Telemedicine Group Adds Former Texas Hospital Leader to Board of Directors

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Gary Brock, former senior executive with Baylor Scott & White Health, has joined the board of directors of Access Physicians, a Dallas-based, physician-led telemedicine company specializing in high-acuity inpatient telemedicine.

“Access Physicians has been delivering the gold standard of inpatient telemedicine for nearly a decade,” said Chris Gallagher, M.D., CEO, Access Physicians. “With Gary joining our board, we ensure that we are positioned for continued growth while maintaining our high standards of clinical excellence and compassionate care.” Read More

Iowa Hospital Association Exclusively Endorses Access Physicians for Multispecialty Telemedicine

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ServiShare, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Iowa Hospital Association, today announced its exclusive endorsement of Access Physicians, one of the leading providers of inpatient, multispecialty telemedicine.

The endorsement will support IHA-member hospitals and health systems in their work to address physician shortages, physician burnout, and critical clinical service line deficits, while also reducing the cost of physician coverage and improving access to care, clinical outcomes, and financial performance.

Global Edition Workforce Augusta University Health, Jvion launch tool help employers chart back-to-work plans

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Jvion, which specializes in clinical artificial intelligence applications, is working with Augusta University Health System to build an AI-enabled assessment tool to help businesses in Georgia gain insights into when and how they could reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.

Billed as a first-of-its-kind tool, the online assessment could be scaled nationally for employers, health systems and government agencies, Jvion says.

The software combines self-reported employee information, aggregating data from to COVID-19 symptom questions which is fed through Jvion algorithms to show employees’ exposure risk and help provide personalized guidance for back-to-work strategies.

Wildflower Offers Virtual Visit Solution for Prenatal and Postpartum Patients At No Cost to OB Practices, In Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Wildflower Health today announced it is launching a new product to help Obstetrics (OB) practices more effectively deliver virtual visits for their prenatal and postpartum patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The product helps childbirth providers fill patient education and workflow gaps associated with virtual prenatal and postpartum visits, including remote device delivery, symptom monitoring, pre-visit data transmission, and personalized digital education. Wildflower is currently rolling out the first wave of participating practices and will be scheduling additional launches in the coming weeks. The software for Wildflower’s virtual visit product will be available directly to OB practices at no cost. Read More

Rural Hospitals Partner With Access Physicians to Ensure Local Critical Care Capacity for COVID-19 Patients

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Access Physicians and seven rural hospitals in Texas today launched a pulmonary and critical care specialty collaborative to ensure local residents requiring an ICU-level of care because of COVID-19 can receive that care at their community hospital. Through the collaborative, rural hospitals will be able to care for the most severely ill COVID-19 patients in their local communities and not have to transfer them to urban facilities. Read More

What Investors Should Understand About Investments in Hospice, Home Health and the Broader Post-Acute Sector – 3 Key Points

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The post-acute care sector, with a focus on home health and hospice, continues to attract high levels of interest from investors due to organic growth opportunities and consolidation drivers. This is the case despite recent reimbursement changes affecting home health agencies that have been brought on by value-based care models implemented by the Medicare program, according to experts who spoke on a panel at the 17th Annual Healthcare Private Equity & Finance Conference in Chicago on February 19, 2020. The experts’ discussion highlighted current market conditions and trends for acquisitions in the post-acute space, attractive subsectors and markets for investments, and preliminary reactions to the implementation of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), the newest government reimbursement scheme for home health agencies. Read More

The Pundits Are Wrong About This Being Telemedicine’s Moment by Chris Gallagher, Access Physicians

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It’s been here all along. Government is just catching up.

With social distancing and stay home orders the new normal, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrust telemedicine and telehealth into the spotlight. But, we should be clear about one thing. This is not technology’s moment. Rather, it’s time for the practice of medicine to advance with a paradigm shift.

The President’s March 16 guidance to slow the spread of the virus was followed quickly by temporarily loosening the restrictions on Medicare coverage for telehealth so that beneficiaries can still connect with their health care professionals…but from a safe distance within their own homes. With the federal actions, the rural originating site limitation on Medicare payment is removed. Tele-services can now be provided no matter where the beneficiary is located geographically or what type of care delivery site, which, for the first time allows beneficiaries to receive telehealth services from their home.

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Providence Uses Remote Patient Monitoring For 700+ COVID-19 Patients

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Not-for-profit Catholic health system Providence is now remotely monitoring patients suffering from COVID-19 symptoms using Xealth’s digital health platform to deliver Twistle’s care automation and remote patient monitoring platform. To date, more than 700 positive or presumptive positive COVID-19 patients are already being helped with this solution at home, keeping patients safe and preventing additional stress on hospitals, emergency rooms, and front-line health care teams.

Providence is using a pathway solution from Twistle to reach out automatically to at-risk patients via secure text messaging, phone, or smartphone apps to gather up-to-date information about symptoms and send alerts to their care team if their symptoms require attention. This solution protects and relieves overburdened health care professionals while also giving patients peace of mind and a safety net for communication while they recover at home. Xealth is providing the underlying platform for automation and integration into the provider EMR workflow. The Xealth/Twistle solution was deployed from a standing start to production in four days. Read More

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