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News 9/30/20

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Colorado-based CORHIO and Arizona-based Health Current announce plans to merge, potentially creating the largest HIE in the Western United States. Combined, the two organizations serve 1,320 healthcare organizations.


HIStalk Practice Musings

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Getting away last week to a somewhat quiet campsite was refreshing. It was nice to sit at the bend of a creek and stare into a crackling campfire, with hardly a thought for worldly goings-on. As the above camper pic shows, I don’t travel lightly. Primitive camping is not in my wheelhouse. The only camping hack I can offer is to make sure you have a traveling coffee maker in your sleeping quarters. Waking up to the sound of babbling water outside and brewing coffee inside my bed-in-a-box definitely made the mornings enjoyable.

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I endured a rainy day by doing some antiquing in a quaint, nearby mountain town. I of course kept my eyes peeled for good deals on used books, and wound up adding the titles above to my home library. It’s always nice to have books on hand when you find yourself in between trips to the library.


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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Irish cosmetic clinic chain SISU raises $5.5 million in a Series A round of financing that will enable it to launch its “face as a service” offerings in the US, aided by digital booking capabilities, online evaluations, and an e-commerce platform. Its founders consider it to be the “One Medical for aesthetic treatments.”


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Rourke Yeakley, MD joins Saltzer Health (ID) – soon to be owned by Intermountain Healthcare (UT) – as chief innovation officer and medical director of its urgent care clinics.

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EverCommerce hires Brent Michael (Eye Care Leaders) to lead its ISalus and AllMeds business, which offers EHR, practice management, and RCM software and services to physician practices.


Announcements and Implementations

Telemedicine vendor CloudMD will integrate Canada Health Infoway’s PrescribeIT e-prescribing software with its Juno EHR. CloudMD provides its services to 376 clinics across Canada.

CPSI adds clinical document improvement capabilities from ChartWise Medical Systems to its TruBridge RCM software.


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Physician practices in Washington, DC and surrounding areas face flu vaccine shortages caused by what many believe to be distribution issues. Sandy Chung, MD of Fairfax Pediatric Associates (VA) explains: “Unfortunately, how our vaccine shipment process is set up in our nation, there are priorities given to larger companies, so your big box stores, retail stores, health systems sometimes, are getting vaccines before your doctor’s office. Your doctor’s office is often last on the list and also the ones that are impacted most significantly when there are shipment delays because we don’t have a lot of vaccines stored in our offices like a retail store might.”

This article looks at the impact remote scribes have on physician productivity. Technologies such as Augmedix’s smart glasses are enabling scribes to sit in on appointments despite being continents away. The market, which has expanded from 15,000 to 100,000 scribes in the last five years, has gone increasingly digital in the same timeframe, as speech-recognition software has matured. Access to a remote scribe has been a game-changer for Susan Fesmire, MD who has used time previously devoted to finishing up charts at the end of the day to becoming COO of her Dallas-based practice: “It was like constantly having homework that you don’t finish.”


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News 9/28/20

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Online health and wellness company Hims considers going public through a merger with Oaktree Acquisition Corp. The blank-check company is looking to raise $75 million to fund the merger, which could give Hims a valuation of $1.6 billion.

Valued at $1.1 billion last year, Hims has raised nearly $200 million since launching in 2017. Its telemedicine and prescription delivery services have expanded beyond hair loss and erectile dysfunction to include urgent and mental healthcare.


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September 30 (Wednesday) 11 ET. “The Hidden Threat: New Research on Security Vulnerabilities and Privacy Gaps in Healthcare Apps.” Sponsors: Verimatrix, NowSecure. Presenters: Neal Michie, MEng, director of product management, Verimatrix; Brian Lawrence, direction of solution engineering, NowSecure. The presenters will present research on the security risk profile of 1,000 healthcare apps in managing patient privacy, how they compare to those in other industries, and where the biggest vulnerabilities lie. Attendees will learn how to make their healthcare apps more secure in managing protected health information.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Canadian health IT vendor CloudMD will acquire a majority stake in Lynchburg, VA-based EHR, practice management, and RCM vendor Benchmark Systems from AntWorks for $4.4 million, and will acquire mental health assessment and care coordination vendor Snapclarity for $2.5 million.

CareTrack raises seed funding to launch TeleCare, a telemedicine-based care coordination service designed for practices and their Medicare patients.


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Matt Wanderer (Carie Health) joins Chalkboard Health as CEO. The portfolio company will soon launch °Fluent, which will offer cold and flu treatment via telemedicine and online pharmacy.

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Therapy Brands names Dave Wirta (Community Brands) COO.


Announcements and Implementations

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Walmart Health will open 22 clinics across Georgia, Florida, and Arkansas by the end of 2021, bringing its total to 35. Analysts foresee the retail chain poaching talent and patients away from traditional primary care practices, which charge, on average, more than double Walmart Health’s $40 fee.

Office Practicum adds telemedicine capabilities from Anytime Pediatrics to its EHR for pediatricians.

Clinicient integrates BetterPT’s virtual visit and online scheduling technology with its EHR for outpatient rehabilitation providers.


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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services rolls out the SlowCOVIDNC exposure notification app, built on technology developed by Apple and Google. Nine states have developed apps that use the same software, with seven more in development.


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News 9/21/20

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Athens Orthopedic Clinic (GA) will pay the HHS Office of Civil Rights $1.5 million to settle potential HIPAA violations related to a 2016 data breach by The Dark Overlord, who demanded $335,000 in exchange for destroying stolen copies of 200,000 patient records.

The hacker accessed AOC’s system for over a month using stolen SRS credentials.

The clinic refused to pay, as did other providers who were victims of the same extortion scheme, and later said it couldn’t afford to pay for free credit monitoring services for affected patients. (Mr. H pointed out at the time that the cost of credit monitoring service would have been cheaper than the hacker’s demand – an observation that now seems moot given the hefty HHS penalty.)

AOC’s negligence included failing to:

  • Conduct risk analyses.
  • Implement risk management and audit controls.
  • Maintain HIPAA policies and procedures.
  • Secure BAAs with multiple associates.
  • Provide proper staff training.

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I’ll be heading into the North Georgia mountains this week to celebrate the start of fall, so HIStalk Practice won’t publish again until September 28. While I’m not as experienced a camper as Dr. Jayne, I have learned how to enjoy myself “roughing” it in the woods. And by that I mean power hook-ups, a heated bathhouse, and a cute general store with plenty of s’mores fixins’.


Webinars

September 30 (Wednesday) 11 ET. “The Hidden Threat: New Research on Security Vulnerabilities and Privacy Gaps in Healthcare Apps.” Sponsors: Verimatrix, NowSecure. Presenters: Neal Michie, MEng, director of product management, Verimatrix; Brian Lawrence, direction of solution engineering, NowSecure. The presenters will present research on the security risk profile of 1,000 healthcare apps in managing patient privacy, how they compare to those in other industries, and where the biggest vulnerabilities lie. Attendees will learn how to make their healthcare apps more secure in managing protected health information.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Conversion Labs wraps up an equity investment round of $3.5 million and announces plans to list on the Nasdaq. The  telemedicine and prescription delivery company offers direct-to-consumer services for hair loss, erectile dysfunction, and immune system support using its proprietary Veritas MD telemedicine software.

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HealtheMed raises an undisclosed amount of seed capital to scale its remote patient monitoring technology for Medicaid patients in Minnesota. The company is partnering with Best Buy’s Geek Squad to install smart TVs, and medication dispensing devices. Patients and their providers will also have access to HealtheMed’s cloud-based EHR.


Announcements and Implementations

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Health IT vendor MedInformatix announces GA of MI Contact, app-based CRM software designed to help practices manage contacts and marketing budgets, and generate leads.

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In Oregon, Marion County Health & Human Services selects EnSoftek’s DrCloudEHR.

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The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services leverages technology from Appriss Health to develop a behavioral health referral portal for people seeking treatment for mental health or substance use disorders.


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The American Board of Telehealth launches the Clinical, Operational, Regulatory and Ethics (CORE) Concepts in Telehealth Certificate Program. The online course offers CME-accredited content that is geared towards healthcare workers, students, administrators, and those involved in telemedicine.


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News 9/16/20

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House call company Ready raises $54 million in a Series C funding round. The company provides on-demand, home-based care primarily to Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries using EMTs, paramedics, and nurses who facilitate access to physicians via telemedicine.

The New Orleans-based company plans to expand into mental healthcare, point-of-care testing, and vaccinations.


HIStalk Practice Musings

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Thanks to the readers who sent over revolutionary times literature suggestions. Shaun writes: “With everything going with today’s election, I recently read ‘Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 (Pivotal Moments in American History),’ which made me feel better about today’s craziness. Both Jefferson and Adams passed away on July 4th, 1826, which is astounding.”

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Mike says, “If you want some amazing but digestible stories of the founding fathers and beyond, I would recommend ‘To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian’ by Stephen Ambrose. My favorite history book of all time. Not founding fathers, but ‘The Wright Brothers’ by David McCullough is by far my favorite biography of all time.”

Please keep your literary suggestions coming – no matter the genre – via email.


Webinars

September 17 (Thursday) 1 ET. “ICD-10-CM 2021 Updates and Regulatory Readiness.“ Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: June Bronnert, MSHI, RHIA, VP of global clinical services, IMO; Theresa Rihanek, MHA, RHIA, mapping manager, IMO; Julie Glasgow, MD, clinical terminologist, IMO. IMO’s top coding professionals and thought leaders will review additions, deletions, and other revisions to the 2020 ICD-10-CM code set that will be critical in coding accurately for proper reimbursement.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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White-label telemedicine vendor OnCall Health raises $6 million in a Series A round led by Base10 Partners. The Toronto-based company has raised $8 million since launching four years ago.

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In other Canadian telemedicine news, Loblaw Companies takes a $57 million minority stake in telemedicine vendor Maple through its Shoppers Drug Mart business, which already offers the company’s virtual care service in 160 of its locations. Loblaw’s other businesses include EHR company QHR and telemedicine vendor Medeo.

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Vancouver-based CloudMD acquires patient education and engagement company IMD Health Global. It will integrate IMD’s capabilities with its Juno EHR.


Announcements and Implementations

Golden State Urology (CA) implements ISalus Healthcare’s UroChoice EHR and practice management software.

Centene partners with the National Association of Community Health Centers to equip 200 FQHCs with Samsung smartphones for patients and tablets for physicians, as well as 90 days of free wireless service, for telemedicine services.

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Greater Elgin Family Care Center (IL) adopts I2I’s population health management software.

Nuvance Health (CT) replaces its physician portal with an HIE portal through HealtheConnections.

GenieMD adds payment processing capabilities from Sphere to its virtual visit software.


Government and Politics

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The HHS Office for Civil Rights announces that five healthcare organizations, including two smaller providers, will pay a combined $136,500 to settle allegations that they violated HIPAA by failing to provide patients with their medical records in a timely manner.


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Kaiser Permanente-backed healthcare training company Futuro Health and the California Primary Care Association will offer a free online course for healthcare workers interested in becoming certified telehealth coordinators. Hosted by the University of Delaware, the 15-week program will examine the practical, technical, and business aspects of telehealth that work-place coordinators may encounter.


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News 9/14/20

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MDLive secures $75 million through a $50 million crossover equity investment from Sixth Street Growth and $25 million in debt expansion from other investors. It has raised nearly $175 million since launching in 2009.

The telemedicine company, which saw visits increase 95% in the first half of 2020, plans to launch an IPO early next year.


Webinars

September 17 (Thursday) 1 ET. “ICD-10-CM 2021 Updates and Regulatory Readiness.“ Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: June Bronnert, MSHI, RHIA, VP of global clinical services, IMO; Theresa Rihanek, MHA, RHIA, mapping manager, IMO; Julie Glasgow, MD, clinical terminologist, IMO. IMO’s top coding professionals and thought leaders will review additions, deletions, and other revisions to the 2020 ICD-10-CM code set that will be critical in coding accurately for proper reimbursement.

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


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Clinical decision support company EvidenceCare names Bo Bartholomew (Healthcare Value Analytics) CEO.

CloudMD hires Karen Adams (Optimize Care Solutions) as chief health innovation officer.


Announcements and Implementations

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IntrinsiQ Specialty Solutions adds virtual visit capabilities to its UroChartEHR for urologists.


Government and Politics

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In Health Affairs, CMS Administrator Seema Verma highlights 2019 Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO performance.

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Like me, you may find former National Coordinator and current Aledade CEO Farzad Mostashari, MD’s tweet recap of the MSSP results an easier read.


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Primary care company Carbon Health establishes 100 pop-up COVID-19 testing clinics across 20 markets. The clinics will transition over the next several months to permanent primary care clinics offering virtual and in-person care. The California-based company has already launched an at-home test for the virus, as well as a return-to-work program for employers.

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Splash Coworking adds telemedicine services from ISelectMD to its membership packages for coworking space in San Marcos, Texas.

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The Good Clinic will open its first location in Minneapolis, serving residents of a multi-use residential complex with telemedicine services overseen by a nurse practitioner. The company’s leadership team, which plans to open more in-person and virtual clinics, includes several former Zipnosis executives, and several who helped scale and then sell the MinuteClinic chain to CVS.


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