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News 11/22/23

November 22, 2023 News Comments Off on News 11/22/23

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Medical imaging technology company Medmo, which matches patients with partner imaging centers, raises $9 million.


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I finally received an email about Amazon Health’s One Medical deal for Prime members, which, similarly to when I first read about it in the trade papers, left me underwhelmed. It’s basically a price cut for services that I likely wouldn’t take enough advantage of to justify the (granted) low price of $9 per month. There is a One Medical office within an hour or so drive of my home, so that would be a benefit, provided I could find a timely appointment – something that many patients are finding it hard to come by, as evidenced by another email that appeared in my inbox around the same time.

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This Nextdoor thread, started by a neighbor’s frustration at being unable to find a timely PCP appointment, prompted 32 comments on the state of timely ambulatory care. Folks chimed in with several mentions of their PCPs moving to concierge medicine so as to avoid administrative burdens, others with similar laments on how the healthcare system in general is failing patients, and still more with suggestions of PCPs that do see patients in a timely manner. After having read the Amazon Health email, and then the Nextdoor comments, it became glaringly apparent to me that sick people want to be seen by a real person (preferably someone they have an established relationship with) at a brick-and-mortar location in real time. They do not want to see someone on a screen, chat with a bot, or sit in some sort of pod. As one commenter said, “The unfortunate situation is that the business of healthcare has completely corrupted the service aspect of it. As a primary care doctor you are often times double booked, with 15 min to see very complex patients. You might see doctors charting in the room to save time or spend 2 hrs a day after clinic or on weekends doing the charting mandated. The system is for the most part not made for doctors or patients but for administrators and insurance companies. Patients have no idea how much time their PCPs spend on the phone getting necessary tests approved, reading hospital records, trying to ensure meds prescribed are on their insurance plan. There is minimal support for primary/preventative care with limited healthcare dollars spent.”


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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Maia Oncology launches with $4.25 million in seed funding. The virtual primary care clinic for cancer patients will use the investment to help launch a pilot project with a cancer center. Takeda Digital Ventures, one of the round’s leading investors, also negotiated for Maia to acquire the assets of Maia founder Liya Shuster-Bier’s previous startup, cancer companion company Alula.

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E-consult and referral management software vendor AristaMD acquires specialist care video consult and provider network company Sitka and announces a $16.5 million Series C round of funding. Founder and former Sitka CEO Kelsey Mellard will become president of AristaMD.


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Duly Health promotes Ryan West to president of Chicagoland operations, and names Dana Rye (US Renal Care) chief value-based care officer.


Announcements and Implementations

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Whole Health Rheumatology in Cape Cod will implement CareCloud’s Complete EHR and practice management software.

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OrthoConnecticut selects practice management software and services from Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company.

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Cora Physical Therapy adopts Medsender AI to streamline its data entry and fax routing processes across 250 clinics.


Government and Politics

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The Texas HHS Office of the Inspector General identifies several telemedicine billing errors providers should be careful to avoid:

  • Billing for multiple telemedicine services for the same client in a short period of time.
  • Billing for more than 24 hours in a day.
  • Billing for telephone-only services that should be lumped in with a previous in-person or virtual visit.
  • Billing for excess time.

Research and Innovation

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Boston-based clinical researchers determine that orders for diagnostic tests and referrals are more likely to be completed in a timely manner when given at in-person appointments versus virtual visits.


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News 11/20/23

November 20, 2023 News Comments Off on News 11/20/23

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Digital healthcare company UpHealth sells its Cloudbreak Health video-based language interpretation services business to private equity firm GTCR for $180 million. UpHealth’s remaining service lines include behavioral health, integrated care management, and rural healthcare-focused virtual care infrastructure.


HIStalk Practice Announcements and Requests

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I’m playing catch up this Thanksgiving week after having travelled to two different beaches in two different countries over the last week or so. (Road warriors, I just don’t know how you do it.) While my wanderings didn’t take me as far afield as Dr. Jayne has lately been, it was definitely nice to get away. I hope, dear readers, that you get a chance to relax in your favorite locale with your favorite people during the upcoming holiday breaks!


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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

Nema Health, which offers virtual trauma therapy, raises $4.1 million in seed funding.

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Syra Health sees a 4% bump in Q3 revenue, bringing in $1.58 million. The company, which specializes in digital solutions for behavioral, mental, and population health, began trading on the Nasdaq last month, where it raised $6.7 million in IPO financing.


People

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Tony Holland (Hedy Health) joins Montecito Medical as head of sales for MontecitoPlus.

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Healthmap Solutions names William Moore (HealthCost) CIO.


Announcements and Implementations

Renaissance Physician Partners (TX) selects practice management services from Florence Health.

Atlanta-based Neurofenix, which provides virtual rehabilitation services for stroke patients, selects EHR and patient engagement technology from CareCloud.


Research and Innovation

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New research from MGMA reveals that the more things (attempt) to change, the more they stay the same – at least when it comes to regulatory burdens: Over 90% of surveyed physicians believe such burdens have increased over the last year, and – not surprisingly – that reducing those burdens would better enable physicians to care for patients. Top burdens, which small-practice respondents say they can’t afford to outsource, include prior authorization, audits and appeals, and MIPS.


Other

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Jonathan Moore, DPM donates over 1,000 pairs of diabetic footwear to the people of Ukraine through Healing Hands International. The supplies are left over from Moore’s Physician’s Select practice, which he closed earlier this year. Moore also founded and was a managing partner of Cumberland Foot and Ankle Centers in Kentucky, which he sold to Upperline Health in 2021.


Sponsor Updates

  • Nordic releases a new Designing for Health Podcast, “Interview with Margaret Lozovatsky, MD.”
  • PerfectServe congratulates customers Elmhurst Hospital, Beverly Hospital, and UNC Health Rex on receiving 24 consecutive “A” grades for safety from The Leapfrog Group.
  • EClinicalWorks announces that Moreno Valley Physician Associates (CA) has successfully implemented its new AI assistant tools.

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News 11/8/23

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Eleos Health raises $40 million in a Series B funding round. The company has developed AI-powered clinical documentation and insights software for behavioral healthcare. Eleos works with FQHCs and other community-based providers, payers, and mental health technology vendors.


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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Mental health practice management startup Therapy IQ raises $1.5 million in seed funding.


People

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Frits Hoffman (Lumeon) joins Graphium Health as VP of sales.

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Central Reach names Thomas Cady (Cohealo) VP of operations for its CR Bill Max business.


Announcements and Implementations

Ultrasound Express (DE) selects CareCloud’s TalkEHR.

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People’s Center Clinics and Services, an FQHC in Minneapolis, will work with Syra Health to implement federal Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services standards.

The Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services (TN) will implement Arize care management software from Cantata Health Solutions.

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Amazon offers its 200 million Prime members a significantly reduced rate for membership to its One Medical primary care business. Amazon acquired One Medical earlier this year for nearly $4 billion. The company offers virtual and in-person appointments, with annual memberships for non-Prime members starting at $199.


Sponsor Updates

  • Southern Endocrinology Associates increases collections by more than 200% using EClinicalWorks and Healow.
  • AdvancedMD receives the 2023 ISV Builder Partner of the Year Award from Zoom Video Communications.

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News 11/6/23

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Carepatron raises $4 million in seed funding, bringing the startup’s total raised to $5.6 million. The company offers practices easily modifiable operating software with practice management, patient engagement, and clinical documentation capabilities. It plans on using the new investment to develop AI and automation features. It is based in New Zealand, but counts US-based practices as half of its customer base.


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CareCloud reports Q3 revenue of $29.3 million, a 13% decrease over Q3 2022. The company expects layoffs, scheduled to wrap up by the end of the year, to help make up for some of the lost revenue, which CareCloud attributes to the loss of two customers health system mergers.


People

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Noelle Parker (Community Asset Builders) joins Velatura HIE Corp. as VP of client affairs for the Midwest.


Announcements and Implementations

EHR vendor ITreatMD adds medical billing services and software from Puredi to its technology.

Shadowbox announces GA of its workflow automation software for imaging centers.


Other

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Australian patient Abbey Smith warns others about the danger of obtaining a seemingly convenient online prescription without a real-time clinical consult with a qualified physician. Smith’s efforts to fill an online prescription for what she thought was a treatable UTI resulted in her being admitted to the hospital for sepsis.

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Pediatrician Michel Cohen, MD puts a new spin on his latest office, dubbed “the Lego building” by locals. Cohen’s Tribeca Pediatrics practice operates 40 clinics throughout New York and New Jersey.

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Crystal Run Healthcare (NY) alerts patients to an ongoing cyberattack that has affected some of its computer systems and services. UnitedHealth Group subsidiary Optum Health acquired Crystal Run earlier this year.


Sponsor Updates

  • PerfectServe’s Lightning Bolt achieves top marks for overall performance, ease of use, quality of support, and proactive service in the 2023 KLAS Physician Scheduling Report.

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News 11/1/23

November 1, 2023 News Comments Off on News 11/1/23

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Digital preventive health software startup PreventScripts raises $1.5 million in funding. The company, which markets its automated patient engagement and education technology to primary care practices, will use the investment to expand into seven additional states.


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People

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Walgreens names Neal Sample EVP and CIO.


Announcements and Implementations

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Southland Recovery (MS) selects cloud-based EHR, RCM, and behavioral health software from EClinicalWorks.

Suki announces that 20 independent physician practices have adopted its AI-powered ambient clinical documentation capabilities.

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Onsite Women’s Health will implement medical image and data exchange technology from Medicom Technologies across its 116 affiliated clinics in 26 states.


Government and Politics

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Doctors’ Management Services will pay $100,000 to settle potential HIPAA violations related to a 2017 ransomware attack that impacted the PHI of nearly 207,000 patients. The breach occurred in 2017, but was not detected by DMS until the end of 2018, when patient files were encrypted.


Sponsor Updates

  • AdvancedMD announces that DeepScribe has joined its marketplace as an integration partner.
  • Nordic releases an episode of its In Network podcast, “Designing for Health: Interview with Deepti Pandita, MD.”

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