Children’s Health’s Telemed Whiz Pens Becker’s Piece On How The System Approached An Uneasy Regulatory Environment

Thursday, Becker’s Hospital Review posted what I found to be an enlightening read, from a familiar face. It’s Julie Hall-Barrow, Children’s Health’s VP of virtual health and innovation, writing on how the system approached telehealth innovation over the last couple of years, while Texas slowly worked through whether its laws would really allow the field to flourish. As Hall-Barrow writes, Children’s didn’t wait around or throw up its hands and say, “Oh well.” They got creative. Our team went to Texas Medical Board meetings in Austin and demoed our telemedicine platform. We knew changing legislation wasn’t going to be quick,… Full Story

Medical Software Firms Aprima, ClearGage Agree To Integrate Tech

Richardson-based Aprima Medical Software is linking up with ClearGage, which does patient payment and financial services tech, the companies announced recently. Aprima is an electronic health record provider, and also makes practice management and revenue cycle management software for providers. It adds the payment solutions of Tampa-based ClearGage to the lineup. “ClearGage has a comprehensive suite of technology-based payment services designed to help our customers more efficiently and effectively collect patient payments,” says Aprima CEO Michael Nissenbaum.

Teladoc Teams With CVS On MinuteClinic Offering

Teladoc has secured a partnership with CVS Health. The companies said late last week that CVS is rolling out a virtual care offering associated with its retail medical clinic, MinuteClinic. The MinuteClinic video visits will cost $59 and be available 24 hours a day through a mobile phone. CVS says video visits are for patients age two and older who want to get checked out for minor illnesses, minor injuries, or skin conditions. Each patient will complete a health questionnaire, then be matched to a board-certified health care provider licensed in their state, who will review the completed questionnaire with… Full Story

Dallas-based T-System Names A New Chief Executive

Healthcare IT company T-System named a new chief executive officer on Wednesday. The company is tapping Bob Wilhelm for the role. Wilhelm had been serving as CEO of Adreima, a revenue cycle management company bought by the similarly aimed nThrive in 2016. He’s also had stints at Cerner and Trizetto. He replaces Roger Davis. In July, Davis left to take up the CEO job at Revint Solutions, which helps healthcare companies recover revenue from being underpaid on reimbursements. Dallas-based T-System focuses on digital documentation, particularly for emergency departments and freestanding ERs. “Bob has a strong track record of successfully growing… Full Story

Teladoc Reports Another Quarter of High Revenue Growth With A Net Loss

Teladoc Inc. reported its second quarter earnings on Wednesday, showing revenue of $94.6 million during the three months that ended June 30. For the year, Teladoc has brought in $184.2 million, up from $87.5 million at this point last year. The growth is a combination of recent acquisitions—as noted in my story here—and organic growth, which came in at 39 percent for the second quarter. It continues to operate at a loss, taking a $25.2 million hit during Q2—compared to a net loss of $15.4 million during the same period last year. Another thing of note in those earnings: Teladoc… Full Story

Consulting Firm Calls Texas One of A Dozen States With Restrictive Telehealth Policy

Texas put more relaxed telehealth rules in place last year, but the state still has some of the most restrictive policies in the U.S., according to findings from a new survey by legal and consulting firm Manatt. The firm conducted a 50-state survey of state laws and Medicaid program policies, grouping the states into three classifications: progressive, moderate, and restrictive. Texas is one of a dozen states that Manatt found to be restrictive. The others: Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and South Carolina. Manatt examined each state by six categories. Here’s… Full Story

Teladoc Filing Gives A Sense Of The Size Of The Company Following Recent Acquisitions

A new regulatory filing from Teladoc sheds light on the company’s rapid growth following a couple recent acquisitions. The telemedicine pioneer disclosed financial statements on Monday that show new acquisition Advance Medical-Healthcare Management Services brought in $18.5 million during the first quarter. That goes with Teladoc’s first quarter revenue of $89.6 million to create a combined first quarter revenue of $108.1 million. The company brought in $42.9 million during the same quarter last year. Teladoc now stations its top executives in Purchase, New York, but its second corporate office remains nearby in Lewisville, where the company was founded in 2002.… Full Story

Short-distance Falls Are Taxing ERs, Presenting An Opportunity To Innovate

When I sat down recently with Texas Health Fort Worth CEO Joseph DeLeon—consider that your not-so-sly teaser—he said an interesting thing I couldn’t quite find space for in the resulting piece. He said that trauma resulting from short-distance falls are the highest-growth type of ER visit they see. That relates, of course, to the aging population. It also presents a problem the open market is, in various forms, trying to solve. Take the Fort Worth company MedHab, which has an alert system geared at seniors that adds a little bit of FitBit flair. Meredith McGrath recently profiled the company’s wearable… Full Story

Irving-based HMS Settles $60 Million Breach of Contract Verdict for $20 Million

Irving-based HMS Healthcare has settled litigation with the founders of a business it bought in 2010, agreeing to pay plaintiffs Dennis Demetre and Lori Lewis $20 million. In November, a New York jury ruled in favor of Demetre and Lewis’ breach of contract claim, awarding the two $60 million in damages. HMS had filed a post-trial motion for an order granting it judgment notwithstanding the verdict or to set aside the award of damages, according to the most recent quarterly report of HMS-parent HMS Holdings. The two sides signed the settlement on June 27, and HMS—which surpassed $500 million in… Full Story

Home Health Tech Company Axxess Gets Best Places To Work Nod

Home healthcare tech company Axxess grabbed a spot on Computerworld‘s Best Places to Work in IT list and appeared on a couple of the list’s categorical top 10s. It came in at No. 1 for diversity and No. 7 for retention. All things considered, the Dallas-based firm registered No. 2 among small-sized firms. Axxess provides software and services for the home health sector, touching more than two million patients in North America. “We are gratified to be recognized for our continuing commitment to a culture that allows our engineers and everyone else in our company to thrive,” said John Olajide,… Full Story