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Cityblock Health has raised $400 million, bringing its valuation to $5.7 billion. The company partners with payers in four states plus Washington, DC to offer tech-enabled primary care and social services to Medicaid patients via a network of independent practices collectively known as Cityblock Medical Practices.

Co-founders Toyin Ajayi, Iyah Romm, and Bay Gross came from Google-backed Sidewalk Labs, which incubated the company before it launched as an independent venture in 2017.

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September 16 (Thursday) 1 ET. “Patient Acquisition and Retention: The Future of Omnichannel Virtual Assistants.” Sponsor: Orbita. Presenters: Harris Hunt, SVP growth product, Cancer Treatment Centers of America; Patty Riskind, MBA, CEO, Orbita; Nathan Treloar, MSc, co-founder and COO, Orbita. Consumers want the same digital healthcare experience from healthcare that they get in online shopping, banking, and booking reservations, and the pandemic has ramped up the patient and provider need for frictionless access to healthcare resources and services. Health systems can improve patient acquisition and retention with the help of omnichannel virtual assistants that engage and delight. Discover how to open and enhance healthcare’s digital front door to offer care that goes beyond expectations.

September 16 (Thursday) 1 ET. “ICD-10-CM 2022 Updates and Regulatory Readiness.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: June Bronnert, MSHI, RHIA, VP 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 discuss the coding changes in the yearly update to allow your organization to prepare for a smooth transition and avoid negative impacts to the bottom line. The presenters will review new, revised, and deleted codes; highlight revisions to ICD-10-CM index and tabular; discuss changes within Official Coding Guidelines, and review modifier changes.

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

Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock


EHR and practice management vendor Azalea Health acquires DashboardMD, a healthcare analytics company based in Miami Lakes, FL. DashboardMD CEO Jose Valero will become Azalea’s director of analytics.


Canadian Well Health Technologies will acquire US-based Wisp, a women’s telehealth and e-pharmacy company, for $41 million.



Summit Health names Jeffrey Alter (Anthem) CEO.

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Todd Haedrich (Covetrus) joins Optimize Health as CEO. Co-founder and former CEO Jeff LeBrun will take on the role of chief strategy officer.

Announcements and Implementations

BriteStar Primary Care (TX) selects remote patient monitoring technology from Claris Healthcare.

House call and telemedicine company Opear MD selects Health Gorilla’s Patient360 medical record retrieval software.

The Verland Foundation implements the SmartCare EHR from Streamline Healthcare Solutions.



Patrons of libraries in Ohio can now “check out” an Abott BinaxNOW Home Test for COVID-19, which includes a telemedicine session to help with test administration and result reporting.

Sponsor Updates

  • EClinicalWorks publishes a new customer success story, “Using EClinicalWorks Tools to Measure Quality for Shared Savings at Innova Primary.”
  • Medicomp Systems releases a new Tell Me Where It Hurts Podcast featuring CPSI CMO William Hayes, MD.

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