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Vendor Notebook - AMA launches Practice Analysis Tools for Healthcare

The American Medical Association has announced the launch of Practice Analysis Tools for Healthcare, or AMA PATH, designed for physicians and their practice staffs to analyze and adjust their offices’ fee schedules.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nevada is partnering with The Tax Institute of H&R Block to create two new tools to help businesses navigate changes in health care. An interactive grandfathering tool is designed to help businesses understand what grandfathering means and whether they qualify for it with regard to their health plan. A small business tax calculator tool is designed to help businesses understand premium credits, employee coverage requirements, employer penalties and excise taxes.

RelayHealth, an Atlanta-based connectivity subsidiary of McKesson, has launched MedGift, a gift registry and social network designed to help family and friends support hospital patients.

FIS, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based provider of banking and payments technology, has announced that HR Simplified, a Golden Valley, Minn.-based provider of employee benefit administration solutions, has deployed the company’s BenSoft application to provide integrated imaging capabilities, speed the posting of payments and remittance documents and reduce payment handling costs.

Cymetrix, an Irvine, Calif.-based provider of revenue cycle management solutions, has signed a contract with Eisenhower Medical Center and Clinics in Rancho Mirage, Calif., to help with RCM capabilities.

CSI Financial Services, based in San Diego, has launched ClearBalance, a newly branded program designed to offer healthcare patients zero- or low-interest loans to help with medical expenses. The new program includes a money-back guarantee.

Allscripts, base din Chicago, has announced that Catholic Health Initiatives, based in Denver, has selected the company’s ambulatory electronic health record solution as the endorsed EHR for its 7,200 affiliated physicians in 18 states. CHI will also implement the Sunrise EPSI integrated suite of business performance management solutions in its 73 hospitals and has selected the Allscripts Practice Management and other business management solutions for its employed physicians.

Ekahau, a Reston, Va.-based developer of Wi-Fi-based real-time location systems, is providing a custom-based staff and patient-tracking solution to the Docrates Clinic, a cancer center in Helsinki, Finland.

LC Luxuries Ltd., based in Costa Mesa, Calif., has launched a subsidiary, U.S. Cannabis, that will begin providing merchant services to healthcare providers, dispensaries and retailers in states that have permitted medical marijuana services.

Kryptiq, based in Portland, Ore., has announced that the Murray Hill Medical Group, a 50-physician multi-specialty group serving more than 170,000 patients in New York City, is adopting the company’s Appointment Reminders and Online Bill Pay with eStatements solutions. The solutions will be integrated into the medical group’s GE Centricity Practice Management solution.

The Cerner Corporation has announced that North Kansas City Hospital has deployed the company’s P2Sentinel HIPAA-compliant auditing solution, using SenSage’s enterprise security information and event management technology, in 11 days, meaning meaningful use Stage 1 access requirements. In addition, the company has announced expanded contracts with the Adventist Health System, Shriners Hospitals for Children and Bayfront Medical Center for integrated revenue cycle solutions and services.

MedClean Technologies, a Bethel, Conn.-based provider of on-site technology for the treatment and disposal of medical waste and the destruction of confidential documents and related media, has signed a distribution agreement with Sodzo Medical, Inc., a Houston-based distributorship covering four states and doing business as Texas Pain Reps.

HighPoint Solutions of King of Prussia, Pa., has launched its ICD-10 Appliance, a master data solution designed to help hospitals, healthcare systems and payers prepare for ICD-10 compliance.

API Healthcare, a Hartford, Wis.-based provider of healthcare-specific workforce management solutions, has signed its first Canadian customer: Halton Healthcare Services of Ontario, The health system will install API Healthcare Staffing and Scheduling at Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.

MedAssurant, Inc., a Bowie, Md.-based developer of healthcare assessment and improvement solutions, has announced that Clarian Health Plans, an Indiana-based Medicare Advantage plan, will use the company’s solutions to identify and close gaps in risk data accuracy, clinical quality, use and outcomes.

KORE Telematics, an Alpharetta, Ga.-based digital wireless services provider specializing in machine-to-machine communications, has launched KORE Locate, a location-based service offering from a mobile virtual network operator.

MMRGlobal, Inc., based in Los Angeles, has announced that its MMR Stimulus Program will be expanded to include the MMRPro Insurance Advance Program, launched earlier this year to reward MMRPro users when their patients upgrade to the MyMedicalRecords Personal Health Record.

IPC The Hospitalist Company, Inc., a North Hollywood, Calif.-based hospitalist physician group practice company, has acquired Premier Hospitalists, Inc., a St. Louis-based practice representing an annualized volume of approximately 20,000 patient encounters.

Physicians Interactive, a Libertyville, N.Y.-based digital sales and marketing partner for life sciences companies, is partnering with the OPTIMIZERx Corp. of New York to provide healthcare professionals with SampleMD, a solution designed to allow for more efficient ways to search, select and distribute sample vouchers, prescription co-pay coupons and other support information directly from the desktop.

Stanley, Hunt, DuPree & Rhine, based in Greensboro, N.C., has announced plans to roll out an enhancement to its consumer-directed health plan administration services. The enhancement is designed to enable brokers and agents to offer customized plans that simplify and automate the administration and management of health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) plans, allowing employers to “stack” or combine HRA plans with other accounts such as flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and access the accounts through a shared SHDR Benefit Access Card.

Halfpenny Technologies, a Blue Bell, Pa.-based provider of clinical data integration solutions focused on laboratory, pathology and physician electronic medical records integration, has secured $2.6 million in venture capital funding, co-led by Pennsylvania-based Osage Venture Partners and New York-based Milestone Venture Partners. The funding will be used to develop the company’s Lab Hub platform.

Ascent, a Phoenix, Ariz.-based developer of healthcare resource sustainability solutions, has joined the Global Healthcare Exchange, an organization designed to help manufacturers, distributors, hospitals and GPOs realize cost savings, gain efficiencies and make better business decisions.

McKesson, based in Atlanta, has released the Waste and Abuse KnowledgePack as a component of the company’s Total Payment Solution end-to-end payment management suite. The new component is designed to specifically address incorrect or abusive claims coding issues through the use of clinical rules-based technology.
Wolters Kluwer Health, based in Philadelphia, has announced that the Sansum Clinic of Santa Barbara, Calif., will deploy Medi-Span to provide clinicians with point-of-care access to comprehensive drug information and medication decision support.

Pegasystems, Inc., a Cambridge, Mass.-based developer of business process and customer relationship management solutions, has announced several enhancements to its healthcare offerings to handle new HIPAA and ICD-10 mandates, among other issues.

TouchNet Information Systems, based in Lenexa, Kan., has announced the launch of RevenueStream, a new software product for hospital billing that’s designed to provide patients with estimates of the patient-responsibility portion of their bill, based on insurance coverage, at the point of service.

CareTech Solutions of Troy, Mich., has announced that Detroit Medical Center has selected the company’s iDoc document imaging solution for the eight-facility integrated delivery system’s patient financial services operation.
The Axolotl Corporation, a San Jose, Calif.-based developer of health information exchange services and solutions, has launched Elysium Discover, a suite of reporting and analytic tools designed specifically for HIEs.

SourceCorp, Inc., a Dallas-based provider of business process outsourcing solutions and specialized high-value consulting services, has launched HealthSERVE, a new service offering to support healthcare providers in their migration from ICD-9 to ICD-10.

Siemens Healthcare, based in Malvern, Pa., has announced that El Centro Regional Medical Center in El Centro, Calif., and The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh have contracted to implement the company’s Soarian Web-based health information systems. The company has also announced that Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, Neb., has gone live on Soarian.

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