Vendor Notebook - October 30, 2007

The Principal Financial Group of Des Moines, Iowa has announced that it will pay certain customer fees on health savings accounts and health reimbursement arrangements for a limited time. The company will pay account set-up fees on health savings accounts and monthly administration fees on health reimbursement arrangements.

The Medsphere Systems Corp. of San Ramon, Calif. and Keane, Inc. of Aliso Viejo, Calif. have announced a partnership to integrate Medsphere's OpenVista electronic health record platform with Keane's EZ-Access Patcom revenue cycle management product.  

Picis, Inc. of Wakefield, Mass. has announced the implementation of CareSuite Extelligence OR at 15 healthcare institutions, including the Carolinas HealthCare System, Camino Medical Group SurgiCenter, Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, Santa Rose Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital. In addition, the company has released version 3.1 of Extelligence OR, a Web-based business intelligence solution designed for managing and analyzing the business performance of the surgical care environment.

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Sage Software Healthcare has announced that Cullman Primary Care, a multi-specialty medical group serving 10 locations in Cullman, Ala., has selected Sage's Intergy suite of products for all of its electronic health records (EHR), practice management (PM) and analytical tools requirements.

National Healthcare Payer Networks, a Wayne, Pa.-based provider of managed care contract consulting, claims negotiations and collections for non-primary, non-contracted payers, will provide out-partnering managed care services to Nashville-based Essent Healthcare's facilities. Under the contract, NHPN will assume additional responsibility for negotiations, modeling and compliance for most of Essent's managed care plans and accounts.

Vangent, Inc. of Arlington, Va. and Human Arc of Cleveland have announced that 13 Medicare Part D plan sponsors have retained the two companies to redeem members who recently received letters from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services stating that they will lose their low income subsidies (LIS) for 2008 unless they re-apply for the benefit. Vangent's informis member interaction management solution will be used in conjunction with Human Arc's Part D Solutions.

Cash Technologies, Inc. of Los Angeles has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Claim-Remedi Services, Inc., has entered into a services agreement with the TriCap Health Group, LLC to incorporate Claim-Remedi's products into TriCap's ARxChange debt disposition platform.

CBiz, Inc., a Cleveland-based provider of accounting and business services, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Healthcare Business Resources Inc., a Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.-based provider of coding, billing and collection services for emergency medicine physician practices.

Protocol Driven Healthcare, Inc., a Des Moines, Iowa-based provider of health applications and services using the ConXus health improvement platform, has announced the signing of 10 new clients in the third quarter of 2007, consisting of two regional health plans, three third-party benefits administrators, two hospital systems and three health improvement companies.

RemedyMD's EZ Remedy subsidiary has released EZ Office Suite, an integrated clinical and practice management solution that integrates EZ EHR for clinicians, EZ Practice for office staff and myHealthManager, a Web portal for patients.

Meta Health Technology of New York has unveiled its Electronic Physician Query software, which is designed to streamline the physician query process and improves clinical documentation for MS-DRGs.

Connextions, Inc. of Orlando, Fla. has acquired an ownership interest in Colorado-based Aha! Software LLC, a provider of on-demand technology solutions that allow sales & marketing and financial executives to evaluate sales pipeline and product performance. The agreement allows Connextions to market Aha! Technology in the direct-to-consumer insurance sector of the healthcare industry.

The ACOM Healthcare Business Division of Jacksonville, Fla. has released RAPID EPM version 10.4.1, a new version of its chiropractic office management software that is designed to optimize and simplify business management activities in geographically dispersed offices.

Medical Present Value, Inc. of Austin, Texas has signed a seven-year contract with Bright Medical Associates, a 55-physician, multi-specialty group based in Whittier, Calif., to automate payer contract management processes and evaluate overall contract performance.

Concuity, a Vernon Hills, Ill.-based healthcare division of Trintech, has announced that the healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) has reviewed ClearContracts for Hospitals and Physician Groups, which helps hospitals increase revenues through the identification and correction of payer non-compliance issues in the contract revenue cycle. As a result, ClearContracts will now bear the "Peer Reviewed by HFMA" mark.