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News 5/8/23

May 8, 2023 News Comments Off on News 5/8/23

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Inbox Health, a patient billing communications software vendor, raises $22.5 million in a Series B funding round, bringing its total raised to $43 million since launching in 2017. The company serves 2,600 practices, reducing the amount of time their billing teams spend on patient A/R by 47%.


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CVS Health CEO Karen Lynch says the company will not pursue any further mergers or acquisitions in the near-term so that the company can work on integrating Signify Health and Oak Street Health. It wrapped up its $10.6 billion acquisition of Medicare primary care chain Oak Street Health last week, and its $8 billion purchase of home healthcare provider Signify Health in late March. Walgreens made a similar statement in January.

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The New York Times looks at the effect of corporate giants like CVS Health, Walgreens, Amazon and UnitedHealth buying up primary care practices, citing the growing privatization of Medicare and the resultant $400 billion “pot of money everyone is aiming at” as a contributing factor. The acquisition frenzy has prompted Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to call for the FTC to take a closer look at these deals: “I fear that the acquisition of thousands of independent providers by a few massive health care mega-conglomerates could reduce competition on a local or national basis, hurting patients and increasing health care costs.”

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CareCloud attributes its 15% drop in Q1 revenue to a dip in professional services revenue, the absence of COVID-related RCM services, and customer migrations away from Meridian Medical Management, which CareCloud acquired in 2020.


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Kate O’Brien (VTS) joins Practice Better as head of people.

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CareCloud promotes Bill Korn to chief strategy officer and names Joseph DosSantos (Luzsana Biotechnology) CFO.


Announcements and Implementations

AmerisourceBergen will pilot a telehealth service at independent pharmacies using technology from SteadyMD. The pharmaceutical distributor and services company will also make a minority investment in SteadyMD, which offers providers white-label telemedicine support services and technology.


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Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & SurgiCenter continues to recover from an April cyberattack that prompted it to close its facilities last week. Several locations have now reopened, though lab and radiology services at all locations remain closed.

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NextGen notifies over 1 million patients of a data breach in which hackers stole personal information by gaining access to its NextGen One EHR and practice management software using stolen customer credentials. The breach, which occurred during March and April, was preceded by a separate ransomware attack on the health IT vendor in January.


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News 5/3/23

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The DEA announces that it will temporarily extend COVID-era emergency telehealth policies, giving telemedicine prescribers of controlled substances, particularly those used to treat opioid addiction and ADHD, more time to prepare their patients and business strategies for eventual, more permanent policy changes.

Prescribers will still be able to write prescriptions for these medications after a telemedicine visit, rather than first requiring an initial, in-person consult. The agency, which received 38,000 comments on its proposal to revert to pre-COVID, in-person requirements, has not said how long the temporary extension will last.


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Kristin Mallon and Michele Wispelwey launch FemGevity, a concierge telemedicine service for women going through menopause. Mallon, a licensed certified nurse midwife and certified obstetrical nurse, was formerly chief strategy officer at high-risk Ob/Gyn practice  Maternal Resources in New Jersey. Wispelwey was a former director of women’s health services at Accurate Diagnostics.


Announcements and Implementations

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Phoenix Family Medical Clinic (AZ) selects CareCloud’s EHR, RCM, chronic care management, and remote patient monitoring technologies.

Raintree Systems adds payment capabilities to its EHR and practice management offerings for therapy and rehab practices.

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LCH Health and Community Services, an FQHC with three locations in Pennsylvania, implements Athenahealth’s AthenaOne and AthenaOne Dental platforms.

Southern Delaware Imaging Associates opts for practice management and revenue cycle software and services from Healthcare Administrative Partners.


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Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & SurgiCenter in Tennessee remains closed as it works to bring systems back online after an April 22 cyberattack.


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News 5/1/23

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Practice Better, which offers practice management software for wellness providers, raises $27 million. Co-founder and CEO Nathalie Garcia created the company in 2014 to fulfill her own need for technology better tailored to her nutritional practice’s needs.


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Healthcare strategy and advisory firm VMG Health acquires BSM Consulting, which offers practice management consulting and compliance services to ambulatory surgery centers and ophthalmology and medical aesthetic practices.

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Fertility care provider Kindbody raises $25 million in a funding round led by Morgan Health, bringing its total raised to $306 million.

Ophthalmology-focused Medical Consulting Group acquires Corcoran Consulting Group, which specializes in revenue cycle services for eye care professionals.


People

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Das Health promotes Michelle Jaeger to president and CEO.


Announcements and Implementations

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Litchfield Hills Orthopedic Associates implements EClinicalWorks across its surgery center and two offices in Torrington, CT.

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Ecker Center for Behavioral Health (IL) selects the Qualifacts CareLogic EHR to support its Certified Community Behavioral Health Center efforts.


Research and Innovation

A recent Upfront Healthcare survey of 10,000 adults finds that 33% have visited their primary care provider more often than before the pandemic, while 25% have visited their PCP less often, leading analysts to suggest that providers may need to do more to entice patients back into their waiting rooms.


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  • Nordic Consulting rebrands Bails & Associates, which it acquired in 2021, to Nordic ERP Services.
  • Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (TN) uses PerfectServe to streamline transfer center communications.
  • Flagstaff Surgical Associates (AZ) upgrades its EClinicalWorks software and implements Healow Pay and Healow Check-In.

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News 4/26/23

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London-based TympaHealth raises $30 million in a Series A funding round. The company offers an ear and hearing healthcare platform with cloud-based storage and EHR integration that providers can adopt to expand their services. Tympa plans to expand into the US, initially targeting primary care providers, retailers, and pharmacies.

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David Horowitz (Oticon USA), a former VA medical center audiologist, has joined the company as its VP of sales in the US.


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Walmart Health will open four clinics in Oklahoma next year. The company expects to have 75 up and running in eight states by the end of 2024. Having spent almost five consecutive hours at my local Walmart last month for shopping, dental, and medical appointments, I can say it’s undeniably convenient to have so many services in one location.

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The Boston Business Journal reports that Athenahealth will relocate its headquarters in Watertown, MA to Boston Landing, home of the Celtics and Bruins practice facilities and a concert venue. The company had hinted at a possible relocation when it announced a round of layoffs in February. Athenahealth purchased its Arsenal-on-the-Charles office space in 2012 for $169 million.

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USPTO grants patient billing communications vendor Inbox Health a patent related to using machine learning to adjust communications methodology and message content.


People

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Param Hegde (Catapult Group) joins Therapy Brands as CTO.


Announcements and Implementations

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Quality Medical Clinic (CO) selects EClinicalWorks.

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Mindful Care (NY) will implement NextGen Healthcare’s behavioral health suite of technologies across its urgent mental healthcare facilities in six states.

Southern Delaware Imaging Associates will use revenue cycle and practice management software and services from Healthcare Administrative Partners.

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Horizons Mental Health Center (KS) selects Netsmart’s CareFabric clinical, financial, and operational software.

Dell Laser Consultants in Austin, TX will roll out ModMed’s ophthalmology and payment processing software.


Research and Innovation

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Physicians are more agreeable, conscientious, and extroverted than their patients, according to an analysis of two large personality surveys conducted in Australia. Physicians were also found to be more neurotic and less open than their patients. Family physicians were noted for their high level of agreeableness compared to other specialties and the general public.


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  • AdvancedMD employees in Utah volunteer at the St. Vincent De Paul Dining Hall, Utah Food Bank, Clementine Ranch, and Encircle during its day of service.
  • Nordic posts a podcast titled “Designing for Health: Interview with Chris McCarthy, Part 2.”

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News 4/24/23

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Private equity firm TPG and pharmaceutical company AmeriSourceBergen  (soon to be known as Cencora) will acquire cancer-focused practice management company OneOncology for $2.1 billion.

According to its latest annual report, OneOncology manages 15 practices with a collective clinical staff of 1,500, backed by shared technologies and analytics.


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Online ADHD prescription company Done pivots to a hybrid care model care in light of the May 11 expiration of the Public Health Emergency, after which physicians must see certain patients in person before prescribing controlled substances.


Announcements and Implementations

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Mental healthcare and social services support provider Firsthand selects Ursa Health’s no-code analytics development platform.

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Community Health Center of Cape Cod, which has six locations in Massachusetts, implements Bright.md’s SmartExam virtual care assessment and treatment planning software.

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ScribeEMR begins offering virtual medial practice services including appointment scheduling, insurance verification and prior authorization, patient intake, chart prep, referral coordination, and billing.

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Axios reports that Athenahealth will begin offering chronic care management services. It employs CCM nurses in Florida, Georgia, and Texas, and plans to expand to every state. Chief Product Officer Paul Brient says that, “Through this new initiative, we are expanding our partnership from one historically focused on helping our customers run their practices to one where we are also an extension of their care teams.”


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Former Kaiser Permanente CEO Robert Pearl, MD tells Wired that he’d make sure all of the provider’s 24,000 physicians were using ChatGPT in their practices, with the caveat that everything it does must be reviewed by a practicing physician: “I think it will be more important to doctors than the stethoscope was in the past. No physician who practices high-quality medicine will do so without accessing ChatGPT or other forms of generative AI.”


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