the second. I haven’t seen the show on Hulu, which has already acquired the rights to the sequel.

Goodreads has compiled this list of highly anticipated novels set to come out this fall. I’m especially excited about “The Starless Sea” by Erin Morgenstern, who wrote the fantastic “The Night Circus.” (If you read one book this year, make that one it.) I’m also going to check out “The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes, which tells the story of a woman who joins a traveling library started by Eleanor Roosevelt.

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And speaking of libraries, efforts have been underway for some time now to convert Britain’s 10,000 remaining phone boxes for other more relevant uses. Some communities have turned them into micro libraries through sponsorship programs, while others have used them to house defibrillators.


Webinars

September 19 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “ICD-10-CM 2020 Code Updates.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: June Bronnert, MSHI, RHIA, director of terminology mapping, IMO; Theresa Rihanek, MHA, RHIA, classification and intervention mapping lead, IMO; and Julie Glasgow, MD, senior clinical terminologist, IMO. The 2020 regulatory release is right around the corner. Join IMO’s top coding professionals and thought leaders as they discuss new, revised, and deleted codes; highlight revisions to ICD-10-CM index and tabular; discuss changes within Official Coding Guidelines; share potential impacts of the code set update; and review ICD-10-CM modifier changes.

September 26 (Thursday) 2 ET. “Patient Education Data: A Key Ingredient for Improving Quality and Patient Experience.” Sponsor: Healthwise. Presenters: Victoria L. Maisonneuve, MSN, RN, director of the Nursing Center for Excellence and Magnet program, Parkview Health; Marta Sylvia, MPH, senior manager of quality improvement and outcomes research, Healthwise. Healthcare data is everywhere! It’s scattered across various systems and in countless formats, making it difficult to collect and glean actionable information. Knowing where to start depends on what your organization wants to accomplish. Vicki Maisonneuve will share how her team analyzes data around the use of patient education. By combining different data sets, she can easily identify trends, gaps, and opportunities to improve quality and patient experience across Parkview Health.

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


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Doctor on Demand names Robin Glass (Evolent Health) president and chief commercial officer, and David Deane (TurningPoint Healthcare Solutions) VP of business development.


Announcements and Implementations

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North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services providers will use Phreesia intake technology to deliver the state’s Standardized Social Determinants of Health Screening Questions to patients and alert providers in real time to available resources. The SDOH screening is part of the state’s Health Opportunities initiative, which will also coordinate care between state-based agencies using the NCCare360 data-sharing network.


Telemedicine

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MTBC makes virtual consult capabilities available to select behavioral health and addiction medicine specialists using its TalkEHR. It plans to make the feature available to all customers by the end of the year.

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Symplast adds telemedicine features to its EHR and practice management software for plastic surgery and medspa providers.

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Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness, an FQHC with 23 clinics in and around Chicago, will use a $136,000 grant from HHS to offer primary care and diabetes management via telemedicine. It will also offer diabetic patients an app that will allow them to record and share their daily sugar levels with providers.


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This article highlights the vast differences consumers find when they check prescription prices using GoodRx. It’s true that pricing for the same drug can vary in the extreme, making it well worth a consumer’s while to trek a few extra miles to save money. The Byzantine nature of prescription drug pricing was made all too clear to me last week, when I had to fill several prescriptions for myself and a family member. Being a cash-paying customer, I transferred the first prescription from Walgreens, where GoodRx listed it as $25, to Publix, which listed it as $12. The fact that the two establishments were across the street from each other made the decision that much easier. I discovered, much to my chagrin, that Publix doesn’t accept GoodRx coupons, but was happy to apply some sort of magical discount to my total, bringing the prescription’s price down to $5. While I didn’t leverage GoodRx’s coupons for any of the medications, browsing the site certainly made me more aware of the need to shop around and ask my provider and pharmacist questions about pricing. In fact, I did just what GoodRx Director of Research Thomas Goetz predicted I would: “When … transparency is in the hands of consumers, consumers start to change behavior. And that starts to change the economics of the system. It’s very slow-going, but that’s in general what we’re all about.”


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News 9/9/19

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Pediatric urgent care clinic Brave Care raises $5 million in a seed funding round led by several investors that include Sesame Street through its partnership with VC Collaborative Fund.

The Portland-based company, which opened in July, plans to use the financing to open more clinics and develop its own EHR and practice management software plus an online triage tool.


HIStalk Practice Musings

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Happy belated National Read a Book Day! I have no idea why it’s celebrated every September 6th, or who is behind its observance, but any excuse to read more books is fine by me. (Today is Teddy Bear Day, according to TimeandDate.com, in case you were wondering.) Inc.com celebrated with this article on business book recommendations.

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Over the weekend, I stumbled across this fantastic Outside.com article on the enigmatic Appalachian Trail hiker Baltimore Jack, which led me down a literary rabbit hole related to AT reads like Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild” and Bill Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods,” both of which I’ve read and highly recommend. I’ve yet to read anything by Bill Bryson, in fact, that I haven’t liked. “A Short History of Nearly Everything” is especially amusing.

Speaking of woods, the dog days of summer are still enveloping my neck of ‘em, and so I’d love suggestions of books that might help me to mentally prepare for cooler temps and autumnal colors. Please email me with your suggestions. Though pumpkin spice flavors and scents beckon, I can’t bring myself to indulge until daytime temps are at least below 90.


Webinars

September 19 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “ICD-10-CM 2020 Code Updates.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: June Bronnert, MSHI, RHIA, director of terminology mapping, IMO; Theresa Rihanek, MHA, RHIA, classification and intervention mapping lead, IMO; and Julie Glasgow, MD, senior clinical terminologist, IMO. The 2020 regulatory release is right around the corner. Join IMO’s top coding professionals and thought leaders as they discuss new, revised, and deleted codes; highlight revisions to ICD-10-CM index and tabular; discuss changes within Official Coding Guidelines; share potential impacts of the code set update; and review ICD-10-CM modifier changes.

September 26 (Thursday) 2 ET. “Patient Education Data: A Key Ingredient for Improving Quality and Patient Experience.” Sponsor: Healthwise. Presenters: Victoria L. Maisonneuve, MSN, RN, director of the Nursing Center for Excellence and Magnet program, Parkview Health; Marta Sylvia, MPH, senior manager of quality improvement and outcomes research, Healthwise. Healthcare data is everywhere! It’s scattered across various systems and in countless formats, making it difficult to collect and glean actionable information. Knowing where to start depends on what your organization wants to accomplish. Vicki Maisonneuve will share how her team analyzes data around the use of patient education. By combining different data sets, she can easily identify trends, gaps, and opportunities to improve quality and patient experience across Parkview Health.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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MobileHelp rebrands its health division to Clear Arch Health, which will continue to offer remote patient monitoring, telemedicine, and mobile personal emergency response systems.

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Martis Capital closes a minority recapitalization of EHR and practice management vendor Credible Behavioral Health.

Population health management company Apollo Medical Holdings acquires Accountable Health Care IPA in Southern California.


Announcements and Implementations

Valued Medical Care (NM) selects EHR, practice management, and RCM software from CareCloud.


Telemedicine

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Austin, TX-based Medici adds a chat collaboration feature to its telemedicine software, giving physicians the ability to virtually consult with colleagues.


Other

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Kaiser Health News sheds light on why some outpatient providers, particularly imaging centers, offer discounted services on Groupon. Outpatient Imaging (GA) admin Brittany Swanson says the practice went with Groupon because they saw their competitors doing it, and has since seen hundreds of new patients take advantage of their discounted mammograms, body scans, and other screenings. Crown Valley Imaging (CA) President Sami Beydoun insists it’s more about marketing than revenue, considering the cut Groupon takes: “It’s kind of brutal. It’s a tough place to market. But the way I look at it is you’re getting decent marketing.”

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A local news outlet profiles Diamond Physicians CEO James Pinckney, MD who is traveling regularly between his concierge practice in Dallas and the California-based set of live television show Chasing the Cure. Pinckney is one of four doctors on the show who, along with crowdsourced contributions, try to diagnose patients who call in with mysterious ailments. “With the crowdsourcing,” he says, “we’ll have all of this brainpower focused on the patient, plus the four doctors on the show, putting the puzzle together. And you have everybody else who’s watching also helping. It’s amazing, and I think we’re going to see something that’s never happened before, real breakthroughs, real miracles. I mean, we’re chasing the cure.”


Sponsor Updates

  • EClinicalWorks will exhibit at ASCENT 2019 through September 11 in Austin, TX.
  • Healthwise will exhibit at the Medicaid Managed Care Summit September 9-10 in Scottsdale, AZ.

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News 9/4/19

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Primary care company VillageMD raises $100 million in a Series B round led by Kinnevik AB. It has raised $216 million since launching in 2013. It will use this latest round of financing to expand into new and existing markets, and enhance its DocsOS technology.


Reader Comments

From Holly: “Re: American Well survey. You know what’s interesting – re: your call for insight on telehealth from a practice perspective. Many health plans are actually starting to think about how they engage practices to offer members telehealth visits with community doctors. It should be interesting to see this as a potential trend to help plans manage members’ health needs, and to help practices embrace virtual care.”


HIStalk Practice Announcements and Requests

Thanks to the following companies that recently supported HIStalk Practice.

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Mr. H mentioned that our Summer Doldrums special has almost come to an end. Contact Lorre if your company is interested in taking advantage of special sponsorship rates. Now is a great time to leverage sponsorship benefits, considering there are 185 days left until HIMSS 2020. That may seem like plenty of time to get your marketing ducks in a row, but industry long-timers know they’ll go by in a flash.


Webinars

September 5 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “Driving 90% Patient Adoption Across Your Network: How US Dermatology Partners is Showing Us The Way.” Sponsor: Relatient. Presenters: Michele Perry, CEO, Relatient; Sara Nguyen, VP of applications and integrations, US Dermatology Partners. US Dermatology Partners is helping its physicians reclaim time they can spend with patients and is turning patient engagement strategies into business results across its 90 locations in eight states. Attendees will learn how US Dermatology Partners defined its patient engagement objectives and physician-optimized strategies. They presenters will provide advice on starting or accelerating  patient engagement goals.

September 19 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “ICD-10-CM 2020 Code Updates.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: June Bronnert, MSHI, RHIA, director of terminology mapping, IMO; Theresa Rihanek, MHA, RHIA, classification and intervention mapping lead, IMO; and Julie Glasgow, MD, senior clinical terminologist, IMO. The 2020 regulatory release is right around the corner. Join IMO’s top coding professionals and thought leaders as they discuss new, revised, and deleted codes; highlight revisions to ICD-10-CM index and tabular; discuss changes within Official Coding Guidelines; share potential impacts of the code set update; and review ICD-10-CM modifier changes.

September 26 (Thursday) 2 ET. “Patient Education Data: A Key Ingredient for Improving Quality and Patient Experience.” Sponsor: Healthwise. Presenters: Victoria L. Maisonneuve, MSN, RN, director of the Nursing Center for Excellence and Magnet program, Parkview Health; Marta Sylvia, MPH, senior manager of quality improvement and outcomes research, Healthwise. Healthcare data is everywhere! It’s scattered across various systems and in countless formats, making it difficult to collect and glean actionable information. Knowing where to start depends on what your organization wants to accomplish. Vicki Maisonneuve will share how her team analyzes data around the use of patient education. By combining different data sets, she can easily identify trends, gaps, and opportunities to improve quality and patient experience across Parkview Health.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Irvine, CA-based NextGen Healthcare will lay off 82 employees when it closes its Canton office in Ohio early next year. The closure was alluded to in the company’s July earnings call as part of an effort to increase offshore work in India and restructure around reduced headcount in the US.


Announcements and Implementations

Clinical services and technology company Altais will team with the California Medical Association and ACO primary care business Aledade to help physicians succeed in value-based contracts with payers using the latest workflow technologies and services.

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Relias announces GA of cloud-based population health software for behavioral healthcare providers, associations, and payers.

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Psychiatric and behavioral healthcare provider Archway Station (MD) implements the Providing You Practice Solutions EHR from Willetts Tech.

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ITether develops care management software to help behavioral health providers remotely monitor their patients in between appointments. The mobile solution includes secure messaging, treatment planning and goal-setting, telemedicine, and social services resources.

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The Valley Springs Health and Wellness Center (CA) will implement Athenahealth when it opens next month.

DrChrono adds Relatient’s patient engagement technology to its tablet-based EHR and practice management software.


People

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In Texas, primary care-focused Catalyst Health Network promotes Jeff Bullard, MD to CMO.


Government and Politics

Montana Governor Steve Bullock will sign an executive order declaring Big Sky Care Connect the state’s official HIE. The exchange was established last year and is managed by the Montana Medical Association. Big Sky is the state’s second attempt at a statewide HIE. HealthShare Montana, which was established with HITECH funding, shut down over governance issues.

The State of Indiana will use a $21 million grant from the CDC to detect and prevent overdoses. A portion of the grant will go towards ensuring that small physician practices have access to the state’s INSPECT PDMP, among other efforts. The funding is part of a $1.8 billion opioid prevention package that HHS is allocating to all 50 states over the next three years.


Other

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Fast Company profiles several mental health startups hoping to attract patients with midcentury modern furniture, soothing spaces, apps, and provider-finding technology, ultimately shining a spotlight on the fact that the key to getting patients the care they need is all in the pricing. As the author so succinctly puts it: “None of these startups begin to address the affordability issue, at least from a place of innovation. Finding a good therapist is an annoying process. But it’s an annoying process for a select group of people who either have the insurance or the cash on hand to cover a $180 per-session fee.”


Sponsor Updates

  • EClinicalWorks will exhibit at CASA 2019 Annual Conference & Exhibits September 4-6 in Monterey, CA.

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News 8/28/19

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San Francisco-based patient engagement startup Luma Health raises $16 million in a Series B round that brings the four year-old company’s total funding to nearly $26 million.


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Kate writes to recommend “Love You Hard: A Memoir of Marriage, Brain Injury, and Reinventing Love” by Abby Maslin. The book was a literary gift to herself; one she’ll make required reading for her three young daughters when they are old enough to handle the realness of life that Abby portrays. (Kate, you may also find “Eight Twenty Eight” by Ian and Larissa Murphy compelling in a similar way.) She made my day by adding, “Thank you for sharing your reading list and the recommendations of others – I come for the health IS and return for the book reviews!”

Let’s not let Kate down. Please email me with your suggestions. What titles will you dig into over the upcoming Labor Day weekend?

Speaking of the long weekend, ambulatory HIT news is a bit hard to come by this week as company PR machines and industry rumor mills creak to a near-halt ahead of Friday’s mid-afternoon mass exodus. (Or, perhaps everyone’s just having too much fun at #EpicUGM.) And so I’ll share a few more literary-related items to hopefully make reading this post worth your time.

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Does the latest and greatest algorithm leave you with little time to spare for paper-based books? Check out “Books that Will Help You Kick Your Tech Dependence” at Outside.com, natch. I’m in full accord with the author, who believes that, sometimes, books show up in our lives at exactly the right time.

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Hyland continues its “What our executives are reading series” with recommendations from Product Management VP Scott Dwyer. I’ll definitely look for “Unbroken” by Lauren Hillenbrand the next time I’m at the library. I read “Seabiscuit” by Hillenbrand years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it (and the movie it spawned).

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Finally, Dan Brown fans may want to check out “The Potter’s Tale,” the debut novel of retired family physician Dave Davis. The book features two reporters (one with a medical degree) as they race to save the world from extinction, all the while dealing with ancient Mayan mysteries, global warming, secret societies, and the Kennedy assassination.


Webinars

September 5 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “Driving 90% Patient Adoption Across Your Network: How US Dermatology Partners is Showing Us The Way.” Sponsor: Relatient. Presenters: Michele Perry, CEO, Relatient; Sara Nguyen, VP of applications and integrations, US Dermatology Partners. US Dermatology Partners is helping its physicians reclaim time they can spend with patients and is turning patient engagement strategies into business results across its 90 locations in eight states. Attendees will learn how US Dermatology Partners defined its patient engagement objectives and physician-optimized strategies. They presenters will provide advice on starting or accelerating  patient engagement goals.

September 19 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “ICD-10-CM 2020 Code Updates.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: June Bronnert, MSHI, RHIA, director of terminology mapping, IMO; Theresa Rihanek, MHA, RHIA, classification and intervention mapping lead, IMO; and Julie Glasgow, MD, senior clinical terminologist, IMO. The 2020 regulatory release is right around the corner. Join IMO’s top coding professionals and thought leaders as they discuss new, revised, and deleted codes; highlight revisions to ICD-10-CM index and tabular; discuss changes within Official Coding Guidelines; share potential impacts of the code set update; and review ICD-10-CM modifier changes.

September 26 (Thursday) 2 ET. “Patient Education Data: A Key Ingredient for Improving Quality and Patient Experience.” Sponsor: Healthwise. Presenters: Victoria L. Maisonneuve, MSN, RN, director of the Nursing Center for Excellence and Magnet program, Parkview Health; Marta Sylvia, MPH, senior manager of quality improvement and outcomes research, Healthwise. Healthcare data is everywhere! It’s scattered across various systems and in countless formats, making it difficult to collect and glean actionable information. Knowing where to start depends on what your organization wants to accomplish. Vicki Maisonneuve will share how her team analyzes data around the use of patient education. By combining different data sets, she can easily identify trends, gaps, and opportunities to improve quality and patient experience across Parkview Health.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Crystal Practice Management will invest $2 million in relocating its headquarters from Austin to Cedar Park, TX. The company specializes in practice management software for optometrists and vision therapists.


Announcements and Implementations

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HSX extends its HIE capabilities beyond the Greater Pittsburgh area to New Jersey through a new connection with the New Jersey Health Information Network.


Research and Innovation

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AMGA’s latest pay and productivity survey of 272 medical groups finds that compensation increased by an average of just under 3% in 2018, an increase of over 2% from the year before. Productivity saw a negligible gain, meaning groups haven’t experienced an increase since 2016.

New research from PatientPoint shows that 21,000 physicians who offered in-office education on opioids each prescribed 142 fewer pills between October 2017 and May 2018.


Telemedicine

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An American Well survey of 2,000 consumers finds that the disconnect between interest in virtual care and actual utilization is still alive and well: 66% of respondents are willing to use telemedicine, while 8% have actually done so. Seventeen percent of those interested in trying it don’t know if their insurance plans cover the service. I wonder how many of those surveyed see physicians who offer telemedicine, whether by video or chat. I typically don’t report on American Well because of its focus on health systems and payers, but I believe these findings are relevant to healthcare organizations of all sizes. There’s obviously interest, which mom-and-pop telemedicine vendors are doing their hardest to try to take advantage of, but there’s also an awareness problem. On the physician practice side, I imagine there’s a resource and/or bandwidth problem. Dr. Jayne has written about it a time or two, mentioning that “Telehealth is definitely at the forefront of many organizations’ strategic plans. Whether you’re a dedicated telehealth vendor or a practice looking at it as a solution to reduce revenue leakage, if it’s not part of your plan, you need to be thinking about it.” I’d love to hear from readers who have considered implementing telemedicine at their practices. Email me with your anecdotes, anonymously or otherwise.


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