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News 2/24/21

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One Medical comes under fire after leaked internal documents show that the membership-based primary care company has let ineligible patients – some with ties to company leadership – receive COVID-19 vaccinations before other, higher-risk patients.

Leaked documents also show that, in January, One Medical declined to adjust its appointment-booking system to screen for vaccination eligibility, saying the task was too onerous to complete within the necessary timeframe. It also failed at some of its locations to verify vaccination eligibility at the point of care.

Several local health departments have rescinded One Medical’s vaccine supply after learning about the line-jumping, which has occurred at clinics in several states. 


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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

Behavioral health IT vendor CentralReach acquires Avail Support, an Irish company that offers evidence-based, digital content management and data collection software focused on patients with cognitive disabilities.


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Carbon Health hires Claire Hough (Lyte) as CTO.

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K. Warren Volker, MD (Intermountain Healthcare) joins Brown & Toland Physicians as CMO.

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ExamMed names Jeff Fusile (Anthem) president.

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MTBC promotes Karl Johnson to chief growth officer and Wes Stolp to SVP of business development.


Announcements and Implementations

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Compass Medical (MA) integrates CareSimple’s remote patient monitoring technology with its EClinicalWorks EHR.

Skylight Health Group will leverage AWS to aggregate data across its clinics. It acquired


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It looks like the Tignish community on Canada’s Prince Edward Island has, after 16 months, finally found its replacement doctor: Peter Entwhistle, MD and his wife (and nurse) Sheri-Anne, began working at the Tignish Co-op Health Centre earlier this month. Readers may remember that patients in Tignish had been relying on telemedicine visits with a doctor in Ireland while they awaited a replacement physician. Entwhistle, who says Tignish (which has a population of 719) is a great place to work, has likely been following the province’s efforts to implement an enterprise EHR. It has signed an $8.4 million contract with Telus Health for EHR implementations that will start in physician offices this summer.

LinkedIn offers free job postings for healthcare organizations, pharmacies, and governments looking to hire support staff for COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

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Small-practice physicians in Maine are all but excluded from the state’s vaccination efforts because they can’t vaccinate 1,000 eligible patients per week as required by Maine CDC. Like many independent physicians across the country, they feel that their older, more vulnerable patients would prefer vaccination via their local physician, rather than at a mass vaccination site that may present scheduling and logistical challenges. Maine CDC representatives say the goal right now is to get as many shots into as many arms as possible, as quickly as possible.

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Michigan Avenue Immediate Care in Chicago issues an apology and refund to the 20 patients it insisted pay an upfront $195 consultation fee before administering their COVID-19 vaccinations. The City of Chicago has stressed that patients should not be denied what are supposed to be free vaccinations because of their inability to pay any type of administrative fee, and that vaccine supplies may be withheld from facilities that do so.


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News 2/22/21

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Conversion Labs rebrands to LifeMD to reflect its transition from performance marketing to direct-to-consumer telemedicine and online prescription delivery. It will soon launch a subscription-based, concierge primary care telemedicine service.


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February 24 (Wednesday) 1 ET. “Maximizing the Value of Digital Initiatives with Enterprise Provider Data Management.” Sponsor: Phynd Technologies. Presenters: Tom White, founder and CEO, Phynd Technologies; Adam Cherrington, research director, KLAS Research. Health systems can derive great business value and competitive advantage by centrally managing their provider data. A clear roadmap and management solution can solve problems with fragmented data, workflows, and patient experiences and support operational efficiency and delivery of a remarkable patient experience. The presenters will describe common pitfalls in managing enterprise information and digital strategy in silos, how to align stakeholders to maximize the value of digital initiatives, and how leading health systems are using best-of-breed strategies to evolve provider data management.

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Carbon Health board member Russell Fradin joins the company as vice chair.

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Physician network management company Wellvana Health names Jay Meyers (Anthem) CEO, Sunil Cardozo (Innovista Health Solutions) COO/CIO, and Readus Smith (Patriot Healthcare Systems) Chief Managed Care Officer. Interim CEO Worthe Holt Jr, MD has transitioned to CMO.


Announcements and Implementations

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Exer Urgent Care (CA) implements Waiting Room Management software from Pomelo Health across its 19 clinics and virtual clinic.


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A physician and parent becomes concerned when she sees a $15 fee for PPE on a bill from her son’s pediatrician at Bayview Physicians Group. According to the group, the line item is meant to be covered by insurance – never the patient, and to help track pandemic-related expenses. And yet payers aren’t required to pay the newly coded fee. Most, including CMS, say the supplies are covered in separate supply agreements. Ethicists worry that PPE surcharges will keep uninsured patients from scheduling appointments due to the added expense. BPG, however, says it doesn’t add the fee to an uninsured patient’s bill, and doesn’t pursue fees from those insurance company has denied it.

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In South Carolina, the Charleston County Public Library system will offer women access to telemedicine services from the WISE Teleheatlh Network.


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News 2/17/21

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Medicare ACO-focused practice management company Vytalize Health acquires patient financial engagement startup MedPilot.


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February 24 (Wednesday) 1 ET. “Maximizing the Value of Digital Initiatives with Enterprise Provider Data Management.” Sponsor: Phynd Technologies. Presenters: Tom White, founder and CEO, Phynd Technologies; Adam Cherrington, research director, KLAS Research. Health systems can derive great business value and competitive advantage by centrally managing their provider data. A clear roadmap and management solution can solve problems with fragmented data, workflows, and patient experiences and support operational efficiency and delivery of a remarkable patient experience. The presenters will describe common pitfalls in managing enterprise information and digital strategy in silos, how to align stakeholders to maximize the value of digital initiatives, and how leading health systems are using best-of-breed strategies to evolve provider data management.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Canadian EHR vendor Medfar Clinical Solutions raises $19.6 million in an investment round led by Walter Capital Partners.


People

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Rob Tennant (MGMA) joins WEDI as VP of federal affairs.

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Paul Ricci (SOC Telemed) has joined Qualifacts as president and CEO.

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Skylight Health Group names Jerry Oliphant (Atrium Health) COO and Georges Feghali, MD (GMF Healthcare Consulting) CMO.


Announcements and Implementations

Care Management Network will implement virtual care technologies from Reliq Health Technologies across its 50 clinics in California.

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Practice management and software developer Anytime Pediatrics announces GA of turn-key virtual care integration services at tiered levels to suit practice needs and budgets.

Innovative Management Solutions, a joint venture between independent practice associations Coordinated Behavioral Care and Coordinated Behavioral Health Services, joins the HealtheConnections HIE in New York.

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Summit CityMD (NY) implements patient engagement and payment software from Cedar.

Arizona HIE Health Current will connect 35 organizations within the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System’s Whole Person Care Initiative to NowPow’s healthcare and social services referral software.


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The Jewish National Fund, under the leadership of retired San Diego physician Sol Lizerbram, MD will plant trees in Israel to honor those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. The foundation’s tree-planting program has over the years planted 240 million trees across the globe. Lizerbram founded EHR and practice management company HealthFusion in 1998, and then sold it to Quality Systems in 2015 for $165 million.


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News 2/15/21

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Online provider search and appointment-booking app Zocdoc raises $150 million in a private equity round led by Francisco Partners, bringing its total raised to $376 million.

The company has over the last several months expanded into telemedicine and COVID-19 vaccine scheduling.

It seems to have moved past the lawsuit brought by its former CEO, Cyrus Massoumi, who claimed that company executives committed fraud when they ousted him five years ago, and that “Zocdoc is now a shadow of the company it once was, mired in a steep financial decline, failing to raise further capital, and taking on debt with crippling interest rates.” The lawsuit was dismissed last month.


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February 24 (Wednesday) 1 ET. “Maximizing the Value of Digital Initiatives with Enterprise Provider Data Management.” Sponsor: Phynd Technologies. Presenters: Tom White, founder and CEO, Phynd Technologies; Adam Cherrington, research director, KLAS Research. Health systems can derive great business value and competitive advantage by centrally managing their provider data. A clear roadmap and management solution can solve problems with fragmented data, workflows, and patient experiences and support operational efficiency and delivery of a remarkable patient experience. The presenters will describe common pitfalls in managing enterprise information and digital strategy in silos, how to align stakeholders to maximize the value of digital initiatives, and how leading health systems are using best-of-breed strategies to evolve provider data management.

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


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Lone Star Circle of Care implements NextGen’s Patient Experience Platform across its 37 locations in Texas.


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Senior primary care provider ChenMed stresses the benefits of the 1.2 million “love calls” its physicians have made to patients over the last 12 months: “Depression and anxiety, left unchecked, can adversely affect health,” says CMO Gordon Chen, MD “and many seniors are living with multiple and major chronic conditions that frankly need both virtual and in-person care by the doctor who knows them best. So, I encourage every doctor in America to demonstrate how frequent touches and year-round kindness are precisely what create the doctor-patient relationship that yields better health outcomes.”


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  • Altruista Health adds evidence-based medical content from Healthwise to its GuidingCare care management and population health software.

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News 2/10/21

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Behavioral health EHR startup Alleva raises an undisclosed amount of seed funding that brings its total raised to $3 million.


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February 24 (Wednesday) 1 ET. “Maximizing the Value of Digital Initiatives with Enterprise Provider Data Management.” Sponsor: Phynd Technologies. Presenters: Tom White, founder and CEO, Phynd Technologies; Adam Cherrington, research director, KLAS Research. Health systems can derive great business value and competitive advantage by centrally managing their provider data. A clear roadmap and management solution can solve problems with fragmented data, workflows, and patient experiences and support operational efficiency and delivery of a remarkable patient experience. The presenters will describe common pitfalls in managing enterprise information and digital strategy in silos, how to align stakeholders to maximize the value of digital initiatives, and how leading health systems are using best-of-breed strategies to evolve provider data management.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Several weeks after raising $3.7 million, medical billing and RCM startup Gentem Health raises $10 million in a Series A round led by Vulcan Capital.

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Forbes looks at the challenges Parsley Health founder Robin Berzin, MD faced as she pivoted her company from in-person care in fancy flagship clinics to all-virtual care in early 2020. The membership-based primary care company expanded its telemedicine services from 10 states to 35 in four months, and doubled its staff to 150. Its virtual care services are now available in 47 states. “The growth we saw in our brick-and-mortar disappeared overnight and that was a scary moment as founder and CEO,” says Berzin, who founded Cureatr before launching Parsley Health in 2016.


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Al Campanella (AXC Management Consulting) joins DataGen as president.

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Apollo Medical Holdings promotes CTO Brandon Sim to the additional role of COO.

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Manifest MedEx names Adam Harrison (HealthMine) chief growth officer.

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Skylight Health Group hires Paul Kulas (St. Joseph Health Medical Group) as SVP of operations.


Announcements and Implementations

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Loden Vision Centers adopts NextGen’s RCM Services across its five locations in Nashville.

Radix Health announces GA of COVID-19 vaccine communication and scheduling management software.

In Puerto Rico, Bueno Healthcare implements Orb Health’s Enterprise Virtual Care technology to improve patient access and care coordination.

The Massachusetts FQHC Telehealth Consortium will use $3.1 million from the FCC’s Connect Care Pilot Program to increase bandwidth at its 35 facilities and provide mobile hotspots for patients.


Government and Politics

The White House will begin sending COVID-19 vaccines to FQHCs beginning next week, with doses going to at least once center in each state. One million doses will be 1 million divided among 250 centers in the coming weeks.


Research and Innovation

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A Black Book survey of 2,000 practices and medical groups finds that nearly all will seek outside help in navigating value-based care contracts due to a lack of internal know-how and resources. Survey takers rated Cigna’s CareAllies consulting arm highest among value-based care transformation and strategy advisors.


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A local physician shares his frustration with finding and affording the ultra-cold freezers required to store certain COVID-19 vaccines. Freezers that were once $4,000 are now $20,000, says Doug Cochran, who says a black market has sprung up. “The public might think, ‘oh he’s a doctor … he has great connections to some medical supply house,’ but we’re like everyone else. We’re looking on EBay, second-hand suppliers, I would go looking through a junkyard if I knew they worked.”


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