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KLAS & Interoperability Measurement Advisory Team hold inaugural meeting

OREM, Utah – Feb. 4, 2016 – Aiming to continue and expand the output of the Keystone Summit, the newly established Interoperability Measurement Advisory Team will drive improvement through ongoing measurement of interoperability. Goals for the team include research tool oversight and adaptation, communication of efforts and progress, and advocacy for appropriate measurement standards.

This effort is supported by the freshly inked advisory team mission statement, which is “To effect accelerated advancement in the creation, optimization, and ultimate adoption of impactful interoperability through the measurement of provider experiences. The team will provide insight into and oversight of KLAS’ efforts to measure industry progress, focused especially on provider satisfaction with the utility of exchanged information and vendor support and progress.”

“Research collection for the 2016 interoperability study is already underway, targeting the experience of clinical end-users in receiving data from valued partners outside their system,” said Tim Zoph, committee chair. “What an amazing opportunity we have as a newly formed advisory team to hold ourselves as providers and vendors accountable for evaluating our own progress and developing a measurement tool to ultimately ensure successful interoperability efforts.”

The creation of the advisory team stems from the 2015 KLAS Keystone Summit, where a group of healthcare providers and EMR vendors came together to consider and ultimately recommend a process for measuring the impact of interoperability efforts. The following members represent a unique gathering of cross-industry leaders working together to strengthen collaboration toward interoperability:

Tim Zoph, Chair        Northwestern Medicine (retired)
Bob Cash, Facilitator        KLAS
Bob Barker            NextGen
Dennia Clarke            Allscripts
Peter DeVault            Epic
Darren Dworkin        Cedars-Sinai Health System
John Glaser            Cerner
Edward Glynn, MD        HCA Healthcare
John Halamka, MD        Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Stan Huff, MD            Intermountain Healthcare
Howard Landa    , MD        Alameda Health System
Dan Nigrin, MD        Boston Children’s Hospital
Brian Patty, MD        Rush University Medical Center
Shantanu Paul         Greenway
Donna Roach            Via Christi Health – Ascension
Bob Robke            Cerner
Doran Robinson        athenahealth
Hoda Sayed-Friel        MEDITECH
Nimesh Shah            McKesson
Steve Starkey            MEDHOST
Micky Tripathi            Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative
Helen Waters            MEDITECH
Jon Zimmerman        GE Healthcare

About KLAS
KLAS is a research and insights firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and counted. Working with thousands of healthcare professionals and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services and medical equipment to deliver timely reports, trends and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. For more information about KLAS or to view our reports, visit www.klasresearch.com

February 5, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Nextech Acquires SupraMed, a Web-Based Healthcare Solution

Acquisition Expands Nextech’s Leadership in Providing Specialty-Specific EHR and Practice Management Solutions

TAMPA, FL–( January 25, 2016) – Nextech Systems, the top-ranked provider of specialty-focused healthcare technology solutions for physician practices, today announced its acquisition of SupraMed, developer of a web-based practice management system and electronic health record (EHR) built for the unique needs of plastic surgeons. The acquisition further cements Nextech’s dominance in the plastic surgery market and demonstrates its commitment to delivering top-tier specialty-specific EHR and practice management solutions.

“Specialty physicians have unique needs based on the size and scope of their practices,” said Michael Scarbrough, president and CEO of Nextech. “Combining SupraMed’s capabilities with our existing market-leading solutions empowers practices with a robust choice of product features and service options tailored to their needs.”

SupraMed’s web-based practice management technology complements Nextech’s existing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based offering and will allow the company to scale while strengthening its commitment to specialty-specific products. Nextech already offers both client-server and cloud-based models that help practices take control and work smarter.

Through the acquisition, SupraMed clients are now able to take advantage of Nextech’s full suite of integrated solutions, including practice management, analytics, inventory and point of service modules.

“Nextech’s mission — to provide specialty physicians with the best technology solutions and services possible — complements our own,” said Dr. Robert Pollack, SupraMed founder and board certified plastic surgeon. “We’re delighted to be joining Nextech to deliver enhanced offerings through this acquisition. It’s a clear win for our clients.”

Dr. Pollack will step into an advisory role with Nextech where he will foster collaboration among the entire client base as part of an effort to further enhance the company’s offerings to best meet the needs of clinicians.

For more information on Nextech and how it supports specialty physicians in plastic surgery, ophthalmology and dermatology, visit www.nextech.com.

About Nextech

Nextech is the complete healthcare technology solution for specialty providers. Since 1997, Nextech has been focused on delivering intelligent, intuitive, integrated solutions that empower specialty physicians to maximize efficiency, optimize charting accuracy and increase overall practice profitability. Nextech services more than 7,000 physicians and over 50,000 office staff members in the clinical specialties of Ophthalmology, Dermatology and Plastic Surgery. Learn more at www.nextech.com.

January 26, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

CPSI to Acquire Healthland for $250 Million and Announces Expansion of Its Senior Management Team

MOBILE, Ala.–Computer Programs and Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPSI), a leading provider of healthcare information solutions to rural and community hospitals, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Healthland Holding Inc. and its affiliates, Healthland Inc., American HealthTech, Inc. and Rycan Technologies, Inc. The acquisition will strengthen CPSI’s position in providing healthcare information solutions in the markets it serves and will provide new growth markets for the combined company. CPSI also announced the expansion of its senior management team to lead the Company going forward.

Healthland provides electronic health records (EHR) and clinical information management solutions to over 350 hospital customers. American HealthTech is a provider of clinical and financial solutions in the post-acute care space, serving over 3,300 skilled nursing facilities. Rycan offers SaaS-based revenue cycle management workflow and automation software to over 290 hospital customers.

Transaction Highlights:

  • Strengthens CPSI’s position in providing healthcare information systems to community healthcare organizations with approximately 1,200 combined hospital customers;
  • Introduces CPSI to the post-acute care market;
  • Expands the products and capabilities of TruBridge with the addition of Rycan and its suite of revenue cycle management software products; and
  • Immediately accretive to adjusted earnings per diluted share.

The combined company is projected to have annual revenues of approximately $300 million in 2015 and more than 1,900 employees. The transaction is expected to be more than 35% accretive to CPSI’s adjusted earnings per diluted share in 2016 and more than 50% accretive in 2017. Adjusted earnings, a non-GAAP financial measure, include a cash tax benefit from the acquisition and exclude share-based compensation expense, one-time transaction costs, and acquisition-related amortization and deferred revenue adjustments.

“We are excited to welcome Healthland into CPSI’s family of healthcare IT companies,” said Boyd Douglas, president and chief executive officer of CPSI. “Healthland’s history tracks a very similar course to that of CPSI, as we both have over 30 years of experience in the healthcare IT space, and we share a strong commitment to the improvement of community healthcare. The combination of these two long-standing companies creates in CPSI a broad product portfolio across the continuum of care. Together, we will service a client base of approximately 1,200 acute care facilities and more than 3,300 post-acute care facilities, including Healthland’s American HealthTech subsidiary. As the healthcare industry transitions to value-based reimbursement, our combined solutions will connect communities, patients and providers to facilitate more effective population health management, better patient engagement, and the advancement of quality and care coordination. In addition to an expanded client and solution base, the acquisition will also create synergies in our healthcare services offerings to address the acute and post-acute care markets’ demand for improved financial and operational performance. There is no doubt that the addition of Healthland, along with American HealthTech and Rycan, will not only improve CPSI’s offerings in the healthcare IT market, but will provide our combined company with greater opportunities for growth and significantly deepen our knowledge, resources and experience base. We are confident this combination will allow us to continue to be a leading innovator with greater benefits for our customers and the communities they serve, both now and in the years to come.”

Chris Bauleke, chief executive officer of Healthland, stated, “With the ongoing transformation in community healthcare, this combination will enable us to deliver solutions faster for our clients and better scale our development investment and customer support across the many communities we serve. Delivering meaningful solutions for our customers as they prepare for the transition into value-based payment models will continue to be a priority.”

Bauleke added, “Healthland’s acquisitions of American HealthTech, a provider of EHR solutions for post-acute care facilities, in 2013, and Rycan, a revenue cycle solutions company, in April 2015, provide immediate benefits to the markets and solutions that the combined company can leverage.”

Following the acquisition, support for Healthland’s core platforms, Classic and Centriq, will remain in place. Current implementations will continue, and CPSI plans to support and invest in the Centriq platform for at least the next seven years. The Healthland Classic platform will continue to be supported for a minimum of two years, as outlined by Healthland management at their recent Connect 15 User Conference.

Transaction Summary

The contemplated total aggregate consideration to be paid by CPSI is $250 million, payable approximately 65% in cash and 35% in CPSI common stock, subject to certain adjustments at and after closing, as provided for in the merger agreement. The completion of the transaction is subject to review under The Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions, and is targeted to close in 2015.

To finance the transaction, CPSI will use cash available on its balance sheet, $150 million of funded debt from a new senior secured credit facility and shares of its common stock. CPSI and Regions Bank have executed a committed financing letter for the new senior secured credit facility that CPSI intends to enter into at the time of closing the transaction.

CPSI’s financial advisor in this transaction was Allen & Company LLC and Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C. and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP served as legal counsel to CPSI. Shearman & Sterling LLP served as legal counsel to Healthland.

CPSI’s Management Team

CPSI also announced a series of changes that expand its management team, effective immediately. David Dye, in addition to continuing to serve as chairman of the board, has assumed the new role of chief growth officer of CPSI and will be focused on driving growth in all segments of CPSI’s business. Chris Fowler, president of TruBridge, will assume the additional role of chief operating officer of CPSI and will be responsible for managing the integration of Healthland and CPSI. Matt Chambless, currently Director of Financial Reporting, is assuming the role of chief financial officer of CPSI.

“Having David Dye focus his experience, industry knowledge and leadership on growth is an exciting opportunity for our company, particularly as we add the Healthland companies to our business,” added Douglas. “Chris Fowler is a proven leader in our company and the right person to lead our operations and the integration of Healthland and CPSI, and Matt Chambless has earned the confidence of our management team and our Board.”

“I am excited about my role as chief growth officer and the opportunity to work with our team to expand our customer base and offer additional products and services in the markets we serve,” noted Dye, who like Boyd Douglas has been with CPSI for over 25 years.

CPSI also announced that Chris Bauleke has agreed to stay on as president of Healthland. Douglas added, “Having Chris as part of our team will be very valuable as we work to integrate these two businesses and position the combined company for future growth. Chris is an experienced executive and has been instrumental in positioning Healthland to compete in a dynamic and growing market. We believe that we have the right team to lead our company into the future and take advantage of the additional opportunities to serve our current customers and expand our service offering. With the addition of the Healthland companies, we also believe it is the right time to expand our senior leadership team and promote some of our younger managers.”

Conference Call

CPSI will discuss the transaction in more detail during a conference call Wednesday, November 25, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. ET. The Company will also provide a slide presentation in connection with the conference call and webcast. A 30-day online replay will be available approximately one hour following the conclusion of the live webcast. To listen to the live webcast or access the replay, visit the Company’s website, www.cpsi.com.

About Healthland

Healthland is a leading provider of integrated technology solutions to rural community and critical access hospitals. Software and services from Healthland, including electronic health records (EHRs), help customers share patient information across care settings to coordinate treatment, improve patient outcomes, and drive patient satisfaction. Healthland is the parent of Mississippi-based American HealthTech, one of the nation’s largest providers of financial and clinical technology solutions in post-acute care. Healthland is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., with offices in its founding rural community of Glenwood, Minn. More information is available at www.healthland.com.

About CPSI

CPSI is a leading provider of healthcare solutions for community hospitals. Founded in 1979, CPSI is the parent of two companies – Evident, LLC and TruBridge, LLC. Evident provides comprehensive EHR solutions for community hospitals. TruBridge focuses exclusively on providing business, consulting, and managed IT services to community healthcare organizations, regardless of their IT vendor. For more information, visit www.cpsi.com, www.evident.com, or www.trubridge.com.

November 25, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Independent Practices Outperform Industry in ICD-10 Transition

Kareo handled more than 6.6 million ICD-10 claims, representing more than $735M in claims value

IRVINE, Calif.–Kareo, the leading provider of cloud-based solutions for independent medical practices, today announced that 99 percent of claims submitted in the first month of the ICD-10 coding transition were successful. Additionally, 87 percent of Kareo customers have already been paid for at least one submitted claim.

“In October, we saw close to 6.6 million electronic claims representing more than $735 million submitted through Kareo using the ICD-10 coding scheme,” said David Mitzenmacher, Vice President of Customer Success at Kareo. “Based on our data, independent practices using Kareo handled the transition with ease, a testament to their preparation efforts. Compared to results released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for October, practices using Kareo appear to have outperformed the larger healthcare industry in terms of the ICD-10 transition.”

Kareo also surveyed its customer base directly to gauge its experience with the transition. Based on customer responses, 57 percent of respondents considered the ICD-10 transition “easy” or “very easy.” Just three percent of respondents considered the transition “difficult,” or “very difficult.” The remaining 40 percent considered the event “moderate.”

To summarize, Kareo and its customers have seen:

  • 6.6 million ICD-10 claims submitted in the first month
  • 99% of customers submitted at least one ICD-10 claim
  • 87% of customers received payment for at least one ICD-10 claim
  • 1.4 million claims submitted in October were already paid
  • 11 days was the average time to payment for ICD-10 claims

In the years leading up to the October 1 deadline, Kareo has supported its clients through training and software upgrades to ensure independent practices were able to go through this transition without losing or significantly delaying revenue. To learn more about how Kareo is continuing to help independent practices succeed through the transition visit http://www.kareo.com/icd-10.

November 5, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Quality Systems, Inc. Announces Agreement to Acquire HealthFusion Holdings, Inc.

Acquisition to accelerate cloud-based development and delivery of QSI/NextGen Healthcare core applications and elevate commitment to ambulatory services sector with addition of clients

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII), announced today an agreement to acquire HealthFusion Holdings, Inc. (HealthFusion) for $165 million plus potential additional contingent consideration of up to $25 million.

Based in San Diego, Calif., HealthFusion is a privately held developer of web-based, cloud computing software for physicians, hospitals and medical billing services. HealthFusion’s 100 percent cloud-based MediTouch® platform is currently used by over 3,000 physician practices, hospital ambulatory centers and medical billing services (totaling more than 6,000 subscribers). The company has historically achieved meaningful double-digit annual revenue growth rates, with a recent annualized revenue pace exceeding $30 million. The contingency for full payment of the earn-out is based on the generation of $43 million of HealthFusion product revenues during calendar 2016.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed during the Company’s current fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2016. Quality Systems expects this transaction to be accretive to its non-GAAP earnings in the first full year following the acquisition.

The Company has secured $200 million in fully committed financing from J.P. Morgan and U.S. Bank. At closing of the transaction, the Company expects to fund approximately $115 million of the consideration via this credit facility and the remainder through excess cash on hand.

“The acquisition of HealthFusion is another example of our strategy to expand both client base and solution capabilities in our ambulatory market. We look forward to sharing this acquisition as a part of our broader strategy with our client base at our annual User Group Meeting in Las Vegas starting this Sunday, November 1,” said Rusty Frantz, president and chief executive officer at Quality Systems, Inc.

“HealthFusion brings an extremely intuitive, fully mobile, cloud-based solution that affords smaller groups of physicians and other providers a clean EHR experience within a fully integrated suite of solutions for their practice. Over time, we will focus on expanding the platform to satisfy the needs of practices of increasing size and complexity. We will also look to provide some of our broader service capabilities to the HealthFusion client base,” Frantz explained.

Dr. Sol Lizerbram, HealthFusion chairman, added: “We believe our SaaS-based healthcare technology products will prove beneficial to Quality Systems’ NextGen Healthcare service offering as the Company advances its cloud solutions capabilities. This acquisition presents significant opportunity to capitalize on the joint successes both companies have achieved to date in the ambulatory market segment.”

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is acting as financial advisor and Latham & Watkins LLP is serving as legal counsel to Quality Systems. TripleTree is acting as exclusive financial advisor and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is serving as legal counsel to HealthFusion.

About HealthFusion

Founded in 1998 by three entrepreneurs including two primary care physicians, San Diego, Calif.-based HealthFusion supports over 6,000 ambulatory subscribers in more than 30 specialties spread across all 50 states and employs 140. HealthFusion develops web-based, cloud computing software for physicians, hospitals and medical billing services. HealthFusion’s fully integrated solution includes MediTouch EHR (Electronic Health Record and Patient Portal) and MediTouch PM (Practice Management and Claims Clearinghouse).

MediTouch EHR was designed for use on mobile tablets such as the iPad, and offers a unique array of features that facilitate adoption of EHR technology. Each integrated module of the MediTouch platform natively supports the iPAD® and the company is a certified Apple Developer. All MediTouch modules function seamlessly together including the EHR, medical billing, practice management, collections, patient portal, and clearinghouse.

To learn more visit HealthFusion.com or follow HealthFusion on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Quality Systems, Inc.

Irvine, Calif.-based Quality Systems, Inc. and its NextGen Healthcare subsidiary develop and market computer-based practice management, electronic health records and revenue cycle management applications as well as connectivity products and services for medical and dental group practices. Visit www.qsii.com and www.nextgen.com for additional information.

October 30, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Quality Systems, Inc. Board of Directors Approves Sale of NextGen Healthcare Hospital Solutions Division

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII), announced today it has sold the Hospital Solutions Division of its NextGen Healthcare subsidiary to QuadraMed Affinity Corporation (“QuadraMed”), which is part of the Harris Operating Group of Constellation Software Inc.

QuadraMed provides healthcare software and services primarily used in hospitals, health systems and related facilities throughout the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia.

“The divestiture of our Hospital Solutions Division enables Quality Systems and NextGen Healthcare to focus on our core, ambulatory business, which includes one of the largest installed bases in the industry. This transaction underscores our commitment to further cementing our market position and emphasizing our core strengths within the ambulatory segment of healthcare delivery,” said Rusty Frantz, Quality Systems’ president and CEO.

Additional details will be communicated to NextGen Healthcare Solutions clients as well as employees as part of a seamless transition to QuadraMed.

The Spartan Group LLC provided financial advisory services to Quality Systems in this transaction.

About QuadraMed

Founded in 1993, QuadraMed® is a leading provider of healthcare technologies and services that improve the safety, quality and efficiency of patient care. Behind the Company’s products and services is a staff of 475 professionals who support clients at over 1,200 healthcare facilities. For information about QuadraMed, visit www.quadramed.com.

About Quality Systems, Inc.

Irvine, Calif.-based Quality Systems, Inc. and its NextGen Healthcare subsidiary develop and market computer-based practice management, electronic health records and revenue cycle management applications as well as connectivity products and services for medical and dental group practices. Visit www.qsii.com and www.nextgen.com for additional information.

October 22, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Modernizing Medicine Closes Series E Financing

Pentland Group, Summit Partners and Sands Capital Ventures participated in the round

Boca Raton, Florida – September 21, 2015 – Modernizing Medicine, Inc., the creator of the Electronic Medical Assistant® (EMA™), a cloud-based, specialty-specific electronic medical record (EMR) system, announced today that it has closed a $38 million Series E financing, bringing total capital raised to approximately $87 million.

The investors in the latest round of financing included Pentland Group and funds affiliated with Summit Partners and Sands Capital Ventures.

“We greatly appreciate the vote of confidence in the future growth of Modernizing Medicine,” shares Daniel Cane, co-founder and CEO of Modernizing Medicine. “While our dedication to the specialty-specific provider market is evidenced by sizable accomplishments – including four #1 EHR Black Book Rankings for dermatology, orthopedics, otolaryngology and gastroenterology – there still remains an opportunity to improve efficiencies and outcomes for physicians and patients alike.”

To learn more about Modernizing Medicine, visit www.modmed.com.

About Modernizing Medicine

Modernizing Medicine® is transforming how healthcare information is created, consumed and utilized in order to increase efficiency and improve outcomes. Our flagship product, Electronic Medical Assistant® (EMA™), is a cloud-based, specialty-specific electronic medical records (EMR) system built by practicing physicians. Available as a native iPad application and from almost any web-enabled Mac or PC, EMA adapts to each provider’s unique style of practice. This ICD-10 ready EMR system is available for the dermatology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, urology and plastic surgery markets and used by over 9,000 providers in the United States and its territories. The Modernizing Medicine family of companies also provides specialty-specific billing and inventory management, plus a gastroenterology platform consisting of an EMR system, Endoscopy Report Writer, practice management solution, patient portal, data analytics and revenue cycle management. Follow Modernizing Medicine on Twitter at www.modmed.com/twitter and on Facebook at www.modmed.com/facebook.

September 21, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

More Than One-Third of Physicians Are Contemplating Direct Primary Care

Survey of Amazing Charts EHR Users Reveals Evolving Attitudes Toward Newest Model of Primary Care Practice

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – September 16, 2015) – Amazing Charts, LLC, a leading developer of Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management systems, today released the results of its annual Amazing Charts User Survey(1), revealing new insights into physician awareness and attitudes about Direct Primary Care (DPC). Among the findings, a combined 37 percent responded positively to the question “Are you contemplating a DPC practice?”(2)

Direct Primary Care refers to health care delivery offered directly to consumers and employers without insurance administration and third-party payers. Key findings below indicate a positive attitude about DPC and strong physician interest in exploring this new model of practice:

  • Awareness of DPC – 43 percent of respondents were either very familiar or somewhat familiar with the term Direct Primary Care; 39 percent were unfamiliar with the term; and 17 percent were familiar with DPC, but did not know what it meant.
  • Attitude Toward DPC – Of those respondents who were familiar with DPC, 65 percent registered “very positive” or “positive” feelings, 30 percent were neutral, and 5 percent expressed negative feelings.
  • Media Coverage of DPC – When asked “How do you feel DPC is portrayed in the media?” an overwhelming majority — 70 percent of respondents — said the media “doesn’t cover it [DPC] enough,” 11 percent said “positively,” 14 percent said “negatively,” and 5 percent said there was “too much coverage.”

“Direct Primary Care is emerging as an affordable way to get high-quality, primary care,” said John Squire, President and COO of Amazing Charts, a division of Pri-Med. “Driven by the Affordable Care Act and high-deductible insurance plans, both consumers and employers are looking for a model that encourages comprehensive care at a lower cost. That’s why we are supporting this practice model with Pri-Med InLight EHR, a problem-oriented clinical documentation system that includes the membership management and patient engagement functions required by DPC physicians.”

About Amazing Charts
Amazing Charts provides Electronic Health Records (EHR/EMR), Practice Management, and other Health IT solutions to healthcare practices. Based on number one user ratings for usability, fair pricing, and overall satisfaction, Amazing Charts EHR has been adopted by more than 10,000 clinicians in over 7,100 private practices. Founded in 2001 by a family physician, today Amazing Charts, LLC operates as a subsidiary of Pri‐Med, an operating division of Diversified Communications (DC) and a trusted source for professional medical education to over 275,000 clinicians since 1995. For more information, visit: www.amazingcharts.com.

Amazing Charts is a trademark of Amazing Charts, LLC. All products or service names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners.

(1) A total of 236 Amazing Charts EHR users completed the online survey from June to July 2015

(2) Twenty-one percent are “thinking” about DPC, 12 percent are already practicing as DPC, and five percent are “planning to switch.” Negative responses totaled 31% (“probably not” and “never”); and 23% said “not sure.”

September 16, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Chiron Health Partners with athenahealth’s ‘More Disruption Please’ Program to Bring Telemedicine to Physician Practices

Austin, TX – September 14, 2015 – Chiron Health, Inc., a leading provider of HIPAA-compliant video visit technology and reimbursement services, today announced that it has partnered with athenahealth® through athenahealth’s More Disruption Please (MDP) program. Chiron Health is now part of the athenahealth Marketplace offerings. Together, the companies will work to link athenahealth’s growing network of more than 67,000 health care providers with the capabilities of Chiron Health so they can more efficiently deliver remote follow-up care through HIPAA-compliant video conferencing.

“The healthcare industry has been talking about the promise of telemedicine for years,” said Andrew O’Hara, Chiron Health’s Founder and CEO. “This partnership now allows thousands of athenahealth clients to seamlessly integrate video visits into their existing clinical workflow. We believe this is a major step forward in outpatient telemedicine that will enable physician practices across the country to provide more convenient access to patients.”

Chiron Health is helping both physicians and mid-level providers connect with patients from home or work by using their existing devices. “From routine follow-ups like reviewing labs or adjusting medications, to minor urgent care issues, video visits are an ideal way to provide high-quality care to patients without the hassle of an office visit,” noted O’Hara. “For these lower acuity visits that don’t require a physical exam, practices are seeing significant productivity and patient satisfaction gains by offering telemedicine.”

An important companion to Chiron Health’s video visit technology, and a natural extension of athenahealth’s cloud-based billing services, the company has also introduced the Chiron Rules Engine®, an industry-first telemedicine insurance rules database that verifies the eligibility of every patient to ensure telemedicine reimbursement.

“One of the biggest barriers to the adoption of telemedicine over the last decade has been complicated regulation and reimbursement,” said O’Hara. “That’s why we’ve spent the last two years building the industry’s most robust telemedicine rules engine, and why we’re proud to offer the Chiron Reimbursement Guarantee® ― full reimbursement for video visits from private payers, or we’ll reimburse the claim ourselves.”

Chiron Health’s telemedicine offering is now available in the athenahealth Marketplace, allowing athenahealth practices to easily activate HIPAA-compliant video visits in athenaNet.

To learn more about athenahealth’s MDP program and partnership opportunities please visit www.athenahealth.com/disruption.

About Chiron Health, Inc.
Chiron Health is the only platform designed to get physician practices fully reimbursed for secure video visits. Our extensive knowledge of telemedicine regulation and reimbursement allows us to guide practices through the complexities of telemedicine. The result? Guaranteed reimbursement. For more information, visit www.chironhealth.com/athenahealth.

September 8, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

WebPT, EMR for Rehab Therapists, Makes Second Acquisition

WebPT, the leading web-based electronic medical record (EMR) solution for rehab therapists, today announced its acquisition of Therabill, a web-based practice management software for physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and behavioral health specialists.

“At WebPT, our overall goal is to create the most innovative, comprehensive rehab therapy solution on the market, and this acquisition is a huge step toward fulfilling that vision,” said WebPT CEO Paul Winandy. “Therabill and WebPT serve similar audiences, have similar company histories, and uphold similar commitments to providing exceptional customer service. So, it made a lot of sense for us to combine our companies and present our customers with a true end-to-end business solution.”

Joe Dundas, the president and co-founder of Therabill, said the decision to bring the two companies together was not a hasty one. “It’s never an easy decision for a founder to hand a business over to someone else,” Dundas said. “We spent a lot of time getting to know the culture at WebPT and seeing how they value their customers the same way we do. We’re confident that WebPT will take care of our customers with the same level of customer service that they’ve become accustomed to.”

Currently, WebPT’s integration with Therabill is similar to those WebPT offers with its other billing partners. In each of those set-ups, data flows from WebPT into the billing software. However, once WebPT creates a bidirectional integration with Therabill, rehab therapy practices of all sizes will have a single solution to their documentation, scheduling, reporting and billing needs.

“Bringing Therabill under the WebPT umbrella is another step toward our company’s goal of delivering an all-encompassing software platform to help therapists achieve greatness in practice,” said WebPT co-founder and COO Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L. “It’s an exciting time for us, and we can’t wait to introduce this solution to the therapy community. Our customers have been asking for a solution like this, and in true WebPT fashion, we’re answering with an innovative product that will change the game for our current and future membership base.”

About WebPT, Inc.
With more than 49,000 members and 7,800 clinics, WebPT is the leading EMR for physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs) and speech-language pathologists (SLPs). Offering a simple, affordable solution, WebPT makes it easy for therapists to transition from paper and outdated software to a user-friendly, cloud-based system. With WebPT, therapists, directors and front office staff all have access to their patients’ medical records anywhere, anytime. Based in downtown Phoenix, WebPT has a 99.9 percent uptime rate as well as a 99.5 percent customer retention rate. Learn more at WebPT.com.

August 18, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.