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News 10/19/22

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EngagedMD, which offers patient education and informed consent technologies for fertility practices, raises $11 million.


Webinars

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People

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Athenahealth names Brittany Podolak (Dell Technologies) chief people officer.


Announcements and Implementations

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OneMed in Orlando implements Andor Health’s ThinkAndor virtual care collaboration software.


Government and Politics

Ontario’s provincial government will decrease payments to providers for “one-off” telemedicine visits in an effort to “stem the tide” of virtual-only clinics that don’t make an effort to establish an ongoing relationship with patients.


Research and Innovation

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A Brigham and Women’s research analysis of 291 primary care physicians and their EHR utilization finds that more time spent documenting in the EHR correlates to improved outcomes in the areas of breast cancer screenings, hypertension control, and panel-wide hemoglobin A1C level control. This was found to be especially true for physicians who spent less than half of their time seeing patients.


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Audiologist Carla “Brandi” Smiley, Au.D. creates Onsite Audiology, a mobile, “tiny house” audiology clinic that serves patients south of Atlanta. Smiley typically drives the clinic to four or five different locations each month to care for patients in schools and in nursing homes, as well as active-duty members of the military and veterans.


Sponsor Updates

  • EClinicalWorks announces that Advocare has achieved $1 billion in collections using EClinicalWorks RCM.

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News 10/17/22

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Cityblock Health will bring 140 new jobs to Indiana when it begins providing care for MDwise members in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. Already operating in six states, Cityblock provides tech-enabled primary care, behavioral healthcare, and social services to Medicaid and eligible Medicare patients, particularly those living in underserved areas.

The company was spun out of Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs in 2017. It has raised nearly $900 million over eight funding rounds.


Webinars

October 18 (Tuesday) 2 ET. “Patient Payment Trends 2022: Learn All The Secrets.” Sponsor: Mend. Presenter: Matt McBride, MBA, co-founder and CEO, Mend. Many industries offer frictionless payments, but healthcare still sends paper bills to patients who are demanding modern conveniences. This webinar will review consumer sentiment on healthcare payments, recent changes to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act that create opportunities for new patient financial engagement, and new tactics to collect more payments faster from patients.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Personalized medication management company Custom Health acquires Health in Motion Network, which has developed software that enables patients to view and track data from medical and lab records, monitoring devices, and wearables.


People

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Octiva Healthcare names Ron Galonsky (RJG Healthcare) CEO.

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Annexus Health promotes David Meier to CTO and names Katy Wile (Huron) VP of product delivery.


Announcements and Implementations

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PhysicianOne Urgent Care implements Augnito’s AI-powered voice recognition software for clinical documentation across its 20 locations across several states.


Government and Politics

The University of Montana and Montana State University establish the first VA telehealth sites at academic institutions, part of the department’s Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations program. Veteran students and staff can access services from the Montana VA Health Care System using the private ATLAS spaces.


Other

Samsung will offer access to virtual medial visits via telemedicine vendor HealthTap through its line of Smart TVs.


Sponsor Updates

  • Nordic posts a new episode of its DocTalk video series called “The Impact of Long COVID.”
  • Nordic joins the Microsoft Cloud Partner Program.

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News 10/12/22

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Pediatric virtual mental healthcare company InStride Health launches with $26 million in funding.


Webinars

October 18 (Tuesday) 2 ET. “Patient Payment Trends 2022: Learn All The Secrets.” Sponsor: Mend. Presenter: Matt McBride, MBA, co-founder and CEO, Mend. Many industries offer frictionless payments, but healthcare still sends paper bills to patients who are demanding modern conveniences. This webinar will review consumer sentiment on healthcare payments, recent changes to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act that create opportunities for new patient financial engagement, and new tactics to collect more payments faster from patients.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

Well Health Technologies, a Canadian health IT vendor and clinic operator, acquires medical record and billing software and three clinics from CloudMD Software & Services, also based in Canada, for $4.2 million.

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Specialty practice EHR and practice management software company Nextech acquires TouchMD, a visual consultation, marketing, and imaging software vendor.


Announcements and Implementations

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Community Care of the Sandhills (NC) launches a telepsychiatry program using software and services from InSight Telepsychiatry.

Associates in Resource Management will leverage Greenway Health’s EHR, practice management, and RCM technology as it expands its services to FQHCs, rural health centers, and private practices in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama.

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AMS Cardiology (PA) selects practice support services from Atria Health.

Athenahealth uses Jopari’s software to file electronic claim attachment transactions with payers.


Research and Innovation

New data from MGMA finds that rates of physician burnout have increased 4% over last year, with 65% of respondents saying they’ve experienced burnout this year. Not surprisingly, 51% of surveyed providers have considered changing employers. The findings support a separate MGMA poll that found 40% of surveyed practices have had at least one physician resign or retire early due to burnout.


Other

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Talk about a pivot: Former 98point6 CEO Robbie Cape begins working on an environmentally-friendly fast-casual chicken sandwich restaurant in Seattle dubbed Mt. Joy that will leverage innovative technology developed by his former 98point6 software engineer Justin Kaufman. Cape launched the telemedicine company in 2015. He left the company last year at the board’s direction after leading it to $250 million in funding.

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MGMA’s Medical Practice Excellence Leaders Conference winds down in Boston today. I’ve been out of the conference loop for awhile. Are therapy animals now a must-have on the show floor?


Sponsor Updates

  • Healthwise and Medicomp Systems will exhibit at the Oracle Cerner Health Conference October 17-19 in Kansas City, MO.

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News 10/10/22

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Behavioral health IT vendor Alleva raises $12 million in a Series A funding round.


Webinars

October 12 (Wednesday) 1 ET. “In Praise of the Problem-Oriented Medical Record (POMR).” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Amanda Heidemann, MD, CMIO, KeyCare; Amber Sieja, MD, senior medical director of informatics, UCHealth and Ambulatory Services; Jim Thompson, MD, physician informaticist, IMO. The problem-oriented medical record – initially developed in the 1960s by Lawrence Weed, MD – brought important structure to paper charting, and in particular, the problem list. Yet, today, the tool that was once the gold standard for organizing and making sense of patient history is often cluttered and unmanageable. Fortunately, tools and strategies exist to help make the problem list more meaningful, helping to synthesize patient data, highlight insights, and support patient care. The expert panel will share their experiences with POMR, including documentation practices and tools to improve workflows and efficiency, the impact of POMR and charting on the overall health of a patient, and the challenges and obstacles clinicians face when practicing POMR and charting and how they can be overcome.

October 18 (Tuesday) 2 ET. “Patient Payment Trends 2022: Learn All The Secrets.” Sponsor: Mend. Presenter: Matt McBride, MBA, co-founder and CEO, Mend. Many industries offer frictionless payments, but healthcare still sends paper bills to patients who are demanding modern conveniences. This webinar will review consumer sentiment on healthcare payments, recent changes to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act that create opportunities for new patient financial engagement, and new tactics to collect more payments faster from patients.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Specialty health and wellness telemedicine vendor Index Health raises $6 million in a seed funding round. The company, which tailors a patient’s care through the collection of more than 1,000 data points, offers its services to members in Florida, Virginia, and New Hampshire.

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Virtual-first medical group Galileo selects Elation Health’s EHR. The primary care startup, which caters to individuals, employers, and health plans, was founded by One Medical founder Tom Lee in 2018.


People

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Genuine Health Group names Franz Victoria (United HealthCare) VP of data analytics.


Announcements and Implementations

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LCH Health and Community Services (PA) will tap into the Maven Project’s e-referral network, giving its providers the ability to consult virtually with other providers from around the country.

Steps Recovery Solutions (LA) selects EHR, RCM, and practice management software from Lightning Step Technologies.


Government and Politics

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Florida physician Frank Alario, MD pleads guilty to charges associated with giving a pharma sales rep access to patient medical records, which the rep used to determine which patients had insurance that would cover his company’s drugs. Alario also gave the sales rep access to the exam room, leading patients to believe that the rep was employed by Alario’s clinic. Both Alario and the sales rep have been indicted on other, separate charges related to HIPAA violations.


Sponsor Updates

  • Medicomp Systems releases a new Tell Me Where It Hurts Podcast featuring CHIME VP of Public Policy Mari Savickis.

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News 10/5/22

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Drummond Group, the certifying body for ONC’s Health IT Certification Program, launches a Pediatric Health IT Certification program to help health IT vendors advance pediatric EHR capabilities.


HIStalk Practice Musings

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The Library of Congress’ recent tweet thread documenting Lizzo’s visit and tour of the library’s antique flute collection reminded me of Susan Orlean’s “The Library Book,” which I read several weeks ago. It’s a history of the Los Angeles Central Library, and pays special attention to the fire that nearly forced its closure back in the 80s. Orlean wove in the library’s history, from its founding in the early 20th century and the variety of eccentric head librarians who took it in several different directions, to its vast collections of all sorts of things you’d never think a library would have. It’s worth a read if, like me, you’ve been in and out of libraries since before you could read.

I had no idea October is National Book Month: UTHealth Houston clinical psychologist Jennifer Bahrman says that reading a book for just 10 minutes a day will lead to greater intelligence, longer memory, improved relaxation, higher scores, more empathy, and increased success. No wonder a book at the beach (not to mention a book at bedtime accompanied by a bit of chocolate) puts me in such a relaxed mood!


Webinars

October 12 (Wednesday) 1 ET. “In Praise of the Problem-Oriented Medical Record (POMR).” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Amanda Heidemann, MD, CMIO, KeyCare; Amber Sieja, MD, senior medical director of informatics, UCHealth and Ambulatory Services; Jim Thompson, MD, physician informaticist, IMO. The problem-oriented medical record – initially developed in the 1960s by Lawrence Weed, MD – brought important structure to paper charting, and in particular, the problem list. Yet, today, the tool that was once the gold standard for organizing and making sense of patient history is often cluttered and unmanageable. Fortunately, tools and strategies exist to help make the problem list more meaningful, helping to synthesize patient data, highlight insights, and support patient care. The expert panel will share their experiences with POMR, including documentation practices and tools to improve workflows and efficiency, the impact of POMR and charting on the overall health of a patient, and the challenges and obstacles clinicians face when practicing POMR and charting and how they can be overcome.

October 18 (Tuesday) 2 ET. “Patient Payment Trends 2022: Learn All The Secrets.” Sponsor: Mend. Presenter: Matt McBride, MBA, co-founder and CEO, Mend. Many industries offer frictionless payments, but healthcare still sends paper bills to patients who are demanding modern conveniences. This webinar will review consumer sentiment on healthcare payments, recent changes to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act that create opportunities for new patient financial engagement, and new tactics to collect more payments faster from patients.

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


Announcements and Implementations

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CommuniCare implements EClinicalWorks across its 22 sites in Texas.

The New Mexico Behavioral Health Services Division will work with consulting firm Via Positiva to help local providers adopt the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic model, a federal program designed to ensure access to coordinated and comprehensive behavioral healthcare.


Research and Innovation

A healthcare satisfaction survey of 1,000 consumers finds that 41% will change providers because of poor patient engagement, while 38% would consider changing due to a lack of personalization. When it comes to non-traditional healthcare settings, just 10% of seniors feel comfortable with telemedicine, while 66% would feel comfortable visiting retail clinics.


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