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News 6/10/20

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Patient intake software vendor Phreesia reports Q1 2021 results: revenue up 18%, beating revenue and earnings expectations. The company, which went public last summer, notes that while it saw a 5% increase in new customers, patient visits to its overall customer base dropped 50% due to the COVID-19 outbreak, which has led to a 13% decrease in revenue per customer.


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June 18 (Thursday) 12:30 ET. “Understanding the ONC’s Final Rule: Using FHIR HL7 for Successful EHR Integrations.” Sponsor: Newfire Global Partners. Presenters: Bob Salitsky, healthcare IT expert, Newfire Global Partners; Jaya Plmanabhan, MS, healthcare data scientist. This fast-paced, 30-minute webinar will provide an overview of the Final Rule and describe how technology vendors, payers, and providers can use FHIR HL7 to deliver true interoperability. Attendees will learn how to define the data, technology, and flows needed for their EHR integration projects; how products can retrieve health information while meeting compliance regulations; and the benefit of adopting quickly to the future of data exchange while simplifying future integration efforts.


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Worthe Holt Jr, MD (Humana) joins physician network development company Wellvana Health as president and CEO.

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The American Medical Association swears in Susan Bailey, MD as president. Bailey is an allergist in private practice in Forth Worth, Texas.

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Remote consult company RubiconMD hires Adam Gail (NaviHealth) as SVP of business development.

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Therapy Brands names Gowrishankar Bharadwaj (Philips Healthcare) head of strategic products, including telehealth and patient portals.


Announcements and Implementations

Net Health adds telemedicine capabilities from Updox to its EHR for specialty care.

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After seeing a 3,400% increase in its customers’ daily use of telemedicine between February and April, Athenahealth adds virtual visit capabilities to its EHR and practice management software.

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Carbon Health announces GA of COVID Ready, a back-to-work screening, testing, and symptom management program for employers that leverages the primary and urgent care company’s clinical protocols and app to ensure employees can safely return to work.

MediXall Group will add telemedicine services from MeMD to its provider search and comparison site for consumers.


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  • PerfectServe recognizes customer St. Elizabeth Healthcare as its 2020 Healthcare Champion.

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News 6/8/20

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Aledade, Privia Health, and 18 healthcare organizations ask congressional leaders for at least $15 billion in direct stimulus funding for primary care practices struggling to stay open and care for patients during the pandemic: “Without action by Congress, primary care practices across the country may close over the coming weeks and months, further exacerbating primary care shortages and leaving some communities without access to care. This will jeopardize our COVID response, weakening our ability to protect patients, not just from this pandemic, but other public health emergencies in the future.”

Without federal assistance, analysts have predicted at least 60,000 primary care physicians may potentially go out of business by the end of June.


Webinars

June 10 (Wednesday) 1 ET. “COVID-19: preparing your OR for elective surgeries.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Janice Kelly, MS, RN, president, AORN Syntegrity Inc.; David Bocanegra, RN, nurse informaticist, IMO. The presenters will cover the steps and guidelines that are needed for hospitals to resume performing elective surgeries and how healthcare information technology can optimize efficiencies and financial outcomes for the return of the OR.

June 18 (Thursday) 12:30 ET. “Understanding the ONC’s Final Rule: Using FHIR HL7 for Successful EHR Integrations.” Sponsor: Newfire Global Partners. Presenters: Bob Salitsky, healthcare IT expert, Newfire Global Partners; Jaya Plmanabhan, MS, healthcare data scientist. This fast-paced, 30-minute webinar will provide an overview of the Final Rule and describe how technology vendors, payers, and providers can use FHIR HL7 to deliver true interoperability. Attendees will learn how to define the data, technology, and flows needed for their EHR integration projects; how products can retrieve health information while meeting compliance regulations; and the benefit of adopting quickly to the future of data exchange while simplifying future integration efforts.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Gregg Soifer, MD launches DocNow, an app-based appointment-booking service for physicians that also offers telemedicine and patient relationship management capabilities.


People

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Healthcare call center software company Keona Health hires Gina Tabone (TeamHealth Medical Call Center) as VP of strategic partnerships.


Research and Innovation

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Chinese technology company Huawei develops a phone with temperature-taking capabilities. It seems to be available only in China for now.


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GrandPad adds telemedicine and remote patient monitoring capabilities to its senior-focused tablets, giving users the ability to send their health data to caregivers.

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XpresSpa will pivot to XpresCheck at JFK’s Terminal 4 by the end of this month to offer airport employees COVID-19 screening and testing services. The facility will leverage AdvancedMD’s practice management and EHR software through a partnership with healthcare CRM and marketing company HyperPointe.

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CNBC’s Chrissy Farr points out that Optum has gone up against GoodRx for prescription savings.


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News 6/3/20

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Chronic care management and remote patient monitoring company Wellbox acquires the CCM division of Oculus Health, which will now focus on the development of AI-powered, patient relationship management software.


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More industry insider reading recommendations, this time from Hyland Product Management AVP Scott Craig, who says he always keeps three or four books on his Ipad for those rare moments of downtime. His quarantine reads included “The Feather Thief” by Kirk Wallace Johnson, “Half of a Yellow Sun” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and “The Curiosity Muscle” by Diana Kander and Andy Fromm. I’m most interested in The Feather Thief, which Craig describes as a book that covers “the amazing, weird history of tying flies using feathers from exotic birds. Natural history and true crime intersect in a very entertaining way. Spoiler alert: The book is about someone who steals rare and sometimes extinct birds from a museum for fly tying.”

Thanks to Anita, who wrote in to recommend I check out BookBub: “You sign up (free) and tell them your likes, and every day you get an email with books that fit your profile. Some are Amazon deals, some are free. Good if you chew through mysteries like I do!” I’ve already signed up and am eager to discover new authors.


Webinars

June 10 (Wednesday) 1 ET. “COVID-19: preparing your OR for elective surgeries.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Janice Kelly, MS, RN, president, AORN Syntegrity Inc.; David Bocanegra, RN, nurse informaticist, IMO. The presenters will cover the steps and guidelines that are needed for hospitals to resume performing elective surgeries and how healthcare information technology can optimize efficiencies and financial outcomes for the return of the OR.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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NextGen Healthcare reports Q4 results: revenue up 1%, adjusted EPS $0.20 vs. $0.23, swinging to a GAAP loss that fell short of Wall Street expectations but still beating revenue expectations.

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After raising $45 million earlier this year, Maven Clinic acquires Bright Parenting and will add the company’s app-based parenting content to its pediatrics and parenting program set to launch later this year. The program will include access to Maven’s telemedicine network.

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Georgia-based telemedicine company MyIdealDoctor merges with RelyMD, a North Carolina-based telemedicine company launched in 2015 by Wake Emergency Physicians P.A. The combined company will operate under the RelyMD brand, and will partner with ApolloMD to bring their virtual visit services to its practice and hospital customers.


People

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Joy Efron (Glytec) joins AI-powered, physician assistant software startup Saykara as VP of marketing.

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MDLive names Cynthia Zelis, MD (University Hospitals) CMO.


Announcements and Implementations

Patagonia Health adds Medsender’s digital patient data collection capabilities to its EHR and practice management software for public and behavioral health agencies.


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News 6/1/20

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Tia will use a $24.75 million funding round to expand its virtual and brick-and-mortar clinical services to new markets. The Series A financing will also enable the company to add pregnancy services, according to co-founder Carolyn Witte, who came to the company from Google.

Tia launched in 2016 with a text-based app that offered women cycle tracking and health and wellness advice. It opened its flagship clinic in NYC last year to offer primary and mental healthcare. Its opening garnered such interest that it was forced to scale back services for a time while it dealt with onboarding new patients and finishing build-out of its facility.

Its virtual visit capabilities, available through its Connected Care Platform, saw a surge in use during COVID-19 quarantine periods, with half of its 3,000 members transitioning to video visits.


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I love coming across industry folks who have the same literary leanings: Identity security company SailPoint Chief Product Officer Paul Trulove shares my like for Ken Follett’s Kingsbridge series. Highly recommended if you love 1,000-plus pages, architecture and/or historical fiction. His favorite book of all time is “The Eagle Has Landed” by Jack Higgins – a story that appeals to his fascination with World War II. He’s currently reading “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. Both books are now on my “reserve for curbside pick-up” list! Email me with your recommendations any time.


Webinars

June 10 (Wednesday) 1 ET. “COVID-19: preparing your OR for elective surgeries.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Janice Kelly, MS, RN, president, AORN Syntegrity Inc.; David Bocanegra, RN, nurse informaticist, IMO. The presenters will cover the steps and guidelines that are needed for hospitals to resume performing elective surgeries and how healthcare information technology can optimize efficiencies and financial outcomes for the return of the OR.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Canadian healthcare and technology company Well Health Technologies makes a $250,000 investment in Phelix.ai, which has developed healthcare automation software for patient scheduling, intake, and billing. Well Health will offer its Oscar EMR end users access to Phelix’s technology. The company has also acquired Toronto-based Indivica, its seventh EHR vendor acquisition.

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Virtual physical therapy company PT Genie opens its new headquarters in Orlando. It plans to hire dozens of employees by the end of the year.


People

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Ambulatory surgery center software company Surgical Notes hires John Carradine (A-LIGN Compliance and Security) as CFO.

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Healthwise promotes Landon Reese to chief product officer.


Announcements and Implementations

EHR vendor Exscribe Orthopaedic Healthcare Solutions selects software development and RCM outsourcing services from MTBC Force.

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Chicago-based Pinnacle Dermatology implements RCM software from R1.


Research and Innovation

A survey of 2,000 consumers finds that choosing a provider, rather than having one assigned, will be the biggest determining factor in their continued use of telemedicine once brick-and-mortar clinics reopen. Consumers also say they’ll favor telemedicine services that won’t require downloading extra apps or programs.


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McKinsey looks at telemedicine’s potential given its COVID-19-induced popularity, estimating that nearly $250 billion of current US healthcare spending could be virtualized. Specifically, analysts believe 24% of outpatient visits could be delivered virtually, and another 9% could be delivered “near virtually;” 35% of home health visits could be virtualized; and 20% of ER visits could be avoided with virtual urgent care offerings.


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News 5/27/20

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NextGen Healthcare launches an advisory service that will be led by CMO Betty Rabinowitz, MD.

The five-member team will initially focus on helping ambulatory organizations navigate value-based care or risk-bearing contracts while improving quality and outcomes.


HIStalk Practice Musings

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It’s finally happened. I’ve gone through all the books in my personal library that I care to re-read, and am now having to borrow from friends until my local public library re-opens. I tried e-reading, but gave up after I couldn’t find titles I was interested in. Reading old favorites over the last few months has made me realize I don’t enjoy E.M. Forster as much as I once did. I was a bit of a Merchant Ivory film fan once upon a time.

What books/authors have you relied on during quarantine? What fun summer reads do you have lined up? Email me or leave a comment below.


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None scheduled soon. Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre to present your own.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

Practice management and RCM company Jorie Healthcare Partners, which has offices in Chicago and India, launches a technology division after acquiring an unnamed software vendor.


People

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Home health and remote patient monitoring company Electronic Caregiver names Mark Francis (AWS) Chief Digital Health Integration Officer.


Announcements and Implementations

In Columbus, Ohio, the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County selects managed care software from Streamline Healthcare Solutions.

Premier Family Physicians in Austin begins offering app-based house calls and virtual visits from Remedy.

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Utah Cancer Specialists implements precision medicine informatics software from Xifin.


Government and Politics

Officials in Franklin County, MO vote to back out of the regional PDMP, citing lack of need and updates on the program’s impact, and concern that it’s being used as a law-enforcement tool. Prescribers have, since 2018, been required to report prescriptions for certain controlled substances through the Web-based program. The county had ranked as one of the highest in the nation for opioid prescriptions, according to CDC data. Missouri is the only state in the country without a statewide PDMP.


Research and Innovation

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Telemedicine’s exponential uptick has helped with care continuity during the pandemic, but has left many physicians with billing-induced headaches – hardly ideal at a time when practices are struggling to stay afloat. A survey of 983 physicians conducted by the Pennsylvania Medical Society found that a third of respondents believe reimbursement to be “difficult” or “very difficult.” For all the news around telemedicine’s explosion and headlines shouting “no going back,” I have to wonder if billing difficulties will curtail enthusiasm for virtual visits once the pandemic truly wanes.

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MGMA’s latest look at physician compensation finds primary care salaries increased 2.6% between 2018 and 2019 to nearly $275,000. Top-earning specialties were urgent care and pulmonology. These figures will prove to be interesting benchmarks when contrasted with data for 2019-2020, which has so far seen practices reported a 55% decrease in revenue and a 60% decrease in patient volume since the beginning of the pandemic.


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After being swamped with patients at his practice seeking testing for COVID-19, Alex Salerno, MD takes matters into his own hands and launches a mobile testing for vulnerable populations in New Jersey’s Orange county. He’s so far spent $100,000 on retrofitting a used van and purchasing PPE, some from the black market. The investment has enabled him to mobilize 100 staffers who offer testing from the van and in the homes of patients. The mayor has been a major proponent: “We have seven senior buildings in a 2.2-square-mile area, so it includes a lot of vulnerable people. We know that the more we get tested, the more we know, the better we can fight this thing. And so having his van is really something that’s tremendous for our community.”

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The local news profiles Hixny’s efforts to help the New York State Department of Health better identify and track cases of COVID-19. The HIE began in early March to tailor its flu surveillance capabilities to better identify patients with COVID-19 symptoms. The organization is now preparing to help with contact-tracing efforts.


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