FSMB releases new report surveying digital credentials in healthcare

News-medical | June 18, 2019

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has released a report entitled Healthcare and Digital Credentials Technical, Legal, and Regulatory Considerations. This report surveys and expands upon the FSMB experience applying digital technologies, such as blockchain and OpenBadges, in its efforts to alleviate administrative burdens and promote best practices that can be implemented by state medical boards and health care administrators who use the licensing and credentialing process in fulfilling their mission of protecting the public. The current process of credentialing requires physicians and other health care practitioners to provide state medical boards, hospitals and insurance companies documentation of education and training that is sent directly from the issuing institution or which has been verified independently by a third party. To assist physicians in this process, the FSMB operates the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS), an NCQA-certified credentials verification platform, that is widely used by physicians and physician assistants seeking medical licensure and credentialing. Each year, FCVS is used in approximately 50% of medical licensing decisions made in the United States.

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Stellar Health Announces Expansion of Value-Based Care Initiative for Highmark, Inc.

Stellar Health | October 19, 2022

Stellar Health a healthcare technology company changing the way health insurers and providers activate value-based care arrangements, announced the expansion of their value-based care initiative with Highmark Inc. upon results of its initial program that improved quality and chronic condition management across Highmark's Medicare Advantage and Commercial lines of business. Stellar announced the collaboration in 2021 to help Highmark accelerate new payment models and value-based care for independent practices in Pennsylvania. This initiative, called True Performance Lite, was an extension of Highmark's existing True Performance PCP Suite Program aimed at serving larger providers. The True Performance Lite program used Stellar's unique incentive design that rewards providers and staff for completing granular VBC actions focused on quality improvement, management of chronic conditions, reduced ED and inpatient utilization, and affordability of care for Highmark members. The program saw strong results across VBC metrics compared to 2020: The program also saw high engagement and satisfaction across providers involved in the True Performance Lite program. "I wish all health plans had program, it's the easiest of all platforms by far," said Renee Guistwite, Office Manager from Guistwite Family Practice. Cathy, an Office Manager from Dr. Dana E Bragg MD's office says "This app is really easy. Every part is user-friendly and it doesn't take much time now that we have a workflow going. We are really excited about Stellar!" Stellar's web-based, cloud-native, point-of-care application leverages historical patient information to prompt primary care providers and their care teams of gaps and opportunities relating to patients' healthcare regimens for Highmark members. Stellar Health partners with health insurers to enable providers and their staff to engage in these value-based opportunities through the application with granular action recommendations, ensure success in closing gaps, and pairs each action with a financial incentive for the time it takes to complete it. In 2022, Stellar and Highmark expanded the True Performance Lite program into Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Delaware supporting over 60+ provider groups across multiple lines of business and are continuing to build on the overall momentum and results in 2023. The companies are continuing to innovate on new ways to engage the Highmark network and drive outsized results through several cost and utilization initiatives as they bring the model to new provider profiles. "Our provider-centric model lends itself to the success we have seen with Highmark over the last year as they lead value-based care delivery in the Mid-Atlantic region. We look forward to expanding with multiple lines of business to allow providers who handle all types of coverage to meaningfully participate in VBC and help deliver better primary care for all patients." Michael Meng, CEO of Stellar Health About Stellar Health Stellar Health is a healthcare technology company focused on enabling success across the value-based care continuum by bridging the incentive gap between providers and payors. The Stellar solution is the first point-of-care, cloud-based platform that helps primary care providers continually engage with their patients by providing them real-time information and tangible action-based incentives for improving quality of care. With Stellar, providers can achieve a range of VBC goals, like improving quality scores and optimizing the patient care journey through transitions of care and high-value referrals, all with the objective of improving patient health.

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Athlete Training and Health Expands with New Facilities, Team Members

Athlete | September 27, 2022

Whether for active adults or Olympians, Athlete Training and Health (ATH) encourages its athletes to strive for their own personal best. ATH is raising its own bar on community health and performance training once again, with the announcement of two new facilities in the Houston area and the addition of another world-renowned coach to its executive staff. “What we know is that evidence-led training allows everyone to benefit from the science behind the best in health and performance. Expanding and offering this world-class environment and approach will benefit athletes of all ages and abilities. We are pleased to collaborate with healthcare systems, professional sports teams, universities and school districts to continue pursuing a new level of health and performance training for many communities.” Greg Centilli, chief operating officer for ATH and a recent addition to the growing ATH organization Construction has begun on a new ATH sports medicine and human performance facility in Pearland. Located on the Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital campus at 16100 South Freeway, the roughly 13K-square-foot facility will house unparalleled human performance expertise and opportunities to train in an adult fitness space, a professional sport-style weight room, and on indoor and outdoor turf fields. The facility, a collaboration between ATH, Memorial Hermann and UT Physicians Orthopedics, is expected to open fall 2023. Also in the works is an ATH facility in Cypress, also in collaboration with Memorial Hermann. On the campus of Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital at 27800 Highway 290, ATH will open and operate a roughly 13K-square-foot facility in 2024. At this location, student, collegiate, professional and adult athletes will find the expertise needed to up their game on their own performance. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Professor Cronin to ATH. His science-based expertise and educational experience, alongside his international standing, will help educate investors and the general markets on the significance and industry importance of ATH-led initiatives,” said Centilli. Cronin serves as professor of strength and conditioning at the Sports Performance Research Institute of New Zealand (SPRINZ) at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). His research interests are in human movement, particularly around strengthening of muscle, injury resistance, return to play and high-performance sports. Cronin’s research has been published in more than 400 peer-reviewed papers. AUT and ATH have a long-standing history. Post-graduate fellows from AUT conduct research at ATH as part of a team involving coaches and select students, as well as collaborate on sport technology development. “I know the organization well, and my research interests and expertise align well with ATH’s interest in sporting performance and allied health, so I’m very excited to be advising ATH about the latest science-based studies and learnings to support their people, programs and products,” Cronin said. Celebrating Wins While its clients celebrate personal victories, ATH celebrates industry wins. Readers of Living Magazine recently voted ATH the “2022 Best Health Club/Gym” winner in McKinney/Allen and in Katy/Fulshear via an annual award competition that allows readers to nominate and then vote for their favorite companies by category and market. ATH also was honored to be named a “2022 Neighborhood Favorite” in NextDoor’s annual celebration of local businesses, and a finalist for “2022 Best Gym/Fitness Center in Houston” by readers of Houston Chronicle in an annual awards competition voted on by Houstonians. “While it’s important for us to acknowledge the hard work of our coaches and staff who make awards like these possible, it’s our job to continuously raise the bar, so we consider this just the beginning,” noted Centilli. “We are excited about what we have accomplished and are even more excited for the developments ahead.” Whether it’s losing the pandemic pounds, living in a healthier body, or even reaching the pinnacle of your sport, the certified, experienced sports performance experts at ATH have the expertise and a program tailored just for you. ABOUT ATHLETE TRAINING AND HEALTH (ATH) ATH is more than a gym. It’s a place of community, inspiration and results. ATH provides award-winning adult fitness and sports performance training for youth, collegiate and professional athletes. ATH utilizes best practices from human performance research to provide a world-class training environment for athletes and adults of all fitness levels collaborating with hospitals, professional sports teams, universities and school districts to set new standards for health and performance training. ATH invests heavily in the post-graduate education of its performance coaches, who in turn develop evidence-led training programs guaranteed to deliver sustainable results. ATH currently operates two training centers in the Houston metro area and one in Allen, north of DFW.

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FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE,MEDICAL DEVICES

Healthcare Under Cyberattack: Unprotected Medical IoT Devices Threaten Patient Care

Capterra | November 30, 2022

The rising adoption of connected medical devices is accelerating cyberattacks, according to Capterra’s new Medical IoT Survey of healthcare IT professionals. The survey also reveals that 67% of healthcare cyberattacks impact patient data and nearly half impact patient care, an indication that rising security risks in the industry are leading to severe consequences in patient outcomes and privacy. The medical internet of things is helping to make healthcare more convenient, efficient, and patient-centric. However, connected devices with IoT sensors often have unprotected security vulnerabilities that endanger healthcare facilities, and even patients. In fact, medical practices with more than 70% of their devices connected are 24% more likely to experience a cyberattack than practices with 50% or fewer connected devices. “As a healthcare organization connects more medical devices to its network, its attack surface expands. Connected medical devices often go unmonitored for security vulnerabilities, and because they run on a wide array of software and hardware platforms, it’s difficult to monitor with a single tool. This means that many connected medical devices are left wide open to cyberattacks.” Zach Capers, senior security analyst at Capterra More than half of healthcare IT staff rate the cybersecurity threat level in the industry as high or extreme, yet many healthcare organizations are not taking the necessary steps to protect medical IoT devices. Alarmingly, 57% do not always change the default username and password for each new connected medical device that is put into use. Additionally, 82% run connected medical devices on old Windows systems. If a security vulnerability is discovered, organizations should patch the device or update its firmware as soon as possible. Unfortunately, 68% of healthcare organizations don’t always update connected devices when a patch is available. However, vulnerabilities and associated patches aren’t always well publicized, which means healthcare IT staff must stay up-to-date on emerging threats to medical IoT devices. Medical IoT security requires proactive and ongoing vigilance. Healthcare practices should conduct routine vulnerability assessments before connecting medical devices to their IT network. They should also keep an up-to-date and accurate inventory of all connected devices plus associated software and firmware, and use software to monitor these devices. Read the full report on Capterra.com to learn more about best practices for healthcare organizations to strengthen security for their medical IoT devices. About Capterra Capterra is the leading software reviews and selection platform that connects businesses to the right technology. Compare software, read and leave reviews, and access objective insights that empower business growth.

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Tivic Health to Acquire Assets of Reliefband

Tivic Health | October 18, 2022

Tivic Health® Systems, Inc. a commercial-phase health technology company focused on bioelectronic medicine, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Reliefband product line for nausea treatment and all related assets from Reliefband Technologies, LLC. Reliefband has been an innovator in wearable, FDA-cleared electronic therapeutics for treatment of nausea and vomiting. Reliefband has multiple products available both over-the-counter and by prescription. “We are incredibly excited to add the full suite of Reliefband products to our commercial portfolio. The Reliefband team successfully pioneered a direct-to-consumer business model for medical products. This acquisition, when combined with our growing direct-to-consumer sales of ClearUP, will significantly accelerate Tivic’s revenue opportunities.” Jennifer Ernst, CEO of Tivic Health Recurring nausea impacts approximately 1 in 6 US adults. According to QY Research, nausea treatment is a $2.4B market in the US and $5.5B globally, growing at 6.5% CAGR. Reliefband’s wrist-worn electronic nerve stimulators have been FDA-cleared for treatment of nausea associated with seven independent clinical indications, including nausea from motion sickness, pregnancy, migraines, anxiety, chemotherapy, various medications and hangovers. The patented products are backed by 40 peer-reviewed clinical studies and have generated over 3500 Amazon reviews averaging 4+ stars. Both Reliefband and ClearUP products offer consumers ways to manage health-related conditions without the issues and side effects often associated with medication use. Both are FDA-cleared, highly effective, fast-acting, convenient, and drug-free. Both currently are sold primarily online, and both have received CE Marks allowing international expansion. In addition to the Reliefband direct-to-consumer branded products, Tivic will also acquire Reliefband’s Reletex-branded prescription nausea treatments. Reletex products are currently distributed by hospitals and medical professionals and are reimbursed under HCPCS code E0765 for certain conditions. “We look forward to growing Tivic with the addition of clinically proven, revenue-producing bioelectronic products that have seen strong customer adoption and growth,” continued Ernst. Consideration to be provided by Tivic consists of up to $33.5 million, of which up to $1.5 million can be paid, at the election of Tivic, in restricted common stock of Tivic. Consideration is subject to working capital adjustments, less Reliefband transaction expenses and any indebtedness of Reliefband at closing. The transaction is expected to be consummated in the fourth quarter of 2022 or first quarter of 2023 after the satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions, including but not limited to securing the financing necessary to pay the purchase price. Additional information on the transaction can be found in a Current Report on Form 8-K filed by Tivic with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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Groundbreaking for the new Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital of Savannah on April 8, 2016. Special thanks to WTOC-TV for providing this video. The Willett Children's Hospital is a partnership between Memorial Health and Novant Health.

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