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Insurtechs in the widening gyre: Bright Health sued for claims non-payment, fined $1M by Colorado; Clover Health lays off 10%, outsources operations

...the NYSE. Our recent coverage here. New Jersey’s Clover Health, while not near the extremis that Bright is in, is cutting and outsourcing its way to profitability. Announced on Monday was a ‘corporate restructuring’ cut of 10% or 66 employees, based on public estimates of 656 (Pitchbook). Simultaneously, Clover’s CEO, Andrew Toy, announced outsourcing of core Medicare Advantage health plan operations to UST HealthProof in a move to increase operational efficiencies and reduce administrative costs. Both the layoffs and the UST implementation are expected to incur a 2023 first-half charge of $7-9 million, shifting to a $30 million savings beginning... Continue Reading

VA, GAO push back against proposed House overhaul measures

Today’s House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations meeting didn’t bode well for House bills demanding reform or restart. The Democrat-backed bill, dubbed the Manage VA Act, and the second Republican bill, Terminate VA’s EHRM Program (there is also a third, proposed by Republicans, the Electronic Health Record Modernization Improvement Act) were criticized by both VA and GAO representatives at the meeting. The Manage VA Act proposes the creation of a VA undersecretary for management, who would serve as the Chief Management Officer (CMO). This would not only be for the Oracle Cerner EHR Modernization (EHRM) but also consolidate... Continue Reading

VA pulls out the stick in contract renegotiation with Oracle Cerner, slams brakes on further EHRM rollouts–and is this trouble? (updated) program troubles, more in a GAO Inspector General audit, and the VA’s EHRM Sprint Team itself identifying 14 main and multiple sub-issues in safety and medical research integration in the EHR Modernization Sprint Report (PDF) released on 10 March delving deeply into the initial implementations. In 2023, there have been three Senate and three House bills proposed with mandates ranging from ‘hold rollout till issues fixed’ to ‘pull the plug and start over’. The VA had two resignations tied to the EHRM failures, VA deputy secretary Donald Remy and EHRM director Terry Adirim, MD. Implementations were delayed at Michigan’s... Continue Reading

Is Oracle Cerner’s VA EHRM implementation going to be tied up? Senate Veterans Affairs Committee says yes–with two oncoming trains (bills).

Both Republican and Democrat Senators proposed separate bills on Wednesday with the same purpose–fix the implementation of Oracle Cerner’s EHR in the VA and increase oversight. Members of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs want to put the brakes on the entire implementation process until at minimum certain requirements have been met and the EHR modernization (EHRM) works at a level surpassing the existing VistA system. The Republican bill drafted (without number yet) is being introduced by Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), joined by John Boozman (R-AR), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Kevin... Continue Reading

Week-end update: Breaking–Theranos lab director suing Hulu, Disney for defamation; ‘green shoots’ for SonderMind, Cognito, Vital, MedArrive; 3 in Asia; Telstra Australia’s new CTO a maternal-fetal telehealth service including behavioral health. Release And some Asia-Pacific updates… In Vietnam, online pharmacy Medigo received $2 million in Series A funding, led by East Ventures, with participation from Pavilion Capital and Touchstone Partners. Intellect, a telemental health startup based out of Singapore, received undisclosed funding from global healthcare provider IHH Healthcare for its regional expansion. In India, EHR startup DocPlix raised Rs 5 crore ($600,000) in a pre-series A funding round led by Eris Lifesciences. Mobihealthnews In Australia, Telstra Health’s new CTO is Farhoud Salimi. He joins in April from eHealth NSW where he held the... Continue Reading

Week-end roundup: Owlet in rebuilding mode including FDA submissions, Zus Health raises $40M, SpectrumAi’s autism therapy $20M Series A add new data sources, build workflow and referral tools, and introduce integration pathways so providers can use external patient data. Zus also announced a partnership with primary care EHR/tech company Elation Health to integrate the Zus Aggregated Profile to enable real-time access of expanded patient records from hospitals, clinics, labs, and pharmacies. Release, Mobihealthnews SpectrumAi’s Series A raised $20 million from CVS Health Ventures with participation from Cobalt Ventures, and follow-on investments from seed investors F-Prime, Frist Cressey and Autism Impact Fund. SpectrumAi focus is to improve therapies in use for autism. Its Twyll EHR uses applied behavior analysis... Continue Reading

VA EHR update: four deaths traced to Oracle Cerner EHR; four safety issues identified by VA EHRM Sprint Team

...the Oracle Cerner EHR and found that only 6% agreed the system enabled quality care. Some of this may be reluctance to change technologies after 40 years of VistA, as Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) pointed out in what this Editor expects is a ‘devil’s advocate’ statement, but there is also a fatigue factor–it’s the fourth attempt at replacing VistA. Federal News Network 16 March, Spokane Spokesman-Review, Becker’s HealthIT The VA’s EHRM Sprint Team identified four main issues in the EHR Modernization Sprint Report (PDF) released on 10 March. 1) Unknown queue and related issues (including medications) 2) No show and... Continue Reading

Mid-week roundup: TytoCare’s Wheeze Detection clears FDA, OpenLoop telehealth’s $15M Series A, PointClickCare buys PatientPattern EHR, last info session for Health Wildcatters’ 2023 accelerator

...ManchesterStory, adding to their existing $25 million in funding. Their network has 6,000+ certified clinicians across all 50 states, offers 30+ digital health specialties, and has capabilities in 15 languages. Also announced was the addition of a nationwide insurance payer network that allows clients to offer reimbursable services to patients instead of cash pay-only options, plus a payer coverage and revenue cycle management (RCM) service. Release Senior/home care coordination platform PointClickCare acquires EHR Patient Pattern. Patient Pattern adds to PointClickCare’s position with long‐term and post‐acute care providers as well as with other high-needs populations with its EHR and care management... Continue Reading

Week’s end roundup: Theranica clears, Pixel Watch fall alert, Veradigm delays, Walmart adding 40+ clinics by 2024, Bright Health’s dim future, Ontrak founder charged with insider trading

...from Q3 2021 into estimates for Q4 2022. Not exactly confidence-making for a company in the data management/software business. Coincidentally, the company which bought then-Allscripts’ large hospital/practice EHRs, now called Altera, Canadian giant Constellation Software, is also delaying its Q4/FY 2022 reporting, in this instance due to the Altera acquisition [TTA 15 Feb]. Veradigm’s release gives you the more complicated explanation. Walmart Health’s Big Announcement is that it will be doubling the number of its Health Centers from the current 32 to over 75. By Q1 2024, Walmart’s plan is to open 28 new locations in the following metros: Dallas... Continue Reading

More VA-Oracle Cerner fallout? Deputy secretary, EHR executive director depart agency

...nomination by the President and Senate confirmation. The EHRM position is an internal fill. Both Deputy Secretary Remy and director Adirim were named to their posts in mid-to-late 2021, Dr. Adirim from Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. Remy specifically oversaw the EHRM among other duties while Dr. Adirim led the implementation of the Oracle Cerner Millenium EHR that started with an analysis of the failures of the initial tests and the formation of an EHR Integration Council [TTA 3 Dec 21]. But from this ‘go forth and fail no more’, the rethought rollout was fraught with failures,... Continue Reading