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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.


Announcements and Implementations

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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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  • AdvancedMD will cover half of the dues for 40 new members of the Association of Independent Doctors.

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News 2/8/21

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Canadian primary care company Well Health Technologies strengthens its presence in the US with the pending acquisition of CRH Medical Corp. for $369 million. CRH provides anesthesia services at 69 ambulatory surgery centers and gastrointestinal clinics across 13 states.

Well Health, which is one of Canada’s largest EHR vendors, acquired San Francisco-based primary care company Circle Medical for $14 million in September.


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Dr. Jayne reminded readers last week of National Women Physicians Day, which occurs on February 3 to honor the birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, who in 1849 became the first woman to achieve a medical degree in the United States. Readers may want to check out “The Doctors Blackwell,” which recounts the journey of Elizabeth and her sister, Emily, to becoming physicians.


Webinars

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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.


People

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EQHealth Solutions names Mac Fuselier (David Raines Community Health Centers) CFO.


Research and Innovation

Canadian researchers find that virtual visits accounted for 71% of all visits between March and July of 2020, a dramatic increase compared to the 1.2% of virtual visits that occurred during the same timeframe in 2019. Nearly 33% of patients would prefer virtual care as their first point of contact after the pandemic.


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In Gwinnett County, Georgia, Magnolia Medical Clinic co-owner Ravi Shah, MD tells the local news that his practice’s biggest challenges during the pandemic have been staffing and a lack of funding to hire more people, fighting price gouging for PPE, communicating with state and federal health agencies, and staying on top of COVID-19 updates. Shah says they are committed to moving forward, even when stretched thin because of staff COVID diagnoses or quarantining. His father and practice founder Suresh Shah was hospitalized for COVID for one month – the only time in 30 years he’s missed more than a week of work.

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Fast Company looks at the healthcare industry’s shift toward telemedicine and the increasingly likelihood of financially struggling practices and burnt out physicians to make the leap to full time digital care. It also points out that traditional telemedicine companies like MDLive and Doctor on Demand are now having to think beyond urgent care services to differentiate themselves from competitors and traditional practices that have gone digital. Incorporating primary care services, where a patient sees the same physicians for treatment, seems to be the shiny new differentiator companies like Amwell and Teladoc are pursuing.

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Meanwhile, this article serves as a reminder that many patients and practitioners will always prefer in-person appointments. The hype around telemedicine will likely wane as healthcare facilities begin to eventually see a more consistent mix of virtual and in-person patients. “Most people still want to see people,” says Private Medical founder Jordan Shlain, MD. “And that goes both ways, with the doctors and the patients.”

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Amazon adds a new Alexa feature that helps users find the nearest COVID-19 testing site.


Sponsor Updates

  • Nordic, for the third year in a row, is the only firm with a rating higher than 90 across seven or more “Best in KLAS” categories.
  • Medicomp Systems CMO Jay Anders will present at Health Datapalooza February 18.

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News 2/3/21

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Alma raises $28 million in a Series B funding round led by Insight Partners. Founded by former Oscar Health VP Harry Ritter, the company offers independent mental healthcare providers access to practice management, RCM, and patient-matching services.


Webinars

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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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Patient engagement and EHR integration software vendor NexHealth acquires digital forms company Enlive. NexHealth raised a $15 million Series A round of funding last July. 

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Integrative Health Centers raises $3 million in a Series A funding round led by FCA Venture Partners. The Nashville-based company assists providers in underserved communities with integrating in-person and virtual behavioral health services.


Announcements and Implementations

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Alliance Physical Therapy Partners announces GA of its AgileEMR for physical therapists.

Georgia Health Information Network selects interoperability technology from Velatura Public Benefit Company to enhance its ConnectedCare HIE functionality.

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Idaho Health Data Exchange will implement Leap Orbit’s Consentric patient consent management software, enabling behavioral health providers across the state to leverage its HIE services.

New England Baptist Radiology (MA) selects RCM software and services from Healthcare Administrative Partners.


Government and Politics

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The City of Chicago leverages technology from provider search and appointment booking site Zocdoc to automate COVID-19 vaccination scheduling.


Other

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The local news interviews Carbon Health co-founder Caesar Djavaherian, MD about the primary care company’s COVID-19 vaccine delivery partnership with the City of Los Angeles: “Some of the ways we’ve impacted vaccine distribution administration is that with the same number of employees, we’ve nearly doubled the number of vaccines delivered at the same sites. That shows you how important the technology is. We’ve made things like recording the visit automated. We’re not spending time handwriting the vaccine and the lot number, which is what most people are experiencing. It’s a literal race against this virus.”

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Indiana high school sophomore Charlotte Annes helps the local chapter of Telehealth Access for Seniors donate dozens of smartphones, tablets, and laptops to veterans and seniors across the state. The student-run organization has so far given 3,200 devices to 105 partner clinics across 26 states.


Sponsor Updates

  • PerfectServe’s Telmediq clinical communication software wins a “Best in KLAS Software & Services 2021” distinction in the security and privacy category.

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News 2/1/21

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Ro considers going public via merger with a special purpose acquisition company in a deal that would value the online health, wellness, and prescription delivery company at $4 billion.

The New York City-based company raised $200 million in July, giving it a $1.5 billion valuation.

Competitor Hims went public last month through a merger with SPAC Oaktree Acquisition Corp. – a move that earned it a $1.6 billion valuation.


Webinars

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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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Specialty practice-focused health IT company Nextech acquires medical lead management software developer MyMedLeads.

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Behavioral health services company Concert Health raises $14 million in a Series A round led by Vertical Venture Partners. The company works with primary care practices to integrate behavioral health into treatment plans via licensed providers and technology.


People

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Practice optimization and RCM vendor Health Prime has named Pranil Vadgama (R1 RCM) president and CEO.


Announcements and Implementations

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Banty announces GA of a white label telemedicine and patient engagement offering for practices.

The Texas-based Aspen Physician Network will use health information exchange capabilities from Hasa to underpin its clinically integrated network in the Dallas-Forth Worth area.

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Online urgent care and walk-in clinic search tool developer Solv launches COVID-19 vaccine scheduling and logistics software for healthcare facilities.


Other

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Health workers and volunteers from the Josephine County Public Health department in Oregon administer COVID-19 vaccines to fellow stranded motorists. The JCPH team, traveling between vaccine clinics, didn’t want the six doses they had on hand to go to waste.


Sponsor Updates

  • The Sharp Index, in partnership with Medicomp Systems, announce the 2021 Annual Sharp Index Awards recipients for excellence in physician well-being.
  • CHIME names Nordic Chairman of the Board Bruce Cerullo a Healthcare Hero for his work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • MHS will integrate its CareProminence platform with the Healthwise Care Management Solution for health education.

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