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NexHealth raises $31 million in a Series B funding round, bringing its total raised to $46 million. The San Francisco-based startup offers small to medium-sized practices technology that encompasses patient engagement, intake, and relationship management, billing, and marketing.

The company, which has 120 employees, is especially focused on growing its engineering team from 30 to 120 within the next year.


Webinars

June 24 (Thursday) 2 ET: “Peer-to-Peer Panel: Creating a Better Healthcare Experience in the Post-Pandemic Era.” Sponsor: Avtex. Presenters: Mike Pietig, VP of healthcare, Avtex; Matt Durski, director of healthcare patient and member experience, Avtex; Patrick Tuttle, COO, Delta Dental of Kansas; Chad Thorpe, care ambassador, DispatchHealth. The live panel will review the findings of a May 2021 survey about which factors are most important to patients and members who are interacting with healthcare organizations. The panel will provide actionable strategies to improve patient and member engagement and retention, recover revenue, and implement solutions that reduce friction across multiple channels to prioritize care and outreach.

June 30 (Wednesday) 1 ET. “From quantity to quality: The new frontier for clinical data.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Dale Sanders, chief strategy officer, IMO; John Lee, MD, CMIO, Allegheny Health Network. EHRs generate more healthcare data than ever, but that data is of low quality for secondary uses such as population health, precision medicine, and pandemic management, and its collection burdens clinicians as data entry clerks. The presenters will review ways to reduce clinician EHR burden; describe the importance of standardized, harmonious data; suggest why quality measures strategy needs to be changed; and make the case that clinical data collection as a whole should be re-evaluated.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Fifth Third Bank acquires Provide, developer of a digital finance platform for healthcare practices.

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Bicycle Health raises $27 million in a Series A funding round led by Questa Capital. The company has developed virtual care technology and services for opioid use disorder treatment.

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DrChrono will use a new $12 million investment from Orix to build out its telemedicine capabilities and enhance its existing EHR and practice management solutions. The company has raised over $60 million since launching 11 years ago.


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Verana Health promotes Hylton Kalvaria to the new position of chief business officer, Sonja Wustrack to VP of commercial operations, Aracelis Torres to VP of quantitative sciences; and has named Lindsey Karberg (AbbVie) VP of marketing.


Announcements and Implementations

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CarePort announces GA of referral management and care coordination software for ambulatory providers.

Omny Health aggregates normalized, de-identified EHR data from 1,000 providers to create a data repository for dermatological research.


Government and Politics

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A state audit of Colorado’s decade-old PDMP finds a lack of compliance and effectiveness:

  • Doctor-shopping has been prevalent, with 1,200 patients receiving prescriptions from 15 or more prescribers.
  • Eighty-five providers have written more than 3,000 prescriptions in a two-year period – three times the national average, indicating the likelihood of pill mills.
  • PDMP staff did not follow up on these problematic trends, nor report them to law enforcement.
  • Deaths from prescription opioid overdoses have increased by 76%.
  • Eighteen percent of the state’s prescribers had not registered with the program, as required by law, and pharmacies haven’t submitted their data in a timely manner.

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Virginia Commonwealth University shares the work researcher Rebecca Etz and her team at VCU’s Larry A. Green Center have done during the pandemic to gauge COVID-19’s impact on primary care physicians. Nearly 30 weekly surveys have been sent to thousands of providers, illuminating sobering statistics around the huge financial strains – personal and professional – PCPs suffered as they struggled to care for their patients without enough PPE, staff, cash, and other resources.


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News 6/21/21

June 21, 2021 News 1 Comment

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NextGen Healthcare announces that President, CEO, and board member Rusty Frantz has agreed to a “mutual separation” and will step down from his executive roles immediately. Frantz joined the company in 2015 after a seven-year stint at Carefusion, taking over from retiring Steven Plochoki.


Webinars

June 24 (Thursday) 2 ET: “Peer-to-Peer Panel: Creating a Better Healthcare Experience in the Post-Pandemic Era.” Sponsor: Avtex. Presenters: Mike Pietig, VP of healthcare, Avtex; Matt Durski, director of healthcare patient and member experience, Avtex; Patrick Tuttle, COO, Delta Dental of Kansas; Chad Thorpe, care ambassador, DispatchHealth. The live panel will review the findings of a May 2021 survey about which factors are most important to patients and members who are interacting with healthcare organizations. The panel will provide actionable strategies to improve patient and member engagement and retention, recover revenue, and implement solutions that reduce friction across multiple channels to prioritize care and outreach.

June 30 (Wednesday) 1 ET. “From quantity to quality: The new frontier for clinical data.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Dale Sanders, chief strategy officer, IMO; John Lee, MD, CMIO, Allegheny Health Network. EHRs generate more healthcare data than ever, but that data is of low quality for secondary uses such as population health, precision medicine, and pandemic management, and its collection burdens clinicians as data entry clerks. The presenters will review ways to reduce clinician EHR burden; describe the importance of standardized, harmonious data; suggest why quality measures strategy needs to be changed; and make the case that clinical data collection as a whole should be re-evaluated.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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OCS IT opens an office in Cape Coral, Florida. The company offers information security and technology services to a variety of customers, including over 60 medical offices across the state.

Canadian COVID-19 testing company Datametrex acquires telemedicine vendor Medi-Call for $9.7 million.


Announcements and Implementations

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Palmetto Retina Center implements NextGen’s RCM services across its six locations in South Carolina.


Other

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Center City Pediatrics (PA) owner Eric Berger, MD recounts the tough decision-making process that led to him mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for his employees: Four unvaccinated staffers who attended the same birthday party came down with the virus, prompting him to firm up a vaccine policy that had already been in the works. Seven employees quit rather than receive the vaccine. “I felt burned, because we had really gone over and beyond … through the entire epidemic to try to keep people safe,” said Berger. “We had just sent out [an email] blast, a week or so before, explaining why we were a safe place for you to bring your child.”

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Sisters Gerdie Jean-Smith, MD and Samantha Jean, MD launch ReDefine Life, a concierge telemedicine practice caring for patients in four states. The sisters, who live within half a mile of each other in Fort Myers, Florida, plan on expanding beyond primary care.


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  • EClinicalWorks releases a new video, “EClinicalMessenger: Improving Healthcare Through Better Communications.”

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    News 6/16/21

    June 16, 2021 News No Comments

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    Walmart offers patrons who receive the COVID-19 vaccine at its pharmacies the ability to digitally store their vaccine records via their Walmart.com accounts. The secure digital wallet technology is based on the Vaccination Credential Initiative’s Smart Health Cards standard, meaning it can be securely shared with other apps like Clear’s Health Pass.

    Walmart will soon roll out the feature to Sam’s Club members, and is working on functionality that will allow families to bundle their records.


    HIStalk Practice Musings

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    Watching: Doctor Finlay, a mid-90s Scottish television series that chronicles the lives (and cases) of GPs working in a rural Scottish practice, just after WWII and right before the launch of the National Health Service. I’m one season in and it’s been a quaint look back at what primary care must have been like when house calls were common and record-keeping was strictly a pen-and-paper affair. The influence of the series was still being felt as recently as five years ago, with a local medical recruiting firm complaining that the show’s now outdated portrayal of the rural Scottish GP had hindered recruitment efforts.


    HIStalk Practice Announcements and Requests

    Mr. HIStalk was recently required to purge inactive email subscribers from the HIStalk Practice Updates list. I’d appreciate it if you’d enter your email address again just to make sure you didn’t fall off the list by mistake (you won’t get duplicate emails regardless). You’ll continue to receive the latest ambulatory health IT news while inflating my fragile ego at the same time.


    Webinars

    June 24 (Thursday) 2 ET: “Peer-to-Peer Panel: Creating a Better Healthcare Experience in the Post-Pandemic Era.” Sponsor: Avtex. Presenters: Mike Pietig, VP of healthcare, Avtex; Matt Durski, director of healthcare patient and member experience, Avtex; Patrick Tuttle, COO, Delta Dental of Kansas; Chad Thorpe, care ambassador, DispatchHealth. The live panel will review the findings of a May 2021 survey about which factors are most important to patients and members who are interacting with healthcare organizations. The panel will provide actionable strategies to improve patient and member engagement and retention, recover revenue, and implement solutions that reduce friction across multiple channels to prioritize care and outreach.

    June 30 (Wednesday) 1 ET. “From quantity to quality: The new frontier for clinical data.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Dale Sanders, chief strategy officer, IMO; John Lee, MD, CMIO, Allegheny Health Network. EHRs generate more healthcare data than ever, but that data is of low quality for secondary uses such as population health, precision medicine, and pandemic management, and its collection burdens clinicians as data entry clerks. The presenters will review ways to reduce clinician EHR burden; describe the importance of standardized, harmonious data; suggest why quality measures strategy needs to be changed; and make the case that clinical data collection as a whole should be re-evaluated.

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


    Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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    Greenway Health opens an office in Bangalore, India, with plans to hire 300 employees for that office by the end of the year. The EHR vendor also has offices in Tampa, Florida, and Carrolton, Georgia.


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    Varun Choudhary, MD (Magellan Health) joins Talkspace as chief medical officer.

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    Healthmap Solutions names Howard Shaps, MD (Centene) chief clinical officer.

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    Apollo Medical promotes Jeremy Jackson, MD to chief quality officer.

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    CloudMD promotes Karen Adams to president. She takes over from Amit Mathur, OD who will assume the new role of president of US operations.


    Announcements and Implementations

    Senior-focused primary care company Agilon Health implements care coordination and workflow management software from LeadingReach across its Pioneer Physicians Network in Ohio.


    Government and Politics

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    Former practice office and payroll manager Shirley Taylor is sentenced to 33 months in prison and ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution for stealing the same amount over a four-year period. Taylor inflated her paycheck and wrote unauthorized company checks, none of which were noticed until a new office manager joined the August, Georgia practice in 2020.


    Other

    The local news covers the role pediatricians have been playing in vaccinating adults, typically – but not always – the family members of their younger patients: “The first week or so, I saw patients and their parents. Then I started seeing grandparents and neighbors,” says North Carolina-based Kidz Pediatrics physician Lourdes Pereda, MD. “Then there were people I’ve never seen in my life, and I was happy because that means we’re vaccinating more of the community.”

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    A local news site profiles dermatologist Christina Chung, MD and her journey to becoming a co-owner (along with husband Jeff George, MD) of the Philadelphia Phoenix ultimate frisbee team. George introduced her to the sport when they began dating, both eventually joining the Philadelphia Area Disc Alliance and co-captaining a team to top-place rankings. They bought the Phoenix in 2019.


    Sponsor Updates

    • EClinicalWorks releases a new podcast, “Making the Most of EClinicalWorks Billing and RCM.”

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    News 6/14/21

    June 14, 2021 News No Comments

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    Behavioral health EHR vendor Kipu names Paul Joiner (Availity) CEO and Rick Pharr (WebPT) COO. The personnel news comes alongside an unspecified investment from TCV.


    Webinars

    June 24 (Thursday) 2 ET: “Peer-to-Peer Panel: Creating a Better Healthcare Experience in the Post-Pandemic Era.” Sponsor: Avtex. Presenters: Mike Pietig, VP of healthcare, Avtex; Matt Durski, director of healthcare patient and member experience, Avtex; Patrick Tuttle, COO, Delta Dental of Kansas; Chad Thorpe, care ambassador, DispatchHealth. The live panel will review the findings of a May 2021 survey about which factors are most important to patients and members who are interacting with healthcare organizations. The panel will provide actionable strategies to improve patient and member engagement and retention, recover revenue, and implement solutions that reduce friction across multiple channels to prioritize care and outreach.

    June 30 (Wednesday) 1 ET. “From quantity to quality: The new frontier for clinical data.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Dale Sanders, chief strategy officer, IMO; John Lee, MD, CMIO, Allegheny Health Network. EHRs generate more healthcare data than ever, but that data is of low quality for secondary uses such as population health, precision medicine, and pandemic management, and its collection burdens clinicians as data entry clerks. The presenters will review ways to reduce clinician EHR burden; describe the importance of standardized, harmonious data; suggest why quality measures strategy needs to be changed; and make the case that clinical data collection as a whole should be re-evaluated.

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


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    Jonathan Fowler (Avance Care)  joins Cary Medical Management as VP of operations.

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    Mitesco names Bradley Case (SymphonyCare) president of The Good Clinic, which plans to expand beyond its flagship clinic in Minneapolis to a network of hybrid clinics leveraging nurse practitioners and telehealth capabilities.


    Announcements and Implementations

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    Athenahealth, Cerner, DrChrono, and Meditech announce upcoming integrations with IOS 15’s enhancements to Apple Health, in which providers can launch a web-based dashboard within their respective EHRs to view the information that a patient has shared with them. (Fast Company published a well-written overview last week of Apple’s increasing presence in the health data-sharing space and what that means for patients and larger EHR vendors like Cerner and Epic.)

    Radiology Inc., a radiology physician group based in West Virginia, implements Rad AI’s technology to generate custom radiology report impressions and consensus guideline recommendations.

    Palm Beach ACO leverages ClosedLoop.ai’s Explainable AI patient risk stratification and forecasting software to help prevent readmissions, identify palliative care needs, and improve outcomes for patients with chronic kidney disease.

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    Pinellas County Primary Care (FL) adopts Carium’s remote patient monitoring technology.

    Women’s Health Connecticut connects to the the Connecticut Medical Society’s CTHealthLink HIE.

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    Amazon opens three clinics for its employees and their families in Detroit. The clinics are operated by Crossover Health Solutions and offer extended hours to suit employee schedules. The Amazon/Crossover partnership also includes clinics in Arizona, California, Kentucky, and Texas.


    Other

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    Westmed Medical Group develops an Amazon Alexa skill to help patients find and schedule appointments its facilities in New York and Connecticut, and access health and wellness tips.

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    The local paper highlights Hampton Roads Community Health Center (VA) and its COVID-19 nursing team, which, in addition to their typical full-time responsibilities, coordinated the FQHC’s COVID response. PerfectServe honored the team as part of its Nurses of Note 2021 awards program.


    Sponsor Updates

    • Healthwise has received seven Digital Health Awards for its patient education videos and content in the Health Information Resource Center’s 2021 spring competition.

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    News 6/9/21

    June 9, 2021 News No Comments

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    Texas-based FQHC Legacy Community Health partners with business development firm Canton & Co. to launch Monarch Health Solutions, a practice management company dedicated to community health centers.


    Webinars

    June 24 (Thursday) 2 ET: “Peer-to-Peer Panel: Creating a Better Healthcare Experience in the Post-Pandemic Era.” Sponsor: Avtex. Presenters: Mike Pietig, VP of healthcare, Avtex; Matt Durski, director of healthcare patient and member experience, Avtex; Patrick Tuttle, COO, Delta Dental of Kansas; Chad Thorpe, care ambassador, DispatchHealth. The live panel will review the findings of a May 2021 survey about which factors are most important to patients and members who are interacting with healthcare organizations. The panel will provide actionable strategies to improve patient and member engagement and retention, recover revenue, and implement solutions that reduce friction across multiple channels to prioritize care and outreach.

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


    Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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    Syra Health announces expansion plans that include doubling its office space and adding up to 150 new jobs by 2025. Based in Carmel, Indiana, company offers value-based care consulting, medical education content development, and staffing services.

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    Consulting firm Patient Access Solutions acquires TelaMentalHealth.com.

    Well Health Technologies will acquire MyHealth Partners, a provider of primary, specialty, and virtual care with 48 locations in Ontario. Once the acquisition closes, Well Health will become the largest non-governmental operator of outpatient clinics in Canada.


    People

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    PerfectServe hires Rodrigo Martínez, MD (TransformativeMed) as its first CMO.


    Announcements and Implementations

    US Radiology Specialists selects patient intake and messaging solutions from Royal Health including Royal Pay, Royal Kiosks, and Royal Alerts.

    Behavioral health provider Coyote Task Force (AZ) implements EnSoftek’s DrCloudEHR.


    Government and Politics

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    Missouri Governor Mike Parson signs into law a bill creating a statewide prescription drug monitoring program. The state has suffered from the distinction of being the last in the country to be without a PDMP. A task force will oversee the development of the program’s centralized database and select a vendor to collect patient data.


    Research and Innovation

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    Just over a third of 505 surveyed healthcare workers say that technology frustrates them, while 19% say it does not help with productivity. The same percentage admit that technology makes their jobs harder. The survey also found a strong correlation between job satisfaction and negative views of technology. Also worth noting: Twenty-eight percent of respondents feel that their company doesn’t give them the technology training they need to succeed, while 25% don’t believe they have the skills to succeed in an increasingly technologically advanced workplace.

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    Telehealth utilization continues to decrease, though at a slower pace than seen at the beginning of the year, according to Fair Health’s latest analysis. The drop coincides with a national decrease in COVID-19 cases and increasing vaccination rates.


    Other

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    The local news investigates the discovery of boxes of medical records dumped outside of a storage unit in Atlanta. Hope Medical had moved the files to a storage unit after a fire at their facility in 2018. The rental facility sold off the contents of Hope Medical’s unit after the practice defaulted on its payments. The highest bidder for the unit’s contents likely found them to be of no immediate value.

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    Former US Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD appears on the local news to discuss the impact of COVID-19 vaccination rates on the county’s public health ordinances. He stepped down from his government job at the request of the Biden administration earlier this year and, according to the news, is practicing medicine in Central Indiana.


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