Payer Roundup—Utah takes another step toward slimmed-down Medicaid expansion

FierceHealthcare | February 12, 2019

Utah’s state House has approved legislation that would scale back the number of people eligible for the voter-mandated Medicaid expansion. Voters in the state approved Medicaid expansion in the 2018 election, and under the Affordable Care Act that would allow the state’s program to add people making up to 138% of the poverty level to the rolls. However, the newly passed House tweak would cut that to 100% of the poverty level. Such a change would need to be approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services before being finalized. The state’s Senate and governor would also need to sign off on the plan. “We’re doing the very best we can, and I think we’ve got a great solution here,” Stuart Adams, president of the state’s Senate, said.

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Addison Group Expands Non-Clinical Healthcare Services With Acquisition of Harmony Healthcare

Addison Group | July 11, 2022

Addison Group a national leader in professional services specializing in talent solutions and consulting services, announced the acquisition of Harmony Healthcare a human capital management company providing a diverse range of non-clinical healthcare workforce and consulting solutions nationwide. With healthcare as the third-largest industry in the U.S., this investment comes amid high demands and a continued shortage of non-clinical healthcare workers. Addison and Harmony's combined 28 years of experience in non-clinical healthcare workforce solutions enable health organizations to thrive in an ever-changing environment. The acquisition furthers Addison's position as a national leader in non-clinical healthcare talent resources, recruiting, and consulting services, and Addison's ongoing expansion strategy through organic growth and acquisitions of forward-thinking specialized firms that prioritize client and employee satisfaction. "Addison's consistent growth trajectory is due to our keen understanding of market trends and finding the right solutions for our client's business challenges. As the healthcare industry continues to navigate significant shifts, many organizations are still grappling with talent shortages, cyberattacks, and the rising cost of health services. Our ongoing investment in non-clinical healthcare workforce solutions provides our clients with innovative, accessible, and value-based health system resources. Together with Harmony, we will continue to empower our shared client base with enhanced consultant services within health information technology, reimbursement, and population health." Thomas Moran, CEO of Addison Group "Addison's consultative approach and expansive network of professionals will accelerate our abilities to meet customer demands nationally. Addison's culture focuses on People First, and the vast range of offerings provides our employees and consultants with added career opportunities. We are excited to partner with Addison as we continue our mission to empower healthcare organizations with quality solutions that optimize financial and clinical outcomes while enabling change management required to navigate the rapidly shifting healthcare landscape," said Brandon Martin, President of Harmony Healthcare. Harmony Healthcare will continue to maintain its headquarters in Tampa, Florida. The company's executives and the team will retain their roles with a continued focus on expanding their organization. About Addison Group Addison Group is a leading professional services firm specializing in talent solutions and consulting. Addison Group delivers companies' expertise and talent to achieve and sustain business growth. We offer a full suite of consulting and recruiting capabilities across multiple sectors, including information technology, finance and accounting, non-clinical healthcare, human resources, administrative, and digital marketing. With a growing network of companies, offices across the United States, and deep relationships in regional and local markets, Addison Group is one of the top talent solutions and consulting companies in the US, providing industry-leading expertise with a national reach and a localized touch. Founded in 1999, Addison Group has been repeatedly recognized by the media as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States, Forbes' Top 200 America's Best Professional and Specialist Search Firms, America's Best Recruiters and Executive Search Firms, and America's Best Temporary Staffing Firms, SIA Top 100 Staffing Bold Leaders, Inc. Best 100 Places to Work, and Best of Staffing® by ClearlyRated. About Harmony Healthcare Harmony Healthcare, a human capital management company, provides a diverse range of non-clinical staffing and consulting solutions to healthcare organizations nationwide. Harmony Healthcare delivers quality solutions to empower healthcare organization success, enhance clinical and financial outcomes, and enable the transition to value-based healthcare. Harmony Healthcare is a trusted partner to over 300 clients, including 11 of the top 15 largest health systems in the nation, major academic health centers, hospitals, physician practices, payers, 9 of the 15 largest CPA firms, and the federal government. Founded in 2010, Harmony Healthcare is a proud member of several prestigious professional health organizations including ACDIS, HFMA, AHIMA, NCAR, NAHRI, AAHAM, NAHAM, ACHE, AHDI, ACMA, NAHQ, CMSA, and ASHRM.

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WELL Forms Canadian Clinics Business Unit, Expands Credit Agreement, and Ramps up Clinic Growth

WELL Health Technologies Corp. | July 15, 2022

WELL Health Technologies Corp. a practitioner focussed digital health company positively impacting health outcomes by leveraging technology to empower healthcare practitioners and their patients globally, is pleased to announce it has formed a new legal entity called WELL Health Canada Clinics Inc. to house its Canadian omni-channel clinical businesses. These businesses include the Company's previous Primary Care, Allied Care and MyHealth Specialized Care business units. The Canadian Clinics Business Unit represents WELL's owned and operated fleet of Omni-Channel outpatient clinics leveraging WELL's highly integrated 'hybrid' brick and mortar and virtual service capabilities and includes the Company's primary care, specialized care, allied health, and diagnostics services but does not include the Company's TiaHealth.com service which is part of WELL's Virtual Services division. This business unit supports almost 1,300 healthcare practitioners who provide 1.87 million patient visits annually on a run-rate basis(2); over 40% of these patients are seen remotely via one of WELL's virtual or telehealth platforms, with the remainder treated in one of WELL's 81 Canadian clinics(3). This business is also expected to generate revenues exceeding $160 million with double digit operating Adjusted EBITDA(4) margins. Driven by WELL's consolidation and capital allocation efforts, this business has been experiencing organic growth rates approaching double digit percentage growth. The Canadian Clinics business unit is a key pillar in WELL's mission to empower practitioners. Dr. Michael Frankel, WELL's Chief Medical Officer, said "This consolidation of our Canadian clinics business provides WELL with the proper foundation to become a national health system providing the very best in highly integrated 'bricks and clicks' care. We are excited to provide healthcare practitioners with a compelling home where they are supported with exceptional front and back-office support and technology solutions so they can provide critical care to their patients. We intend on further developing our services from coast to coast." WELL will look to continue its consolidation and modernization of healthcare resources in Canada powered by its organic growth and with the help of its funding partners RBC, the Bank of Montreal, HSBC Bank Canada, The Toronto-Dominion Bank, ICICI Bank Canada and Laurentian Bank of Canada (collectively the "Lenders"). RBC is the Lead Arranger, Sole Bookrunner, and Administrative Agent on the financing. The Lenders have amended previous MyHealth credit facilities to include the newly formed Canadian Clinics Business Unit, as well as provided an extension of their credit commitments for an incremental year, extending the maturity to June 2026. The facilities are currently priced at an interest rate which is equivalent to SOFR/CDOR plus 1.25% to 3.25%(5), depending on the debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio of the consolidated results for the Canadian Clinics Business Unit. WELL's goal is to continue to grow Canada's largest network of outpatient clinics using a combination of greenfield sites and new acquisitions. WELL is pleased to confirm that it has added a primary care clinic in Vancouver to its network and a new greenfield haemorrhoid treatment center in Hamilton, Ontario. The Company's combined investment to add these two clinics to the network is less than $100k. The combined annual revenues of the two clinics are expected to exceed $2 million in their first year under WELL and be profitable. The Company's recently announced acquisition of Calgary based InLiv, a premium provider of healthcare services in the Province of Alberta, will also be part of the Canadian Clinics Business Unit upon closing and is expected to exceed $7 million per year in revenues with 85% of such revenue reflecting recurring membership revenue. "We are thrilled to have the continued support of our banking partners and to announce the amendments to our existing Canadian credit facilities. Our ability to expand our Canadian credit agreement with favourable terms in the present challenging macroeconomic environment is not only a testament to the fantastic support we are receiving from our banking partners but also the strength of WELL's outpatient clinic business. The updated credit facilities allow us to more efficiently deploy capital towards our strategic priorities and generate more shareholder value by improving our revenue and Adjusted EBITDA per share metrics." Hamed Shahbazi, CEO and Founder of WELL WELL's objective is to continue to grow its Canadian Clinics Business Unit both organically and inorganically and continue to demonstrate market leadership as the country's first pan-Canadian clinical network with a highly integrated network of tech-enabled outpatient healthcare clinics across the country. About WELL Health Technologies Corp. WELL is a practitioner focused digital healthcare company whose overarching objective is to positively impact health outcomes to empower and support healthcare practitioners and their patients. WELL has built an innovative practitioner enablement platform that includes comprehensive end to end practice management tools inclusive of virtual care and digital patient engagement capabilities as well as Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) and data protection services. WELL uses this platform to power healthcare practitioners both inside and outside of WELL's own omni-channel patient services offerings. As such, WELL owns and operates Canada's largest network of outpatient medical clinics serving primary and specialized healthcare services and is the provider of a leading multi-national, multi-disciplinary telehealth offering. WELL is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "WELL" and on OTCQX under the symbol "WHTCF".

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Murata Vios Announces Integration with PointClickCare’s EHR Platform

Murata Vios, Inc | June 24, 2022

Murata Vios, Inc., developer of the Vios Monitoring System, is proud to announce the launch of its integration with PointClickCare, the leading cloud‐based software vendor for the senior care market. The integration will allow healthcare facilities to seamlessly integrate vital signs data into residents’ electronic health records for clinical review, helping to eliminate data entry time lags, transcription errors, and improve clinician efficiency. “Real‐time understanding of a resident’s vital signs can help prevent hospital readmissions because care teams can more quickly identify and treat the early signs of clinical deterioration. With the Vios Monitoring System and its Remote Monitoring Services, PointClickCare customers have a better way to capture this data and respond to changes in a resident’s condition. It can also free up clinical time that was previously spent on manually spot‐checking and recording vital signs every few hours.” Amit Patel, CEO of Murata Vios The Vios Monitoring System is a wireless, FDA‐cleared patient monitoring platform designed to improve resident safety and outcomes. The system delivers insights and value to post‐acute care providers by Continuously monitoring vital signs. The Vios Monitoring System measures high‐fidelity 7‐lead ECG, heart rate, oxygen levels, pulse rate, respiratory rate, and posture data. Improving 24/7/365 oversight of changes in resident conditions. With Vios Remote Monitoring Services, a team of cardiac‐trained technicians can alert the on‐site care team to any changes in a resident’s condition, enabling them to quickly respond to resident deterioration that could lead to readmission. Identifying risk of pressure injuries. The Vios Chest Sensor has a built‐in 3‐axis accelerometer that detects and displays the resident’s posture in real‐time. When turn orders are added, the system can determine when a patient is at‐risk of developing a pressure injury so the on‐site care team can address the issue. Additional information regarding the integration can be found on the PointClickCare Marketplace – an online platform that enables customers to easily evaluate authorized third-party technology partners. Partners listed on the PointClickCare Marketplace offer integrated apps and/or services that are designed to be quickly deployed and work seamlessly with providers’ existing workflows. “The PointClickCare Marketplace offers the widest range of integrated solutions available to the market,” says Chris Beekman, Marketplace Director, PointClickCare. “Our partnership with Murata Vios is further testament to our continually growing partner network and ecosystem, and the wealth of possibilities it provides our customers to extend their technology capabilities.” About Murata Vios, Inc. Murata Vios, Inc., a subsidiary of Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., developed the Vios Monitoring System (VMS) to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs across the care continuum. Healthcare facilities can use the wireless, FDA‐cleared vital signs monitoring solution on existing IT infrastructure and instantly deploy the VMS to meet the acuity needs of patients across various care settings. Vios Remote Monitoring Services support healthcare teams with real‐time patient event analysis and notifications, helping to maximize patient safety while minimizing the burden on stretched clinical staff. About PointClickCare PointClickCare is a leading healthcare technology platform enabling meaningful collaboration and access to real‐time insights at any stage of a patient’s healthcare journey. PointClickCare’s single platform spans the care continuum, fostering proactive, holistic decision‐making and improved outcomes for all. Over 22,000 long‐term post‐acute care providers, and 1,600 hospitals use PointClickCare today, enabling care collaboration and value‐based care delivery for millions of lives across North America.

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GeneQuantum Healthcare's Two Next Generation Bioconjugate Drugs, GQ1005 and GQ1007, Have Been Approved for Clinical Trials in Australia

GeneQuantum Healthcare | May 16, 2022

GeneQuantum Healthcare Co., Ltd. a global innovative biotechnology company dedicated to the development of bioconjugate drugs, announced that two of the company's bioconjugate drug candidates have won the approval for clinical trials in Australia, further enhancing GeneQuantum's pipelines in the clinical stage. They are GQ1005, an ADC with an excellent bystander killing effect, and GQ1007, a first-in-class antibody-immune-agonist-conjugateboth with global intellectual property rights. "The core technologies that we have focused on since the founding of GeneQuantum, bring the company into the harvest period for exciting next generation bioconjugate drugs. The EC approval of GQ1005 and GQ1007 in Australia is an important milestone for the company. More than once, GeneQuantum's enzymatic site-specific conjugation platform and the stable linker technology have demonstrated the advantages through several IND enabled drug candidates. GeneQuantum conjugation technologies are widely compatible to different molecular modalities with various Mechanism of Action. Committed to the core value of "breakthrough for humanity", GeneQuantum is dedicated to developing safe, effective, and affordable novel therapeutics for patients with cancer around the world." Dr. Gang Qin, founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer About GeneQuantum Healthcare Co., Ltd. GeneQuantum Healthcare Co., Ltd. is a global biotechnology company dedicated to the development of innovative biotherapeutics. The company is focused on the development of next generation bioconjugate therapeutics to address the unmet medical needs of patients globally. This press release contains statements relating to GeneQuantum's future business, future events or developments, and related statements may constitute forward-looking statements. Statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially. Risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the uncertainties inherent in research and development, follow-up clinical data and analysis; factors that may cause any delay, transfer or change; regulatory authority decision whether and when to approve drug applications; factors that may lead actual results to seriously deviate from current expectations, etc. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Except as required by applicable laws, GeneQuantum assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information or statements.

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