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House call company Ready raises $54 million in a Series C funding round. The company provides on-demand, home-based care primarily to Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries using EMTs, paramedics, and nurses who facilitate access to physicians via telemedicine.

The New Orleans-based company plans to expand into mental healthcare, point-of-care testing, and vaccinations.

HIStalk Practice Musings


Thanks to the readers who sent over revolutionary times literature suggestions. Shaun writes: “With everything going with today’s election, I recently read ‘Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 (Pivotal Moments in American History),’ which made me feel better about today’s craziness. Both Jefferson and Adams passed away on July 4th, 1826, which is astounding.”

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Mike says, “If you want some amazing but digestible stories of the founding fathers and beyond, I would recommend ‘To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian’ by Stephen Ambrose. My favorite history book of all time. Not founding fathers, but ‘The Wright Brothers’ by David McCullough is by far my favorite biography of all time.”

Please keep your literary suggestions coming – no matter the genre – via email.


September 17 (Thursday) 1 ET. “ICD-10-CM 2021 Updates and Regulatory Readiness.“ Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: June Bronnert, MSHI, RHIA, VP of global clinical services, IMO; Theresa Rihanek, MHA, RHIA, mapping manager, IMO; Julie Glasgow, MD, clinical terminologist, IMO. IMO’s top coding professionals and thought leaders will review additions, deletions, and other revisions to the 2020 ICD-10-CM code set that will be critical in coding accurately for proper reimbursement.

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

Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock


White-label telemedicine vendor OnCall Health raises $6 million in a Series A round led by Base10 Partners. The Toronto-based company has raised $8 million since launching four years ago.


In other Canadian telemedicine news, Loblaw Companies takes a $57 million minority stake in telemedicine vendor Maple through its Shoppers Drug Mart business, which already offers the company’s virtual care service in 160 of its locations. Loblaw’s other businesses include EHR company QHR and telemedicine vendor Medeo.


Vancouver-based CloudMD acquires patient education and engagement company IMD Health Global. It will integrate IMD’s capabilities with its Juno EHR.

Announcements and Implementations

Golden State Urology (CA) implements ISalus Healthcare’s UroChoice EHR and practice management software.

Centene partners with the National Association of Community Health Centers to equip 200 FQHCs with Samsung smartphones for patients and tablets for physicians, as well as 90 days of free wireless service, for telemedicine services.


Greater Elgin Family Care Center (IL) adopts I2I’s population health management software.

Nuvance Health (CT) replaces its physician portal with an HIE portal through HealtheConnections.

GenieMD adds payment processing capabilities from Sphere to its virtual visit software.

Government and Politics


The HHS Office for Civil Rights announces that five healthcare organizations, including two smaller providers, will pay a combined $136,500 to settle allegations that they violated HIPAA by failing to provide patients with their medical records in a timely manner.



Kaiser Permanente-backed healthcare training company Futuro Health and the California Primary Care Association will offer a free online course for healthcare workers interested in becoming certified telehealth coordinators. Hosted by the University of Delaware, the 15-week program will examine the practical, technical, and business aspects of telehealth that work-place coordinators may encounter.

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