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News 6/7/21

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Membership-based primary care company One Medical acquires Iora Health for $2.1 billion. Iora Health specializes in primary care for Medicare members, aided by proprietary health IT.

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Iora Health co-founder and CEO Rushika Fernandopulle, MD will become One Medical’s chief innovation officer.


Webinars

June 24 (Thursday) 2 ET: “6 Recommendations to Create a Better Patient & Member Experience.” Sponsor: Avtex. Presenters: Mike Pietig, VP of healthcare, Avtex; Matt Durski, director of healthcare patient and member experience, Avtex; Patrick Tuttle, COO, Delta Dental of Kansas; Chad Thorpe, care ambassador, DispatchHealth. The live panel will review the findings of a May 2021 survey about which factors are most important to patients and members who are interacting with healthcare organizations. The panel will provide actionable strategies to improve patient and member engagement and retention, recover revenue, and implement solutions that reduce friction across multiple channels to prioritize care and outreach.

Here’s the recording of last week’s webinar with Secure Exchange Solutions: “Diagnosing the Cures Act – Practical Prescriptions For Your Success.”


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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San Francisco-based primary and urgent care company Carbon Health acquires membership-based digital diabetes clinic Steady Health. Carbon Health operates 70 clinics in 13 states, and also offers virtual care in selection locations. It hopes to have 1,500 clinics across the country within the next four years. It acquired the chain of Direct Urgent Care clinics in 2018.

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After securing a $4 million line of credit in April, Florida-based patient engagement and virtual care company Qure4u opens its second office in the metro Atlanta area.

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Bettermeant rebrands to Valorant Health. The company specializes in helping service members find providers; and store, manage, and share health records.

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Virtual medical scribe company Skywriter MD relocates and expands its operations in College Station, Texas. It plans to add 100 employees over the next seven months.


Announcements and Implementations

Online health, wellness, and prescription delivery company Bounce Health launches automated virtual clinic capabilities for providers.


Other

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Wallpaper highlights the design elements behind Tia’s new women’s health clinic in LA. Spa-like amenities include personal nooks where patients can stow belongings and charge devices, redesigned patient gowns, inhale-exhale socks, hospitality stations, and lactation rooms. More practical elements include storage solutions that hide provider instruments and biohazard bins. Tia operates virtual and in-person clinics in New York, California, and Arizona.

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Glacier Medical Associates (MT) begins notifying patients of an April cyberattack that may have compromised PHI.


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  • KLAS rates Nordic a top performer in the expansive firms category in its latest “Application Management & Help Desk Services” report.
  • PerfectServe’s Nurses of Note program honors Hampton Roads Community Health Center COO Erica Johnson and the COVID-19 vaccination nursing team.

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News 6/2/21

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Privia Health reports a slight increase in Q1 revenue to $213.6 million. The practice management company went public in late April, experiencing a surge in share prices that gave parent company Brighton Health Group an ownership stake valued at $2.75 billion.


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Children’s book illustrator, artist, and writer Eric Carle passed away last month at the age of 91. I’m sure many HIStalk Practice readers have stocked their practice waiting rooms with the “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” or “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” And I’m absolutely certain many have read these classics to their kids. Fun facts: After serving in  the Korean War, he spent time as an art director at a medical advertising agency. His career as a children’s book illustrator began when author Bill Martin, Jr. saw, while sitting in doctor’s office, an ad for antihistamines with an illustration Carle had done of a big red lobster. Martin then reached out to ask if he’d illustrate “Brown Bear” and the rest is history.


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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Canadian health IT and clinic operator CloudMD attributes its record $5.7 million increase in Q1 revenue to its aggressive acquisition strategy, including five in Q1 and 11 over the last year. It plans to launch an automated, connected solution later this year aimed at all points of patient care.

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Skylight Health Group sees a 76% increase in Q1 revenue to $5.2 million, a jump made possible by clinic acquisitions in the previous fiscal year. The clinic operations company also offers subscription telemedicine services.


People

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Stellar Health names JoRel Nye (Aledade) chief product officer.

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Joseph Aquilina, MD (Sharp HealthCare) joins Brown & Toland Physicians as president of BTHealth.

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Rabble Health names Chandra Kanive (Limelight Health) COO and Koji Sonoda (Seattle Genetics) VP of business development and partnerships.


Government and Politics

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Nora Meaney-Elman, MD pays $60,000 to settle federal allegations that she violated the Controlled Substances Act by failing to secure the token and password she used for e-prescribing controlled substances. A since-convicted employee used the security credentials to write 156 illegal prescriptions, ultimately paying over $1 million in fines and receiving a sentence of two years’ probation.


Research and Innovation

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MGMA research shows that total compensation for primary care physicians between 2019 and 2020 increased by 2.6%. Compensation changes for specialists were similarly modest or flat. Practices were resilient in the face of pandemic-related challenges, according to MGMA President and CEO Halee Fischer-Wright, MD leveraging federal programs to cover expenses and staff costs, adapting to virtual care, and pivoting to accommodate in-person visits as COVID-19 cases decreased.

Researchers are optimistic that there may soon be a market for vaccine administration via microneedle patch technology. Georgia Tech engineers have developed patches for the flu and measles, and believe the delivery method could be used for COVID-19. University of Connecticut Assistant Professor of Engineering Thanh Nguyen has developed similar technology that can deliver different vaccines in the same patch on different dosing schedules.


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Ten year-old Will LeFaivre takes his Virtual Reality Vitals Reader to the final round of the Invention Convention Nationals. The headset is equipped with VR goggles, heart rate and blood oxygen monitors, a temperature reader, and an attached blood pressure cuff. LeFaivre says he was inspired to create the device after seeing how much his autistic younger brother didn’t like having his vital signs taken at the doctor’s office.

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A letter written by physician Edward Jenner, developer of the smallpox vaccine, is expected to fetch over $7,500 when it comes up for auction later this month. The letter thanks a fellow physician for vindicating Jenner’s vaccination work: “I know of no production on the vaccine subject which has afforded me more satisfaction, since it was first brought before the public, than yours. It contains the experimentum crucis and has effectually put a stop to the sneers of those little minded persons who think everything impossible which does not come within the narrow sphere of their own comprehension.I regret that your confirmation of the fact I had adduced, is not more generally known.”


Sponsor Updates

  • EClinicalWorks posts a video case study titled “Neuro2Go + healow: Expertise Is Just a Click Away.”

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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.


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.


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.


People

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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.’”


Sponsor Updates

  • Nordic again earns a place on Modern Healthcare’s “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” list.
  • 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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