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News 10/11/21

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Brave Care raises $25 million in a Series B funding round led by Mednax, bringing its total raised to nearly $50 million. Founded in 2019, the startup offers in-person and virtual pediatric care enabled by proprietary technology.


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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Carbon Health acquires Central Jersey Urgent Care, a chain of 10 clinics that will transition to Carbon Health’s proprietary EHR. Carbon Health acquired remote patient monitoring company Alertive Healthcare last week.

The local business paper looks at the steps physician groups like Buffalo Medical Group and Primary Care IPA in New York are taking to prepare for competition from retailers like CVS Health, Walmart, and Walgreens. Some physician executives believe retail care can take the pressure off of primary care practices in terms of offering COVID-19 testing for school and routine treatments for minor acute ailments, offerings that are in such demand they sometimes preclude a practice from being able to offer well visits and other immunizations in a timely manner. They are concerned, however, with the likely lack of health information exchange between the retailers and their offices: “We have to do a good job of making sure that health care is available in all our communities,” says Bassett Medical Group’s Joseph Sellers, MD. “The practice of medicine may be more difficult, but I don’t know that the retail clinics are going to be filling those gaps.”


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Mat Varghese (R1 RCM) joins Agilon Health as chief people officer.

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Andrea Marks (UnitedHealth) joins Walmart Health & Wellness as VP of clinical performance.


Announcements and Implementations

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Community Health Center of Snohomish County (WA) implements NextGen’s full range of health IT including EHR, practice management, and patient engagement solutions across its FQHC network.


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News 10/6/21

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Less than three months after raising $350 million in a Series D funding round, Carbon Health acquires remote patient monitoring company Alertive Healthcare.


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Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month: The local news profiles the Ya-Yas, a group of six friends who get their yearly mammograms together, always followed up by a post-mammogram celebration. The group of gals took their name from the 2002 movie “Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood,” based on a book of the same name. (A great read with a just-as-good prequel, “Ya-Yas in Bloom.”) Their motto, according to member and family physician Siena Alford, MD is “live longer together.”


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People

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Health Plus Management names Walter LeStrange (Nuvance Health) COO.

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The Garage names David Smeltzer (Adaptable Health Solutions) VP of data engineering and Sarah Bauer (Trella Health) VP of customer success.


Announcements and Implementations

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Wolfe Eye Clinic will implement Modernizing Medicine’s EMA EHR, practice management, and patient engagement software across its 21 facilities in Iowa.

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Telemedicine vendor Anytime Pediatrics develops a virtual nurse triage service to help practices offer better access to after-hours care.


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  • EClinicalWorks publishes a new customer success story, “Using Prisma to Help Staff and Close Care Gaps at Centerpoint Health.”
  • EClinicalWorks will host its national conference virtually October 7-8.

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News 10/4/21

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Behavioral health EHR vendor Kipu acquires Avea, which offers RCM software for treatment centers.

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The acquisition comes nearly five months after Kipu secured an investment from growth equity firm TCV and announced that Paul Joiner (Availity) and Rick Pharr (WebPT) would be joining the company as CEO and COO, respectively.


Webinars

October 6 (Wednesday) 2 ET. “Solving Patient Experience Challenges Through a Strong Digital Front Door.” Sponsor: Avtex. Presenters: Mike Pietig, VP of healthcare experience, Avtex; Jamey Shiels, MBA, VP of consumer experience, Advocate Aurora Health; Chad Thorpe, care ambassador, DispatchHealth. Patients expect healthcare providers to offer them the same digital experience they get when banking, shopping, and traveling. This webinar will describe how two leading healthcare providers created digital front doors that exceed patient expectations, improve patient outcomes, drive loyalty and acquisition, and future-proof their growth strategies in competitive markets.

October 6 (Wednesday) 1 ET. “A New, Streamlined Approach to Documentation and Problem List Management in Cerner Millennium.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Deepak Pillai, MD, physician informaticist, IMO; David Arco, product manager, IMO; Nicole Douglas, senior product marketing manager, IMO. The IMO Core CSmart app, which is available for Cerner Millennium in the Cerner code App Gallery, helps providers document with specificity, make problem lists more meaningful, and improve HCC coding. This webinar will review the challenges and bottlenecks of clinical documentation and problem list management and discuss how streamlined workflows within Cerner Millennium can help reduce clinician HIT burden.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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New NextGen Healthcare President and CEO David Sides urges shareholders to disregard founder Sheldon Razin’s disruptive efforts to take over the board by advising them to vote for company-approved candidates ahead of its October 13 meeting. In his letter to shareholders, Sides also emphasizes his belief that the company is poised for further success – particularly in the areas of connected health, population health analytics, patient engagement, and data-driven insights, despite the distraction of Razin’s proxy fight.

CVS Health CEO Karen Lynch tells Fortune in a paywalled interview that the company will transform hundreds of its retail pharmacies into spaces dedicated solely to primary care.

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Instacart CEO Fidji Simo is in the process of launching The Metrodora Institute, a for-profit clinic that will open next summer in Salt Lake City. The institute – named – will focus on treating women with complex autoimmune disorders. Simo concedes that travel costs may make a trip to the clinic prohibitively costly for many women, and so telehealth will be a big component of its service line. She also plans on offering patients the ability to opt in to having their medical data analyzed for research purposes.

DoctorsManagement, a consulting firm based in Knoxville, TN, merges with Healthcare Coding Consultants of Hawaii.

TechCrunch snapshots AlleyCorp, an investment and development firm that has assembled a well-respected roster of physician entrepreneurs looking to invest in startups focused on the Triple Aim. (Primary care-focused Pearl Health, which just raised $18 million, was created by AlleyCorp investor Jeff De Flavio, MD.) The firm has allocated $100 million for its next round of healthcare-related investments.


People

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Smita Wadhawan (GoDaddy) joins SimplePractice as the company’s first chief marketing officer.

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Greenway Health promotes Susan Kohler to SVP of revenue services.


Announcements and Implementations

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Rimidi announces GA of its new EHR-integrated patient-reported outcomes tool. Patients can access Survé on their mobile devices, after which their feedback is integrated with their EHR for future clinical decision support.


Research and Innovation

Carbon Health launches a clinical trial research program that will focus on medical devices, diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines, including Merck’s new COVID-19 antiviral treatment pill. The Carbon for Research program will enable its research partners to reach patients at Carbon Health’s 90 clinics in 14 states, as well as through virtual visits.


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    • Medicomp Systems releases a new Tell Me Where it Hurts Podcast with Iram Fatima, MBBS, COO of CareCloud.
    • EClinicalWorks releases a new customer success story, “How Healow Retooled the Front Office During COVID-19.”

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    News 9/29/21

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    HRSA awards $1 billion to 1,292 health centers across the country for capital improvements and equipment purchases including telemedicine technology.


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    There’s been some interesting chatter around the Walmart Health/Epic news over at HIStalk2.com. Reader Elizabeth H.H. Holmes observed: “I think Walmart is a lot more interesting as a market entrant than previous tech giants. Walmart has plenty of IT acumen, and they have a lot more experience with retail and logistics than the others. The optimist in me sees the unique potential for Walmart to help combat social determinants of health or provide better access to primary care. The skeptic in me sees the potential for Walmart to also go all-in on rent seeking behavior that drags down the medical industrial complex. Wherever they go I have a hunch that Walmart will stick around much longer than the others who have tried.”

    That got me to thinking about my recent visit to my Walmart Health’s dental clinic for a $25 cleaning (without insurance). The hygienist and I got to talking about how much she likes her job. She mentioned that she enjoys having the latest technology to work with. (The dental clinic had ultra-modern X-ray machines my previous dentist did not.) She also told me that working there has made her realize that the profession has failed its patients in terms of making services too expensive. She’s found it very rewarding to take care of people who previously hadn’t been able to afford routine dental care.

    I think Walmart’s foray into clinic-based and virtual care will definitely succeed in markets like my somewhat rural area where patients need affordable, easily accessible care. At the very least, Walmart and the “tech giants” are making the “medical industrial complex” wake up to the fact that there’s a different way to bring healthcare to consumers.

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    I’m not sure that companies like CrowdHealth would be able to raise the $6 million it just did had non-healthcare entities like Walmart disrupted the status quo. The tech-based insurance startup offers healthcare coverage for $175 a month that includes unlimited virtual care, annual wellness visits, discounted prescriptions, and physician quality scores.


    Webinars

    October 6 (Wednesday) 2 ET. “Solving Patient Experience Challenges Through a Strong Digital Front Door.” Sponsor: Avtex. Presenters: Mike Pietig, VP of healthcare experience, Avtex; Jamey Shiels, MBA, VP of consumer experience, Advocate Aurora Health; Chad Thorpe, care ambassador, DispatchHealth. Patients expect healthcare providers to offer them the same digital experience they get when banking, shopping, and traveling. This webinar will describe how two leading healthcare providers created digital front doors that exceed patient expectations, improve patient outcomes, drive loyalty and acquisition, and future-proof their growth strategies in competitive markets.

    October 6 (Wednesday) 1 ET. “A New, Streamlined Approach to Documentation and Problem List Management in Cerner Millennium.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Deepak Pillai, MD, physician informaticist, IMO; David Arco, product manager, IMO; Nicole Douglas, senior product marketing manager, IMO. The IMO Core CSmart app, which is available for Cerner Millennium in the Cerner code App Gallery, helps providers document with specificity, make problem lists more meaningful, and improve HCC coding. This webinar will review the challenges and bottlenecks of clinical documentation and problem list management and discuss how streamlined workflows within Cerner Millennium can help reduce clinician HIT burden.

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


    Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

    Austin, TX-based medical billing company EqualizeRCM acquires competitor Practice Resource Network for an undisclosed sum.

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    TelaCare Health Solutions acquires the assets of ViewMyID Health, a membership-based health data management service.

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    Collabrity Health launches as a member-based HIE services company.


    Announcements and Implementations

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    Care communication company Updox announces GA of mobile patient payment capabilities using software from PaySimple.

    Professional Medical Corp., and independent physician organization based in Michigan, implements Persivia’s CareSpace virtual care and population health technology across its risk-sharing programs with multiple payers.


    Other

    Coos County Family Health Services in New Hampshire resumes normal IT operations after a ransomware attack on September 20 forced it to take its systems offline for several days.

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    This Harvard Business Review article calls out the healthcare industry for placing too much importance on (and investment in) process-based, technology-enabled primary care to the detriment of the physician-patient relationship:

    “Checklists and templates may bring value for specific services, such as ordering a mammogram or administering vaccines. But the emphasis on discrete services and processes should not come at the expense of timely access to comprehensive longitudinal care with a physician you know and trust; we must not lose sight of the long-term outcomes in the quality and cost of care that should be the priority. In fact, I often joke that consciousness is a good place to draw the line: By all means use a checklist during surgery or in the ICU, but if your patients are awake and talking, listen to them.”


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    News 9/27/21

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    Walmart will implement Epic across all of its health and wellness business lines, beginning early next year with four new Health centers in Florida.

    The Walmart Health clinic in my neck of the woods had been using Athenahealth and Orchard for labs when it first opened in 2019.


    Webinars

    October 6 (Wednesday) 2 ET. “Solving Patient Experience Challenges Through a Strong Digital Front Door.” Sponsor: Avtex. Presenters: Mike Pietig, VP of healthcare experience, Avtex; Jamey Shiels, MBA, VP of consumer experience, Advocate Aurora Health; Chad Thorpe, care ambassador, DispatchHealth. Patients expect healthcare providers to offer them the same digital experience they get when banking, shopping, and traveling. This webinar will describe how two leading healthcare providers created digital front doors that exceed patient expectations, improve patient outcomes, drive loyalty and acquisition, and future-proof their growth strategies in competitive markets.

    October 6 (Wednesday) 1 ET. “A New, Streamlined Approach to Documentation and Problem List Management in Cerner Millennium.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Deepak Pillai, MD, physician informaticist, IMO; David Arco, product manager, IMO; Nicole Douglas, senior product marketing manager, IMO. The IMO Core CSmart app, which is available for Cerner Millennium in the Cerner code App Gallery, helps providers document with specificity, make problem lists more meaningful, and improve HCC coding. This webinar will review the challenges and bottlenecks of clinical documentation and problem list management and discuss how streamlined workflows within Cerner Millennium can help reduce clinician HIT burden.

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


    Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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    Pearl Health raises $18 million in a Series A funding round. The company helps primary care physicians manage risk in Medicare programs with proprietary technology designed to help them access best-fit, risk-based arrangements, and clinical data and workflow support; ensure financial stability; and maintain independence. The Pearl Health team includes numerous veterans of Athenahealth and Oscar Health.


    Announcements and Implementations

    Washington, DC-based behavioral health provider Community Connections selects the SmartCare EHR from Streamline Healthcare Solutions.

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    Medical office co-space company MedCoShare prepares to open a 21-office facility in New Jersey. Its first, in Philadelphia, filled to near capacity within a year of opening.

    GenieMD adds online prescription ordering and delivery capabilities from Vytal to its white-label telemedicine services.

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    Primary and urgent care company Carbon Health develops technology for employers that will enable them to securely collect, store, and report employee COVID-19 vaccination and testing information. Carbon Health has rolled out several COVID-19-related testing and vaccination programs over the last 18 months, including a mass vaccination program for the City of Los Angeles, and at-home and in-clinic testing for symptomatic patients and those preparing to travel.

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    Google adds new healthcare-related features to Search and Maps.


    Government and Politics

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    ONC releases new research on patient portal use. A few highlights:

    • About six in 10 patients were offered access to their patient portal and nearly 40 percent accessed their record at least once in 2020.
    • Nearly four in 10 portal users accessed their portal through a smartphone health app in 2020.
    • Nearly a third of portal users downloaded their medical record last year – this proportion has nearly doubled since 2017.
    • Top patient reasons for not accessing their portals have remained consistent since 2017 – a perceived lack of need, a preference for gleaning information via a face-to-face conversation with a provider, and privacy and security concerns.

    Other

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    No secure messaging needed: The local news covers the boisterous “You are pregnant!” announcement the staff of Coastal Fertility Medical Center (TX) make over the phone to patients whose pregnancy tests come back positive.

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    Coos County Family Health Services recovers from a ransomware last week that took its phone, computer, and e-mail systems offline.


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    • Healthwise celebrates its staff in a new video, “Celebrating Healthwise Yesterday & Today.”

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