Hospital leaders see clear ROI for supply chain analytics, but most use outdated processes: survey

FierceHealthcare | March 12, 2019

Hospital executives say that better supply chain management can increase margins by more than 1% and the return on investment for supply chain analytics is clear, according to a new survey. At the same time, most hospital leaders are not investing in supply chain operations as their top priority and are using outdated processes, the survey found. While the focus on revenue has taken top billing for the past several years, hospital leaders have started to turn their attention to cost control and management, according to a report from Sage Growth Partners, based on a survey of 100 healthcare C-suite executives and supply chain executives. SGP conducted the survey on behalf of vendor Syft (formerly Management Health Solutions). Supplies are an increasingly large component of healthcare spending, and the Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management predicts that supply costs will exceed labor as hospitals’ greatest expense by 2020.

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FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE

Trinity Health to Acquire CommonSpirit Health's Share of MercyOne Health System Become Sole Parent

Trinity Health | April 20, 2022

Trinity Health and CommonSpirit Health announced they have signed an agreement for Trinity Health to acquire all facilities and assets of MercyOne, a regional health system based in Iowa. Since 1998, MercyOne has operated under a joint operating agreement between not-for-profit Catholic health care organizations Trinity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives, which is now CommonSpirit. MercyOne is a leading health system in Iowa and serves more than 3.3 million patients each year. The system includes 16 medical centers, 27 affiliate organizations and more than 420 care sites offering a range of health and wellness services, including provider services and urgent care, and more than 20,000 colleagues including 2,000 of the state's most talented doctors and providers. "True to our shared Catholic mission, our goal is to provide high-quality, compassionate care with the best patient/member experience possible. We will accomplish that goal through a holistic approach, with a range of health services and technologies that are fully connected and coordinated. This agreement creates a fully integrated MercyOne to care for more people in a unified way." Mike Slubowski, president and chief executive officer at Trinity Health After months of analysis and due diligence, Trinity Health and CommonSpirit determined a sole parent is the best path forward for MercyOne and for the communities it serves. Trinity Health, a national health system spanning 25 states, will bring unified strategies and operations to MercyOne's care sites, including one set of system services. As an example, MercyOne will transition to Trinity Health's common platforms, including a single electronic health record (EHR), ultimately allowing patients to easily manage their care across all MercyOne services and facilities. The result is a more convenient and consistent care experience for MercyOne's communities. "After two decades of successful collaboration, we are immensely proud of our partnership with Trinity Health and our efforts to advance health care statewide," said Marvin O'Quinn, president and chief operating officer at CommonSpirit Health. "While the current structure has been instrumental in growing our health care services in Iowa, we believe this decision is ultimately what is best for our patients, colleagues, and our communities." "We strongly believe this transition to become a full member of the Trinity Health family will result in a stronger, more cohesive health system better able to offer a convenient and personalized circle of care for all we serve," said Bob Ritz, president and chief executive officer at MercyOne. "We are delighted to have the agreement in place as we plan for the future of our mission. We are grateful to CommonSpirit for more than 20 years of partnership." Trinity Health and CommonSpirit will now plan for integration, complete regulatory filings, and take other steps necessary to finalize the transaction, which is expected to be completed summer 2022. This process will be seamless for the communities MercyOne serves, and patients can continue to expect the same compassionate care they have always received. About Trinity Health Trinity Health is one of the largest not-for-profit, Catholic health care systems in the nation. It is a family of 115,000 colleagues and nearly 26,000 physicians and clinicians caring for diverse communities across 25 states. Nationally recognized for care and experience, Trinity Health's network of care includes 88 hospitals, 131 continuing care locations, the second largest PACE program in the country, 125 urgent care locations, and many other health and well-being services. Based in Livonia, Michigan, its annual operating revenue is $20.2 billion with $1.2 billion returned to its communities in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. For more information, visit www.trinity-health.org or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter. About CommonSpirit Health CommonSpirit Health is a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 by Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. With its national office in Chicago and a team of over 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit operates 140 hospitals and more than 1,500 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2021, CommonSpirit had revenues of $33.3 billion and provided $5.1 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at www.commonspirit.org. About MercyOne MercyOne is a connected system of health care facilities and services dedicated to helping people and communities live their best life. MercyOne's care providers and staff make health the highest priority. The system's clinics, medical centers, hospitals and affiliates are located throughout the state of Iowa and beyond. Headquartered in central Iowa, MercyOne was founded in 1998 through a collaboration between Catholic Health Initiatives, now CommonSpirit Health, and Trinity Health - two of the country's foremost, not-for-profit Catholic health organizations.

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DIGITAL HEALTHCARE

AMIH Announces Expansion of EPIQ MD’s Telehealth Platform and Services

Epiq MD | January 21, 2022

American International Holdings Corp., adiversified holding company that develops, acquires and operates technology-based health and wellness companies, today announced that its subsidiaryEPIQ MD, Inc.,has expanded the availability of its telehealth service offerings to thirteen (13) states across the United States. EPIQ MD, Inc., the convergence of primary care, mental health, preventative, and wellness programs through an online healthcare platform, announced its original launch and arrival in four statesback in September of 2021. Now with the introduction of their platform throughout the Southern U. S. border, EPIQ MD is directly on pace to achieve its goal of covering all 50 U. S. states by the year-end 2022 “This expansion of EPIQ MDs telehealth services and offerings across the Southern border of the United States further cements the sentiment that EPIQ MD has held since its official launch in September 2021”, comments Jacob Cohen, President and CEO of American International Holdings Corp. "Our vision is to be an essential service for millions of working families and individuals who currently don’t have any other viable options. Having access to a doctor or mental health professional 24/7/365 represents a crucial advancement in overall quality of life and we simply believe that the more eyes that are opened to EPIQ MD, the more we will be able to grow and expand.” EPIQ MD Director, Michael Ladner EPIQ MD is not simply bringing their expansive array of healthcare services to additional states, but are excited about their most recent introduction of Epiq PAWsand Epiq LUX. Epiq PAWs being EPIQ MD’s virtual care add-on tailored towards furry family members (a/k/a pets), and Epiq LUX being a wide-ranging discount program offering savings on a variety of ancillary medical services, including but not limited to, Laboratory Services, Dental, Vision, Chiropractic, Imaging and Diabetes/Home Medical Supplies. The Company believes that this current footprint represents a great mix of both urban and rural geographic locations, filled with demographics ripe for our primary care and mental health services. Seven of the states listed herein as our coverage area are also within the “top 10 states with the highest percentage of uninsured Americans”, according to the U.S. Central Bureau. While EPIQ MD envisions its platform spreading steadily throughout the United States as the year 2022 progresses, our strategy is to target the areas wherein we can make the biggest difference via our service offering. About EPIQ MD, Inc. EPIQ MD believes that everyone deserves to live an epic life. It is the convergence of primary medical and mental health care, preventative care and wellness programs - on one digital platform, in a single offering. Conceived as a digital telemedicine-based business from the start, its core mission is to bring these services and knowledge to the 80 million Americans who are uninsured or underinsured. Its telemedicine platform provides services such as primary care, medical advisory, ask a medical expert, mental health services, discounted diagnostic lab services, prescription discount program, nutritional counseling and much more. Today Epiq MD is active and operational in Alaska, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Nevada and Utah. About American International Holdings Corp. American International Holdings Corp. is an investor, developer and asset manager of diversified, synergistic health and wellness businesses. Today, the AMIH portfolio encompasses telemedicine and other virtual health platforms, affordable subscriber-based primary care and concierge medicine plans, preventative care solutions and wellness related assets such as mental & behavioral health services, as well as its own proprietary life coaching platform. AMIH markets its various services through direct-to-consumer and business-to-business distribution channels. AMIH’s focus is on bringing to market technologies and solutions that advance the quality of life for the global community.

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FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE

Ascensus Closes Newport Merger Agreement

Ascensus | April 11, 2022

Ascensus—whose technology and expertise help millions of people save for retirement, education, and healthcare—and Newport, the Walnut Creek, California-based retirement services provider—announced today that the two companies have closed their previously announced merger, the first step in their journey together as a combined organization. The union combines the capabilities and talents of two market leaders in tax-advantaged savings and related services, serving more than 15 million savers and overseeing more than $745 billion in assets under administration as of December 31, 2021. Together, the unified company employs more than 5,400 employees across the U.S. David Musto, president and chief executive officer of Ascensus, will serve as CEO of the combined company. Laura Ramanis, who has served as interim CEO of Newport since the announcement of the transaction last fall, and Kurt Laning, executive vice president of Newport Non-Qualified and Insurance Solutions, will join the Ascensus executive leadership team, reporting to Musto. "With today's announcement, Ascensus and Newport have taken an important step in our journey towards a stronger, unified company. Clients across our lines of business will benefit from our expanded capabilities—accelerated investments in technology, data analytics, and user experiences—and broadened expertise. And both Ascensus and Newport associates can look forward to new opportunities for personal growth and enhanced career development." Musto "Ascensus and Newport share a passion for helping people save for their futures and supporting the growth and success of our partners," said Ramanis. "We look forward to continuing that mission as a combined company." With industry-leading qualified and non-qualified retirement plan services, corporate and bank-owned life insurance (COLI and BOLI) practices, fiduciary and trust solutions, and other total rewards capabilities, Newport expands the services and expertise Ascensus provides to its clients and advisor partners. Newport's clients will benefit from greater access to unique tax-advantaged savings solutions across retirement, education, and health provided by Ascensus. The combined company's investments in technology, digital capabilities, and analytics will deliver enhanced value to clients, expand client relationships, and create even better outcomes for savers. Both the Ascensus and Newport brands remain in use at closing, with the Ascensus brand representing the unified company. "Our goal over the next several months is the successful unification of our company—built on the principle of 'best of the best' and our shared cultural attributes, and executed with the interests, quality, and stability of our client relationships foremost in mind," added Musto. "As a unified organization, Ascensus and Newport share a strong commitment to serving our clients and offering more—across the tax-advantaged retirement, education, and health savings expertise for which Ascensus is known, and capitalizing on Newport's well-established qualified and non-qualified retirement services, and fiduciary and COLI/BOLI capabilities as well." Evercore acted as exclusive financial advisor to Newport in connection with the transaction. Goldman Sachs Bank USA, SPC Financing Company LLC, and KKR Capital Markets LLC led the financing consortium. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP acted as transactional counsel to Ascensus and Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as financing counsel to Ascensus. Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP acted as legal counsel to Newport. About Ascensus Ascensus helps millions of people save for what matters—retirement, education, and healthcare. Through co-branded, private-labeled, and other governmental partnerships, our technology, market insights, and business knowledge enhance the growth and success of our partners, their clients, and savers. Ascensus is a leading recordkeeping services provider, third-party administrator, and government savings facilitator in the United States. About Newport Headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, Newport is a leading retirement services provider that helps employers—and the advisors who serve them—prepare employees for a more financially secure retirement. The company has more than $150 billion in retirement assets under administration and more than $300 billion in corporate retirement and insurance assets. Newport maintains investment objectivity, fee transparency and a commitment to flexible, responsive service. Staffed by an exceptional team of nearly 1,500 retirement, insurance, and consulting professionals, the company provides retirement solutions tailored to the needs of employers of every size, from small businesses to the Fortune 1000.

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HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Kareo and PatientPops Combined Platform Leveraged by the Perdido Bay Medical Group to Deliver Integrated Care and Grow Business

Kareo | April 04, 2022

Dr. Daniel Spriggs, a long-time Kareo user at his former practices, chose to continue using the integrated platform for his new practice the Perdido Bay Medical Group because of its functionality, familiarity, and ease of use. Dr. Spriggs was previously part of other medical groups, and so he needed to develop a new online identity when he opened his new practice. In the first 60 days following implementation, PatientPop’s solution improved the practice’s visibility online garnering over 1,500 new website visitors. Simultaneously, PatientPop helped solidify 70 new patient reviews with an average of 5 out of 5-star ratings. Improving the practice website’s SEO brought in over 500 organic website connections. “Kareo’s platform has allowed me to create workflows that mimic how I work, making it easier for me to deliver care to my patients. It was still the best choice when it came to a solution for my new practice. Even though I haven’t used PatientPop for very long, it has already improved my website performance greatly by making my brand presence more cohesive and is helping to bring in new patients. It's a tremendous benefit that Kareo and PatientPop have merged because I don’t have to rely on disparate systems which are often confusing, not as fiscal, and don’t deliver the best results.” Dr. Spriggs Kareo and PatientPop announced theymerged in 2021to form Tebra. The combined company’s mission is to equip independent practices with digital tools to deliver modernized care. The all-in-one solution can help providers support and attract new patients, get paid quickly, and operate more efficiently. “Tebra’s all-in-one platform is unlocking better healthcare for small practices to modernize care delivery and improve the patient experience,” Andrea Kowalski, Senior Vice-President of Product for Kareo, said. “Our partnership with the Perdido Bay Medical Group illustrates our ability to tailor solutions to what is most important to our client’s needs. We will continue to enhance and simplify our solutions to drive practice transformation.” About the Perdido Bay Medical Group The Perdido Bay Medical Group is a family medicine practice serving adults of all ages and children as young as four years old in Lillian, Alabama. Experienced family medicine physician Daniel Spriggs, MD, launched the practice in 2021 when he discovered that the Lillian community needed more than the ordinary family medicine practices. The Perdido Bay Medical Group offers chronic disease management, acute illness care, arthritis care, geriatrics, and specialized care for disability and special-needs patients. About PatientPop PatientPopis an industry leader in practice growth technology with a platform that helps thousands of providers promote their practice, attract and acquire patients, and retain them, for a thriving business. The integrated platform eases and enhances the patient journey from start to finish, with a streamlined digital workflow that significantly reduces work for providers and staff. PatientPop has been recognized with many industry awards and accolades, including the Inc. 500, Deloitte Fast 500, Entrepreneur 360, Consumer World Awards, Capterra Shortlist, G2 Leader, and Silicon Review 50 Fastest Growing Companies. PatientPop has headquarters in Santa Monica, California. About Kareo Kareois a cloud-based healthcare technology platform built to meet the unique needs of independent practices in dozens of specialties. Today, Kareo helps over 80,000 providers in 50 states deliver outstanding patient care and run more efficient and profitable practices. The Kareo technology platform helps providers find more patients, manage patient care with a fully certified and easy-to-use EHR, and get paid quickly within a unified, easy-to-use solution. Kareo has received extensive industry recognition, including the2021 Best in KLAS award for Small Practice Ambulatory EMR/PM Solutions, the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, Inc. 5000, and a ranking at the top of Gartner’s Leader Quadrant in the FrontRunners Software Analysis of EHR. Kareo’s headquarters are based in Irvine, California.

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