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News 7/13/22

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Fold Health raises $6 million from a group of investors that includes Zus CEO Jonathan Bush. The San Francisco-based startup is developing technology for primary care practices that unifies patient onboarding, marketing, messaging, and billing into one application. Customers will be charged on a monthly basis, per user.

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Fold Health co-founders CEO Abhijit Gupta and President Ram Sahasranam both spent time at Athenahealth before transitioning to AbVaRa Capital and then Iron Pillar. Gupta founded health app developer Praxify Technologies in 2010, which Athenahealth acquired in 2017 for $63 million.


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Pediatric and family-oriented virtual behavioral healthcare company Brightline adds a $10 million investment from Northwell Health (NY) to its Series C funding round, bringing its total to $115 million. Brightline, which markets its services to employers and payers, has raised a total of $220 million.


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Kevin Marasco (Zenefits) joins Tebra as chief marketing officer.


Announcements and Implementations

The Knoxville Academy of Medicine Foundation rolls out NinePatch’s Whole Person Care referral and care coordination software to the Tennessee Community Resource Network.

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Behavioral health EHR vendor Kipu Health announces GA of its patient portal.

E-consult and referral company AristaMD will leverage Axuall’s physician onboarding and enrollment software to improve its own onboarding, privileging and payor enrollment processes.

Online physician search and appointment scheduling website Zocdoc develops an API that will enable providers to integrate their back-end scheduling software with Zocdoc’s technology, enhancing visibility of real-time appointment availability and improving online scheduling.


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A CVS Health survey of 1,000 consumers and 400 providers finds that 37% have scheduled an online appointment to save time and/or money, while 53% of providers say virtual appointment options have led t more patient visits and improved care plan adherence. Nearly 75% of patients appreciate receiving custom alerts and reminders about screenings and checkups, though no mention is made of whether or not those reminders led to appointments.


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The local news profiles Howard Tucker, MD a centenarian who was recognized several years ago by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest practicing doctor. Tucker currently lectures neurology residents at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland. He doesn’t see patients anymore, though, according to his grandson, he did sneak out of the house during the early days of COVID to help with patients at the hospital. Tucker doesn’t seem to be a fan of telemedicine: “To me, it’s a very discomforting thought, but that’s my limited perspective on the future of anything. It works partially, but I can’t fathom how they’re still working without seeing a patient, feeling around, knowing what you’re looking at.”


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News 7/11/22

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Tebra, the new name for the combined ambulatory health IT businesses of Kareo and PatientPop, secures a $72 million investment from Golub Capital, giving it a $1 billion valuation.

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Former Kareo CEO Dan Rodrigues took on the CEO role at Tebra earlier this month.

The companies’ combined IT capabilities include website development and management, messaging and scheduling, telehealth, EHR, care delivery, practice management, billing, payments, analytics, and reputation management.


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July 12 (Tuesday) 1 ET. “Digital Data Stewardship for Trusted, High-Quality Data Exchange.” Sponsor: Clinical Architecture. Presenter: Carol Graham, MS, RN, product manager, Clinical Architecture. Organizations face challenges in ensuring that the patient data they received and send is consistent, accurate, and usable. Use cases include receiving multi-source data across health information networks with variation in formats and content; merging and de-duplicating provider, payer, and research data; uplifting legacy data for current use cases and formats; and normalizing and formatting data for public health surveillance, quality measure reporting, and providing directly to the patient. This webinar will cover Pivot, a comprehensive Digital Data Steward solution that orchestrates format harmonization, content (vocabulary) normalization, de-duplication, and data quality validation into a single solution.

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


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GeekWire profiles Ventrk, a physical therapy app startup led by former Seattle Seahawks player Doug Baldwin. The company, which has raised $1.5 million in seed funding, offers TheraCentric, a PT-focused app, and TrainCentric, a post-PT app that focuses more on diet, exercise, and sleep.


Government and Politics

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The VA installs a Phillips-equipped telemedicine pod at American Legion Ball-McColm Post 5 in Emporia, KS as part of its Accessing Telehealth Through Local Area Stations pilot program. There are now a dozen ATLAS sites across the country.


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CVS Health hires Tilak Mandadi (MGM Resorts) as EVP and chief data, digital, and technology officer.


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Suggested reading: Chuck Radis, DO shares his time in the mid-80s as the lone physician serving patients on four islands off the coast of Maine in “Go By Boat.” Radis opted for the somewhat unusually structured assignment as part of his National Health Service Corps Scholarship. The book, according to a local reviewer, “shows the demanding work involved in breaking new ground in providing healthcare services to underserved populations. He had to negotiate with multiple island constituencies and the federal healthcare bureaucracy. This double-barreled task is not for the faint-hearted.”


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News 7/6/22

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CareConnectMD secures $25 million from TT Capital Partners. The company provides primary care and care coordination services for medically fragile Medicare patients in the home or skilled nursing facilities. CareConnectMD also partners with other primary care groups in value-based care programs.

The investment will enable the company to expand its existing services in California, Ohio, and Texas, grow into new markets, and further develop its technology, including telemedicine.


Webinars

July 12 (Tuesday) 1 ET. “Digital Data Stewardship for Trusted, High-Quality Data Exchange.” Sponsor: Clinical Architecture. Presenter: Carol Graham, MS, RN, product manager, Clinical Architecture. Organizations face challenges in ensuring that the patient data they received and send is consistent, accurate, and usable. Use cases include receiving multi-source data across health information networks with variation in formats and content; merging and de-duplicating provider, payer, and research data; uplifting legacy data for current use cases and formats; and normalizing and formatting data for public health surveillance, quality measure reporting, and providing directly to the patient. This webinar will cover Pivot, a comprehensive Digital Data Steward solution that orchestrates format harmonization, content (vocabulary) normalization, de-duplication, and data quality validation into a single solution.

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


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Virtual alcohol use disorder treatment provider Ria Health raises $18 million in a Series A funding round led by SV Health Investors. The company has provided its services since 2016 and is the first AUD provider to receive Joint Commission accreditation based on providing evidence-based treatment protocols and clinical quality measured by patient outcomes.

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Online mental healthcare company Sensible Care raises $13 million in a Series A funding round led by Volition Capital. The company, co-founded and led by veteran Paul Kim, will use the new funding to expand beyond California to Texas, Florida, and Virginia.


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Melissa Humphrey (Gainwell Technologies) joins Health Recovery Solutions as chief marketing officer.


Announcements and Implementations

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Erie Family Health Centers (IL) have implemented Epic.

First introduced last fall, Teladoc Health adds new features to its virtual primary care service for health plans including in-network referrals and care coordination support; free, same-day medication delivery; and in-home, on-demand lab collection.


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News 6/29/22

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Walmart will acquire Memomi, an augmented reality optical software company has offered Walmart customers the ability to virtually “try on” eyewear since 2019.


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July 12 (Tuesday) 1 ET. “Digital Data Stewardship for Trusted, High-Quality Data Exchange.” Sponsor: Clinical Architecture. Presenter: Carol Graham, MS, RN, product manager, Clinical Architecture. Organizations face challenges in ensuring that the patient data they received and send is consistent, accurate, and usable. Use cases include receiving multi-source data across health information networks with variation in formats and content; merging and de-duplicating provider, payer, and research data; uplifting legacy data for current use cases and formats; and normalizing and formatting data for public health surveillance, quality measure reporting, and providing directly to the patient. This webinar will cover Pivot, a comprehensive Digital Data Steward solution that orchestrates format harmonization, content (vocabulary) normalization, de-duplication, and data quality validation into a single solution.

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


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Independent physician enablement company Aledade will open a new office in New York City, San Francisco, and Durham, NC. The company, headquartered in Bethesda, MD, also has an office in Austin. Aledade was founded eight years ago as a value-based care venture by former national coordinator Farzad Mostashari, MD. It has raised nearly $420 million.

Ambulatory surgery center development and management company Atlas Health Partners will work with MedAxiom, a performance improvement company focused on cardiovascular organizations, to launch a yet-to-be-named cardiovascular ASC business.


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Srini Chillara (Verisys) joins Kipu Health as CTO.


Announcements and Implementations

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Atwal Eye Care (NY) will implement Nextech’s EHR and practice management software across its five offices and surgery center.

Liberty Doctors (SC) partners with tech-enabled value-based care company Agilon Health to launch a Freedom Senior Care Advantage program for its Medicare patients.

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The Villages Health (FL) selects Kaid Health’s Whole Chart Analysis technology to improve documentation and coding for its population of Medicare Advantage patients.


Research and Innovation

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A CHG Healthcare survey of 543 physicians finds that 43% changed jobs during the pandemic, with top reasons being a need for better work/life balance, increased pay, and more flexibility. Of those who changed jobs, 39% moved into a different practice setting and 31% worked locum tenens assignments. Ten percent went to work for telemedicine companies.

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Clinical staff practicing in rural and non-rural settings believe the biggest opportunities for technology to improve care quality in both areas are to be found in better medical equipment; faster, more reliable Internet connections; and expanded use of EHRs, according to a Walmart survey of more than 10,000 people.


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News 6/27/22

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Kins announces a seed funding round of $7.2 million. The Boston-based company offers its virtual and in-home physical therapy programs to payers and directly to consumers. CEO Dan Smith was formerly head of Asics Digital, which included overseeing the development and management of the footwear company’s RunKeeper app.


Webinars

July 12 (Tuesday) 1 ET. “Digital Data Stewardship for Trusted, High-Quality Data Exchange.” Sponsor: Clinical Architecture. Presenter: Carol Graham, MS, RN, product manager, Clinical Architecture. Organizations face challenges in ensuring that the patient data they received and send is consistent, accurate, and usable. Use cases include receiving multi-source data across health information networks with variation in formats and content; merging and de-duplicating provider, payer, and research data; uplifting legacy data for current use cases and formats; and normalizing and formatting data for public health surveillance, quality measure reporting, and providing directly to the patient. This webinar will cover Pivot, a comprehensive Digital Data Steward solution that orchestrates format harmonization, content (vocabulary) normalization, de-duplication, and data quality validation into a single solution.

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


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Virtual musculoskeletal medical practice Vori Health names John Walsh (Zipari) CTO.


Government and Politics

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CMS announces the Enhancing Oncology Model, a new five-year payment program designed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation that will incentive oncology practices to improve the delivery of high-quality, coordinated care, including social support, and improves patient and caregiver support. Participating practices will provide enhanced services that include patient navigation, care planning, collection of electronic patient-reported outcomes, and screening for social needs.


Research and Innovation

A survey of 50 leaders at FQHCs across the country finds an overwhelming majority are determined to remain independent, and nearly 75% are willing to work with similar organizations and pool data for greater insights into workforce and service line trends, patient populations, payment models, and the impact of regulatory requirements and Medicaid expansion.


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Interesting: I noticed a local McDonald’s advertising telemedicine benefits as part of a hiring push. Turns out the company offers full- and part-time employees access to virtual care benefits that include 10 free urgent or mental healthcare visits per year. I wonder how many employees take advantage of the benefit. Having been self-insured now for several years, I also wonder how common telemedicine is as a benefit included within a health plan or as an employer add-on. Is it par for the course these days, or definitely a perk? Readers, please weigh in.

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Hopefully, telemedicine hasn’t become so routine that The Onion’s portrayal of virtual care providers is anywhere near accurate.


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