primary care

Sleep Apnea: New Treatment Options You Should Know About

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Sleep Apnea: New Treatment Options You Should Know About One obstacle to diagnosis of sleep apnea is patient fear of treatment options. They may not know that more patient-centric options are now available. The Doctor Weighs In

Clinical leaders behind Walmart’s health strategy depart

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Dr. Thomas Van Gilder, Walmart’s first chief medical officer, will leave the company in May. Walmart’s head of dentistry, Dr. Roshan Parikh, also left the company. Both had a role in helping design some of the first clinics for Walmart Health.

Playing Poker With the Devil: “Prior Authorizations” are Paralyzing Patients and Burning out Providers

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By HANS DUVEFELT The faxes keep coming in, sometimes several at a time. “Your (Medicare) patient has received a temporary supply, but the drug you prescribed is not on our formulary or the dose is exceeding our limits.” Well, which is it? Nine times out of… Read More »Playing Poker With the Devil: “Prior Authorizations” are Paralyzing Patients and Burning out Providers

“I Don’t Do Windows” Says the Maid. “I Don’t Do Machines” Says this Doctor – “But I Do Nudge Therapy”

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By HANS DUVEFELT The hackneyed windows phrase, about what a domestic employee will and will not do for an employer, represents a concept that applies to the life of a doctor, too. Personally, I have to do Windows, the default computer system of corporate America,… Read More »“I Don’t Do Windows” Says the Maid. “I Don’t Do Machines” Says this Doctor – “But I Do Nudge Therapy”

Grand Rounds Merges with Doctor on Demand to Create New Virtual Care Company

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What You Should Know: – Grand Rounds, a leader in healthcare quality and clinical navigation, and Doctor on Demand, the nation’s leading virtual care provider, announced their merger agreement, creating a first-of-its-kind integrated virtual care company. – These two premier platforms will offer a patient… Read More »Grand Rounds Merges with Doctor on Demand to Create New Virtual Care Company

Innovative, Non-Invasive Technologies Advanced Earlier Detection & Monitoring of Liver Disease

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Jon Gingrich, CEO, Echosens North America Leveraging technological advances to facilitate new ways of engaging patients and integrating non-invasive technology into a liver disease program not only serves to improve individual outcomes and reduce costs but also strengthens the financial performance of health systems and… Read More »Innovative, Non-Invasive Technologies Advanced Earlier Detection & Monitoring of Liver Disease

How the pandemic transformed primary care for seniors

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Seniors in the U.S. are among the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and providing them with primary care proved to be a major challenge. But several organizations rose to the occasion, deftly changing their care delivery strategies as the pandemic evolved.

4 takeaways from Teladoc’s earnings

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After a year of record growth, Teladoc set expectations for limited growth in its paid memberships and visits in 2021. But the company still sees long-term opportunities with a primary care pilot it is launching and its acquisition of Livongo.

Vytalize Health Acquires Patient Financial Experience Platform MedPilot

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What You Should Know: – Vytalize Health acquires patient financial experience platform MedPilot to accelerate data-driven engagement technology to its ACO’s Medicare population. – An alumnus of the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator, MedPilot’s platform has already helped over 1 million patients to date and boasts a 97%… Read More »Vytalize Health Acquires Patient Financial Experience Platform MedPilot

NeuroFlow Secures $20M for Tech-Enabled Behavioral Health Integration Platform

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What You Should Know: – NeuroFlow raises $20M to expand its technology-enabled behavioral health integration platform, led by Magellan Health. – NeuroFlow’s suite of HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based tools simplify remote patient monitoring, enable risk stratification, and facilitate collaborative care. With NeuroFlow, health care organizations can finally… Read More »NeuroFlow Secures $20M for Tech-Enabled Behavioral Health Integration Platform

Is Your Connected Community of Care Truly Making a Difference?

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Dr. Keith Kosel, Vice President at Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) Connected Communities of Care Definition: An innovative method for effective population health management using social determinants of health. A way to streamline effective coordination between medical, government, and community-based organizations. We ask this type… Read More »Is Your Connected Community of Care Truly Making a Difference?

DaVita & RenalytixAI Partner for Early Risk Identification to Help Slow Kidney Disease Progression

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What You Should Know: – RenalytixAI and DaVita announce a program partnership that aims to slow kidney disease progression and improve outcomes for the nation’s estimated 37 million adults with chronic kidney disease (CKD). – This is the first clinical-grade program that delivers advanced early-stage… Read More »DaVita & RenalytixAI Partner for Early Risk Identification to Help Slow Kidney Disease Progression

For Better Patient Care Coordination, We Need Seamless Digital Communications

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Catherine Thomas: Co-Founder and VP, Customer Engagement, careMESH  Peter Tippett MD, PhD: Founder and CEO, careMESH A recent Advisory Board briefing examined the annual Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Readmission penalties.  Of the 3,080 hospitals CMS evaluated, 83% received a penalty for payments to… Read More »For Better Patient Care Coordination, We Need Seamless Digital Communications

Elation Health lands $40M in new funding round

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The technology provider for independent primary care practices plans to use the new funds to further invest in its core platform and add new solutions, such as billing and patient collections capabilities.

Cityblock Health Reaches $1B Valuation, Raises $160M to Address Systemic Healthcare Inequity

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What You Should Know: – Cityblock Health, a transformative, value-based healthcare provider focused on improving healthcare outcomes for marginalized communities, today announced a $160M Series C round, bringing its total raised to $300M. – Cityblock is a care delivery trailblazer working to right the injustices… Read More »Cityblock Health Reaches $1B Valuation, Raises $160M to Address Systemic Healthcare Inequity

Elation Health Nabs $40M for Clinical-First Solution to Power Independent Primary Care

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What You Should Know: – Elation Health, which provides an easy-to-use and affordable clinical technology platform for more than 7 million independent primary care clinicians serving 14M+ patients – including an EHR raises $40M in Series C funding from Al Gore’s sustainable investment firm, Generation… Read More »Elation Health Nabs $40M for Clinical-First Solution to Power Independent Primary Care

Powered by Doctor on Demand, ArcBest Rolls Out Virtual Primary Care Health Plan to its 13k Employees

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What You Should Know: – Publicly traded logistics company ArcBest announced its deal with Doctor On Demand to introduce its virtual-first health plan to its 13,000 employees, who are largely “essential workers” as long-haul truckers. – Employees appreciated the convenience and safety of 24/7 virtual… Read More »Powered by Doctor on Demand, ArcBest Rolls Out Virtual Primary Care Health Plan to its 13k Employees

Intermountain Adds Omada’s Diabetes Prevention Program to At-Risk Patients

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What You Should Know: – Omada’s diabetes prevention program will be available to Intermountain’s at-risk patient population as part of a limited engagement in 2020 and 2021. – Omada’s diabetes prevention program is personalized to meet each participant’s unique needs as they evolve, ranging from… Read More »Intermountain Adds Omada’s Diabetes Prevention Program to At-Risk Patients

4 Ways to Combat Hidden Costs Associated with Delayed Patient Care During COVID-19

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Matt Dickson, VP, Product, Strategy, and Communication Solutions at Stericycle COVID-19 terms such as quarantine, flatten the curve, social distance, and personal protective equipment (PPE) have dominated headlines in recent months, but what hasn’t been discussed in length are the hidden costs of COVID-19 as… Read More »4 Ways to Combat Hidden Costs Associated with Delayed Patient Care During COVID-19

How Data-Driven Technology Holds The Promise of Better Outcomes for Vascular Patients

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Abbott recently released global research on vascular patient care, designed to shine a light on the vascular patient journey. The report called “Beyond Intervention” uncovers the universal challenges faced by physicians who deliver vascular care, their patients, and the hospital administrators who support them. It… Read More »How Data-Driven Technology Holds The Promise of Better Outcomes for Vascular Patients

5 Trends Driving The Future of Healthcare Real Estate in 2020 & Beyond

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed patient expectations for healthcare delivery, including offered services and health office operations. Although health systems have remained dynamic in adopting telehealth capabilities, their long-term capital, like real estate and supply chain management (SCM) protocols, have not adapted to match… Read More »5 Trends Driving The Future of Healthcare Real Estate in 2020 & Beyond

Digital Behavioral Health: Addressing The COVID-19 Behavioral Health Crisis

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Victor Siclovan, Director of Medicaid Transformation Project at AVIA Living through a pandemic is stressful and anxiety-inducing. Stay-at-home measures are compounding this stress, resulting in social isolation and unprecedented economic hardship, including mass layoffs and loss of health coverage. Fully understanding the impact of these… Read More »Digital Behavioral Health: Addressing The COVID-19 Behavioral Health Crisis

Telehealth Update from ATA President Dr. Joe Kvedar

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Telehealth Update from ATA President Dr. Joe Kvedar Joe Kvedar, MD, President of ATA, joins Pat Salber, MD, CEO and Editor of The Doctor Weighs In, for an in-depth telehealth update. The Doctor Weighs In

Amwell, Tyto Care Expand Partnership to Power Augmented Virtual Care Experiences

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What You Should Know: – Tyto Care and Amwell® announced an expanded partnership, allowing the companies to develop new integrations to enhance virtual care offerings for providers. – By pairing Tyto Care’s TytoHome device and platform with Amwell’s platform, the two companies will together provide patients and providers with augmented virtual care… Read More »Amwell, Tyto Care Expand Partnership to Power Augmented Virtual Care Experiences

Telehealth Reality Check: Who’s Really Going to “Win” the Race to Virtual Care Market Leadership?

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By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH It’s the telehealth market reality check you’ve been waiting for! “Rogue” digital health consultant Dr. Lyle Berkowitz unpacks the numbers and the market potential for virtual care from the unique vantage point of a primary-care-physician-turned-health-tech-entrepreneur with nothing to lose. Having… Read More »Telehealth Reality Check: Who’s Really Going to “Win” the Race to Virtual Care Market Leadership?

Meaningful U’s

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By HANS DUVEFELT Meaningful Use was a vision for EMRs that in many ways turned out to be a joke. Consider my list of Meaningful U’s for medical providers instead. When electronic medical records became mandatory, Federal monies were showered over the companies that make… Read More »Meaningful U’s

Can Walmart change healthcare?

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Walmart caught the healthcare industry’s attention when it began opening primary care centers across Georgia, Florida and Illinois. But without its leader, will the effort still be able to keep its momentum?

Eden Health Lands $25M to Bring On-Site and Virtual Care To Employers, Commercial Real-Estate

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What You Should Know: – Eden Health raises $25M to give employers and commercial real estate owners and operators the ability to offer medical care on-site, near-site, and virtually. – Eden’s membership model makes high-quality healthcare an affordable benefit for the average employer, with low… Read More »Eden Health Lands $25M to Bring On-Site and Virtual Care To Employers, Commercial Real-Estate

Blue Shield of CA Taps Cricket Health to Offer AI-Driven, Personalized Kidney Care Plans for Members At No Cost

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What You Should Know: – Blue Shield of CA and kidney care provider Cricket Health announced a partnership to offer a personalized, virtual, multidisciplinary care available for members with kidney disease or kidney failure at no extra cost – By offering remote care, via phone… Read More »Blue Shield of CA Taps Cricket Health to Offer AI-Driven, Personalized Kidney Care Plans for Members At No Cost

Primary care startup Oak Street Health goes public for $328M

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Oak Street Health, which operates primary care centers for Medicare patients, went public on Thursday for $328 million. Its capitation payment model has helped the company continue on where many clinics have struggled during the Covid-19 pandemic.

How ADT-Based E-Notifications Can Enable Better Safety for COVID-19 Patients

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Jay Desai, CEO & Co-Founder, PatientPing As COVID-19 continues to impact the country, providers across the continuum face new challenges delivering care and ensuring safety for their patients and themselves.  During this period, sharing real-time information about patients’ care encounters across provider types and care… Read More »How ADT-Based E-Notifications Can Enable Better Safety for COVID-19 Patients

DarioHealth, Williams Medical Partner to Expand Digital Therapeutics Platform Across the UK and Ireland

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What You Should Know: – Dario Health enters strategic partnership with Williams Medical marking its expansion into the UK remote patient monitoring market across the UK and Ireland. – Williams Medical is the leading provider of medical goods and services to primary care in the… Read More »DarioHealth, Williams Medical Partner to Expand Digital Therapeutics Platform Across the UK and Ireland

Why We Need to Unlock the Full Potential of Primary Care

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Why We Need to Unlock the Full Potential of Primary Care There are powerful reasons to move to a value-based primary care system. Highly effective Primary Care 3.0 is an indispensable piece of that effort. The Doctor Weighs In

Alphabet spinoff CityBlock Health raises $54 million

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CityBlock Health, a company building out healthcare services for low-income communities, raised $53.5 million in a series B extension. The company plans to use the funds to expand its clinical programs and further develop its technology.

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 135 | Amazon’s primary care entry, UnitedHealth’s digital DPP & more

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Today on Health in 2 Point 00, it’s the 4th shoe! On Episode 135, we’ve got Amazon’s entry into primary care through its pilot program with Crossover Health, UnitedHealth Group launching Level2, their own digital health diabetes prevention program, Health Catalyst acquiring healthfinch, Truepill raising… Read More »Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 135 | Amazon’s primary care entry, UnitedHealth’s digital DPP & more

Oak Street Health files for IPO

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Oak Street Health, a Chicago-based company that operates primary care centers for Medicare patients, filed initial IPO paperwork on Friday. The company has not yet priced the offering, but it plans to use the proceeds to repay a loan and grow its business.

Doctor On Demand Raises $75M to Expand Comprehensive Virtual Care Platform

What You Should Know – Doctor On Demand raises $75M in Series D funding led by General Atlantic to expand comprehensive virtual care. – Doctor On Demand is seeing record usage this year – up 139% – for COVID-19 screenings, routine health issues, chronic conditions and behavioral health. San Francisco, CA-based Doctor… Read More »Doctor On Demand Raises $75M to Expand Comprehensive Virtual Care Platform

Reflections on Death with Dignity

Reflections on Death with Dignity Facing a painful death from incurable cancer, Brittany Maynard had to move to Oregon so she could control her destiny & die with dignity. Why do so few states allow this? The Doctor Weighs In