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News 4/10/19

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Practice management and RCM company Zotec Partners breaks ground on its new five-story headquarters in Carmel, IN where it expects to eventually employ 300 new staff over the next five years. Set to open in 2020, the facility will include a new innovation and training center.


HIStalk Practice Musings

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An Advisory Board blog on must-read books for spring has inspired me to share my own reading habits, and hopefully glean some recommendations from readers. I’m a voracious reader, but must admit that I tend to stay away from business-y books. I spend the majority of my day reading headlines and long-form articles about healthcare, and so my idea of unwinding at day’s end includes totally unrelated subject-matter. (Though I would eventually like to read “Bad Blood” by John Carreyrou.)

My personal library is small but growing, aided by occasional trips to favorite used bookstores. Favorite authors include Jane Austen, Ken Follett, J.R.R. Tolkien (I read “Lord of the Rings” at least once a year.), and about a dozen others that give away my predilection for titles related to King Arthur, Robin Hood, and Star Wars. Rarely do I not finish a book, even if I don’t like it, with “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” being one of the few exceptions.

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I picked up “Last of the Mohicans” by James Fenimore Cooper for the first time last week at my local library and am about halfway through. It took me a good 20 pages to get used to Cooper’s flowery language, but now find myself zooming right along, engrossed in the exploits of Hawkeye and the damsels in distress he’s sneaking through the woods to save. Many readers probably don’t realize it is part of a series, while many I’m sure have seen the film featuring Daniel Day-Lewis.

I’d love more reading recommendations. Please email me with your favorite authors, titles, and literary anecdotes.


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Announcements and Implementations

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CareCloud announces Google Cloud integration, giving data processors an easier way to access and manipulate data using FHIR.

EHR and practice management vendor Quatris Healthco partners with MD Revolution to develop chronic care management software and services.

Health IPass adds statement processing and online bill pay services from Professional Office Services to its line of patient payment products for physician practices.

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Internal Medicine of Milford (CT) implements MassCare’s assessment and billing services for annual wellness visits and chronic care management.

Practice EHR announces integration with Bako Diagnostics, giving its podiatry customers that ability to order labs and receive results from within their EHR workflows.

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Addictions Recovery Center (OR) selects EnSoftek’s DrCloud EHR.

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Sleep Health MD implements Rhinogram’s text-based patient engagement software across its five practices in California.


People

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DotCom Therapy names Sanaz Cordes, MD (Value Prop Shop) CEO.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Bilingual healthcare company Hoy Health secures seed funding from 3 Ríos Ltd., RAAD Broadcasting Corp. and Ríos Commercial Corp. The Morristown, NJ-based company offers members telemedicine, chronic care management and health literacy programs, help with medication access, and online prescription drug delivery.

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Seattle-based behavioral health software company Valant Medical Solutions secures funding from Gemspring Capital.

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Primary care company VillageMD will open clinics next to five Walgreens in Houston as part of the retail chain’s efforts to more tightly integrate healthcare and pharmacy services. The “Village Medical at Walgreens” clinics will utilize VillageMD’s DocOS software, which offers patient engagement tools, analytics, and chronic care management capabilities.


Telemedicine

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Austin, TX-based Urgent Care for Kids plans to hire 150 additional employees over the next 18 months as it ramps up its office-based and telemedicine services. The company is planning to launch a telemedicine pilot program at 11 local schools within the same time frame.

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Nurx expands its telemedicine and prescription delivery services to Utah, bringing its services to a total of 24 states.


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Public officials in Louisville, KY unveil software from Unite Us that will help connect residents with resources in the health, education, and human services sectors. Five hundred people from 50 local organizations will initially connect to the United Community platform, including case managers, social workers, guidance counselors, and family resource officers. A $700,000 donation from United Way helped bring the technology to Louisville.


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  • Aprima will exhibit at the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting April 11-13 in Philadelphia.

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News 4/8/19

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Women’s health and wellness membership clinic Tia scales back services after an intense marketing push results in higher-than-expected membership applications. The New York City-based company, which got its start as a period-tracking app, seems to have put the PR cart before the clinical horse: The startup has capped new memberships, stopped seeing new patients for several weeks, and experienced issues with opening its only clinic in a building still under construction. (And yet it is still welcoming semi-celebrities and lifestyle magazines to its office for photo spreads.)


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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Women’s medical group Advantia Health acquires Pacify, a maternal and pediatric telemedicine company, for an undisclosed sum. Both companies are based in Washington, DC.


Announcements and Implementations

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Wellbox adds RCM services to its line of chronic care management solutions as through its partnership with Aria Health Services from EMDs.

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Brault adds patient-account tracking capabilities to its RCM and practice management software for emergency and urgent care practices.


People

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Innovista Health Solutions names Gary Wainer, DO (Northwestern Medicine) CMO and president of the population health management company’s Illinois market.


Telemedicine

Researchers at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh find that direct-to-consumer telemedicine pediatricians prescribe antibiotics more often than their in-person counterparts. The researchers, who analyzed the database of a health plan that covers 4 million children and that directly contracts with a telemedicine vendor, found drugs were prescribed during 52% of virtual visits, during 42% of urgent care visits, and during 31% percent of PCP office visits. Their analysis also found that antibiotics prescribed via telemedicine were less likely to line up with clinical guidelines.


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I love this: For years, the Netherlands has accepted books in lieu of tickets on its state-owned railway line during the country’s annual book week. The rail company has been a long-time sponsor of the week-long series of events, even holding book-signings with popular authors on its trains. Americans celebrate National Library Week this week, by the way, so do yourself a favor and patronize your local branch. Turns out there are more of them than there are Starbucks in the US. As I’ve written about before, you’ll be surprised at all of the perks today’s libraries offer with a (typically) free membership.

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And I’m a big believer in this: Researchers determine that people who exercise more are happier than those who exercise less but make more money. Exercise with a social aspect (like my favorite sport, tennis) ups the happiness factor even more.


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  • PerfectServe will exhibit at ANIA April 10-13 in Las Vegas.

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News 4/3/19

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Mental health assessment software startup Blueprint (fka HelloJoy) raises $1.3 million in a seed round led by Lightbank and Hyde Park Angels. The Chicago-based startup has developed a patient-facing app that collects and analyzes patient information, including sleep, movement, and exercise data from phone sensors, combines it with patient assessments, and then delivers those datasets to providers so that they can develop tailored care plans. Founder Danny Freed has dabbled in app-based data-collection before. He developed the Companion app while at the University of Michigan to help users keep track of family and friends as they walked home alone late at night.


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The local paper looks at the impact noncompete clauses have on the patients of physicians who leave hospital employment to work for themselves or a medical group, noting that nearly half of 2,000 physicians surveyed across five states are bound by such agreements. Continuity of care seems to be thrown out the window in favor of legally binding business arrangements that prevent physicians from working within a certain radius of their old employer, and/or seeing former patients – a situation that leaves many patients feeling abandoned and afraid.


Announcements and Implementations

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PCG Software launches a cloud-based, real-time claims and billing review subscription service for physician practices.

EZClaim adds Alpha II’s ClaimStaker clinical claim and encounter scrubbing technology to its medical billing and scheduling software.


People

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Behavioral health-focused Aligned Telehealth promotes Miles Kramer to chief development officer.


Research and Innovation

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A new report from Fair Health finds that traditional care settings are still more popular than headlines and VC funding would have you believe. While utilization of telemedicine, retail clinics, urgent care facilities, and ambulatory surgery centers have increased, ERs still topped the list of access points outside of office settings. Telemedicine had the biggest increase – 53 percent – overall.


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Going to the mattresses (sort of): Staffers in the technology and healthcare industries with low levels of sleep satisfaction are almost assuredly looking for other job opportunities, according to data from an online mattress company. Perhaps a new mattress is just the perk your burnt out employee needs to keep them from taking the leap.

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Y’all know I love a good library story: This article highlights the cool ways libraries across the country are catering to the tastes and needs of their patrons. When it comes to healthcare, many are going above and beyond making Dr. Google available in the computer lab. The Free Library of Philadelphia loans out blood pressure monitors and helps patrons access community-based resources. Nurses and social workers are also on site every day. The Miami Library in Oklahoma has incorporated diabetes prevention, yoga, and cooking classes into its stacks; and has added a community garden. And while not strictly related to healthcare, the Duluth Public Library in Minnesota offers a seed library for gardeners, who keep the resource sustainable by returning their harvested seeds to the collection.


Sponsor Updates

  • AdvancedMD will exhibit at the American Society of Addiction Medicine meeting April 4-7 in Orlando.
  • Aprima will exhibit at the CORHIO Forum April 4-5 in Denver.

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News 4/1/19

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San Francisco-based independent physician network Brown & Toland Physicians selects Epic’s ambulatory software.

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And speaking of Epic, it looks like the Verona, WI-based company has finally made its first acquisition, snatching up Fitbit on the advice of new financial advisor Jim Cramer.


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Announcements and Implementations

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Practice Velocity adds chronic problem management features to its EHR for urgent care and primary care providers. 

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AdvantageCare Physicians (NY) will integrate HealthReveal’s AI-powered clinical decision support tool with its Epic system across all of its sites within the next two months.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

Hematology Oncology of Indiana joins practice management company American Oncology Network.


People

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OneOncology names Lee Schwartzberg, MD (West Cancer Center) CMO.

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Care management software vendor TCS Healthcare Technologies promotes Deborah Keller, RN to CEO.


Government and Politics

Florida’s Department of Children and Families will leverage data collection, assessment, hosting, and support services from FEI Systems to improve its opioid-response initiatives.


Telemedicine

DrChrono adds Beam Health Group’s telemedicine functionality to its EHR.


Research and Innovation

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A new workforce and practice survey of nearly 13,000 American Urological Association members finds that:

  • Urologists working in private practice are down 2 percent from the year before to 57 percent.
  • Nearly 100 percent now use an EHR in their practice; outliers include men 45 and older and those working in solo practices.
  • Less than 12 percent have utilized telemedicine within the last year; the majority of those who have believe their utilization will increase over the next three years.

Sponsor Updates

  • Nordic will present at the Quality of Care Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions April 5-6 in Arlington, VA.

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News 3/27/19

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Patient check-in technology vendor Clearwave raises an undisclosed amount of money from Frontier Capital. The company had raised over $5 million before this particular round of financing. HGP served as Clearwave’s advisor for the deal.


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EHR and practice management vendor InSync Healthcare Solutions hires Zack Kilburn (CareCentrix) as CTO.


Announcements and Implementations

With help from Pivot Point Consulting, Acumen Physician Solutions adds legacy data archiving technology powered by SMART on FHIR from Trinisys to its Acumen 2.0 powered by Epic software for nephrology practices.


Telemedicine

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FQHC Nevada Health Centers contracts with VisuWell for telemedicine services across its 24 offices, school-based clinics, and mobile health programs.


Other

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PCP Billy Branch, MD hopes his appearance on this summer’s edition of American Ninja Warrior will inspire others to realize that fitness is important to health. Branch, who lost 80 pounds while training for the show, says he and his training partner always “preach ‘do it today’ because tomorrow is never guaranteed. We think that being healthy and helpful leads to happiness, and try to impact others around us in the same way. We’d love for that to be our message and something that might light a spark in others.”

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All eyes are on Charlotte, NC as hospital-owned physician practices around the country wait to see how former Atrium Health and Novant Health medical groups fare now that they’ve declared their independence. Physicians with the former Atrium-owned Mecklenburg Medical Group have gone on to form Tryon Medical Group, while over 40 former Novant providers have joined Tennessee-based Holston Medical Group – a move some say is not unlike signing on with a health system. Both offer access to capital, technology, and management infrastructure. Holston Medical Group provider Ehab Sharawy, MD adds that patients will benefit from more personalized care and lower costs, due to the fact that the now-independent physicians no longer feel pressured to send their patients to higher-cost hospital facilities.

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I know parents will appreciate this: CampDoc adds facial-recognition and photo-sharing capabilities from Waldo Photos to its EHR and online registration software for camps. Parents can now log in to the CampDoc system and view images of their child, or sign up to receive them via text.


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  • Culbert Healthcare Solutions will exhibit at AMGA March 27-30 in National Harbor, MD.

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