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Physicians Interactive Continues Growth with Acquisition of Quantia, Inc.

Quantia’s online physician community provides expert-led medical content and peer-to-peer collaboration to support clinical decision-making

READING, Mass. – (JULY 23, 2015) – Physicians Interactive (PI), the leading provider of insight-driven, digital engagement solutions for healthcare professionals and consumers, today announced that it has acquired Quantia, Inc. whose award-winning web and mobile community QuantiaMD, reaches more than one-third of U.S. physicians.

Physicians Interactive’s acquisition of Quantia, Inc., reflects PI’s continuing commitment to supplying  the best in expert medical content, tools and resources to healthcare professionals by integrating a digital physician community that enhances clinical decision-making, along with a talented team steeped in highly effective, online physician engagement.

“Healthcare professionals are inundated by data and, more than ever, need a solution that offers targeted medical information, education and peer-to-peer physician networks that keep them abreast of the latest in evidence-based medicine – and help ensure that they can deliver the best care to their patients,” said Donato Tramuto, Physicians Interactive Chairman and CEO. “By bringing Physicians Interactive and Quantia together, we continue to develop new ways to provide our customers, including health systems and life sciences companies, with the leading digital and mobile engagement platforms to help improve the quality and value of healthcare delivery.”

“On QuantiaMD, physicians average more than 20 minutes per session, learning from experts and peers within a highly dynamic web and mobile community,” said Nick Werthessen, Quantia Chief Operating Officer. “By combining our community with Physicians Interactive’s digital health platform, we can offer an unmatched level of healthcare professional reach and engagement to our customers, while empowering physicians to save time and enhance care via innovative digital and social technologies.”

About Quantia, Inc.

Quantia is on a mission to nurture the wisdom of the physician community – and tap into it to deliver better care. Every day, our membership of over 225,000 physicians (about one in three nationwide) visits the award-winning web and mobile community, QuantiaMD, to learn from top experts and collaborate on a wide range of topics. Our blend of expert-led content, gamification, and social framework creates an environment physicians want to explore, serving up high quality interactions that inspire change. Health systems and life sciences organizations use this platform to boost engagement among physicians, improving performance and delivering higher quality, more consistent care. Visit www.quantia-inc.com for more information.

About Physicians Interactive

Physicians Interactive has the largest global, digital health platform that engages and empowers consumers and healthcare professionals with instant access to content, solutions and data to improve health outcomes. The company provides payers, retailers and life sciences companies with sophisticated digital engagement solutions to reach, message, educate and change behaviors. Visitwww.physiciansinteractive.com for more information.

July 23, 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.

Dell Services Appoints Dr. Nick van Terheyden as New Chief Medical Officer

PLANO, Texas, July 20, 2015Dell Services announced today that Nick van Terheyden, M.D., former chief medical information officer of Nuance Communications, has been named Dell Healthcare & Life Sciences chief medical officer.

As chief medical officer, Dr. van Terheyden is responsible for providing strategic insight to help Dell advance its support of healthcare organizations, medical professionals and patients through information-enabled healthcare. He will report to Sid Nair, vice president and global general manager of Dell’s Healthcare & Life Sciences (HCLS) Services business.

“Dr. van Terheyden’s unique combination of medical experience, business strategy and creativity make him the perfect addition to Dell.” Sid Nair, vice president and global general manager, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Dell Services. “As Dell’s new chief medical officer, Dr. van Terheyden will play a key role in providing our customers access to expertise that is crucial in navigating clinical issues and applying innovative solutions in an increasingly complex healthcare industry.”

As a 25-year veteran of healthcare technology, Dr. van Terheyden is well-regarded for his contributions to the evolution of healthcare technology; as a thought leader and social media evangelist, Dr. van Terheyden will help Dell’s global healthcare customers develop a strategy and apply technology to achieve an IT environment that is interconnected, efficient and patient-focused. Prior to joining Dell, he served as chief medical information officer for Nuance, where he drove the company’s healthcare strategy to improve healthcare utilizing technology including speech recognition, medical intelligence and clinical language understanding to positively impact patient outcomes.

Dr. van Terheyden has impressive international experience in the Middle East, Australia, the UK, Malaysia and New Zealand. His diverse career experiences include collaborations with top healthcare organizations including Philips Healthcare, Mount Sinai Medical Center, KPMG, Healthcare International and Shell. Additionally, he aided in the development of one of the first electronic medical records, served as a business leader in one of the first speech recognition Internet companies. He is a graduate of the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University of London and has several professional memberships including HIMSS, mHealth Executive Committee, AMIA, and AMDIS.

Dell continues to expand its commitment in the healthcare space through its end-to-end integrated solutions combining services, software and hardware—including patient engagement, predictive analytics, Healthcare Cloud & Interoperability, Clinical Applications Management as well as managed infrastructure, application and business process services. Dell has earned the ranking of number one in Healthcare Provider Services for six consecutive years by Gartner.

About Dell
Dell Inc. listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. As one of the leading providers of end-to-end IT solutions for healthcare worldwide, Dell helps healthcare organizations to simplify administration; coordinate and manage patient care; transition from episodic care to prevention and wellness management; and ultimately to deliver personalized medicine. Follow @DellHealth and @DellServices on Twitter.

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July 20, 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.

Accolade Secures $22.5 Million in Strategic Funding

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – July 16, 2015 – Accolade, the market-leading consumer health engagement platform for large employers and insurers, today announced that it has secured $22.5 million in strategic funding from a subsidiary of Independence Health Group, the parent company of Independence Blue Cross (Independence), and McKesson Ventures.

With this investment, Accolade will further strengthen its technology and analytics capabilities while capitalizing on a strong customer pipeline and growing market demand for healthcare solutions that are proven to save money, drive the right utilization and improve how consumers navigate the intricacies of the healthcare system to select high-quality care when it matters most.

“From day one, we’ve been focused on the consumer, and ways to help them overcome the incredible complexity of healthcare so that they get the right care,” says Accolade CEO Tom Spann. “It’s hugely gratifying to receive this latest round of funding from two innovation-driven companies that know healthcare and know Accolade and the kind of results we deliver. With this capital, we’ll invest in growing the business and enhancing our technology & analytics platform — while continuing to make a huge difference in the lives of the individuals and families we serve.”

Accolade currently works with some of the nation’s largest self-insured employers, health systems and health plans, including Independence. Its leading consumer engagement and influence solution helps consumers more effectively use their benefits and access the right care the first time. Accolade’s cloud-based platform integrates longitudinal consumer insights and proprietary algorithms to identify individualized care needs, match intervention types, optimize plans of action and personalize consumer outreach and messaging strategies across digital, mobile and personal channels.

“Accolade successfully marries technology with the personal touch of human interaction to effectively engage consumers, build trust and help members make better healthcare decisions,” said Independence President and CEO Daniel J. Hilferty. “Creating healthcare that’s focusing on what’s best for each individual is central to everything we do, and that personal touch is often one of the missing links in healthcare. We’re excited to invest in a company that is growing rapidly, delivering consistent results, and making the consumer’s healthcare experience a more meaningful and positive experience.”
Independence’s investment with Accolade is the most recent example of the company’s efforts to help establish Philadelphia as a global leader for healthcare innovation. Through its Center for Health Care Innovation, Independence has invested in helping nurture and grow more than 25 early-stage health-related companies engaged in the Dreamit Health business accelerator, and has partnered with national and regional healthcare leaders on joint research into critical issues such as medication adherence and reducing the incidence of diabetes.

According to Tom Rodgers, SVP and managing director of McKesson Ventures, Accolade perfectly aligns with the fund’s goal of investing in technology-enabled service companies that are enabling employers to more effectively influence consumer healthcare behavior and cost trends.

“We’re excited to support the continued growth and success of Accolade,” said Rodgers. “While there’s no shortage of innovative point solutions that address discrete healthcare issues, the reality is that they are highly underutilized, particularly by those who drive the most costs. In Accolade, we see a compelling concierge navigation platform that minimizes the hassle and confusion associated with our complex healthcare system, while generating the trust of employees and their families. This trust leads to influence, which allows Accolade’s customers to optimize the utilization of their other programs such as second opinion services, telehealth, cost transparency tools and centers of excellence programs which in turn optimizes their financial return.”

Independence and McKesson Ventures join previous investors Accretive LLC, Carrick Capital Partners, Oak Hill Capital Partners and Comcast Ventures.

About Accolade
Accolade is the country’s leading consumer healthcare engagement and influence platform for large self-insured employers and payer organizations. We help consumers navigate the complex world of healthcare and benefits, find the right providers and get the right care the first time. Our fully integrated solution is delivered through a powerful combination of Accolade Health Assistants® and advanced technology. By addressing some of the biggest problems facing healthcare – low engagement, lack of trust, and consumer knowledge gaps and errors – we’re able to consistently save our customers an average of 5-15 percent per year while delighting the individuals and family members we serve. Headquartered in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., Accolade has been recognized as one of the nation’s 25 most promising companies by Forbes magazine, the fastest-growing private healthcare company by Inc. 500 and a Top Workplace in Philadelphia for five consecutive years. For more information, visit www.accolade.com.

About Independence Blue Cross
Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurance organization in southeastern Pennsylvania. With our affiliates, we serve nearly 10 million people in 24 states and the District of Columbia, including 2.5 million in the region. For nearly 80 years, we have been enhancing the health and wellness of the people and communities we serve by delivering innovative and competitively priced health care products and services; pioneering new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals for coordinated, quality care; and supporting programs and events that promote wellness. To learn more, visit www.ibx.com. Connect with us on Facebook at ibx.com/facebook and on Twitter at @ibx. Independence Blue Cross and Independence Health Group are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

About McKesson Ventures
McKesson Ventures is the venture capital arm of McKesson Corporation specializing in early and growth stage companies. McKesson Ventures targets companies that both catalyze and benefit from the key changes taking place in the U.S. healthcare landscape by bringing greater efficiencies to patient care and improving the healthcare experience. McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 11th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. We work with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that help deliver better care to patients in every setting. Visit mckessonventures.comto learn more.

July 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.

medCPU Closes $8 Million Financing, Continues to Reinforce Leadership Position in Clinical Decision Support Market

NEW YORK, N.Y., July 14, 2015 – medCPU, Inc., a leader in enterprise clinical decision support solutions, announced today that it closed an $8 million financing round, consisting of $5 million series B-2 equity and $3 million in debt financing. The equity round was led by Merck Global Health Innovation Fund and New Richmond Ventures, and debt financing was provided by Silicon Valley Bank. This additional funding will enable medCPU to continue to assert its leadership position in the dynamic clinical decision support marketplace.

“We are driven by the confidence of our financial partners to further achieve our vision of changing the face of clinical decision support as it is known today,” said Sonia Ben-Yehuda, President and Co-Founder of medCPU, Inc. “In the past, the adoption of decision support has been stifled by outdated technologies that do not meet the needs of today’s clinicians. Unlike older, unreliable technologies that cause alert fatigue among clinicians, our solution delivers highly accurate and reliable decision support to clinicians at the point-of-care in real-time without disrupting their workflow.”

In a fast-paced environment where every detail is critical to a patient’s quality of care, real-time clinical decision support is a crucial component of a clinician’s workflow. The medCPU Advisor™, medCPU’s enterprise platform technology, acquires and processes both structured and unstructured data immediately as it is entered into a clinician’s Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. The technology then assesses the data against best practice modules to provide the clinician with a holistic view of their patient and to ultimately provide highly accurate, real-time, reliable prompts at the point-of-care.

“We work with the most innovative companies, and those that have potential to transform the future of healthcare,” commented Michael Hanewich, Managing Director, Head of Life Science and Healthcare Venture Capital Relationships for Silicon Valley Bank. “The medCPU team has the vision and expertise to improve the accuracy and delivery of healthcare as it stands today.”

“Our technology is already being used by over 20,000 clinicians and a number of leading healthcare providers,” added Ms. Ben-Yehuda. ”This financing will help us to continue to grow our market share. We are excited about facilitating the move beyond antiquated, evidence-based reference tools to a new era of clinical decision support.”

medCPU’s solution is simple and seamless to deploy as it does not require integration into an EMR system or complex data connectivity to an interface engine. The medCPU Advisor™ enables healthcare providers to optimize investments already made in their EMRs. Running in the background of an EMR system unseen, the technology reads and captures data without disrupting a clinician’s workflow and only provides notifications when deviation from best practice care consideration occurs.

To meet the needs of different specialized health care organizations, medCPU delivers a wide range of customizable clinical and compliance decision support solutions, including modules for Obstetrics, Spine, Stroke, CHF, COPD, Value Based Purchasing, DRG’s, ICD-10, VTE Prophylaxis, Population Health, and in partnership with ILÚM Health Solutions™ (a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, NJ) is developing modules for Infectious Diseases such as Sepsis, Pneumonia and Urinary Tract Infection that also enable comprehensive Antimicrobial Stewardship.

About medCPU:
medCPU delivers accurate real-time enterprise decision support software and services through its proprietary Advisor technology. medCPU captures the complete clinical picture from clinicians’ free-text notes, dictations, discharge summaries and structured documentation entered into any Electronic Medical Record (EMR), and analyzes it against a growing library of best-practice content, generating real-time precise prompts for best care consideration. medCPU’s founding multi-disciplinary team has been pioneering new clinical decision support for nearly 20 years, delivering intelligent error reduction software systems to hospitals across the United States. medCPU’s applications include clinical and compliance support solutions. For more information, visit www.medCPU.com.

July 15, 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.

Vocera and Zebra Technologies to Provide Enterprise-Class Clinical Communication Solution

Vocera offers bundled solution to improve clinical workflow and simplify the customer experience

SAN JOSE, Calif. – July 14, 2015Mobile healthcare communications company, Vocera (NYSE:VCRA) and  Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), a global leader in solutions and services that provide visibility into organizations’ assets, people and transactions, today announced that the Vocera Collaboration Suite will be available on Zebra’s MC40-HC Android mobile computer. Vocera is committed to delivering market leading communication solutions on a range of devices to meet the needs of mobile healthcare workers.

“Our customers rely on Vocera to provide strategic advice on their communication strategies. With this in mind, we continuously evaluate devices based on functionality and reliability required for optimal performance with the Vocera Communication System,” said Brent Lang, CEO of Vocera. “We selected the Zebra MC40-HC based on rigorous customer testing to help us deliver a robust enterprise-class care team communication solution.”

Designed to withstand demanding healthcare environments, the rugged MC40-HC includes a barcode scanner for medication administration and mobile specimen collection. The MC40-HC is ideal for voice applications because of its enterprise-class Wi-Fi connectivity capabilities and ability to seamlessly integrate with the Vocera Communication System, electronic health records (EHRs), and other clinical system applications, making it an ideal Android solution for Vocera’s installed-base of nearly one million users.

“We are excited to work with Vocera on providing healthcare providers with a comprehensive solution that will improve workflows and drive greater productivity,” said Scott Thomas, Director of Healthcare Sales at Zebra Technologies. “The MC40-HC is ideal for Vocera’s Collaboration Suite because it is built to withstand the demands of a healthcare environment and designed to empower mobile care teams to deliver the best possible patient experience at the point of care.”

The MC40-HC will be offered as a bundled solution with the Vocera Collaboration Suite to provide a complete, turnkey solution. The Vocera Collaboration Suite is a HIPAA-compliant clinical communication solution that includes voice communication to individuals and groups, secure texting and instant access to critical clinical data, alerts, and alarms, all of which leverage the intelligence of the Vocera Communication Platform.

Customers interested in the Vocera Collaboration Suite on the MC40-HC for Android can visit www.vocera.com/product/mc40-hc  for more information.

About Zebra

Zebra (NASDAQ: ZBRA) makes businesses as smart and connected as the world we live in. Zebra tracking and visibility solutions transform the physical to digital, creating the data streams enterprises need to simplify operations, know more about their businesses, and empower their mobile workforces. For more information, visit www.zebra.com/possibilities.

About Vocera

Vocera Communications, Inc. [NYSE: VCRA] is a mobile healthcare communications company that provides enterprise-class solutions. Widely recognized for developing smarter ways to communicate, Vocera helps care teams collaborate more efficiently by delivering the right information, to the right person, on the right device, at the right time, anywhere. Vocera solutions are installed in more than 1,200 organizations worldwide, improving quality, efficiency, safety and outcomes. Via the company’s research collaborative, the Experience Innovation Network, Vocera also drives thought leadership for the healthcare industry and new standards in care delivery to elevate patient, family, nurse and physician experiences. Vocera is headquartered in San Jose, California, with offices in San Francisco, Tennessee, Canada, India, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.vocera.com and @VoceraComm on Twitter.

July 14, 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.

The Mass HIway Announces Health Information Exchange with athenahealth

Statewide Health Information Exchange Enables Secure Transmission of Patient Visit Summaries, Improving Care Coordination for Patients in Massachusetts

Waltham, Mass., July 14, 2015 – The Massachusetts Health Information Exchange(Mass HIway) announced today that it has successfully connected with athenaNet, the single instance national health information platform of athenahealth, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based electronic health records (EHR), care coordination, and population health management services for medical groups and health systems.

This new connection will automatically enable providers using athenahealth’s EHR service, athenaClinicals®, to exchange health information on their patients with other HIway connected participants, like summary records including patient demographics, problems or previous diagnoses, allergies, procedures, medications and laboratory results. Improving patient hand-offs using the HIway provides a vehicle for improving the quality and safety of patient care in Massachusetts.

“Through our partnership with Massachusetts HIway we continue to commit ourselves to the free flow of health care data as we expand providers’ ability to effortlessly send and receive a full picture of a patient’s health story throughout the care continuum—regardless of the platform,” said Doran Robinson, Vice President of Network Integration at athenahealth.

“athenahealth continues to set an example for the industry by making interoperability and information-sharing a priority,” said Darrel Harmer, ACIO, Mass HIway. “Our goal is to bring all providers, statewide, onto the HIway in order to enable healthcare organizations to deliver safe, coordinated care to all patients in Massachusetts, so we are thrilled to have athenahealth onboard.”

The Massachusetts Health Information Exchange (Mass HIway) continues to make significant progress in its efforts to electronically connect the Massachusetts healthcare ecosystem.  For more information please visit www.masshiway.net.

About the Mass HIway

The mission of The Mass HIway is to deploy a secure electronic health information exchange that is accessible to all healthcare systems statewide, regardless of affiliation, location, or differences in technology; and to serve as a tool for the Commonwealth’s healthcare community, improving coordination, quality, patient satisfaction, and public health reporting while containing costs. The Mass HIway is operated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Health and Human Services and overseen by a Health Information Technology Council and informed by consumer, provider, legal and policy, and technology advisory groups to promote a transparent, multi-stakeholder engagement model.

About athenahealth

athenahealth is a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic health records (EHR), revenue cycle management and medical billing, patient engagement,care coordination, and population health management, as well as Epocrates and other point-of-care mobile apps. We connect care and drive meaningful, measurable results for more than 64,000 health care providers in medical practices and health systems nationwide. For more information, please visit www.athenahealth.com.

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.

CMS Begins Implementation of Key Payment Legislation

Proposed Update to Physician Fee Schedule is First Since Repeal of SGR

Today, CMS released the first proposed update to the physician payment schedule since the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate through the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).  The proposal includes a number of provisions focused on person-centered care, and continues the Administration’s commitment to transform the Medicare program to a system based on quality and healthy outcomes.

“CMS is building on the important work of Congress to shift the Medicare program toward a system that rewards physicians for providing high quality care,” said Andy Slavitt, Administrator of CMS.  “Thanks to the recent landmark Medicare and children’s health insurance program legislation, CMS and Congress are working together to achieve a better Medicare payment system for physicians and the American people.”

In the proposed CY 2016 Physician Fee Schedule rule, CMS is also seeking comment from the public on implementation of certain provisions of the MACRA, including  the new Merit-based Incentive payment system (MIPS). This is part of a broader effort at the Department to move the Medicare program to a health care system focused on the delivery of quality care and value.

The proposed rule includes updates to payment policies, proposals to implement statutory adjustments to physician payments based on misvalued codes, updates to the Physician Quality Reporting System, which measures the quality performance of physicians participating in Medicare, and updates to the Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier, which ties a portion of physician payments to performance on measures of quality and cost.  CMS is also seeking comment on the potential expansion of the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, a CMS Innovation Center initiative designed to improve the coordination of care for Medicare beneficiaries.

The proposed rule also seeks comment on a proposal that supports patient- and family-centered care for seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries by enabling them to discuss advance care planning with their providers. The proposal follows the American Medical Association’s recommendation to make advance care planning services a separately payable service under Medicare.

The release of the rule triggers a 60-day comment period, during which time CMS welcomes the input of stakeholders and the public.  A final rule will be published this fall. For a fact sheet on the proposed rule, please see here. For further information, please see the rule on display here.

July 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.

New Report: QuantiaMD Positively Impacts Physicians’ Patient Safety Practices

65% of Physician Members Report Increased Confidence and Better Outcomes After Engaging in Expert-Led Presentations

July 8, 2015 — Waltham, MAQuantia, Inc. (Quantia), the Physician Engagement Platform, today announced key findings from the second in a series of reports on the impact of QuantiaMD on patient care. This Quantia Impact Report found that on average, 65 percent of physicians have implemented better patient safety practices after participating in expert-led presentations within Quantia’s web and mobile physician community, QuantiaMD.

These results suggest that when relevant clinical content is delivered by trusted experts in a convenient online format, physicians change the way they think about and practice medicine, which may lead to improved quality of life for millions of patients and significant cost savings for the health systems that serve them.

The report is based on a panel of physicians who had interacted with specific, expert-led presentations on QuantiaMD on the topics of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC)-related deep vein thrombosis (DVT), PICC Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI), and sepsis within the past 30 to 90 days, and had since cared for patients at risk for these conditions. Below is an overview of the survey results:

PICC-related DVT survey results (n=431), based on QuantiaMD presentation “Common and Costly PICC-related DVTs,” delivered by Dr. Vineet Chopra, MD, MSc, University of Michigan:

  • 59% of respondents reported the presentation influenced how they manage the use of PICCs to reduce deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

PICC line-associated bloodstream infection survey results (n=474), based on QuantiaMD presentation “Reducing Risk of PICC-Associated Bloodstream Infection,” also presented by Dr. Chopra:

  • 55% of respondents reported the presentation influenced how they manage the use of PICCs to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI)

Sepsis management survey results (n=409), based on QuantiaMD presentation “Sepsis:  A Review and Update,” delivered by Margaret Johnson, MD, Mayo Clinic Florida:

  • 81% of respondents reported that the presentation influenced how they diagnose and manage sepsis in patient care, of those respondents, 92% say they have adopted at least one of the key recommendations from the Surviving Sepsis Guidelines presented and 72% believe they may have prevented a sepsis patient death using the Surviving Sepsis Guidelines presented

The three examples above represent millions of dollars ($20 million to $30 million, conservatively speaking) in annual costs savings for a health system of 3,000 providers serving one million patients. Such savings could be realized if the same proportion of physicians in that sample system reported a similar level of influence as our survey respondents.

“In an effort to reduce costs and improve outcomes, health systems are making clinicians more accountable for infection control rates and other patient safety measures. In fact, 40% of our surveyed physicians say they have access to infection control data and/or reports from their health system’s analytic system, and are expected to act on this information as it relates to their practice,” said Dan Malloy, Executive Vice President of Quantia. “Health systems are finding that our platform helps them better engage their physicians on the topics that drive these patient safety measures through concise, expert-led interactive presentations—all within a community that physicians already value and trust.”

Quantia’s Physician Engagement Platform enables health systems and life sciences companies to deliver their own content– such as evidence-based guidelines, disease state education, and more—to their target physicians as they participate within the QuantiaMD community. The platform also offers leadership a window into physicians’ attitudes and behaviors on these topics, leveraging built-in polls and surveys, to help gain physician buy-in on key organizational initiatives and drive change.

Download the complete report at http://info.quantia-inc.com/scope.

About Quantia, Inc.

Quantia is on a mission to nurture the wisdom of the physician community – and tap into it to deliver better care.  Every day, our membership of over 225,000 physicians (about 1 in 3 nationwide) visits the award-winning web and mobile community QuantiaMD to learn from top experts and collaborate on a wide range of topics. Our blend of expert-led content, gamification, and social framework creates an environment physicians want to explore, serving up high quality interactions that inspire change. Health systems and life sciences organizations use this platform to boost engagement among physicians, improving performance and delivering higher quality, more consistent care.  Learn more at www.quantia-inc.com.

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.

CMS and AMA Announce Efforts to Help Providers Get Ready For ICD-10

With less than three months remaining until the nation switches from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) are announcing efforts to continue to help physicians get ready ahead of the October 1 deadline.  In response to requests from the provider community, CMS is releasing additional guidance that will allow for flexibility in the claims auditing and quality reporting process as the medical community gains experience using the new ICD- 10 code set.

Recognizing that health care providers need help with the transition, CMS and AMA are working to make sure physicians and other providers are ready ahead of the transition to ICD-10 that will happen on October 1.  Reaching out to health care providers all across the country, CMS and AMA will in parallel be educating providers through webinars, on-site training, educational articles and national provider calls to help physicians and other health care providers learn about the updated codes and prepare for the transition.

“As we work to modernize our nation’s health care infrastructure, the coming implementation of ICD-10 will set the stage for better identification of illness and earlier warning signs of epidemics, such as Ebola or flu pandemics.” said Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “With easy to use tools, a new ICD-10 Ombudsman, and added flexibility in our claims audit and quality reporting process, CMS is committed to working with the physician community to work through this transition.”

“ICD 10 implementation is set to begin on October 1, and it is imperative that physician practices take steps beforehand to be ready,” said AMA President Steven J. Stack, MD.  “We appreciate that CMS is adopting policies to ease the transition to ICD-10 in response to   physicians’ concerns that inadvertent coding errors or system glitches during the transition to ICD-10 may result in audits, claims denials, and penalties under various Medicare reporting programs.  The actions CMS is initiating today can help to mitigate potential problems.  We will continue to work with the administration in the weeks and months ahead to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible.”

The International Classification of Diseases, or ICD, is used to standardize codes for medical conditions and procedures. The medical codes America uses for diagnosis and billing have not been updated in more than 35 years and contain outdated, obsolete terms.

The use of ICD-10 should advance public health research and emergency response through detection of disease outbreaks and adverse drug events, as well as support innovative payment models that drive quality of care.

CMS’ free help includes the “Road to 10” aimed specifically at smaller physician practices with primers for clinical documentation, clinical scenarios, and other specialty-specific resources to help with implementation. CMS has also released provider training videos that offer helpful ICD-10 implementation tips.

The AMA also has a broad range of materials available to help physicians prepare for theOctober 1 deadline.  To learn more and stay apprised on developments, visit AMA Wire.

CMS also detailed its operating plans for the ICD-10 implementation. Upcoming milestones include:

  • Setting up an ICD-10 communications and coordination center, learning from best practices of other large technology implementations that will be in place to identify and resolve issues arising from the ICD-10 transition.
  • Sending a letter in July to all Medicare fee-for-service providers encouraging ICD-10 readiness and notifying them of these flexibilities.
  • Completing the final window of Medicare end-to-end testing for providers this July.
  • Offering ongoing Medicare acknowledgement testing for providers through September 30th.
  • Providing additional in-person training through the “Road to 10” for small physician practices.
  • Hosting an MLN Connects National Provider Call on August 27th.

In accordance with the coming transition, the Medicare claims processing systems will not have the capability to accept ICD-9 codes for dates of services after September 30, 2015, nor will they be able to accept claims for both ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes.

Also, at the request of the AMA, CMS will name a CMS ICD-10 Ombudsman to triage and answer questions about the submission of claims. The ICD-10 Ombudsman will be located at CMS’s ICD-10 Coordination Center.

July 6, 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.

CynergisTek Expands Leadership Team to Support Company Growth

Adam Hawkins Advances as Vice President of Sales and Marketing to Drive Continued Expansion Amid Increased Demand for Privacy and Security Expertise in Healthcare

Austin, Texas, June 29, 2015CynergisTek™, an authority in health information privacy, security and compliance, today announced it has expanded its leadership team with the addition of Adam Hawkins as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Effective July 1, 2015, Adam will be responsible for the sales and marketing operations at CynergisTek, as well as the strategic planning, development and implementation of the company’s Managed Services and Vendor Security Management offerings. In addition, Adam will continue to ensure a high-level of support is maintained across the company’s client base of healthcare provider organizations. Adam originally joined CynergisTek as Director of Client Services in 2012, and was an integral part of developing a highly successful sales team as the company restructured its sales and marketing efforts from the ground up.

Adam’s transition to this executive role will be critical in effectively managing unprecedented company growth spurred by increased demand for privacy and security expertise in healthcare. The company has experienced a 70 percent increase in revenue over the last calendar year, and has rapidly expanded its workforce, requiring seasoned leadership in sales, marketing and client services. Adam has more than a decade of experience in healthcare information security and clinical technologies, positioning him well to manage the company’s sales force, marketing department and partner alliances.

“Adam’s commitment to matching providers with the best possible solutions for their privacy and security needs has been instrumental in fostering the trust our clients have come to know and rely on us for,” said Dr. Michael Mathews, CynergisTek Co-Founder and COO. “Adam has a proven track record of ensuring client success, and we are pleased to have him join the executive team where he can exercise his leadership skills and provide strategic direction as we continue to grow.”

Complex regulations, looming enforcement action and prevalent data breaches in the healthcare industry have made data security a top priority for most providers. This increased focus on information security has led many organizations to seek outsourced expertise, driving business for CynergisTek and opening the door to new career opportunities at the company for those with education and experience in information technology.

“It’s been the opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of a company that is leading the healthcare industry at such a critical time,” said Adam. “It has been very rewarding to help CynergisTek clients navigate today’s dynamic threat environment, and I am looking forward to stepping into my new role where I can fully dedicate myself to adding value across the board.”

Prior to joining CynergisTek, Adam was a Regional Sales Executive at Diebold and DrFrist and Director of Sales & Technology at VisionTree. Adam holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Information and Decision Systems and Political Science from California State University, San Diego.

About CynergisTek

CynergisTek is a top-ranked information privacy and security consulting firm. The company offers solutions to help organizations measure privacy and security programs against regulatory requirements and assists in developing risk management best practices. Since 2003 the company has served as a partner to hundreds in the healthcare industry. CynergisTek is also dedicated to supporting and educating the industry by contributing to relevant associations such as HIMSS, AHIMA, HFMA, HCCA, AHIA, AHLA, IAPP and CHIME. CynergisTek was recognized by KLAS®, as one of three firms provider organizations turn to most for privacy and security assistance in its groundbreaking report released in May 2014, entitled “Security and Privacy Perception 2014: High Stakes, Big Challenges.” For more information visitwww.cynergistek.com, call 512.402.8550 or email info@cynergistek.com.

June 29, 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.