Healthcare Roundup—Senate committee invites PBMs to testify; Kansas eyes new transplant law

FierceHealthcare | March 14, 2019

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee, led by Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Ron Wyden, invited executives from five pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to testify before a committee on drug pricing. The hearing, set for April 3, will be the third in a series of hearings looking at the costs of prescription drugs. Cigna, now the parent company of Express Scripts, CVS, Humana, OptumRx and Prime Therapeutics have been invited to the hearing. As pharmaceutical companies testified on the issue, the committee feels it is only fair to let PBMs talk about their role in lowering prescription drug prices. Grassley and Wyden ask that these companies come prepared to discuss real solutions. “We welcome the opportunity to share with the committee the role of PBMs in advocating on behalf of consumers and plan sponsors to make prescription drugs accessible and affordable,” a spokesperson from the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) told FierceHealthcare.

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This short NHS RightCare video covers the Cardiovascular Disease focus pack and is designed to help healthcare economies work through the Commissioning for Value focus packs published in April 2016. It highlights key points and explains what the data is showing. The CVD focus pack include a range of process, outcome measures and information focusing on the most common procedures and diagnoses for the CVD family of conditions, including diabetes, stroke and kidney disease.


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Kubat HealthCare acquires Hilltop Drugs Etc

Kubat Healthcare | May 10, 2022

Kubat HealthCare, a leading health care service provider, announces today the acquisition of Hilltop Drugs Etc located at 108 W 11th St in Neligh, Nebraska 68756. Founded in October 2008 by co-founder and current Pharmacist-In-Charge, Jami Schmidt, Hilltop Drugs Etc quickly became a community staple providing personalized pharmacy and healthcare services. In 2019, Jami Schmidt and her business partner sold to Mark Vogt. "When I started Hilltop Drugs Etc in 2008, I wanted to provide the community with exceptional pharmacy solutions," said Jami Schmidt, who will remain as the Pharmacist-In-Charge, "I am thrilled that by joining with Kubat HealthCare, not only will our community continue to have pharmacy needs met, but we will now be able to offer additional health care services that have not been made available until now." By joining the Kubat HealthCare family, Neligh and surrounding communities will benefit from the access to respiratory care, specialized compounded medications, infusion, and home medical equipment solutions through their other locations in Nebraska. Hilltop Drugs Etc will continue to offer home delivery and mailing of patient's prescriptions, RediMedi compliance packaging, vaccinations, and assistance with enrolling in Medicare Part D prescription insurance plans. "The team at Hilltop Drugs is exceptional. While the name will change in the coming months, we are ecstatic to have Jami Schmidt and the team continue to provide exceptional service to the community." Tony Schmid, Vice President of Pharmacy Operations at Kubat HealthCare At Kubat HealthCare, their growth initiative has been focused on entering communities that have been previously underserved by their healthcare options. "Through our network, our team members are able to provide additional healthcare services to communities throughout the Midwest" said Bret Cain, COO of Kubat HealthCare, "And as we continue to grow, it reassures me that we are creating a beneficial healthcare network of service offerings to deserving communities."

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Essentia Health Selects Press Ganey as Patient Experience and Nursing Excellence Partner

pressganey | July 07, 2022

Press Ganey, renowned leader in patient, member, employee and consumer experience across the healthcare ecosystem announced it has entered into a multi-year agreement to provide technology, counsel and additional knowledge resources to Essentia Health, an integrated healthcare system serving patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. Effective July 1, Press Ganey will support Essentia Health through rapid patient experience transformation and nursing excellence across the health system’s 14 hospitals, 72 clinics and 12 care facilities. “The best collaborations create something bigger than the sum of what each partner can create on their own, and I’m incredibly excited to see the great, industry-leading work that the Essentia Health and Press Ganey teams are going to do together,” said Lanie Dixon, Vice President of Patient Experience, Essentia Health. “Press Ganey’s unparalleled expertise in healthcare industry benchmarking, leading-edge technology and wealth of knowledge and resources will help us drive meaningful organizational change for our patients, physicians, and nurses, as Essentia continues its journey to Magnet Recognition® status.” Press Ganey partners with 98% of hospitals recognized by the American Nurses’ Association’s Magnet program, which recognizes excellence in nursing. Press Ganey will support Essentia Health through an integrated, multifaceted approach, including Dynamic Surveying: Customizable, digital surveys tailored to patients’ unique experiences. Narrative Dx: Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven Natural Language Processing (NLP) to quickly and efficiently derive insights from patient feedback. National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators® (NDNQI®): Press Ganey’s proprietary national database of 250+ nursing measures and quality indicators to get unit-level analysis to help improve patient outcomes. Transparency: A technology platform that publishes authentic ratings and reviews from real patient experience surveys to provider profiles and directories, helping earn patient trust and driving appointment scheduling. Reputation Management: A cutting-edge, purpose-built for healthcare tool that captures patient sentiment and comments from reviews and social media sites into one consolidated dashboard to enable fast responses to online feedback. “We’re thrilled to partner with and support an industry leader in Essentia Health as they track their end-to-end patient journey and improve nursing excellence system-wide. Our integrated technology platform will provide the award-winning Essentia team with the ability to monitor the connections between patient and consumer experience and high-quality care, so they can continue to serve their communities in profound ways.” Dan Litwer, chief client officer, Press Ganey About Press Ganey Press Ganey invented the healthcare performance improvement movement over 35 years ago. Today it offers an integrated suite of solutions that address safety, clinical excellence, patient experience and workforce engagement. The company works with more than 41,000 healthcare facilities in its mission to reduce patient suffering and enhance caregiver resilience to improve the overall safety, quality and experience of care. About Essentia Health Essentia Health is an integrated health system serving patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. Headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota, Essentia Health combines the strengths and talents of 14,100 employees, including more than 2,100 physicians and advanced practitioners, who serve our patients and communities through the mission of being called to make a healthy difference in people’s lives. The organization lives out its mission by having a patient-centered focus at 14 hospitals, 72 clinics, six long-term care facilities, three assisted living facilities, three independent living facilities, six ambulance services, 20 retail pharmacies, and one research institute.

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CareView Communications Selected to Exhibit Patient Safety System at Vizient Innovative Technology Exchange

CareView Communications, Inc. | June 22, 2022

CareView Communications, Inc. an information technology provider to the healthcare industry, has been selected to exhibit the CareView Patient Safety System®, including its patented, predictive Virtual Bed Rails® and Virtual Chair Rails® technology, at the Vizient Innovative Technology Exchange. Vizient, Inc., the nation’s largest member-driven health care performance improvement company, will hold the Exchange on October 17 at the Renaissance, Dallas. The annual Innovative Technology Exchange offers selected suppliers the unique opportunity to demonstrate their technologies to supply chain and clinical leaders from Vizient’s member hospitals and subject matter experts who serve on its supply councils. Each technology will showcase how it improves clinical outcomes, enhances safety, or drives incremental improvements to health care delivery or business models. The CareView Patient Safety System leverages CareView’s patented Virtual Bed Rails and Virtual Chair Rails, which use machine learning to differentiate between normal patient movements and behaviors of an at-risk patient. Exclusive integrations with the health system’s electronic health record (EHR) and nurse communication systems allow for enhanced clinical workflows and improved response times. With CareView’s system, one staff member can safely monitor and interact with up to 40 patients, resulting in fewer false alarms, quicker staff interventions, and a significant reduction in patient falls. “We are very excited to bring our CareView Patient Safety System to the Vizient Innovative Technology Exchange. CareView’s latest equipment will address hospital staffing shortages, ease care burdens, and improve care efficiency by having a virtual sitter in every at-risk and high acuity patient room.” Sandra McRee, CareView’s Chief Operating Officer “Suppliers come to the Exchange hoping to be awarded an Innovative Technology contract, which signals health care providers of their product’s unique qualities,” said Kelly Flaharty, director of contract process, Vizient. “We are pleased to include CareView’s technology in the group selected to participate.” The annual Innovative Technology Exchange is part of Vizient’s Innovative Technology Program that includes product review of supplier-submitted technologies by member-led councils and task forces. Since 2003, Vizient has reviewed over 1,600 product submissions as part of its Innovative Technology Program. About CareView Communications, Inc. As a leader in turnkey patient video monitoring solutions, CareView is redefining the standard of patient safety in hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country. For over a decade, CareView has relentlessly pursued innovative ways to increase patient protection, providing next generation solutions that lower operational costs and foster a culture of safety among patient, staff and hospital leadership. With installations in more than 150 hospitals, CareView has proven that its innovative technology is creating a culture of patient safety where patient falls have decreased by 80% with sitter costs reduced by more than 65%. Anchored by the CareView Patient Safety System, this modular, scalable solution delivers flexible configurations to fit any facility while significantly increasing patient safety and operational savings. All configurations feature HD cameras, high-fidelity 2-way audio/video, LCD displays for the ultimate in capability, flexibility, and affordability. Corporate offices are located at 405 State Highway 121 Bypass, Suite B-240, Lewisville, TX 75067.

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MCI Onehealth Partners with MDClone to Accelerate Research through Global Clinical Intelligence Offering

MCI Onehealth Technologies, Inc. | July 29, 2022

MCI Onehealth Technologies Inc. a clinician-led healthcare technology company focused on increasing access to and quality of healthcare, and MDClone, a digital health company and leader in synthetic data, are pleased to announce an advanced clinical intelligence offering for their global partners. This offering combines real-world health insights with mirrored synthetic data to power deeper research and inspire novel therapeutic development. “MCI’s collaboration with MDClone will provide our partners with greater access to high-value data-insights-as-a-service for an array of research, clinical and data science needs. Whether through MCI’s clinic network, international healthcare providers, or pharmaceutical, life sciences and biotech partners, our mutually enhanced insights will help to quickly translate healthcare data and research into improved health and quality of life for patients.” Dr. Alexander Dobranowski, MD, Chief Executive Officer of MCI The real-world patient health journeys that MCI’s tech-enabled network is able to capture offer a comprehensive picture to researchers, who can benefit from a fuller perspective. The partnership between MCI and MDClone will leverage MDClone’s technology to load, organize and protect MCI-generated patient data and use this data to help find insights to improve care. In addition, MCI and MDClone intend to work together to improve data collection and curation to better serve the needs of applied healthcare research. MDClone offers clients robust, detailed data for thorough end-to-end, real-world analysis. Using the MDClone ADAMS Platform analytics tools and synthetic data capabilities, clinicians, researchers, and healthcare professionals can explore healthcare data more efficiently to accelerate real-world evidence processes. With synthetic data capabilities at the forefront, users can leverage self-service tools to access, analyze, and share information without privacy concerns. Additionally, the real-time identification and extraction of information about a specific population of interest allows users at healthcare systems to overcome some of the common barriers that can slow clinical data projects’ progress. “We’re thrilled to partner with innovators like MCI in the healthcare and life science industries and beyond. Together, we can provide tailored clinical insights that meet clients’ needs, and from those insights, MDClone can generate synthetic data that researchers can use to better understand disease progression, enhance care delivery, and develop new products that can improve patient outcomes,” said Josh Rubel, Chief Operating Officer of MDClone. In keeping with its objective to be a preeminent health technology leader, MCI nurtures international opportunities to leverage its vast pool of high-quality structured clinical information. The MDClone ADAMS Platform’s unique ability to convert datasets and cohorts of interest into synthetic files that are statistically comparable to the original data, but composed entirely of artificial patients, aids in broader and more secure access and opens the doors to third-party access and larger-scale research impact. MCI’s audience for health insights continues to grow in Canada and will further benefit from access to MDClone’s global roster of top-tier health system and pharma relationships. The collaboration with MDClone will accelerate MCI’s entry into the clinical insights and analytics sectors in the United States of America and Israel, including potential access to headquarter-level decision-makers of global pharma and life science leaders. “Through this commercial arrangement, we each have the benefit of immediate introduction to the active client rosters of the other, and we each gain a superior — and unique — offering to acquire new partners, fueling the expansion of MCI’s health insight services into international markets,” added Dr. Dobranowski. About MCI MCI is a healthcare technology company focused on empowering patients and doctors with advanced technologies to increase access, improve quality, and reduce healthcare costs. 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This short NHS RightCare video covers the Cardiovascular Disease focus pack and is designed to help healthcare economies work through the Commissioning for Value focus packs published in April 2016. It highlights key points and explains what the data is showing. The CVD focus pack include a range of process, outcome measures and information focusing on the most common procedures and diagnoses for the CVD family of conditions, including diabetes, stroke and kidney disease.

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