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News 5/26/21

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Population health management company P3 Health Partners will become a publicly traded company via an acquisition by SPAC Foresight Acquisition Corp. The new company will retain the P3 brand. Former OptumRx CEO Mark Thierer will serve as chairman.


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June 3 (Thursday) 2 ET: “Diagnosing the Cures Act – Practical Prescriptions for Your Success.” Sponsor: Secure Exchange Solutions. Presenters: William E. Golden, MD, MACP, medical director, Arkansas Medicaid; Anne Santifer, executive director, Arkansas Department of Health – Office of Health Information Technology; Kyle Meadors, principal, Chart Lux Consulting. A panel of leading experts will provide practical guidance on how to prepare for the Cures Act. Will it upend your business model? What is information blocking? How can standardized technologies be applied to meet Cures Act requirements? What must I do now as well as in the next five years?

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


Announcements and Implementations

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The Asian American Health Coalition’s Hope Clinic (TX) will offer pregnant patients the Babyscripts MyJourney educational and reminder app and remote BP monitoring.

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Virtual care infrastructure company Truepill launches primary care services. It also provides online prescription and in-home diagnostics services for digital health and wellness companies like Hims, Hers, and Nurx.

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PT Wired adds BetterPT’s scheduling capabilities to its white-label home exercise program apps, giving patients the ability to schedule appointments within their PT clinic’s branded app.


Government and Politics

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The Senate confirms Chiquita Brooks-LaSure (Manatt, Phelps & Phillips) as CMS administrator.


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News 5/24/21

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Virtual care company Recuro Health acquires chat-based telemedicine startup SupDoc. The acquisition comes just a few weeks after Recuro’s purchase of at-home testing company UDoTest, which has enabled it to offer a return-to-work COVID-19 testing platform alongside its digital health offerings.

Teladoc founder Michael Gorton helped to launch Recuro last year.


Webinars

June 3 (Thursday) 2 ET: “Diagnosing the Cures Act – Practical Prescriptions for Your Success.” Sponsor: Secure Exchange Solutions. Presenters: William E. Golden, MD, MACP, medical director, Arkansas Medicaid; Anne Santifer, executive director, Arkansas Department of Health – Office of Health Information Technology; Kyle Meadors, principal, Chart Lux Consulting. A panel of leading experts will provide practical guidance on how to prepare for the Cures Act. Will it upend your business model? What is information blocking? How can standardized technologies be applied to meet Cures Act requirements? What must I do now as well as in the next five years?

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

Population health analytics company Clinigence Health acquires ProCare Health, a managed services organization serving four IPAs in California.

Complete HealthCare Solutions, a health IT developer, reseller, and services company, acquires the healthcare division of Selent and Associates, including Computerized Business Systems and medicalbillingsoftware.com.


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Cancer-focused digital health startup RabbleHealth names Bluegrass Biggs CTO.


Announcements and Implementations

The Las Vegas Convention Center installs a telemedicine kiosk from OnMed, just in time for the World of Concrete.


Government and Politics

HHS allocates $14.2 million to help pediatric primary care practices integrate telemedicine for mental healthcare, expanding Pediatric Mental Health Care Access projects across the country. Applications for grant money are due July 6.

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The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services works to recover from a May 17 malware attack.


Research and Innovation

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An MGMA poll of 716 medical groups finds that prior authorization requirements have increased since 2020, despite a brief reprieve from payers during the pandemic. Some respondents have hired full-time employees to handle the work associated with the increasingly burdensome requirements.

Patients looking to switch providers will first consider those that offer online services such as appointment scheduling, intake, prescription management, and medical records access, according to a NextGen survey of 2,055 people.

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A retrospective analysis of the Meaningful Use program in Florida has found that $100 million was distributed to Medicaid providers that did not demonstrate MU after collecting first-year financial incentives. Fifty-seven percent dropped out of the program after receiving their first incentive payment, with the majority citing a lack of financial incentive to pursue further stages of MU, and a lack of technical assistance.


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Marketplace spotlights Michael Kirisu, DO a San Diego-based family physician who ended his $7,000-a-month practice lease during the pandemic in favor of virtual and house calls. His new practice, Measured Wellness, is heavy on wearables and health data: “The doctor of the future is datacentric. I don’t need nurses or [medical assistants] anymore. I need a data scientist who is looking at the data, who is looking at the trends going on, seeing where the red flags are, to go dispatch me. ‘Hey, you need to go make an intervention on this patient.’”


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  • Innovaccer will integrate the Healthwise Knowledgebase patient education solution into its Health Cloud.

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News 5/19/21

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Wheel raises $50 million in a Series B round that brings its total funding to $66 million. The company, which rebranded from Enzyme Health last year, offers white-label telemedicine software and services, and staffing opportunities.


Webinars

June 3 (Thursday) 2 ET: “Diagnosing the Cures Act – Practical Prescriptions for Your Success.” Sponsor: Secure Exchange Solutions. Presenters: William E. Golden, MD, MACP, medical director, Arkansas Medicaid; Anne Santifer, executive director, Arkansas Department of Health – Office of Health Information Technology; Kyle Meadors, principal, Chart Lux Consulting. A panel of leading experts will provide practical guidance on how to prepare for the Cures Act. Will it upend your business model? What is information blocking? How can standardized technologies be applied to meet Cures Act requirements? What must I do now as well as in the next five years?

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Investment firm KKR wraps up its acquisition of Therapy Brands, which sells behavioral health EHR/PM systems via 19 subsidiaries that serve 28,000 practices.


People

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Ryan Tillman (Cerner) joins CyTek as president. Tillman and new CEO and chairman Grant Burcham have acquired the boutique IT support and managed services firm, which includes medical offices among its service lines.


Announcements and Implementations

Quantum Imaging & Therapeutic Associates (PA) implements Rad AI’s automated radiology workflow technology.

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Comagine Health, Idaho Health Data Exchange, Orion Health, and the Utah Health Information Network join forces to launch Beyond HIE, a nonprofit that will support HIEs and their stakeholders with funding and enhanced data delivery.


Government and Politics

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment disputes charges made by telemedicine vendor EMed that it has not yet paid the company for its services. The department had contracted with EMed in February to provide virtual consults and test results to select residents who took the state’s free BinaxNow rapid COVID test.


Research and Innovation

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Google Health offers a preview of the Web-based, AI-powered, dermatology assist tool it plans to pilot later this year. The tool digests images and data captured via a user’s smartphone and then offers the most likely matching conditions a user may want to research further. The tool will also offer dermatologist-reviewed information, answers to commonly asked questions, and similar matching images from the Web.

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Google Assistant gives users the most accurate information when it comes to using interactive voice technology for information on brand-name and generic medications, according to new research from Klick Health.

A survey of 250 patients conducted in March has found that text messaging between patients and providers increased 14% year-over-year. Nearly half say texting is now their preferred method of healthcare communication. Over 33% would be willing to switch providers who offer more modern communication methods.


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News 5/17/21

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1LifeHealthcare, parent company of One Medical, reports a Q1 loss of $39.3 million, offset by a 54% jump in Q1 revenue, no doubt attributable to its 31% increase in membership. The company, which went public in January, was accused several months later of offering COVID-19 vaccines to ineligible patients, including some with ties to company leadership in several states. The accusations, spurred on by an NPR report, prompted the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis to launch an investigation in March into the primary care company’s vaccination practices, the results of which have not yet been released.


Webinars

June 3 (Thursday) 2 ET: “Diagnosing the Cures Act – Practical Prescriptions for Your Success.” Sponsor: Secure Exchange Solutions. Presenters: William E. Golden, MD, MACP, medical director, Arkansas Medicaid; Anne Santifer, executive director, Arkansas Department of Health – Office of Health Information Technology; Kyle Meadors, principal, Chart Lux Consulting. A panel of leading experts will provide practical guidance on how to prepare for the Cures Act. Will it upend your business model? What is information blocking? How can standardized technologies be applied to meet Cures Act requirements? What must I do now as well as in the next five years?

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Automated medical transcription startup DeepScribe raises $5.2 million in a seed funding round. The company’s technology, developed by two of its co-founders while they were at UC Berkeley, also leverages speech recognition capabilities from IBM and Google.

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Prescription savings and telemedicine company GoodRx acquires competitor RxSaver from Vericast for $50 million. The company, which went public last September, last week reported a 20% increase in Q1 revenue to $160.4 million.


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TCS Healthcare Technologies names Kerry Winkle (Beacon Healthcare Systems) chief growth officer, and promotes Matt Fahner to chief product officer.


Announcements and Implementations

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Professional Physical Therapy begins offering its patients on-demand, in-home physical therapy through Luna and its patient-matching software.


Government and Politics

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Health officials in Nova Scotia will launch a pilot program to offer patients without a designated primary care physician access to a virtual care program powered by telemedicine company Maple. The region is experiencing a shortage of PCPs. Over 65,000 patients report being without a designated physician.


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In Delaware, Sussex County Department of Libraries converts its Bookmobile to a mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic with help from local emergency services and Beebe Healthcare. The county’s library department is no stranger to combining healthcare with its services: It installed telehealth kiosks at several branches earlier this year.


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  • EClinicalWorks posts a new episode of its podcast titled “How Software Updates Promote Usability and Patient Safety.”
  • Healthwise partners with the City of Boise, Idaho to develop and open the Hillside to Hollow Reserve and trailhead.

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News 5/12/21

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Health IT company DrFirst announces a $50 million equity investment from Sixth Street Partners, bringing its total raised over the last 12 months to $135 million.


Webinars

June 3 (Thursday) 2 ET: “Diagnosing the Cures Act – Practical Prescriptions for Your Success.” Sponsor: Secure Exchange Solutions. Presenters: William E. Golden, MD, MACP, medical director, Arkansas Medicaid; Anne Santifer, executive director, Arkansas Department of Health – Office of Health Information Technology; Kyle Meadors, principal, Chart Lux Consulting. A panel of leading experts will provide practical guidance on how to prepare for the Cures Act. Will it upend your business model? What is information blocking? How can standardized technologies be applied to meet Cures Act requirements? What must I do now as well as in the next five years?

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Kidney care coordination company Strive Health will hire 250 new employees when it expands its headquarters in Denver later this year. The analytics-enabled company announced a $140 million funding round in March.

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Canadian Well Health Technologies attributes its record Q1 to the 345% year-over-year increase it saw in its software and services revenues. The company, which also operates 27 primary care clinics (including two in the US), has focused on expanding its EMR Group through recent acquisitions that have included OpenHealth, AdraCare, IntraHealth, and Doctors Services Group.

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Teen entrepreneurs Sage Khanuja and Nikolas Ioannou sell their digital patient screening startup to Galileo Health, a membership-based telemedicine company launched by One Medical founder Tom Lee, MD. The Seattle-based partners met at the University of Washington, where they enrolled as as early entrance students after the 10th grade. They’ve taken a leave of absence from college and are now working for Galileo. Terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed, though Lee has admitted that “the only surprise for us was having to get parental permission on the final agreement.”


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DataLink Software promotes Josh Hetler to EVP of business intelligence and Jesse Dion to VP of IT.

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Dispatch Health names Daniel Graf (Mindstrong Health) chief product officer, Dean Dalili, MD (Envision Physician Services) president of market operations, and Erin Denholm, RN (Trinity Health at Home) president of clinical operations.


Announcements and Implementations

Prism Vision Group implements Nextech’s IntelleChartPro EHR at its 70 affiliate locations.

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All Nations Health Center, an Urban Indian Health Program in Montana, has implemented Greenway Health’s Intergy EHR and practice management software.

Managed care organization Vaya Health (NC) selects VirtualHealth’s Helios care management software.

US Physiatry (TX) selects CareCloud’s RCM software and services.

Care coordination company Forcura develops Forcura Circle, a digital hub for document sharing, viewing, and signing between providers.


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