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Progressive Care acquires MyApps and its CallingDr white-label telemedicine service for $10.2 million. The acquisition will enable Progressive Care to accelerate software development for its ClearMetrX reporting and analytics subsidiary.


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I hope everyone enjoyed the long holiday weekend. I spent a good bit of it curled up poolside with “Chesapeake” by James Michener. Its portrayal of the American Revolution in that part of the colonies has made me think I’d like to read the biographies of our founding fathers and presidents – ironic given that I tried to take a break from the news. I’d love emailed suggestions of biographies. AP US History seems like a lifetime ago …

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I also found out this past weekend that Ken Follett’s prequel to his “Pillars of the Earth” series will soon be released. Retailers are already taking pre-orders.


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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.


People

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Conifer Health Solutions promotes Mary Bacaj to president of its Value-Based Care business unit, which caters to ACOs, independent practice associations, health systems, and employers.


Announcements and Implementations

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North Carolina-based Community Care Physician Network implements Phreesia’s automated registration, clinical, and communications software across its 930 locations.

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Covenant Physician Partners (TN) selects Nextech’s IntelleChartPRO EHR and ambulatory surgery center technology for its network of ophthalmologists.

MTBC announces that patients can now access their talkEHR data through Apple’s Health Records app.

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Women’s Health Connecticut implements software from Wildflower Health and Dorsata that combines patient intake and engagement capabilities with maternity management features that include decision support, documentation, order entry, and reporting.


Government and Politics

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Kudos to Dr. Jayne for catching this ONC announcement about a funding opportunity for office-based physicians. Her summary: “ONC has opened a funding opportunity to ‘measure the use and impacts of health IT among a nationally representative sample of US office-based physicians’ as well as to ‘produce national-level data on interoperability among office-based physicians.’ Prospects have until September 11 to apply. The awardee will run a three-year program to gather ‘insights on the implementation and effects of federal health IT policies as well as identify disparities or unintended consequences resulting from their implementation.’ Funding is $290,000 for the first year with additional funds ‘subject to availability and progress made against the program.’ The program starts September 30, 2020, so it looks like ONC is ready to make a quick decision.”


Research and Innovation

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The American Medical Group Association’s annual compensation and productivity survey finds that overall compensation increased by nearly 4% in 2019, and productivity by just over 0.5%.

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An observational study conducted by researchers at George Mason University’s College of Health and Human Services reveals that independent, physician-owned practices adopt more quality improvement strategies than their hospital-owned and community clinic counterparts: “The independent practices focused more on patient care coordination (such as developing a care plan and managing medication) rather than organizational improvement strategies (such as optimizing teams or workflow). Community clinics appear to need additional time to implement QI activities, as they face greater financial challenges and often serve sicker patients.”


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News 9/2/20

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Canadian Well Health Technologies will acquire San Francisco-based Circle Medical for $14 million. Well Health became an investor in Circle Medical, which offers in-person and virtual primary care, several years ago.

Circle Medical’s co-founders, both originally from Montreal, plan to open a software development office in that city. Well Health, which operates 20 clinics and sells EHR software, will commercialize Circle Medical’s technology in Canada.


Webinars

September 3 (Thursday) 2 ET. “How Does A Global Pandemic Reshape Health IT? A Panel Discussion.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Rob Wallace, chief product officer, IMO; Andrew S. Kanter, MD, MPH, chief medical officer, IMO; Lori Kevin, VP of enterprise IT and security, IMO; Sahas Subramanian, MCA, enterprise architect, IMO. As COVID-19 continues to spread, regulation changes, code system updates, and an increased reliance on technology are making it hard to stay on top of the many ways the pandemic is altering health IT. What’s more, we’re confronting challenges that rely heavily on technological solutions – like accurate reporting tools or telehealth adaptations – and we need those solutions now. The panel of subject matter experts across the enterprise will share insights on how the global pandemic is reshaping the health IT world.

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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Canadian health IT company CloudMD reports a jump in Q2 revenue of 163%, aided by strong adoption of its telemedicine software by traditional practices, pharmacies, and retail locations.

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Hazel Health raises $33.5 million in a Series C round led by Bain Capital and Owl Ventures. The telemedicine startup offers school- and home-based virtual consults for primary and mental healthcare.


Announcements and Implementations

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Bayless Integrated Healthcare (AZ) will implement Saykara’s app-based, automated clinical documentation software across its eight locations in Phoenix.

Oak Street Health will open primary and urgent care clinics at three Walmart supercenters in the Dallas-Forth Worth area. The clinics will serve patients of all ages, though the company’s focus is still on Medicare beneficiaries.


Government and Politics

In an effort to help prevent prescription abuse and fraud, New Jersey officials have allocated $1.2 million to help providers and pharmacists integrate their records systems with the state’s PDMP.

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The FCC, USDA, and HHS will work together on a Rural Telehealth Initiative in hopes of increasing patient access to broadband services and technology in rural areas across the country. The agencies will establish an interagency task force to develop recommendations and guidelines, and to share information.


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A federal judge sentences clinic manager Aleksandr Pikus to 13 years in jail and a $40 million restitution payment for his “kingpin” role in a decade-long money-laundering, conspiracy, and kickback scheme that involved clinics in Brooklyn and Queens. In addition to his role as organizer, Pikus also used physical threats to ensure co-conspirators played their part in bilking Medicare and Medicaid.


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News 8/31/20

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Utah Pathology Services notifies patients of attempted fraudulent financial activity in late June that resulted in a data breach of identifying information, insurance credentials, internal record numbers, clinical and diagnostic information, and some Social Security numbers.


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It’s hard to believe summer is just about at an end. Growing up, trips to the public library several times a week were common place as me and my siblings made sure the librarians kept record of our reading as part of their summer program for kids. I’ve been making just as many trips to the library this summer as I did back then, taking advantage of curbside pick-up to stay in the thick of the Poldark and Wolf Hall series. For something completely different, I’m also rotating in Veronica Roth’s Divergent books.

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And speaking of different, I’ve discovered that there is a genre of romances related to lockdowns, quarantines, and pandemic life. I’m sure they’d be perfect beach reads for the long holiday weekend coming up.

What have you read this summer? Email me with your favorite discoveries and I’ll share with readers.


Webinars

September 3 (Thursday) 2 ET. “How Does A Global Pandemic Reshape Health IT? A Panel Discussion.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Rob Wallace, chief product officer, IMO; Andrew S. Kanter, MD, MPH, chief medical officer, IMO; Lori Kevin, VP of enterprise IT and security, IMO; Sahas Subramanian, MCA, enterprise architect, IMO. As COVID-19 continues to spread, regulation changes, code system updates, and an increased reliance on technology are making it hard to stay on top of the many ways the pandemic is altering health IT. What’s more, we’re confronting challenges that rely heavily on technological solutions – like accurate reporting tools or telehealth adaptations – and we need those solutions now. The panel of subject matter experts across the enterprise will share insights on how the global pandemic is reshaping the health IT world.

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.


People

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Patient engagement and telemedicine vendor Epion Health names Josh Schwartz (Jumpstart Capital) to the new position of chief business development officer.


Announcements and Implementations

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EHR and practice management vendor WRS Health announces GA of Urology-Cloud.

Cedar will integrate Waystar’s pricing estimates, payment options, and eligibility verification capabilities into its patient engagement software.

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Eighteen physician practices, including Family Medical Associates of Raleigh (NC), Urology Centers of Alabama, Urology Associates of Mobile, AllCare Health (OR), and Synovation Medical Group (CA) select software from Allscripts.


Research and Innovation

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A survey of 1,200 chronically ill patients finds that the majority favor telemedicine appointments over in-person visits in the areas of convenience, safety, and ease, especially when it comes to routine matters like referrals and prescription refills. Nearly 60% of those surveyed have used telemedicine since March, versus 11% in the preceding months.

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An analysis of EHR data from 17 affiliated primary care practices reveals that the ability of patients to schedule their own appointments using direct scheduling technology leads to care continuity. Researchers suggest, however, that such an online tool may exacerbate the digital divide, given that direct scheduling was more often used by young, white, commercially insured patients.


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Dentist Suzanne Spencer transforms the basement of her dental practice into a three-room school to accommodate her and her staff’s children who are learning virtually. Parents have hired a retired teacher to help the kids with their schoolwork. “As a business owner and a dentist,” she says, “I was going to change my schedule. And then the more I thought about it, I thought, it doesn’t affect just my schedule and my family. It affects all of our staff members. Now I am going to know each one of these kids and each one of their families. It’s just going to be a bigger part of me.”

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Former Epic nursing innovation and product lead Bre Loughlin, RN bands together with Tracy Zvenyach, NP to launch Nurse Disrupted, which offers virtual COVID-19 screening to men’s and women’s shelters in Madison, WI. They hope to expand their services to campuses, businesses, schools, and prisons.


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News 8/26/20

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HHS will award over $117 million to 1,318 health centers across the country to help with quality improvement efforts that will include advancing the use of health IT.


Webinars

September 3 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “How Does A Global Pandemic Reshape Health IT? A Panel Discussion.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Rob Wallace, chief product officer, IMO; Andrew S. Kanter, MD, MPH, chief medical officer, IMO; Lori Kevin, VP of enterprise IT and security, IMO; Sahas Subramanian, MCA, enterprise architect, IMO. As COVID-19 continues to spread, regulation changes, code system updates, and an increased reliance on technology are making it hard to stay on top of the many ways the pandemic is altering health IT. What’s more, we’re confronting challenges that rely heavily on technological solutions – like accurate reporting tools or telehealth adaptations – and we need those solutions now. The panel of subject matter experts across the enterprise will share insights on how the global pandemic is reshaping the health IT world.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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HealthLynked CEO and Chairman Michael Dent, MD invests $3 million in the company. HealthLynked offers medical record-sharing services for patients, and patient engagement software for providers.

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Kain Capital makes an undisclosed investment in New York City-based health IT vendor MDLand.

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Chicago-based primary care provider Oak Street Health opens its fourth location in Cleveland. The company has seen its shares double to $44 since going public earlier this month in an IPO that brought in $328 million. Oak Street now has 67 facilities in nine states.


Announcements and Implementations

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Massachusetts-based Holyoke Health Center implements Radix Health’s automated appointment scheduling and patient notification software.


Research and Innovation

A survey of 438 behavioral health providers conducted by Tridiuum finds that 81% have used telemedicine for the first time within the last six months. The same percentage reported that virtual visits were as effective or more effective as in-person visits in improving the conditions of their patients. Seventy percent plan to continue with virtual visits once the pandemic is at an end. Nearly half said virtual consults contributed to improved clinical workflows.


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  • Medicomp Systems releases an updated version of its Quippe Nursing care planning and clinical documentation software.

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News 8/24/20

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Physician practice-focused patient messaging and telemedicine vendor Klara raises $15 million in a Series A round led by Google’s AI-focused Gradient Ventures, bringing its total raised to $32 million.


Webinars

September 3 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “How Does A Global Pandemic Reshape Health IT? A Panel Discussion.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Rob Wallace, chief product officer, IMO; Andrew S. Kanter, MD, MPH, chief medical officer, IMO; Lori Kevin, VP of enterprise IT and security, IMO; Sahas Subramanian, MCA, enterprise architect, IMO. As COVID-19 continues to spread, regulation changes, code system updates, and an increased reliance on technology are making it hard to stay on top of the many ways the pandemic is altering health IT. What’s more, we’re confronting challenges that rely heavily on technological solutions – like accurate reporting tools or telehealth adaptations – and we need those solutions now. The panel of subject matter experts across the enterprise will share insights on how the global pandemic is reshaping the health IT world.

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


Announcements and Implementations

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Tower Radiology implements OpenDoctor’s online scheduling software across its facilities in Florida.

The Behavioral Health and Long Term Support Division of Wood County Human Services (WI) selects SmartCare EHR technology from Streamline Healthcare Solutions.

The Notal Vision Diagnostic Clinic, which offers remote patient monitoring services through its ForeSeeHome program, leverages Xifin’s RCM software and services.


Government and Politics

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Through HRSA, HHS invests $35 million in projects focused on improving telemedicine access and care in rural communities. Grantees include the Telehealth Network Grant Program, Telehealth Focused Rural Health Research Center Program, among others.


Research and Innovation

An Updox survey finds that telemedicine utilization among physician practices jumped from 19% at the start of the pandemic to 94% as of today. Nearly 60% say telemedicine will be integral to the future success of their practice.


Other

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In an effort to ensure their patients have access to telemedicine and educational resources, the Northeast Missouri Health Council will make 300 WiFi hotspots available to patients within its FQHC network thanks to a partnership with the Missouri Telehealth Network. The hotspots will offer those with limited coverage access to unlimited data through June of next year.

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XspresSpa opens its second XpresCheck COVID-19 testing location at Newark Liberty International Airport. Capable of conducting 350 tests per day, the service will initially cater to airport and airline employees. The flagship location at JFK in New York (above), which opened in June, began offering tests to passengers earlier this month. An initial announcement earlier this year mentioned that XpresCheck would use AdvancedMD’s EHR.

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I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I saw this: Panasonic has come out with an at-home cubicle for those employees who find themselves missing the “not-quite-solid not-quite-walls” of the office space they once occupied. Available only in Japan for now, they’re priced at just over $800. I imagine it will only be a matter of time until Ikea offers something similar (though you could probably fashion something similar yourself for far less).


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