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News 8/12/19

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WebMD acquires QxMD, a Canadian company that offers digital, point-of-care educational resources and medical calculators for clinicians.


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Summer’s not over yet. If you’re still looking for reading suggestions to get you through the last few weeks of vacation season, check out this list of the “10 most influential books for doctors.”

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Murder mysteries and psychological thrillers more your style? Check out the writings of Franciscan Health (IN) cardiologist Louis Janeira, MD. He has published eight books and 11 plays under the pseudonym L. Jan Eira. Fitting writing into his schedule was no easy task; he wound up hiring a driver so that he could write in the backseat during his three-hour commute. “I always knew I wanted to be a doctor,” Janeira told the local paper, “but my writing makes me feel good and ‘lights up’ a part of my brain I don’t get to do in daily life.”


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Henry Schein Medical announces GA of cloud-based, digital behavioral assessments.

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DrChrono incorporates OutcomeMD’s patient-reported outcomes tracking capabilities with its tablet-based EHR.


Telemedicine

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signs a bill into law enabling primary care physicians and pediatricians to bill Medicaid for virtual visits.


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This article profiles Liine, a Raleigh, NC-based startup that has developed sales lead software that sits on top of a physician practice’s phone system. The technology helps front-office staff turn prospective patients into repeat customers, identifies what service patients are calling about, and helps administrators better understand how their patients find their practices. “Phones are a black box,” says co-founder Bradley Blaser. “Doctors don’t know how many new lead calls are or what marketing channels are driving them. There’s no real process to optimize those conversations to increase their conversion rate.”


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News 8/7/19

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Menopause-focused telemedicine and wellness company Genneve raises $4 million in a seed round led by BlueRun Ventures. The three year-old startup offers its services in 23 states, and will use the new funding to expand to all 50 by the end of next year.


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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Chronic care management software vendor TimeDoc Health raises $2.5 million. The Chicago-based company will use the financing to double its staff, and expand its technology to include behavioral health and remote patient monitoring.


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Nathan Walcker (Bank of America Merrill Lynch) joins practice management company American Oncology Network as CFO.

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Practice EHR names Chris Baltas (Fellow Health Partners) chief business development officer.


Announcements and Implementations

In Delaware, Kent Diagnostic Radiology Associates selects RCM software and services from Healthcare Administrative Partners.

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Axia Women’s Health (NJ) will offer expecting and new moms at its 115 health centers access to the Babyscripts app, which offers targeted messaging, reminders, and evidence-based educational content.

The State of Idaho implements a custom-made online youth mental health screening tool developed by FEI Systems across its network of mental health providers and clinics, and administrative services organizations.


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ClearHealth Quality Institute releases draft accreditation standards for telemedicine outcomes as part of its American Telemedicine Association-approved Telemedicine Accreditation Program. Comments are due September 7. If approved, the standards will enable virtual care providers to have their outcomes measured and validated in the areas of:

  • Access to care.
  • Clinical effectiveness.
  • Clinical experience/satisfaction.
  • Financial impact.
  • Operational benchmarks.    

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The local paper in Grand Junction, CO covers the work Quality Health Network is doing to integrate social determinants of health data and resources with its HIE. QHN will soon pilot its Community Resource Network in Mesa County using a $5,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Social Determinants of Health Innovation Challenge, in which it is a second-phase contestant.

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The authors of this Health Affairs article make their case for the development of a standard, publicly reported measure of primary care to provide stakeholders with benchmarks; better enable them to make investment and resource decisions, and evaluate value-based care programs.

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“We’re just innocent bystanders:” Eye care professionals who have leased space within a medical building in Salt Lake City deny they are linked to the building’s owners after that group is found guilty of laundering $511 million through its businesses and real estate. News outlets have been quick to pick up on the fact that the guilty group is also part of a polygamous sect known as the Kingston Group.


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News 8/5/19

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Ambulatory health IT reseller and consulting company DAS Health acquires the WRT collection of companies, which includes WRT Specialties, Easy PC Solutions, EasyMed Billing, and Systech Solutions. It’s the company’s fifth acquisition in the last year.


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Check out the recording of last week’s webinar from Mercy Technology Services titled “Modern Imaging Technology for the Enterprise: Improve Imaging Cost, Speed, Capacity and Care Quality.” Mr. H called it “among the best ever.”


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Imaging center and software company RadNet uses assets from newly acquired Nulogix to launch a division focused on developing, acquiring, and investing in AI technologies that better enable image interpretation and radiology business processes.


Announcements and Implementations

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DirectTrust announces that more than 1 billion messages have been sent and received using its secure messaging system since it began tracking transmissions in 2014. The milestone follows last week’s news that the nonprofit is developing a standard for secure instant healthcare messaging.

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Workit Health, an addiction care company that offers its programs and services through telemedicine, will open a brick-and-mortar clinic in Kern County, CA. It received grant funding last month from the Center at Sierra Health Foundation to expand its services in California, and start pilot projects with emergency departments in certain counties.

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Choices Counseling Center (OR) selects EnSoftek’s behavioral health-focused DrCloudEHR.


Government and Politics

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announces that the state’s PDMP has reached record utilization levels, recently surpassing 1 million daily queries on two separate occasions. In 2016, Ohio became the first state to offer direct integration of its PDMP into EHRs and pharmacy dispensing systems free of charge.


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Baton Rouge, LA-based startup Relief Telemed raises $150,000 in a family-and-friends seed-funding round. Co-founder and CEO Vishal Vasanji is also the co-founder of Patient Plus Urgent Care. CMO Ronald Andrews, MD is the owner of Pediatric & Internal Medicine Associates in Baton Route. Vasanji says the company just signed its first payer, and that eight clinics in and around the city are using the company’s software. He added that practices will eventually be able to buy a white-label version of the technology.


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News 7/31/19

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This JAMA editorial highlights the fine line pediatricians must walk when engaging in portal messaging with parents. The physician authors point out that in one large group practice, the average pediatrician responds to 10 portal messages a day – none of which are eligible for reimbursement and all of which likely add to administrative burden and burnout. Additional challenges include managing patient expectations when it comes to response times, and taking the right tone so responses aren’t misconstrued. The authors recommend that physicians:

  • Develop standards and establish expectations for what constitutes a reasonable period between a parent’s message and a physician’s reply.
  • Create guidelines for parents about what types of concerns are appropriate for a message as opposed to a telephone, video, or office appointment, and how quickly parents should expect a response.
  • In a group practice setting, develop templates to enhance the consistency of written instructions.
  • Create electronic in-basket coverage structures and cohesive expectations for how thoroughly covering clinicians should address issues.
  • Train other clinicians to be part of a team that addresses portal messages from parents.

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Pure literary torture: The Booker Prize includes Lucy Ellman’s “Ducks, Newburyport” in its list of finalists. The book is actually a single sentence that runs over 1,000 pages. Just typing that reminds me of the pain I felt trying to get through “Moll Flanders” in high school. Chapters, not to mention full stops, were created for a reason!


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Announcements and Implementations

BetterPT incorporates patient engagement and telemedicine tools from BlueJay Mobile Health into its patient app, which features provider search and appointment scheduling capabilities.


People

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Patient check-in company Clearwave names Mike Lamb (SimplyWell) CEO.

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Shailendra Sharma (Nuance) joins Precision Point Specialty Analytics as president.


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They’re coming for you, Claire’s: Rowan launches at-home ear-piercing services in New York and Connecticut, cutting out the mall middleman and ensuring the blood-drawing rite-of-passage is done by a licensed nurse. The company’s real bread and butter will come from its subscription service, which offers monthly boxes of earrings and tween-friendly trinkets. Founder Louisa Schneider says RNs will be key to the company’s success: “We found that nurses were very interested in an opportunity to earn another stream of income that did not involve things like end-of-life care or home care. This is typically a fun experience for them. It’s a celebration.”

This article about medical students serving on the Little League World Series medical team reminds me how much I’ve enjoyed reading about Dr. Jayne’s adventures at the World Scouting Jamboree. I’d love to hear from any readers that may have served in similar capacities at large gatherings like these. Any Olympic or Paralympic clinicians out there? Email me with your anecdotes.


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  • AdvancedMD will exhibit at APA2019 August 8-11 in Chicago.
  • Culbert Healthcare Solutions will exhibit at West Coast CORE August 7-9 in Salt Lake City.
  • LightSpeed Technology Group achieves SOC 1 and SOC 2 Type 2 attestation.

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News 7/29/19

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Women’s health and fertility care company Kindbody brings it pop-up mobile clinics to San Francisco and opens a clinic within Carbon Health’s primary and urgent care practice while its stand-alone clinic is being prepared for opening later this year.

Kindbody also has a presence in New York City, and will eventually expand its brick-and-mortar operation to Los Angeles. It has raised nearly $22 million since launching last August. Its proprietary KindEMR was likely built off the IVFqc cloud- based EHR and billing software it acquired from Althea Science around the same time.


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“The Overstory” by Richard Powers was recommended to me this morning. Wikipedia describes it as the story of “nine Americans whose unique life experiences with trees bring them together to address the destruction of forests.” If you like your descriptions a little more high brow, the Library Journal adds that it’s a “a deep meditation on the irreparable psychic damage that manifests in our unmitigated separation from nature.” Make of that what you will.

Powers supposedly wrote the book after seeing giant redwoods for the first time, which makes me wonder: Do you have a favorite book inspired by nature? “Cold Sassy Tree” by Olive Ann Burns is the only book in my library that comes close. Email me with your favorites and I’ll be sure to share.


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July 31 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “Modern Imaging Technology for the Enterprise: Mercy’s Approach That Improved Imaging Cost, Speed, Capacity, and Care Quality.” Sponsor: Mercy Technology Services. Presenter: Jim Best, executive health IT consultant, Mercy Technology Services. Enterprise imaging has become as critical as EHRs for transforming patient care, but many health systems are struggling with the limitations and costs of dated, disconnected PACS even as imaging volumes grow and radiologists report increasing levels of burnout. Radiologists at Mercy were frustrated by its nine disparate PACS, which required them to toggle between workstations, deal with slowdowns and poor reliability, and work around the inability to see the complete set of a patient’s prior images, even as demands for quick turnaround increased. In this webinar, MTS — the technical backbone of Mercy — will describe the lessons they learned in moving to a new best-of-breed PACS platform that increased radiology efficiency by 30%, with the next phase being to take advantage of new capabilities by eliminating third-party reading services and distributing workload across radiology departments to improve efficiency, capacity, and timely patient care.

Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre for information.


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Denver-based virtual scribe vendor Skywriter MD will open a second office in College Station, TX by the end of next year. CEO Tracy Rue expects to hire 200 employees to staff the new location, largely drawing from the area’s medical students at Blinn College and Texas A&M.

Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Ohio partners with private equity firm Revelstoke Capital Partners to launch a national managed services organization.

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CNBC reports that membership-based primary care company One Medical’s valuation has increased to $2 billion. The company, which also offers an employer service line, has raised $400 million since opening in 2007. Headquartered in San Francisco, it now has 72 clinics in seven states, and has partnered with health systems in several markets. The company has developed its own EHR and patient app, and offers online appointment scheduling and video consults.


Announcements and Implementations

BetterPT adds interoperability functionality from Kno2 to its inbound patient management software, giving physical therapists and physician referrers a more seamless way to share patient data.

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Simple Interact announces GA of digital informed consent forms that automatically upload to the EHR.

MyOutcomes develops an open source version of its behavioral health measures software.


Government and Politics

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HHS awards $42 million to 49 Health Center Controlled Networks, which in turn will funnel that funding to 1,182 FQHCs to assist them in adding or upgrading health IT. OCHIN, the largest HCCN in the US, will use its $8 million to help facilities within its network improve care coordination; reduce provider burden; and increase connectivity to state immunizations registries, prescription drug monitoring programs, and HIEs.


Telemedicine

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Henry Schein Medical introduces an updated version of its MedPod MobileDoc telemedicine equipment. New features include integration with Uber Health, giving physicians the ability to book their patients rides to and from appointments, or more acute care settings.

Physicians in Florida cry foul over licensing and registration fees associated with the state’s new telemedicine laws. Out-of-state physicians who want to virtually care for Florida patients don’t have to pay any registration fees, while in-state MDs must pay a $350 application fee and initial $355 licensing fee. Governor Ron DeSantis vetoed legislation that would have required out-of-state physicians to at least pay a $150 registration fee, saying they would have undercut efforts to curb healthcare spending. 

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Rite Aid will use software from InTouch Health to launch kiosk-based telemedicine services at a handful of RediClinics within its retail pharmacies.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine passes legislation requiring payers to reimburse providers for telemedicine visits.


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Park DuValle Community Health Center (KY) pays hackers $70,000 to unlock medical records that have been held ransom since June 7. Its appointment scheduling system has also been affected, and so patients are being seen on only a walk-in basis. The health center has been the victim of ransomware attacks twice since April. It did not pay the requested ransom after the first attack, instead electing to rebuild its records from backups. CEO Elizabeth Ann Hagan-Grigsby says the center has spent about $1 million on recovery efforts over the last three months.


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