Healthcare employment edges up, though tepid overall

Healthcaredive | June 11, 2019

The healthcare industry hired another 15,700 employees in May, bringing the total of new jobs added over the past 12 months to 391,000.The gains were largely thanks to the ambulatory sector, which added 12,200 jobs last month and accounted for 78% of total healthcare job growth. Physician offices alone added 7,900 jobs and other outpatient healthcare practices added 2,700. Medical and diagnostic labs added 1,100 jobs and dental offices added 800.Nonetheless, employment growth is tepid at best. The month of May had 42% fewer hires than in April, and almost 70% fewer than in March, according to the newest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Adapting to the evolving mobile environment is a challenge for any organization. For today's healthcare organizations — whether payers or providers — the challenge is particularly pressing. Clinicians overwhelmingly prefer to use mobile devices at the point of care, and more physicians than ever are using their own personal smartphones and tablets to care for their patients. Indeed, clinicians are using their own devices more than they are using devices provided by their organization.


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DIGITAL HEALTHCARE, MEDICAL DEVICES

Sharps Technology Begins Manufacturing at its Hungary Facility for the Company's Innovative Syringe Products

Sharps Technology Inc | December 21, 2022

Sharps Technology, Inc. an innovative medical device and drug delivery Company offering patented, best-in-class syringe products, announces they have commenced manufacturing of their much-needed ultra-low waste smart safety syringe products in their European operation in Hungary. The plant has been producing products and will begin shipments to support the distribution and sales agreement with Nephron Pharmaceuticals by the end of the year, and customer agreements in Europe in early 2023. The production of these specialty syringe products will ramp up over the next several months to increase supply. Sharps innovative syringe designs provide a beneficial set of features and advantages for the healthcare industry. These syringe product features include a combination of ultra-low waste, passive and active safety, and reuse prevention. By combining all these features and building them into a portfolio of syringe offerings, it will create product platforms that can help drive down the cost of healthcare treatments. “This is a transformative point for our company as we move from a pre-revenue research & development start-up to a true manufacturing company that should generate revenue in the first half of 2023. Today’s healthcare providers are responsible for managing their supply chains and driving down their total cost of ownership (TCO) for medical treatments. Sharps Technology will be able to offer products that can directly support those programs. At Sharps Technology, we feel that by using better drug delivery technology, we can help create additional medical treatments at no additional cost for patients that need them." Robert Hayes, Sharps Technology CEO "We look forward to a bright future at Sharps Technology," concluded Mr. Hayes. "The recently signed distribution agreement with Nephron Pharmaceuticals accelerates the sales plan for our innovative syringe products that are currently being produced in the Sharps plant in Hungary. The ability to pull forward our sales plan for customers in the US will create a unique opportunity for early revenue at Sharps. We expect to have our first products available for sale in the US by the end of January 2023, with additional products to be added to the distribution network by mid-year of 2023." When healthcare providers use ultra-low waste syringes with multi-dose vials, it allows for the availability of up to 20% to 40% more medication for patients that need the treatment. This medication availability is created by using more efficient syringes designated as low-waste and ultra-low waste products, and not trapping medication within the syringe after the dose is given. The use of standard syringes that are not designated as low waste or ultra-low waste products typically creates a dead space area within the syringe where excess medication is trapped and cannot be used. This dead space then causes the healthcare provider to throw away the unused medication. The trapped medication in the dead space of a standard syringe can waste as much as 100 microliters of medication or more. The Pharmaceutical companies that fill their medication into vials understand this and must then overfill the vial with drug therapy to compensate for the problem. As the costs for medication and medical treatments rise, the discarded medication can cost the industry millions of dollars, or more, globally. The purchase of the European facility was finalized in the summer of 2022 and Sharps has invested in infrastructure and equipment upgrades to prepare the plant for a full manufacturing schedule. Syringe products produced by Sharps comply with all applicable FDA and ISO requirements and have been awarded the European Union’s CE Mark. The Sharps Hungary team, led by General Manager Filippo Filippi, brings together a dedicated and knowledgeable manufacturing force, with more than 20 years of experience in supplying the world with high quality, innovative syringe products. Prior to the GM position, Filippi’s career spanned years of building, managing, and supporting multiple manufacturing sites across Europe, Asia, and Africa. The Hungary plant is vertically integrated in that it has the capability to manufacture the syringe components by injection molding, assemble the devices on automated lines or by manual assembly if required, and to sterilize the products on-site through the Ethylene Oxide sterilization process. This last stage of the syringe manufacturing process is unique in the industry and gives Sharps an advantage in supporting shortened lead times as compared to the common need to utilize a third-party for sterilization. The plant has manufacturing capacity to supply more than 50 million units today and the facility could be expanded to produce 250 million units or more over the next couple of years. About Sharps Technology Sharps Technology is a medical device and pharmaceutical packaging company specializing in the development and manufacturing of innovative drug delivery systems. The company’s product lines focus on low waste and ultra-low waste syringe technologies that incorporate both passive and active safety features. These features protect front line healthcare workers from life-threatening needle stick injuries and protect the public from needle re-use. Sharps Technology has extensive expertise in specialized prefilled syringe systems and ready to use processing. The company has a manufacturing facility in Hungary and has partnered with Nephron Pharmaceuticals to expand its manufacturing capacity in the US..

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Signify Health and Ardent Health Services Collaborate to Improve Healthcare Outcomes

Signify Health, Inc. | December 15, 2022

Signify Health, Inc. a leading healthcare platform that leverages advanced analytics, technology and nationwide healthcare networks to create and power value-based payment programs, today announced an expansion of its relationship with Ardent Health Services, a premier provider of healthcare services with more than 200 sites of care across six states. A former participant in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement-Advanced program, Ardent will join a 2023 Signify-enabled accountable care organization (ACO) to implement care transformation, manage risk and provide high-quality, coordinated care for its Medicare patients. Ardent’s affiliated network of facilities and physicians in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas will work together with independent providers in a collaborative ACO model to achieve the benefits of scale and to effectively manage risk. The strategic collaboration will support alignment with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) goal of having all Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in an accountable relationship by 2030. “Ardent is proud of our success to date in value-based care, including the work we have done to transform our patient experience after discharge to achieve an over 26% reduction in our 90-day readmission rate and improve the clinical outcomes among participating patients,” said Marty Bonick, President and CEO of Ardent Health Services. “We are excited to expand our partnership with Signify Health to bring our patients proven preventive and care management services that will help drive better health and improve the overall experience for both patients and care teams.” Earlier this year, Signify Health acquired Caravan Health, a leader in enabling sustainable ACO and population health programs. With this acquisition, Signify Health supports one of the largest networks of at-risk providers and offers one comprehensive platform to manage total cost of care. In 2020 and 2021, 100% of Signify Health’s collaborative ACO participants earned shared savings. According to Tim Gronniger, Chief of Value-based Care Solutions, Signify Health, “CMS has stated that providers will soon be expected to move away from fee-for-service and take accountability for their cost of care. We are thrilled to work with Ardent Health Services to deliver the infrastructure needed to support their success with accountable care. Through our work together, Ardent’s Medicare patients will receive increased access to preventative and in-home services that can help to diminish health inequities and increase savings.” About Signify Health Signify Health is a leading healthcare platform that leverages advanced analytics, technology, and nationwide healthcare provider networks to create and power value-based payment programs. Our mission is to build trusted relationships to make people healthier. Our solutions support value-based payment programs by aligning financial incentives around outcomes, providing tools to health plans and healthcare organizations designed to assess and manage risk and identify actionable opportunities for improved patient outcomes, coordination and cost-savings. Through our platform, we coordinate what we believe is a holistic suite of clinical, social, and behavioral services to address an individual’s healthcare needs and prevent adverse events that drive excess cost, all while shifting services towards the home. For more information on how we are taking health homeward, visit us at signifyhealth.com. About Ardent Health Services Ardent Health Services invests in people, technology and communities. Through its subsidiaries, Ardent owns and operates 30 hospitals and nearly 200 sites of care in six states with more than 24,000 employees, including 1,200+ employed providers. With a focus on evidence-based practices to improve quality care and patient outcomes, 95% of eligible Ardent hospitals received a Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade of A or B for Fall 2022, compared with 57% of all ranked U.S. hospitals. In 2022, Modern Healthcare recognized six Ardent entities as "Best Places to Work," marking the 14th consecutive year an Ardent facility was recognized. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Ardent is owned by current and former members of Ardent’s management team; Equity Group Investments (EGI), a Chicago-based private investment firm; and Ventas, Inc. (NYSE: VTR), a publicly traded real estate investment trust.

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Juno Medical Raises $12M Series A Led by NEXT VENTURES and Serena Ventures; Funding Will Fuel Juno's National Expansion

Juno Medical | December 12, 2022

Juno Medical, the modern doctor's office that's designed for the 99%, today announced $12 million in Series A funding co-led by Julian Eison, Managing Partner at NEXT VENTURES, and Serena Williams, Managing Partner at Serena Ventures. Juno’s comprehensive tech-enabled healthcare model is designed to meet the everyday healthcare needs of "the 99%,” with a specific focus on revitalizing neighborhoods across the United States and delivering a beautiful environment, transparent pricing, and exceptional care. The funding will support Juno’s continued development of its technology platform and expansion into new markets, including Atlanta, Georgia, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Los Angeles, California. Other notable participants include Vast Ventures, which led Juno’s seed round, Empire State Development’s New York Ventures, TXV Partners, Genius Guild, Gaingels, and previous investors Atento Capital and Humbition. Juno’s team has unmatched healthcare, technology, and business expertise. Juno Founder and CEO Dr. Akili Hinson’s background spans medicine and business. He is a physician by training and former McKinsey & Company consultant with expertise in payment innovation, value-based care delivery, and digital transformation. Juno’s medical leadership team includes Chief Health Officer Dr. Aarti Agarwal, an internist and epidemiologist with expertise in global health and value-based care, as well as Juno’s two founding physicians, Dr. Shante Hinson, a rheumatologist and preventative health expert dedicated to bridging the healthcare gap in underserved communities, and Dr. Candice Fraser, an OB/GYN with over a decade of experience as a trusted guide in women's health. “Juno’s vision is to reimagine the future of healthcare by finally making exceptional, family-centered care accessible and affordable for the 99% all across the United States. At Juno, we’ve designed healthcare that people love by providing the highest quality care and incredible service in a beautiful environment that feels like a place to belong—all powered by modern technology. We are honored by the support of the thousands of patients who have trusted us with their care and our investors who believe in us — we could not be more excited to bring Juno to more neighborhoods and communities all across the country.” Dr. Akili Hinson Juno’s products and services are designed for the family’s “Chief Caregiver” by bringing the best of primary care, pediatrics, women's health, same-day care, and virtual care into one thoughtfully designed experience. “It brings joy to my heart knowing Juno is on a mission to bring exceptional healthcare to cities and developing areas of our nation where suboptimal care, facilities, and services have been tolerated out of necessity for way too long," said Julian Eison, Managing Partner of NEXT VENTURES. “I believe Juno’s hybrid approach leveraging brick and mortar clinics paired with digital access is an enduring model that will serve as the fundamental basis to build community trust and outcomes to match. It’s an honor to have partnered with such an esteemed team, attacking one of the largest problems of our time.” Juno accelerated the opening of its first location in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City to see patients in April 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic devastated New York and many physician offices were closed. In addition to providing COVID testing and care to hundreds of residents, Juno continued to offer in-person preventive care during the pandemic which led to the identification of treatable cancers and previously undiagnosed chronic conditions in asymptomatic women and men — which may have been missed in the absence of the founding team’s commitment to serve. “We are honored to partner with Juno to expand upon their inclusive, full-service healthcare home model where people from all backgrounds feel seen, heard and welcome,” said Serena Williams, Managing Partner of Serena Ventures. “There is a serious need to address equity issues in healthcare, mental health and wellness services that many communities face. Juno and its talented team have the vision, model and track record to disrupt the unacceptable status quo in healthcare.” Juno’s approach and presence in underserved communities is part of the solution to a growing challenge of healthcare disparities that exist across the United States. A recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation outlined race-based disparities in maternal and infant health and mortality. The markets in which Juno will expand have their own unique health care challenges. On November 1, Atlanta Medical Center closed its doors, leaving an already-strained healthcare system with one less option and exacerbating concerns about the future of safety net hospitals in the region and state. In North Tulsa, where Juno’s clinic will be located, residents have a life expectancy 13 years shorter than their neighbors in South Tulsa. “Empire State Development’s New York Ventures exists to partner with promising startups that are working to solve the world’s most important challenges, and we are proud to support Juno Medical as they strive to provide exceptional healthcare to New Yorkers, especially in areas that are often overlooked or left behind,” said Hope Knight, President, CEO and Commissioner of Empire State Development. “Juno’s success in New York State is a road map for the future and a proven model for delivering quality, affordable healthcare for all.” Unlike recent trends in concierge medicine and digital health, Juno’s model is designed to work with nearly all types of insurance—including commercial plans, Medicare and Medicaid—without initial barriers or exclusive membership fees. Juno is taking a different approach to meet the needs of busy households by offering additional plans that start at $20 per month per person or $50 per month per family that complement its core services with added conveniences like night and weekend appointments, savings, and unique events and experiences. Juno’s hybrid model includes both in-person options for patients and a robust e-health platform, which includes an app that allows patients to make appointments, manage care information, and keep in touch with their care team. As part of its mission to create a healthier world, Juno will use this funding to expand into new markets and recruit the highest-caliber provider talent in Atlanta, Tulsa and Los Angeles. Juno’s new clinics will be located in the historic yet overlooked neighborhoods of East Atlanta, Greenwood (Tulsa), and Inglewood (Los Angeles). The funding will also support the continued expansion of Juno’s robust technology platform for both patients and healthcare providers—a critical component of Juno’s innovative model. About Juno Medical Launched in April 2020, Juno Medical is a tech-enabled healthcare service provider designed for you and yours. The company offers exceptional hospitality, modern technology, and transparent prices that won't break the bank and brings the best of adult primary care, pediatrics, women's health, and same-day care into one thoughtful and beautifully designed place.

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NextGen Healthcare Announces Agreement to Acquire TSI Healthcare

NextGen Healthcare, Inc. | December 01, 2022

NextGen Healthcare, Inc. a leading provider of innovative cloud-based healthcare technology solutions, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire TSI Healthcare, a privately held value-added reseller located in Chapel Hill, NC. The acquisition shall be deemed effective 11:59 p.m. on November 30, 2022. The consideration is comprised of an upfront amount of $68 million, which will be paid in cash with contingent consideration of up to $22 million in cash in the form of an earnout, subject to achieving certain financial targets through March 31, 2025. The acquisition is expected to contribute approximately $10 to 12 million of revenue in the remaining four months of fiscal 2023 and will be accretive to adjusted EBITDA and cash flow within a year. The company plans to update guidance when it reports its fiscal 2023 third quarter results. “TSI was one of our premier clinical content and technical services partners specializing in comprehensive solutions for specialty physician practices. This acquisition enables NextGen Healthcare to expand its presence in key specialties including rheumatology, pulmonology and cardiology.” David Sides, president and chief executive officer of NextGen Healthcare “TSI Healthcare has been part of the NextGen Healthcare family over 16 years, developing specialty specific solutions exclusively on NextGen Healthcare’s platform,” said David Dickson, Jr., president and chief executive officer of TSI Healthcare. “We’re excited to extend our services expertise with NextGen Healthcare’s product and services leadership to further solidify NextGen Healthcare as among the most trusted names in ambulatory healthcare.” About NextGen Healthcare, Inc. NextGen Healthcare, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative healthcare technology solutions. We are reimagining ambulatory healthcare with award-winning solutions that enable high-performing practices to create healthier communities. We partner with medical, behavioral and dental providers in their journey toward whole person health and value-based care. Our highly integrated, intelligent and interoperable solutions go beyond EHR and Practice Management to increase clinical quality and productivity, enrich the patient experience and drive superior financial performance. We are on a quest to achieve better healthcare outcomes for all. About TSI Healthcare TSI Healthcare® is a national leader in the sales and support of customized NextGen® Practice Management and Electronic Health Record software. TSI Healthcare continues to deliver innovative, specialty-specific solutions to maximize revenue, reduce costs, and advance patient care through unmatched customer service that focuses on the human element. TSI's support teams include NextGen Certified Professionals, clinicians, and former practice administrators, based in the U.S. In addition to core products, TSI Healthcare also offers Revenue Cycle Management, Patient Portal, Population Health Management, Cloud Hosting and more.

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Adapting to the evolving mobile environment is a challenge for any organization. For today's healthcare organizations — whether payers or providers — the challenge is particularly pressing. Clinicians overwhelmingly prefer to use mobile devices at the point of care, and more physicians than ever are using their own personal smartphones and tablets to care for their patients. Indeed, clinicians are using their own devices more than they are using devices provided by their organization.

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