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HHS awards $107 million in Quality Improvement Awards to 1,273 health centers across the country. In addition to their quality-improvement efforts, the winning centers also demonstrated improvements in advancing the use of health IT and delivering patient-centered care.


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A younger member of the family tells me she’ll soon start reading “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which got me thinking about the classic literature I read in school. Some titles were torture to get through (“The Metamorphosis,” anyone?), while others – like the “Anne of Green Gables” series – I still read over and over. If you’re looking to get back into the groove of high school lit, check out Fast Company’s list of “13 books from high school worth rereading as an adult.” I highly recommend “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (or any of his other novels, for that matter.)

What novels from your high school, or even college years, are still on your bookshelf? Email me with your favorite classic literary reads.


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.

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


Announcements and Implementations

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Great Lakes Health Connect selects HIE software from Secure Exchange Solutions. Michigan-based GLHC will connect SES Direct to its InterSystems HealthShare interoperability technology.

Veradigm (the former payer and life sciences division of Allscripts) will help Komodo Health integrate de-identified patient data from Allscripts ambulatory EHRs with its Healthcare Map, which already includes data from 150 public and private payers. Komodo Health will market the expanded dataset to life sciences companies for research purposes.


Telemedicine

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MyTelemedicine develops new API enhancements – including multi-party e-visits, real-time eligibility checks, and EHR integration – to help developers integrate its telemedicine capabilities with their apps and mobile health devices.

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Nurx expands its reach to Nebraska, making its birth control and STI testing delivery services available in 27 states and Washington, DC.


Research and Innovation

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CareAllies, ECG Management, Lumeris, PWC, and Deloitte Consulting achieve top marks in Black Book’s latest look at physician practice satisfaction with value-based care transformation and strategy advisory firms. The research also found that 88% of surveyed practices with more than five physicians in VBC arrangements  have not yet mapped out a strategy to implement advanced analytics and/or reimbursement solutions. Of those not already in VBC programs, nearly all say they will look to a consulting firm for guidance.

MGMA survey-takers report that patient portals, automated appointment reminder systems, check-in technologies, telemedicine, digital payment options, and analytics have had the biggest impact on their workflows and engagement with patients.

Kareo’s latest report on the state of the independent physician practice sheds light on growth, burnout, and the impact of health IT, among other facets. A few highlights:

  • 69% say integrated technology is essential to efficient care delivery and practice profitability.
  • 70% believe EHR data entry detracts from their ability to deliver care.
  • 72% are experiencing burnout.
  • 8% plan to break away from their hospital.
  • 60% predict their practice will grow in the coming year.

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This Harvard Medicine article digs into the impact thank you notes have on physicians: “Most of us have a folder. Or a shoebox. Perhaps a desk drawer. Or a special, yet aging, briefcase. We may not look in it very often — or ever. And we may not admit to having one. But we do. I’m referring to the collections of letters of appreciation that we physicians receive from our patients and their families. I still go back and read [notes] from time to time. It’s with my other letters, in a manila folder, in my home office. Whenever I rediscover the folder, its contents invariably make me feel better.”

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VSP Global, parent company of practice management and EHR software vendor Eyefinity, partners with Glam4Good to donate eye care, eyewear, and shopping sprees to victims of last year’s Camp Fire in Paradise, CA.


Sponsor Updates

  • Culbert Healthcare Solutions will exhibit at Epic’s UGM August 26-29 in Verona, WI.

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News 8/19/19

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Mental healthcare company Two Chairs raises a $21 million Series B funding round just six months after its $7 million Series A. The startup has developed software that helps patients find best-fit providers within its network of California clinics, plus analytics, precision medicine, and outcomes tracking technology. It will open its largest clinic yet in San Jose soon.


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.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Contraceptive and at-home STI testing telemedicine company Nurx raises $52 million in a Series C round led by Kleiner Perkins Digital Growth Fund and Union Square Ventures. The company has raised nearly $100 million since launching five years ago in San Francisco.


Announcements and Implementations

Don Recovery Services (PA) selects the MedicsCloud Addiction Medicine Clinical and Financial Suite from Advanced Data Systems.

Practice Pro adds Kno2’s Interoperability-as-a-Service capabilities to its EHR and practice management software for physical and occupational therapists.

Health data reporting organization Virginia Health Information merges with statewide HIE ConnectVirginia.


People

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Simon Mouyal (Medidata Solutions) joins Athenahealth as chief marketing officer. It’s the company’s second executive hire since being acquired by Veritas Capital at the beginning of the year. Bill Conway joined as chief sales officer in May.


Sponsor Updates

  • Nordic posts a podcast titled “How to drive efficiencies between your ERP and EHR in OR and beyond.”

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News 8/14/19

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Canadian health IT company Telus Health acquires Akira Health, which offers app-based and in-person care at the high-tech Union Health clinic in Toronto. Telus reps say the acquisition will help to bring mental health and diagnostics to Akira’s virtual care offerings.

Telus Health has been busy over the last several years in terms of partnerships, acquisitions, and investments. It was an early investor in US-based Get Real Health, which has since been sold to CPSI; acquired Canadian e-prescribing company ZRx Prescriber in 2014 and EHR vendor Nightingale in 2016; and last year partnered with NHS-friendly Babylon Health to launch a Canadian telemedicine app.


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.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Fertility app startup MedAnswers raises $5 million in a seed funding round led by the Special Situations Life Sciences Innovation Fund. The financing will help the company with hiring and recruiting clinical experts, and adding content and fertility service-matching capabilities to its app. Femtech, and digital fertility services in particular, have definitely attracted investors of late. The most recent figures put femtech investments at over $400 million in 2018, while the global fertility services market is expected to be worth $21 billion by next year.

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Urgent care company CityMD and Summit Medical Group finalize their merger. First announced in June, the merger brings together CityMD’s 120 locations in New York City with the independent 900-provider medical group and its 80 locations in New York and New Jersey. SMG CEO Jeffrey Le Benger, MD will head up the combined organization.


Announcements and Implementations

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The Nebraska Health Information Initiative selects health information exchange software from Secure Exchange Solutions.


People

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Men’s virtual care and health and wellness company Ro names Todd Levy (BuzzFeed) CTO.


Other

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Eye Care Associates is recovering from a ransomware attack that hit the Ohio practice two weeks ago. The practice declined to pay the unspecified ransom, and has been working to restore its system using backups. The cost to the practice in terms of disruption to patient care – no new-patient appointments have been scheduled and many have been delayed – may end up being just as expensive as the ransom.


Sponsor Updates

  • Aprima will host its annual user conference August 23-25 in Grapevine, TX.
  • Culbert Healthcare Solutions will exhibit at East Coast CORE August 14-16 in Boston.

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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.”


Webinars

None scheduled in the coming weeks. Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre for information.


Announcements and Implementations

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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.


Other

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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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None scheduled in the coming weeks. Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre for information.


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.


People

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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.


Telemedicine

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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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