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News 10/16/19

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The Carolina Journal digs into the details of the struggle Tryon Medical Partners in North Carolina went through to get its independent practice off the ground. Made up of physicians who sued to break away from Atrium Health, Tryon’s success so far seems to rest largely on the shoulders of cardiologist Dale Owen, MD: “Owen dragged people out of retirement, hunted for office space on the sly, had doctors answering phones for weeks —  all to create Tryon Medical Partners. He wants to kindle a movement that will burn across the nation.”

Owen helped lead 88 Atrium physicians to Tryon, and is doing his best to help seven CaroMont Health physicians walk away from hospital employment and into independent practice with Tryon.

Interestingly, CaroMont Health physician Michael McCartney, MD feels he lost control of his practice in 2016 when he switched to the hospital’s Epic system. “It became more what’s best for the hospital system,” he said. “We lost control of the ability to set the cost, so it became hospital pricing instead of out-patient family physician pricing. So, those patients with a high deductible are suddenly getting hit with more charges, and we can’t change that.”


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Confession: I have never read “Ulysses” by James Joyce. I somehow made it through high school and college without having it as required reading. And so I’m not well-versed in the life of the Irish author, who died while living in Switzerland in 1941. Apparently he has quite the cult following, with devoted Joyce fans celebrating Bloomsday (named for the protagonist in the novel) every June 16. Fans and Irish lawmakers, who all but banned the book when it first came out, are now proposing to move Joyce’s remains back to Ireland in time for the centennial celebration of the book. “There may be people who are not fans of this and want to let sleeping dogs lie,” said one Dublin councilor. “Joyce is a controversial figure, there are no doubts about that. Exile was a key element in his writing but for it to follow him into eternity? I don’t think that was part of the plan.”

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In other random literary news, researchers have analyzed millions of books written between 1820 and 2009 using a sentiment analysis algorithm designed to help them measure changes in well-being; essentially, they’ve combed through millions of books for a retrospective look at levels of happiness. A few findings:

  • An increase in income does generate an increase in happiness, but it takes huge gains to have a national impact.
  • Living one more year had the same effect on happiness as a 4.3% increase in GDP.
  • One less year of war had the same effect on happiness as a 30% increase in GDP.

Perhaps we’ve been happier than the algorithm gave us credit for, since the researchers stressed that, “At this point, what we have is really, really crappy software. Computers can’t understand nuance or jokes.”


Webinars

October 24 (Thursday) 1:00 ET. “The power of voice: Will AI-drive virtual bedside assistants become mainstream?” Sponsor: Orbita. Presenters: Nick White, co-creator of DeloitteAssist and principal in Deloitte’s Smart Healthcare Solutions practice; Bill Rogers, CEO and co-founder, Orbita. Conversational AI and virtual health assistants are bringing new opportunities to care facilities to improve patient journeys and yield radical workflow efficiencies. Will the hospital rooms of the future continue to provide traditional bedside call buttons? Or will these be replaced with digitally reimagined, AI-driven, voice-powered agents? Learn from the expert who created today’s industry-leading, market-proven, virtual bedside assistant.

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


Announcements and Implementations

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Beaver Medical Group  (CA) implements Epic across its 18 facilities.

Coastal Medical in Rhode Island selects pre-appointment intake software from PatientWisdom.

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Four County Mental Health Center (IN) deploys the SmartCare EHR from Streamline Healthcare Solutions.

Aunt Bertha adds Innovaccer’s social determinants of health resource referral software for providers to its consumer-facing Web tool that offers similar resources.

Practice EHR adds TreatWrite’s cloud-based progress tracking documentation system for speech, occupational, and physical therapists to its EHR and practice management software.


Telemedicine

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Mendocino Coast Clinics, an FQHC with three locations in Fort Bragg, CA, will use its recent HRSA grant of nearly $50,000 to implement telemedicine services pediatric psychiatric care.

In Rochester, NY, Catholic Family Center begins offering telemedicine consults between its two clinic locations and its intensive residential treatment centers.

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Retail telemedicine companies face more competition with the launch of Musely’s FaceRx dermatology service. The company got its start as a website dedicated to beauty content. CMO Marie Jhin, MD is also president of and a practicing dermatologist at Premier Dermatology in San Carlos, CA.


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The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine revokes the license of Randall Bock, MD for posting pictures of 27 patients on Youtube without their consent. Bock’s license was also suspended in 2015 and 2018 due to the shady treatment and illegal billing of his suboxone patients.


Sponsor Updates

  • AdvancedMD will exhibit at ASDS October 24-27 in Chicago.
  • Culbert Healthcare Solutions will exhibit at the Association of Administrators in Academic Pediatrics meeting October 17-18 in Miami.

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News 10/14/19

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Membership-based primary care company Parsley Health raises $26 million and launches an online version of its brick-and-mortar practice. The New York City-based company has raised $36 million, and plans to open a second practice in L.A. this fall.


Webinars

October 15 (Tuesday) 1:00 ET. “Universal Health Services Case Study: How to Improve Network Design and Management with Claims Data.” Sponsor: CareJourney. Presenters: Mallory Cary, regional director of ACO operations, UHS; Abbas Bader, director of product development, CareJourney. Universal Health Services (UHS), one of the nation’s largest hospital management companies, has more than 350 acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities, and ambulatory centers across the US, Puerto Rico, and the UK. UHS has collaborated closely with CareJourney over the last three years in building high-performing networks in new markets, managing patient populations as they flow through those networks, and targeting areas for performance improvement within the network. Join the expert presenters for deep insights into network design and optimization.

October 24 (Thursday) 1:00 ET. “The power of voice: Will AI-drive virtual bedside assistants become mainstream?” Sponsor: Orbita. Presenters: Nick White, co-creator of DeloitteAssist and principal in Deloitte’s Smart Healthcare Solutions practice; Bill Rogers, CEO and co-founder, Orbita. Conversational AI and virtual health assistants are bringing new opportunities to care facilities to improve patient journeys and yield radical workflow efficiencies. Will the hospital rooms of the future continue to provide traditional bedside call buttons? Or will these be replaced with digitally reimagined, AI-driven, voice-powered agents? Learn from the expert who created today’s industry-leading, market-proven, virtual bedside assistant.

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


Announcements and Implementations

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Rhinogram adds the ability to securely request and receive payments to its text-based patient engagement software.

Primary care-focused health IT company Canvas Medical will use Health Gorilla’s FHIR-based APIs to streamline lab ordering for its end users.

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AristaMD adds secure photo sharing to its e-consult technology.

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Patient intake and RCM vendor Health IPass offers RevSure, a new billing service that guarantees practices will be paid for patient visits.

North County Health Services (CA) will implement Epic next year through a partnership with nonprofit OCHIN.

Blue Shield of California’s physician network will soon use Apple Watches equipped with Notable Health’s documentation software. The wearable technology will convert discussions into relevant data that can then be transferred to a patient’s EHR.


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Membership-based specialty telemedicine company WithHealth hires Steven Miyao (SS&C) as COO.

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Population health and analytics vendor Geneia names Lori Logan (Paladina Health) chief product and client officer, and Todd Kozikowski (Yabidu) VP of sales.


Government and Politics

The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services is accepting applications from providers interested in mini-grants that can be put toward implementing HIE tools offered by the Delaware Health Information Network. Eligible applicants include PCPs, behavioral health providers, ACOs, and FQHCs. The department will award $8,000 to up to 25 organizations. Applications are due November 30.


Telemedicine

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CNBC looks at the small subset of physicians who are slowly accumulating medical licenses in all 50 states so that they can provide telemedicine services to patients across the country. Federation of State Medical Boards data shows that, as of last year, there were just 14 physicians who hold that many licenses. Technology and licensing companies that are starting to offer multi-state licensure services will likely help this number grow over the next several years. It remains to be seen if the number of physicians who want to hold that many licenses can afford them, if patient demand for telemedicine services will warrant it, and if reimbursement models will keep up with the perceived demand.


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Bluefield High School in Bluefield, W.V. inducts alumna and AMA President Patrice Harris, MD into its Hall of Fame. Harris stressed three concepts in her keynote that everyone must follow to have a better life: intellectual honesty; context; and evidence, science, and data. “The point is,” she said, “you have to live your dream, not anyone else’s. So whatever you want to be, get education and training beyond high school and be the best of whatever you want to be.”

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Magnolia Pediatrics (LA) alerts patients to an August ransomware attack that infiltrated the practice through its unnamed IT vendor, which wound up paying the ransom. The practice uses Aprima technology.


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News 10/9/19

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General Atlantic acquires onsite health center company Marathon Health from Goldman Sachs. Marathon Health has developed a proprietary health IT system that includes an EHR equipped with e-prescribing and Medicomp’s Medcin Engine, and member portal and app.


Webinars

October 15 (Tuesday) 1:00 ET. “Universal Health Services Case Study: How to Improve Network Design and Management with Claims Data.” Sponsor: CareJourney. Presenters: Mallory Cary, regional director of ACO operations, UHS; Abbas Bader, director of product development, CareJourney. Universal Health Services (UHS), one of the nation’s largest hospital management companies, has more than 350 acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities, and ambulatory centers across the US, Puerto Rico, and the UK. UHS has collaborated closely with CareJourney over the last three years in building high-performing networks in new markets, managing patient populations as they flow through those networks, and targeting areas for performance improvement within the network. Join the expert presenters for deep insights into network design and optimization.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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BetterConsult opens its first US office in Houston. The Australia-based company has developed software that enables patients to fill out pre-consult paperwork that is then summarized for physician review.

CentralReach will add newly acquired Precise Xceleration’s evidence-based clinical programming to its EHR and practice management technology for autism specialists.

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BrainCheck raises $8 million to further develop its cognitive assessment software for seniors.


Announcements and Implementations

Real-time patient data company Trio Health works with the American Rheumatology Network to develop a rheumatology registry that combines EHR data with prescription drug data.


Government and Politics

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In an effort to highlight and advance the adoption of electronic prescribing of controlled substances, ONC releases new data showing that the size of a practice correlates to the number of providers who electronically prescribe. Employed physicians electronically prescribe at rates higher than their private practice counterparts, and those who participate in CMS-sponsored programs also have higher rates of EPCS. ONC stats also show that providers using ONC-certified EHRs are more likely to prescribe electronically.


Telemedicine

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CVS Health’s MinuteClinic expands telemedicine offerings to locations in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and South Carolina. The Teladoc-powered service was first launched in August 2018 and is now available in 32 states.

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CareDash adds online consult providers and state-by-state virtual licensing to its provider review website.

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A Doctor on Demand survey of 1,000 consumers finds lack of time to be the biggest barrier to scheduling annual primary care visits. While 60% of respondents said they would use virtual care if their insurance covered it, the same percentage said such visits are more suitable for more urgent care. Sixty percent believe a relationship can be built with a PCP through video technology; 70% feel that phone calls and texts without video just won’t cut it.


Other

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New American Heart Association studies show that owning a dog may lead to a longer life and better cardiovascular outcomes, especially for heart attack and stroke survivors who live by themselves.


Sponsor Updates

  • AdvancedMD will exhibit at the AAO meeting October 12-15 in San Francisco.
  • Culbert Healthcare Solutions will exhibit at MGMA October 13-16 in New Orleans.

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News 10/7/19

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Practice management and billing vendor Abeo acquires AI-powered coding company Trusted i10 for an undisclosed sum.


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“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams celebrates its 40th anniversary This article in Nature does a great job of celebrating its origins and reminding us how relevant many of its plot lines still are. Cybersecurity professionals will appreciate the Ident-I-Eeze card that is designed to hold multiple passwords but is quickly stolen. I’ve read the series several times, and now find myself just one year shy of the answer to the ultimate question of life. Highly recommended reading.


Webinars

Nothing scheduled in the coming weeks. Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre to present your own.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Rock Health joins Natalist’s $5 million seed round. Founded by CEO Halle Tecco, who launched Rock Health in 2010, the startup offers bundles of mail-order, clinically-validated products for women trying to conceive.


Announcements and Implementations

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Fraser, a nonprofit special needs organization with 11 locations in Minnesota, selects Cerner Millenium. The facilities will go live in 2021.

Innovaccer announces GA of group practice reporting option software.

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Advanced Urology (GA) implements Radix Health’s Dash patient engagement and appointment management software.

McKesson develops strategic planning services for oncology practices.


Government and Politics

HHS will award $017 million to 1,273 high-performing health centers across the country to help them continue to improve their care quality, efficiency, and value.


Telemedicine

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Sajad Zalzala, MD opens an online clinic specializing in anti-aging. A CNBC article highlights the fact (as does the clinic’s website) that it will push several prescription drugs that weren’t developed for anti-aging purposes. Zatzala insists he’ll be conservative in his prescriptions, which will be preceded by lifestyle and dietary change recommendations. Zatzala’s previous experience includes time at Hims and Jack Health, both of which offer online prescriptions for men’s health and wellness.


Other

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Startup dental practice Tend opens its first location in New York City (in the same neighborhood as Kindbody, in fact), creating buzz for its consumer-friendly aesthetic and amenities, and tech-savvy services that include air-powered dental tools, online booking, and a patient portal. The company has raised $36 million and boasts executives from One Medical and Smile Direct Club.


Sponsor Updates

  • Healthwise will exhibit at Cerner Health Conference 2019 October 7-9 in Kansas City, MO.
  • EClinicalWorks will exhibit at the Georgia Primary Care Association conference October 9-11 in Alpharetta.
  • AdvancedMD publishes a new e-guide, “4 Ways to Tell if Your EHR is an Adult or Teen.”

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News 10/2/19

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VSP Global acquires the popular optical retailer Visionworks.

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VSP’s many eye care-related businesses include EHR and practice management software vendor Eyefinity.


HIStalk Practice Musings

One more reason to pick up a book: An AMA study finds that the more non-medical books residents read, the more their symptoms of burnout decrease. The study’s authors write that, “Leisure reading has an established role in the context of medical student education, where it is thought to reduce stress while fostering empathy and creativity.”

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Hard-working residents may enjoy “The Body: A Guide for Occupants,” the latest from one of my favorite authors, Bill Bryson. As those familiar with Bryson’s style already know, he tends to pack an amazing amount of facts, humor, and personal stories into his works. And “The Body” is no different, according to this review by The Guardian.

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Young entrepreneurs in your life may appreciate a copy of “Girl CEO” by Ronnie Cohen and Katherine Ellison. Epic’s Judy Faulkner is a featured business leader, alongside 39 other women like Taylor Swift and Venus Williams.


Webinars

Nothing scheduled in the coming weeks. Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre to present your own.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Professional Billing will expand operations when it relocates its Montgomery, AL headquarters to larger office space nearby later this year. The family-run medical billing and practice management business employs 350 people across eight offices in five states.


Announcements and Implementations

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Practice management company Unified Women’s Healthcare will offer Qure4u’s patient engagement app to its network of 1,600 Ob-Gyns.

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EHR, RCM, and practice management company AllMeds partners with HealthWatch to add chronic care management services to its EHR, RCM, and practice management solutions.

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ISalus Healthcare announces GA of ENTChoice, software for ENT practices that combines EHR, practice management,  billing, and telemedicine capabilities.

Simple Interact and Health 1 Technologies develop technology that automatically pushes patient intake forms from Simple Interact’s front office automation software to Centricity EHRs.


Telemedicine

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Telemedicine kiosk vendor OnMed will use Athenahealth software to transmit patient data to its secure servers.

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HCAP Partners invests $6 million in BetterNight, a virtual care platform developed by San Diego-based Sleep Data that includes video visits, remote patient monitoring, and digital therapeutics for people suffering from sleep apnea and/or insomnia.


Other

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Elite Dental Associates in Dallas will pay the HHS Office of Civil Rights $10,000 to settle potential HIPAA violations that occurred when the practice responded to a Yelp review by disclosing the patient’s last name and condition. A further review found that the practice had done it multiple times with other patients.


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