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McKesson Health Solutions Extends VBR Portfolio with ClarityQx Value-Based Payment Technology

Acquisition expands McKesson’s ability to support health plans in scaling bundled payment programs

NEWTON, Mass. and KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.—July 12, 2016Last month McKesson Health Solutions released a national study that found value-based reimbursement (VBR) has firmly taken hold but that payers and providers are struggling to operationalize some of the fastest growing payment models.

Today McKesson Health Solutions announced it has expanded its portfolio to include ClarityQxvalue-based payment technology through the acquisition of HealthQX™.  This technology enhances McKesson’s ability to help customers rapidly and cost-effectively transition to value-based care by automating and scaling complex payment models, such as retrospective and prospective bundled payment.

Health plans use ClarityQx for analytics and for automation of retrospective bundled payment models and McKesson’s Episode Management™ to support automation of prospective bundled payment. Pairing ClarityQx with McKesson’s Episode Management gives health plans the ability to automate retrospective bundled payment processes today and move to prospective payment as they are ready.

“The growth of bundled payment is something payers and providers can’t ignore, and we want to ensure our customers have all the tools they need to succeed,” said Carolyn Wukitch, senior vice president of McKesson Health Solutions. “These new value-based payment analytics, reconciliation, and automation capabilities complement our value-based reimbursement suite, because they give our customers the capabilities to prepare for and scale bundled payment.”

Payers and providers are under immense pressure to operationalize bundled payments. Bundled payment is projected to be 17% of medical reimbursement by 2021, making it the fastest growing payment model. And the CMS is now mandating bundled payment in one out of every five metropolitan areas as part of its goal to make alternative payment 50% of reimbursement by 2018. Yet just half of payers and only 40% of providers are ready to implement bundles, and nearly 75% don’t have the tools they need to automate these complex models.

Now, with the addition of ClarityQx, McKesson can offer health plans a more complete portfolio that can automate their medical policy, payment policy, value-based reimbursement models, provider management, and contract management.

In addition to ClarityQx, McKesson’s Network and Financial Management portfolio also includes McKesson Episode Management™ prospective bundled payment automation solution,McKesson ClaimsXten™ advanced claims auditing rules engine, McKesson Reimbursement Manager™, McKesson Contract Manager™, McKesson Provider Manager™, and McKesson Payer Connectivity Services™.

ClarityQx was developed by HealthQX, a leading vendor of value-based payment analytic solutions for health plans and providers, which McKesson acquired in June.

“We’re thrilled to be joining McKesson Health Solutions,” said Mark McAdoo, CEO of HealthQX. “The integration of our two companies is reflective of our customers’ needs to rapidly transition from volume to value-based payments.”

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 5th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. McKesson partners with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit www.mckesson.com.

July 12, 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.

McKesson and Change Healthcare to Form New Healthcare Information Technology Company

  • New entity to combine majority of McKesson Technology Solutions and Change Healthcare into separate company positioned to address the healthcare industry’s emerging and most pressing challenges.
  • Transaction to create new company with $3.4 billion in pro forma combined total annual revenues for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016.
  • Brings together broad portfolio of complementary capabilities to deliver wide-ranging financial, operational and clinical benefits to payers, providers, and consumers.
  • McKesson and Change Healthcare will own approximately 70% and 30%, respectively, of the new company and will receive cash proceeds of approximately $1.25 billion and $1.75 billion, respectively, following the close of the transaction.
  • The new company will be jointly governed by McKesson and Change Healthcare and is expected to generate in excess of $150 million in annual synergies by the second year following the close of the transaction.

SAN FRANCISCO & NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK), a leading global healthcare services and information technology company, and Change Healthcare Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of software and analytics, network solutions and technology-enabled services, today announced the creation of a new healthcare information technology company. The entity will combine substantially all of Change Healthcare’s business and the majority of McKesson Technology Solutions (MTS) into a new company with fiscal year end March 31, 2016 pro forma combined total annual revenues of $3.4 billion.

The new organization brings together the complementary strengths of MTS and Change Healthcare to deliver a broad portfolio of solutions that will help lower healthcare costs, improve patient access and outcomes, and make it simpler for payers, providers, and consumers to manage the transition to value-based care. As a separate entity singularly focused on healthcare technology and technology-enabled services, the new organization will be positioned to better respond to customer needs and deliver next-generation innovations.

McKesson has scheduled a conference call for today June 28, 2016, at 8:45 AM ET, to discuss the transaction. Details for the conference call are included later in this press release. For more information on the transaction, visit http://www.healthtechtransformation.com.

“This is a bold, innovative transaction that creates a company with an enhanced ability to help customers address their increasingly complex financial and clinical challenges,” said John H. Hammergren, chairman and chief executive officer, McKesson Corporation. “The new company will establish a more efficient suite of end-to-end payment and claims solutions, as well as clinical capabilities, while unlocking the value of our MTS businesses in a tax-efficient manner. We look forward to partnering with Change Healthcare’s management team and employees to create this new enterprise and to help customers reduce complexity, lower costs and ultimately provide better care.”

“The combination of these two entities comes at a transformational time in U.S. healthcare,” commented Neil de Crescenzo, president and chief executive officer, Change Healthcare. “Together we will create significant value by bringing together complementary capabilities from both organizations to deliver innovative new solutions for customers, create opportunities for team members at a leading healthcare technology company, and drive advancements that address the three critical areas of cost, quality and outcomes across the healthcare sector.”

The new company will be able to offer health plans and providers a comprehensive suite of end-to-end financial and payment solutions and technologies. In addition, customers will benefit from solutions that help them manage administrative and clinical complexity as they navigate the transition to value-based care. Patients will have better tools that allow them to make more informed decisions, helping them maximize their healthcare dollars and receive high quality care.

“We are extremely pleased to be part of this important new company,” said Neil P. Simpkins, senior managing director of Blackstone. “The innovative track records and forward-thinking experiences of both organizations create a truly unique opportunity for positive impact across the healthcare ecosystem.”

Transaction Terms and Structure

Under the terms of our agreement, McKesson will contribute the majority of its McKesson Technology Solutions businesses to the new company, with the exception of RelayHealth Pharmacy and its Enterprise Information Solutions (EIS) division, which will be retained by McKesson. McKesson separately announced today that it will explore strategic alternatives for its EIS division.

Change Healthcare will contribute all of its businesses to the new company, with the exception of its pharmacy switch and prescription routing business, which will be owned separately by the current Change Healthcare stockholders. Change Healthcare is currently majority-owned by Blackstone.

McKesson will own approximately 70% of the new company, with the remaining equity stake held by Change Healthcare stockholders, which includes Blackstone and Hellman & Friedman. McKesson and Change Healthcare stockholders will jointly govern the new company and John H. Hammergren will serve as chairman. Neil de Crescenzo will serve as chief executive officer, joined by an experienced management team comprised of leaders from both McKesson and Change Healthcare.

Financial Highlights

The transaction unlocks value for McKesson and Change Healthcare stockholders by creating a new company with a singular focus on healthcare technology and technology-enabled services, and is expected to generate in excess of $150 million in annual synergies by the second year following the close of the transaction.

The new company has received commitments for $6.1 billion of funded debt related to this transaction, with proceeds to be used to repay approximately $2.7 billion of existing Change Healthcare debt, make $1.25 billion in cash payments to McKesson and make $1.75 billion in cash payments to Change Healthcare’s stockholders, with the remainder to be used for transaction-related expenses.

The transaction is subject to closing conditions, including antitrust clearance and the completion of audited financial statements of the MTS businesses being contributed to the new company, and is expected to close in the first half of calendar year 2017. The agreement provides that McKesson and Change Healthcare will take steps to launch an initial public offering in the months following the close of the transaction, subject to market conditions. Thereafter, McKesson expects to exit its investment in the new company in a tax-efficient manner.

Conference Call Details

McKesson has scheduled a conference call for today June 28, 2016, at 8:45 AM ET to discuss the transaction. The dial-in number for individuals wishing to participate on the call is 719-234-7317. Craig Mercer, senior vice president, Investor Relations, McKesson Corporation, is the leader of the call and the password to join the call is ‘McKesson’. The live webcast and supplementary slide presentation for the conference call can be accessed on the company’s Investor Relations website athttp://investor.mckesson.com.

A telephonic replay of this conference call will be available for five calendar days. The dial-in number for individuals wishing to listen to the replay is 719-457-0820 and the pass code is 2040084.

About McKesson Corporation

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 5th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. McKesson partners with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit www.mckesson.com.

About Change Healthcare

Change Healthcare is a leading provider of software and analytics, network solutions and technology-enabled services that optimize communications, payments and actionable insights designed to enable smarter healthcare. By leveraging its Intelligent Healthcare Network™, which includes the single largest financial and administrative network in the United States healthcare system, payers, providers and pharmacies are able to increase revenue, improve efficiency, reduce costs, increase cash flow and more effectively manage complex workflows. Learn more at www.changehealthcare.com.

About Blackstone

Blackstone has been a global leader in private equity since 1985, with $95 billion of assets under management. Blackstone uncovers value by identifying great companies and enhancing their performance by providing strategic capital and outstanding management talent. Blackstone aims to grow stronger enterprises, create jobs, and enable its portfolio companies to build lasting value for its investors, their employees and all stakeholders.

Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms. It seeks to create positive economic impact and long-term value for its investors, the companies it invests in, and the communities in which it works. This is done by using extraordinary people and flexible capital to help companies solve problems. Its asset management businesses, with over $340 billion in assets under management, include investment vehicles focused on private equity, real estate, public debt and equity, non-investment grade credit, real assets and secondary funds, all on a global basis. Further information is available at www.blackstone.com. Follow Blackstone on Twitter @Blackstone.

June 28, 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.

RelayHealth Financial Automates Creation, Management and Tracking of Denied Claim Appeals

RelayAssurance Appeals Assist helps improve revenue health by increasing collection rates on denied claims

ALPHARETTA, Ga., June 27, 2016RelayHealth Financial today introduced RelayAssurance™ Appeals Assist, a new tool that lets providers quickly and easily identify, create, file, and track appeals for denied claims. Now hospital and health system CFOs and revenue cycle leaders can enhance their denial prevention strategy with a way to expedite the appeals process– helping to reduce the associated time and costs, and improving the collection rate on initially denied claims.

While an estimated 6.4% of all provider-submitted claims are initially denied by payers1, two thirds of those claims are recoverable2. Yet many healthcare providers do not appeal denied claims at all, while others dedicate in-house staff or enlist outsourcing firms, which can result in lost revenue, wasted productivity due to manual processes, and significant expense. With RelayAssurance Appeals Assist, denied claims are flagged, the appropriate appeal forms are assembled and completed, and their progress is tracked–all within the same RelayAssurance Plus workflow used to monitor and manage claims.

“Despite providers’ best efforts to submit clean claims, a substantial number still get denied,” said Marcy Tatsch, vice president and general manager, Reimbursement Solutions, for RelayHealth Financial. “An effective denial prevention strategy doesn’t just focus on pre-submission, but also on the other points along the claims continuum. RelayAssurance Plus already offers the robust editing, claim status, and lifecycle visibility capabilities that are essential to denial prevention, and now builds on that functionality with the ability to track a claim’s progress and quickly respond when help is required.”

RelayAssurance Appeals Assist complements the RelayAssurance Plus claims management suite by offering:

  • Integrated Denial Management–Users can quickly and efficiently identify that an appeal is needed, then create, print, and file that appeal and track its progress directly within the same RelayAssurance Plus workflow where claim status/tracking takes place.
  • Forms Library–Built-in standard Medicare appeal forms, templates and letters, along with state-by-state appeals submission requirements help reduce the time and effort required to file appeals.
  • Appeals Dashboard–Visual icons indicate the status of appeals (Created, Submitted, Denied, Succeeded), whether an appeal follow-up has been established based on payer-specific time thresholds, and alert users to filing deadlines–all to ensure active management of appeals.

RelayAssurance Appeals Assist is the latest module available to users of RelayAssurance Plus, RelayHealth Financial’s cloud-based, analytics-driven claims and remittance management solution. Other modules available to complement RelayAssurance Plus include: the new Status Amplifier™, which automatically tracks down, inspects, and reports accurate reasons for non-payment on claims; RelayAssurance™  Medicare Direct Entry, for integrated Medicare claim processing, and automatically-generated secondary claims; Host Integration Services, which helps reduce the need to manually post transmitted claim status information; and Eligibility Claim Edits to monitor for insurance changes.

For more information on RelayHealth Financial’s revenue cycle management solutions, visit our website, learn from our experts at the RelayHealth blog, or follow us on Twitter at @RelayHealth.

For more information on McKesson Health Solutions, please visit our website, hear from our experts at MHSdialogue, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or network with us on LinkedIn.

1 2015 RelayHealth data

2 “An ounce of prevention pays off: 90% of denials are preventable” Advisory Board, 2014

June 27, 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.

e-MDs to Acquire Ambulatory Software Technology Assets from McKesson

Austin, TX – March 9, 2016 – e-MDs, a leading provider of ambulatory electronic medical record (EMR), practice management (PM) software, revenue cycle management (RCM) solutions, and credentialing services, today announced that it has agreed to acquire several software technology assets from McKesson Business Performance Services (McKesson). The McKesson assets include McKesson Practice Choice™, Medisoft®, Medisoft® Clinical, Lytec®, Lytec® MD, and Practice Partner®.

The acquisition will provide its customers with added resources for growth. The combined company’s products and services are projected to be used by nearly 55,000 providers nationwide.

“The McKesson team supporting these products is passionate about the same thing we are ─ helping doctors maintain focus on the patient,” stated Derek Pickell, CEO of e-MDs. “All of us at e-MDs look forward to aligning this team with ours to bring e-MDs’ full suite of solutions to thousands of new providers across the country.”

The acquisition will establish e-MDs as a front-runner in the ambulatory healthcare market, enhancing the company’s future growth and performance potential. Existing e-MDs and the McKesson clients, who use these products, will benefit from working with a company whose primary focus is software and services for small- to medium-sized practices, and the increased depth and breadth of industry knowledge this acquisition affords.

“e-MDs is the perfect fit for these assets because it has award-winning technology that is ideally suited to this customer base,” said Scott Sanner, SVP & GM, McKesson Business Performance Services.

“This acquisition is key to both our growth and diversification strategies,” stated George Kase, Partner with Marlin Equity Partners, the financial backers of e-MDs. “The purchase is in line with our strategy to complement organic growth by making selected strategic acquisitions. It also offers economies of scale allowing us to extend the e-MDs brand into new areas not previously available.”

About e-MDs

e-MDs is a leading provider of integrated electronic health records, practice management software, revenue cycle solution, and credentialing services for physician practices and enterprises. Founded by physicians, the company is an industry leader for usable, connected software that enables physician productivity and a superior clinical experience. e-MDs software has received top rankings in physician and industry surveys including those conducted by the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Family Practice Management, AmericanEHR™ Partners, MedScape®, and Black Book®. e-MDs has a proven track record of positioning clients for success as demonstrated by Meaningful Use attainment in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. According to data provided by CMS, e-MDs clients are attesting in the top proportion of all major vendors. For more information, please visit http://www.e-mds.comhttp://facebook.e-mds.com and https://twitter.com/emds.

March 10, 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.

46% of U.S. Physician Groups plan to join a Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Burlington, VT – HIMSS Analytics continues the series of strategic industry reports previously published by CapSite with the release of the 5th Annual U.S. Ambulatory Electronic Health Record (EHR) & Practice Management (PM) Study.  The study represents unique Voice of Customer (VOC) insight from more than 800 physician groups on market adoption, market share, market opportunity and vendor mind share across the U.S. physician market.  Additionally, it incorporates information from the HIMSS Analytics® Database for a comprehensive snapshot of the Ambulatory EHR and PM marketplace.

“The year-over-year analysis that we provide allows for an in-depth understanding of industry trends,” said Brendan FitzGerald, HIMSS Analytics Research Director. “While both the tethered and non-tethered Ambulatory EHR markets show signs of maturing, there is continued opportunity with 35% of respondents planning to purchase, replace, or upgrade an Ambulatory EHR solution.”

The study includes Voice of Customer (VOC) insight on physician group:

  • Status on receiving incentive funding for Stage 1 of Meaningful Use (MU)
  • Plans for purchasing or upgrading Ambulatory EHR & PM solutions
  • Primary drivers behind decisions to replace current Ambulatory EHR & PM solutions
  • Plans for joining a Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Vendor Market and Mind Share coverage includes:

Acumen, ADP AdvancedMD, Allscripts, Amazing Charts, Aprima, athenahealth, BioMedix, Cerner, CPSI, eClinicalWorks, e-MDs, Epic, GE Healthcare, Greenway, Healthland, HMS, McKesson, Meditech, MedNet, MedPlus, MED3000, NextGen, OptumInsight, Practice Fusion, Siemens, Vitera

About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics is a wholly-owned, not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The company acquired CapSite in October 2012 and offers a portfolio of healthcare information technology market intelligence products and services, including detailed analytics tools, market research, and customized consulting. Visit www.himssanalytics.org or www.capsite.com for more information.

June 12, 2013 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.

MedSys Group Names Dick Taylor, MD as Chief Medical Officer of its Healthcare IT Advisory Services Division

Dr. Taylor brings extensive experience including clinical practice, software development, strategic IT transformation, and large program leadership.

Frisco, Texas (May 21, 2013) – In its latest strategic move in creating the industry’s finest Advisory Services Team, MedSys Group today announced the designation of Dick Taylor, MD, as Managing Director and Chief Medical Officer of its Healthcare IT Advisory Services Division. Dr. Taylor will focus on integrating IT efforts with the clinical and operational ownership needed to capture permanent and positive changes within health care institutions.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Taylor join the MedSys Group team,” Steven Heck, President of MedSys Group said. “He is a very talented software engineer and a practicing physician. This combination of skills allows him to approach a broad range of HCIT challenges with unique insight. We are very pleased that Dr. Taylor is now part of our leadership team”.

A software engineer for more than 35 years and a pediatrician and pediatric hospitalist for over a decade, Dr. Taylor has been at the epicenter of the Healthcare IT revolution, both as a practitioner and as a leader in large EMR implementations. Currently, Dr. Taylor is working with multiple large health delivery systems in various stages of implementation and post-implementation work, helping define the cultural, strategic, and tactical approaches best suited to finding real clinical value from those systems’ large IT investments.

To position itself ahead of the market, MedSys is creating an Advisory Services Division made up of thought leaders in key industry categories that will be crucial to the success of healthcare institutions over the next decade. The team will advise its clients on their IT infrastructure and security to fully support their systems.

In January, MedSys named Steven Heck as company president. Heck has already made an immediate impact on the thinking in the industry with his forward look at Beyond the Boom: What Happens After Meaningful Use? For its second addition to the Advisory Services Team, MedSys went outside of healthcare to tap one of the country’s leading infrastructure architects, Thure Meyer. Now, with Dr. Taylor’s unique combination of technical and clinical experience, MedSys gains invaluable insight into the realities of implementing technology in the real world of clinical medicine.

“Healthcare delivery is complicated, expensive, and growing more so every day. Dr. Taylor’s direct experience with some of the largest systems in the country allows MedSys to offer advice and support that stretches from the bedside to the boardroom and from the rural heartland to the largest tertiary-care medical centers in the nation,” Alan Kravitz, MedSys Group Founder and CEO said. “As delivery systems cover more and more variety and are asked to take on more and more of the financial and operational risk, navigating this territory requires guidance based on familiarity with all sides of the problem.”

“Too often, IT makes promises without understanding the clinical world, while clinicians define their needs without understanding what the technology can truly offer,” explains Dr. Taylor. “This is where the whole world of informatics is taking us, but you need people who have lived on both sides of the aisle. The difference is sometimes subtle, but we’ve seen over and over that Healthcare IT can create a transformative experience if we unite the two sides of the world. Doing that and doing it predictably is my core focus.”

Dr. Taylor has more than 30 years of experience in software development, including user interface research, firmware and embedded software development, and large scale peripheral subsystems architecture. In 1998 he received his MD from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and finished his Pediatrics residency at The Children’s Hospital of Denver (now Children’s Hospital of Colorado) in 2001. Dr. Taylor has practiced in multiple settings and sites including general office pediatrics and pediatric hospital medicine. He has directed medical device development, provided sales support as a Vice President for Medical Affairs with McKesson, Inc., and served Providence Health and Services (Oregon) as their Chief Medical Information Officer. Most recently, he led Providence’s Epic implementation team as the Chief Program Officer and served Providence as their Chief for IS Strategy and Business Development.
About MedSys Group, LLC:
Founded in 2008, MedSys Group, LLC, a national Healthcare Information Technology Consulting firm, supports today’s technology in large academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, specialty hospitals, and physician practice organizations. MedSys Group’s vision of ‘evolving healthcare’ is centered on contributing to the success of its clients while providing a supportive culture for its professional consultants and associates. MedSys is able to lend expert guidance and knowledge in Cerner, Epic, Siemens, Meditech, McKesson, and Eclipsys solutions, as well as the Ambulatory and Practice Management arenas. MedSys is frequently featured in A-list publications and was named number 31 on the 2013 Dallas 100 list of fastest growing companies in North Texas. For more information about MedSys Group, LLC or to reach a MedSys Associate please visit: www.MedSysGroup.com of call 972-464-0020. You can also follow MedSys on Twitter @MedSysGroup. For interviews or media inquiries, please contact Gretchen Hydo, Director of Public Relations, at Gretchen@Chatterboxink.com.

June 6, 2013 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.

Cerner, McKesson, Allscripts, athenahealth, Greenway and RelayHealth Announce Ground Breaking Alliance to Enable Integrated Health Care

First-of-its-kind effort to transform quality and cost effectiveness by enabling data liquidity across systems, settings and episodes of care

New Orleans, March 4, 2013 – Top health care information technology (HIT) companies Cerner, McKesson, Allscripts, athenahealth, Greenway Medical Technologies® and RelayHealth announced today the launch of the CommonWell Health Alliance™, planned to be an independent not-for-profit organization that will support universal, trusted access to health care data through seamless interoperability. This historic effort is aimed at improving the quality of care delivery while working to lower costs for care providers, patients and the industry as a whole.

The Alliance intends to be a collaborative effort of suppliers who are focused on achieving data liquidity between systems, in compliance with patient authorizations. The Alliance will define, promote and certify a national infrastructure with common platforms and policies. It also will ensure that HIT products displaying the Alliance seal are certified to work on the national infrastructure.

“Today’s announcement represents an inflection point in health care, with key industry leaders coming together to support the delivery of a national health information exchange,” said John Hammergren, chairman and CEO, McKesson Corp. “The formation of this alliance takes health care a step closer to broad industry interoperability. A national and trusted health information exchange will break down the information silos in health care and should dramatically improve the quality and cost effectiveness of care delivery. Creating data liquidity between all HIT developers is fundamental to improving patient care, enhancing the vitality of the health care industry, and strengthening the long-term health of our nation.”

“We believe the industry needs to step up to the challenges of interoperability,” noted Neal Patterson, co-founder, chairman, CEO and president, Cerner. “If we can rise to the challenge as an industry, we have a chance to deliver a golden era of health care. It is a system where consumers not only have a right to their data, but also have the ability to mobilize it in the pursuit of better health. This alliance is about setting aside the admittedly tough politics of this issue to do what is right for the health care consumer. We at Cerner are proud to play a leadership role in this exciting effort.”

Elements of the Alliance’s national infrastructure will be tested in a local pilot within the next year. Early components will include the following core services:

  • Cross-entity patient linking and matching services: Help developers and providers link and match patients as they transition through care facilities, regardless of the underlying software system
  • Patient consent and data access management: Foster HIPAA-compliant and simple patient-centered management of data sharing consents and authorizations
  • Patient record locator and directed query services: Help providers deliver a history of recent patient care encounters, and, with appropriate authorization, patient data across multiple providers and episodes of care

“The formation of the CommonWell Health Alliance will be a significant step forward toward the electronic exchange of health information to support clinicians and patients,” said Janet Marchibroda, director of the Health Innovation Initiative at the Bipartisan Policy Center. “The founding members of the Alliance are focused on exactly the right foundational areas, and it’s terrific to see industry leaders stepping up to solve the problem of interoperability on behalf of providers and patients everywhere.”

“Allscripts’ vision has been to create a true Connected Community of Health. We believe open platforms are required to realize that vision and make the improvements our health care delivery system needs to dramatically improve outcomes while reducing cost,” said Paul Black, president and CEO, Allscripts. “This alliance provides a framework that will enable patient identification and record-sharing for providers across the nation. This is good for care providers, for patients and for the country. We are proud to be a founding member and to help lead this important effort.”

“Greenway has anticipated this evolution to a smarter health care system based on open collaboration and data flow,” said Tee Green, president and CEO, Greenway. “We’ve been telling caregivers the marketplace can provide it and sustain it, and they are right to expect it. Consumers are no different, and a patient-enabled approach to data access will foster a deeper and more efficient patient-provider relationship. Allowing data to flow more freely fits the needs of a mobile society just as providers are taking on more financial risk in coordinating care. We are committed to the Alliance goals and our ongoing participation as this initiative grows.”

“We’ve built athenahealth on the vision that health care needs an information backbone that facilitates and incents true health information exchange. However, the promise of the free flow of health information and the reality of it today are worlds apart,” said Jonathan Bush, CEO and chairman, athenahealth, Inc. “We support the CommonWell Health Alliance because we believe that being open matters, especially when it comes to patient care. CommonWell’s efforts to bring major developers together to pilot patient linking and matching across IT systems and care settings is an important step in the right direction. We look forward to helping lead these efforts as a founding member of the Alliance.”

Members of the Alliance are committed to collaborating with all HIT developers to realize the vision of integrated health care and encourage other HIT companies to join the CommonWell Health Alliance by visiting www.commonwellalliance.org. The founding members of the Alliance will be holding a press conference on March 4, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CT at the HIMSS 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. The event will also be livestreamed atwww.webcasts.com/March4PressEvent. Please visit www.commonwellalliance.org for additional details.

About CommonWell Health Alliance

CommonWell Health Alliance is anticipated to be an independent not-for-profit trade association of HIT companies that will work together to create universal access to patient health care data. The Alliance will be open to all health information technology developers that are committed to making patient’s data available to themselves and providers regardless of where care occurs. Alliance members will support the belief that provider access to this data must be built-in to health information technologies at a reasonable cost for use by a broad range of health care providers and the patients they serve.

The founding members of CommonWell Health Alliance invite all HIT suppliers to join us in working together to provide seamless, trusted access to health information, in support of better, more cost-effective care for our patients and communities.

To learn more about the CommonWell Health Alliance, please visit www.commonwellalliance.org.

About Cerner

Cerner Corp. (NASDAQ: CERN) is contributing to the systemic change of health and care delivery. For more than 30 years Cerner has been executing its vision to make health care safer and more efficient. We started with the foundation of digitizing paper processes and now offer the most comprehensive array of information software, professional services, medical device integration, remote hosting and employer health and wellness services. Cerner systems are used by everyone from individual consumers, to single-doctor practices, hospitals, employers and entire countries. Taking what we’ve learned over more than three decades, Cerner is building on the knowledge that is in the system to support evidence-based clinical decisions, prevent medical errors and empower patients in their care.

Cerner® solutions are licensed by approximately 10,000 facilities around the world, including more than 2,700 hospitals; 4,150 physician practices; 45,000 physicians; 550 ambulatory facilities, such as laboratories, ambulatory centers, behavioral health centers, cardiac facilities, radiology clinics and surgery centers; 800 home health facilities; 40 employer sites and 1,750 retail pharmacies.

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation (NYSE: MCK), currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. We partner with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit us at www.mckesson.com.

About Allscripts
Allscripts (NASDAQ: MDRX) delivers the insights that healthcare providers require to generate world-class outcomes. The company’s Electronic Health Record, practice management and other clinical, revenue cycle, connectivity and information solutions create a Connected Community of Health™ for physicians, hospitals and post-acute organizations.  To learn more about Allscripts, please visit www.allscripts.comTwitterYouTube and It Takes A Community: The Allscripts Blog.

About athenahealth
athenahealth, Inc. is a leading provider of cloud-based Best in KLAS electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination services to medical groups and health systems. athenahealth’s mission is to be the most trusted service to medical care givers, helping them do well by doing the right thing. For more information, please visit www.athenahealth.com or call 888-652-8200.

About Greenway Medical Technologies

Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: GWAY) delivers innovative software and business service solutions for healthcare providers through its PrimeSUITE® platform. As a certified and fully integrated electronic health record, practice management and interoperability solution, Greenway PrimeSUITE helps improve care coordination, quality and cost-efficiency as part of a smarter, sustainable healthcare system. Thousands of care providers across primary care and more than 30 specialties and sub-specialties use cloud-based or on-premise Greenway® solutions in healthcare enterprises, physician practices and clinics nationwide. www.greenwaymedical.com

About RelayHealth

RelayHealth, McKesson’s connectivity business, enables the trusted exchange of clinical, financial and administrative information between patients, providers, payers, pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers and government agencies. RelayHealth processes nearly 16 billion healthcare transactions annually by integrating the delivery of high-quality care and improving the financial outcomes for its customers. For more information, call 888.743.8735, or visit our Web site atwww.RelayHealth.com. Follow us on Twitter (@RelayHealth) or visit the RelayHealth Facebook page.

March 4, 2013 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.

Providers Say Agfa Healthcare Has Room for Improvement as an Imaging Partner

OREM, Utah – Wednesday, February 20, 2013 – Agfa HealthCare’s stated core belief is centered around helping imaging providers succeed, yet a majority of  U.S. clients interviewed by KLAS report gaps in reaching desired results when using Agfa as a vendor. The reasons and other details can be found in the new KLAS vendor-specific report Agfa HealthCare Study 2013: Partnering with Agfa in 2013.

Throughout 2012, KLAS published a series of reports focused on imaging solutions. These reports, as well as discussions with providers, revealed that Agfa was losing client loyalty in some areas due to weak customer relations. In order to further understand this situation, KLAS launched a performance study to specifically evaluate Agfa. With the exception of x-ray equipment and speech recognition systems, Agfa receives second-tier scores across their suite of imaging solutions. However, as provider concerns grow around Agfa as a partner, there is a clear opportunity for Agfa-and other imaging vendors-to improve in helping their clients succeed.

Even with the challenges Agfa faces, they are showing early signs of success and leadership in several aspects of enterprise imaging. One of Agfa’s strengths is scaling IMPAX PACS in large, complex provider organizations. Scalability is an attribute that is important to some providers.

“This report is aimed not just at measuring how well Agfa is currently delivering synergistic solutions to their clients,” says Matt Terry, research director at KLAS and report author, “but its purpose is to also look into user perceptions and provider confidence in moving forward with Agfa.”

Other imaging vendors mentioned in this report include Merge Healthcare, McKesson, FUJIFILM, GE Healthcare, Philips, Carestream, and Siemens. To learn more about this vendor-specific report, the strategic imaging partners in the study, and the related reports published in 2012, providers and vendors can check out the full report, Agfa HealthCare Study 2013: Partnering with Agfa in 2013. This is a vendor-specific report and is available to healthcare providers at a significant discount. To purchase, visit www.KLASresearch.com/KLASreports.

About KLAS
KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and to be counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. KLAS was founded in 1996, and KLAS’ staff and advisory board members average 25 years of healthcare information technology experience. For more information, go to www.KLASresearch.com, email marketing@KLASresearch.com, or call 1-800-920-4109 to speak with a KLAS representative. Follow KLAS on Twitter @KLASresearch.

February 18, 2013 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.

As ICD-10 Takes Main Stage, Consulting Strategies Play Leading Role

Questions about technology readiness abound while preparation for ICD-10 complexity continues to grow

Orem, Utah – February 12, 2013 – While preparation for ICD-10 intensifies, questions surrounding EMR vendor readiness and ICD-10-related technologies are surfacing. In the KLAS report, ICD-10 Perception 2012: Can Technology Relieve Readiness Issues?, the second report of a two-part series, KLAS discusses how leading providers around the country are utilizing third-party consulting firms to help them overcome these and other key ICD-10 challenges, including staff readiness, training, and technology.

The report reveals that providers rated EMR vendors Cerner, Epic, and Siemens highest in their ICD-10 preparedness, whereas Allscripts and MEDITECH rate lowest. Among the technologies providers are utilizing for the ICD-10 transition is computer-assisted coding, which the majority of the market is looking to 3M for. This report, which will be further discussed in an upcoming live webinar hosted by KLAS, explores 3M, The Advisory Board, Allscripts, Cerner, CPSI, Deloitte, Epic, HMS, McKesson, MEDITECH, Nuance, OptumInsight, Precyse, PwC, QuadraMed, and Siemens.

Part one of this series, the KLAS report entitled ICD-10 Consulting: Roadmap to a Successful Transition, was released December 3, 2012.This report discusses how providers expect to use consulting firms in their future preparation and ICD-10 transition plans. KLAS found that the vast majority (84 percent) of providers had engaged a consulting firm for ICD-10 roadmap/gap analysis. The Advisory Board tops the ranking in this category with high praise for quality roadmaps and best-practice sharing, though findings are showing that Deloitte has the largest and most complex engagements of any firm. Training was the second most frequent type of engagement, with the Precyse University offering standing out. The report also included 3M, The Advisory Board, Aspen Advisor, Cerner, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, maxIT, Precyse, PwC, and Siemens.
To learn more about these two ICD-10 reports and for more information about the February webinar, please visit www.KLASresearch.com/KLASreports. Additional ICD-10 resources in 2013 include a computer-assisted coding study and a clinical documentation improvement study, which are available to provider members.

About KLASKLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and to be counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. KLAS was founded in 1996, and their staff and advisory board members average 25 years of healthcare information technology experience. For more information, go to www.KLASresearch.com, email marketing@KLASresearch.com, or call 1-800-920-4109 to speak with a KLAS representative. Follow KLAS on Twitter @KLASresearch.

February 14, 2013 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.

Kansas Regional Extension Center selects McKesson Practice Partner EHR for final list of EMR vendors.

March 2, 2010 – The Kansas Regional Extension Center announced Wednesday the final list of certified Meaningful Use vendors of electronic health records. McKesson, a Fortune 14 company and developer of Practice Partner EHR, was selected as one of the top vendors.Professional Data Services (PDS), McKesson’s largest value-added-reseller and six time recipient of McKesson’s Top Value-Added Reseller of the Year award, is the implementation vendor of choice for McKesson throughout the Midwest and other regions of the country.

Based in Hutchinson, KS, PDS is known for PDS Cortex, an award-winning medical practice management software, as well as their outstanding implementation and customer service. PDS was founded in 1973 and has been serving the medical community for over 38 years.

McKesson Practice Partner EHR features Bright Note Technology, which enables physicians to use their preferred method of charting to capture data in a single note and then synchronize that across the entire patient chart.

McKesson has been selected as a certified EHR vendor in over eighteen regions, and is currently awaiting the final vendor list announcement for another 28 regions.

The purpose of the RECs is to furnish aid by means of education, outreach and technical assistance to assist primary care providers in their geographic service areas to select meaningfully use certified EHR technology to improve the quality and value of healthcare.

The Kansas REC selected eight EHR vendors and categorized them into two tiers.

  • Tier 1: Cerner; eClinicalWorks; e-MDs; McKesson; Pulse; SuccessEHR
  • Tier 2: NextGen; Sage

Tier 1 vendors meet all terms, conditions and protections defined by the Kansas REC. Tier 2 vendors meet only some of the terms, conditions and protections.

Two vendors, Cerner and Pulse did not meet the KS REC requirements for the original EMR vendor list but negotiated with the Kansas REC to be put back on the list.

“We are very excited with the recent announcement from the Kansas REC,” stated Race Proffitt, Director of Marketing & Sales at PDS. “Physicians have a number of choices in the EMR market today. We know there is a land rush mentality in the decision process of EMR. However, since doctors and staff will be working with these systems on a day-to-day basis for several years, they need to take into consideration what training, support and practical application the solution provides.”

PDS recently announced a limited-time Interest Free Financing Program which is designed to help independent physician practices implement electronic health records (EHR) and practice management systems into their medical practices. Physicians can bundle software, implementation and training and have the cost spread over a full year with no zero interest.

About McKesson

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a health care services and information technology company dedicated to helping its customers deliver high-quality health care by reducing costs, streamlining processes, and improving the quality and safety of patient care. Over the course of its 177-year history, McKesson has grown by providing pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management across the spectrum of care; health care information technology for hospitals, physicians, homecare and payors; hospital and retail pharmacy automation; and services for manufacturers and payors designed to improve outcomes for patients.

About PDS

PDS provides over 38 years of experience with medical practice management and electronic health record solutions for practices at all levels. PDS Cortex, a multi-component medical office management program, gives greater efficiencies in managing patient information, insurance, collections, coding and more. Combining PDS Cortex with McKesson’s Practice Partner (EHR) equips practices with a robust, seamless system that covers everything from the care of patients to the business of cash flow.

 

March 7, 2011 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.