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October 20, 2016

Government News

  • CMS to host webinar and call on MACRA final rule
  • Manufacturer News

  • Drive DeVilbiss acquires leading DME brands from AMG Medical
  • The Brewer Company announces Q4 promotion
  • Midmark: Pediatric clinics expedite visits with real-time locating system technology
  • Provider Services News

  • Cigna to sell individual health plans in Chicago area
  • Hospital and IDN News

  • Patient records deleted in ransomware attack on Texas clinic
  • Atrius Health names new CFO
  • GPO News

  • Intalere awards agreement to LINET
  • Stock Watch

  • Health Stocks
  • Government News
    CMS to host webinar and call on MACRA final rule

    The CMS announced it will host a webinar on October 26 and a call on November 15 on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) final rule. The 60-minute webinar, at 2 p.m. EDT, will provide an overview of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Model incentive payment provisions under MACRA, collectively referred to as the Quality Payment Program.

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    Manufacturer News
    Drive DeVilbiss acquires leading DME brands from AMG Medical

    Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare (Port Washington, NY) announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Drive Medical Canada, acquired the mobility and bathroom safety DME business of AMG Medical (Montreal, QC, Canada) effective October 17, 2016. The brands Hugo, Profilio, AquaSense, and Airgo represent the premier DME brands in Canada and are marketed and distributed to all major wholesalers, pharmacies, and homecare dealers throughout Canada. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. During a ninety-day transition period, Drive Medical Canada and the acquired AMG brands will operate independently until the businesses are seamlessly integrated. The Montreal-based office and key personnel associated with the brands will remain in place in order to maintain business continuity.

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    The Brewer Company announces Q4 promotion

    The Brewer Company (Menomonee Falls, WI) announced its Q4 promotion. Through the remainder of 2016, earn up to $750 in rebates with the purchase of the following Brewer power table models: 65XX Access High-Low exam tables, 68XX Access High-Low 700lb exam tables, and 7500 and 7000 Assist and AssistPRO procedure tables. Contact your local distributor representative or the Brewer Sales department or visit

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    Midmark: Pediatric clinics expedite visits with real-time locating system technology

    Stanford Children’s Health (Sunnyvale, CA) and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston, MA) have employed Midmark (Dayton, OH) Versus Advantages Clinic, powered by real-time locating system (RTLS) technology, to improve patient flow and expedite visits. Stanford Children’s Health Specialty Services’ new 77,000-sq-ft facility went live with Versus in May. Both wireless and wired RTLS sensors, installed by Versus Gold System Integrator Comtel Systems Technology, monitor patient wait and alone times, patient-staff interactions, room utilization and more. At the Dana-Farber Jimmy Fund Clinic (JFC), pediatric cancer patients and their families spend a significant amount of time in the clinic receiving complex treatment. The pediatric clinic sits next door to the 15-floor Yawkey Center for Cancer Care which has used the Advantages Clinic patient flow system since 2011. Dana-Farber is expanding Versus into the JFC during a phased roll-out that begins in December. Advantages gives the entire care team visibility into the overall patient visit. Automated electronic white boards display patient appointment times, via an integration with the Epic EMR, as well as the patient’s current location, wait time, alone time, and overall length of stay.

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    Provider Services News
    Cigna to sell individual health plans in Chicago area

    Cigna (Bloomfield, CT) announced it will sell individual health plans both on and off the Affordable Care Act marketplace in the Chicago area for coverage beginning January 1. The Cigna Connect plans will network with a majority of AMITA Health (Arlington Heights, IL) and Presence Health (Chicago, IL) primary care physicians, hospitals, and specialty practices. Aetna, UnitedHealthcare and its subsidiary Harken Health will exit Illinois' market in 2017. Prior to Cigna's entrance, the Illinois Department of Insurance said three-fourths of Illinois counties will only have one or two payers offering coverage next year on the state's ACA exchange.

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    Hospital and IDN News
    Patient records deleted in ransomware attack on Texas clinic

    A ransomware attack on Rainbow Children's Clinic (Grand Prairie, TX) in early August reportedly affected 33,638 patients. On August 3, a hacker launched a ransomware attack on the clinic's computer system, encrypting data on the clinic's servers. Rainbow Children's Clinic attempted to quickly shut down its system, but an investigation conducted by a forensic expert proved a number of patient records had been deleted. The potentially "irretrievably deleted" records may include patients' names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, medical information and payment guarantors. Rainbow Children's Clinic has been mailing notification letters to all affected patients and is offering individuals affected by the attack free monitoring and identity theft services through Equifax.

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    Atrius Health names new CFO

    Atrius Health (Newton, MA) named Patrick Holland as its new CFO. Holland most recently worked at KPMG (Boston, MA) as a principal in its healthcare advisory services since 2014. He succeeds Leland Stacy, who plans to leave Atrius Health at the end of 2016.

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    GPO News
    Intalere awards agreement to LINET

    Intalere (St. Louis, MO) awarded a new agreement to LINET (Charlotte, NC) for pediatric beds. Through this agreement, Intalere members will receive negotiated pricing on LINET’s complete line of cribs and accessories. The LINET line of cribs offers unique clinical capabilities not found on other standard cribs in the market, according to the company. Each crib employs fully electric operations for high-low bed positioning, head-of-bed positioning, and Trendelenburg and reverse Trendelenburg positioning. The crib also has a unique roller bar to prevent patient egress, thereby eliminating the need for a canopy. Other features include an integrated scale, multi-zone bed-exit alarm, and 8-hour battery backup. LINET will introduce its Tom2 crib to the U.S. market November 1, 2016.

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    Stock Watch
    Health Stocks

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