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News 3/3/21

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STAT reports that Care Medical has filed paperwork to operate in 17 additional states, bringing its total to at least 23. The company powers the Amazon Care virtual and house-call clinic offered to Amazon employees in Seattle. It seems to exist solely for the online retailer’s purposes, leading to the conjecture that Amazon may be expanding its Care services beyond Washington State.


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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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LLR Partners makes an undisclosed investment in Azalea Health, which had previously raised $13.5 million.

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Optum will acquire Atrius Health, the largest independent physician network in Massachusetts.

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SpineZone raises $12 million in a Series A round led by Polaris Partners and Providence Ventures. The digital health company offers virtual physical therapy regimens for sufferers of back and neck pain, plus in-person care at eight affiliated clinics in California.


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Jeremy Jackson, MD (Boston Consulting Group) joins Apollo Medical Holdings in the new role of chief of staff.


Announcements and Implementations

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Online prescription delivery and telemedicine company Ro will begin offering in-home COVID-19 vaccinations for homebound patients in New York. Ro has partnered with Uber to provide free rides for healthcare workers. The company will use software from WorkPath, which it acquired earlier this year, to manage appointment scheduling and reminders.

In Maine, Spectrum Healthcare Partners implements NextGen’s Orthopedic Suite across its orthopedic division.

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Brooklyn-based Oula opens its first prenatal clinic, adding in-person care to virtual care offered through its app. Co-founders and moms-to-be Adrianne Nickerson and Elaine Purcell met while working at Deloitte, and have experience working at providers like Northwell Health and Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and vendors such as Privia Health. 

The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics will implement Surgimate’s surgical scheduling software at its 60 office locations across Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

North American Partners in Anesthesia selects Athenahealth’s AthenaIDX RCM software and services.


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The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis launches an investigation into One Medical’s COVID-19 vaccination practices after NPR uncovers that it provided vaccines to ineligible patients, including some with ties to company leadership. Several public health departments have since severed vaccination ties with the concierge primary care company. The investigation will also dig into whether or not One Medical has used its vaccine registration platform for data-mining and membership-conversion purposes.

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Donna Monticone pleads guilty to tampering with a consumer product after a federal investigation finds she had been stealing vials of fentanyl from her employer, Yale Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility clinic, for several months. To hide her theft, Monticone replaced the fentanyl with saline, despite the fact that she knew the fluid would be used as anesthesia in upcoming procedures.


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News 3/1/21

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MTBC reports Q4 revenue of $32 million, double that of Q4 2019; and annual revenue of $105 million, a 63% increase over the previous year.

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MTBC CEO Stephen Snyder attributes the record numbers to the company’s acquisitions of EHR and practice management software vendor CareCloud and Meridian Medical Management, a former GE Healthcare IT business. Former CareCloud CEO Ken Comée joined AI/automation technology company Aible as president shortly after CareCloud was acquired in January 2020.

MTBC will change its name to CareCloud, effective March 29.


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Here’s the recording of last week’s webinar, “Maximizing the Value of Digital Initiatives with Enterprise Provider Data Management,” sponsored by Phynd.


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Traci Dunn (McKesson) joins VillageMD as chief human resources officer.


Announcements and Implementations

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E-consult company RubiconMD adds COVID-19 vaccine experts to its network of specialists available to primary care physicians.


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The Delphos Public Library will soon offer patrons at-home COVID-19 test kits through a partnership with the Ohio Department of Public Health. The kits also include telemedicine sessions provided through EMed. Library Director Kelly Rist says the library, which is “more than just four walls” and “knows how to distribute things,” is excited to offer the resource.


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News 2/24/21

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One Medical comes under fire after leaked internal documents show that the membership-based primary care company has let ineligible patients – some with ties to company leadership – receive COVID-19 vaccinations before other, higher-risk patients.

Leaked documents also show that, in January, One Medical declined to adjust its appointment-booking system to screen for vaccination eligibility, saying the task was too onerous to complete within the necessary timeframe. It also failed at some of its locations to verify vaccination eligibility at the point of care.

Several local health departments have rescinded One Medical’s vaccine supply after learning about the line-jumping, which has occurred at clinics in several states. 


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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

Behavioral health IT vendor CentralReach acquires Avail Support, an Irish company that offers evidence-based, digital content management and data collection software focused on patients with cognitive disabilities.


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Carbon Health hires Claire Hough (Lyte) as CTO.

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K. Warren Volker, MD (Intermountain Healthcare) joins Brown & Toland Physicians as CMO.

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ExamMed names Jeff Fusile (Anthem) president.

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MTBC promotes Karl Johnson to chief growth officer and Wes Stolp to SVP of business development.


Announcements and Implementations

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Compass Medical (MA) integrates CareSimple’s remote patient monitoring technology with its EClinicalWorks EHR.

Skylight Health Group will leverage AWS to aggregate data across its clinics. It acquired


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It looks like the Tignish community on Canada’s Prince Edward Island has, after 16 months, finally found its replacement doctor: Peter Entwhistle, MD and his wife (and nurse) Sheri-Anne, began working at the Tignish Co-op Health Centre earlier this month. Readers may remember that patients in Tignish had been relying on telemedicine visits with a doctor in Ireland while they awaited a replacement physician. Entwhistle, who says Tignish (which has a population of 719) is a great place to work, has likely been following the province’s efforts to implement an enterprise EHR. It has signed an $8.4 million contract with Telus Health for EHR implementations that will start in physician offices this summer.

LinkedIn offers free job postings for healthcare organizations, pharmacies, and governments looking to hire support staff for COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

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Small-practice physicians in Maine are all but excluded from the state’s vaccination efforts because they can’t vaccinate 1,000 eligible patients per week as required by Maine CDC. Like many independent physicians across the country, they feel that their older, more vulnerable patients would prefer vaccination via their local physician, rather than at a mass vaccination site that may present scheduling and logistical challenges. Maine CDC representatives say the goal right now is to get as many shots into as many arms as possible, as quickly as possible.

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Michigan Avenue Immediate Care in Chicago issues an apology and refund to the 20 patients it insisted pay an upfront $195 consultation fee before administering their COVID-19 vaccinations. The City of Chicago has stressed that patients should not be denied what are supposed to be free vaccinations because of their inability to pay any type of administrative fee, and that vaccine supplies may be withheld from facilities that do so.


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News 2/22/21

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Conversion Labs rebrands to LifeMD to reflect its transition from performance marketing to direct-to-consumer telemedicine and online prescription delivery. It will soon launch a subscription-based, concierge primary care telemedicine service.


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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.


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Carbon Health board member Russell Fradin joins the company as vice chair.

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Physician network management company Wellvana Health names Jay Meyers (Anthem) CEO, Sunil Cardozo (Innovista Health Solutions) COO/CIO, and Readus Smith (Patriot Healthcare Systems) Chief Managed Care Officer. Interim CEO Worthe Holt Jr, MD has transitioned to CMO.


Announcements and Implementations

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Exer Urgent Care (CA) implements Waiting Room Management software from Pomelo Health across its 19 clinics and virtual clinic.


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A physician and parent becomes concerned when she sees a $15 fee for PPE on a bill from her son’s pediatrician at Bayview Physicians Group. According to the group, the line item is meant to be covered by insurance – never the patient, and to help track pandemic-related expenses. And yet payers aren’t required to pay the newly coded fee. Most, including CMS, say the supplies are covered in separate supply agreements. Ethicists worry that PPE surcharges will keep uninsured patients from scheduling appointments due to the added expense. BPG, however, says it doesn’t add the fee to an uninsured patient’s bill, and doesn’t pursue fees from those insurance company has denied it.

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In South Carolina, the Charleston County Public Library system will offer women access to telemedicine services from the WISE Teleheatlh Network.


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News 2/17/21

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Medicare ACO-focused practice management company Vytalize Health acquires patient financial engagement startup MedPilot.


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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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Canadian EHR vendor Medfar Clinical Solutions raises $19.6 million in an investment round led by Walter Capital Partners.


People

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Rob Tennant (MGMA) joins WEDI as VP of federal affairs.

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Paul Ricci (SOC Telemed) has joined Qualifacts as president and CEO.

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Skylight Health Group names Jerry Oliphant (Atrium Health) COO and Georges Feghali, MD (GMF Healthcare Consulting) CMO.


Announcements and Implementations

Care Management Network will implement virtual care technologies from Reliq Health Technologies across its 50 clinics in California.

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Practice management and software developer Anytime Pediatrics announces GA of turn-key virtual care integration services at tiered levels to suit practice needs and budgets.

Innovative Management Solutions, a joint venture between independent practice associations Coordinated Behavioral Care and Coordinated Behavioral Health Services, joins the HealtheConnections HIE in New York.

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Summit CityMD (NY) implements patient engagement and payment software from Cedar.

Arizona HIE Health Current will connect 35 organizations within the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System’s Whole Person Care Initiative to NowPow’s healthcare and social services referral software.


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The Jewish National Fund, under the leadership of retired San Diego physician Sol Lizerbram, MD will plant trees in Israel to honor those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. The foundation’s tree-planting program has over the years planted 240 million trees across the globe. Lizerbram founded EHR and practice management company HealthFusion in 1998, and then sold it to Quality Systems in 2015 for $165 million.


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