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August 16, 2019

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  • Preferred Marketing Programs announces TOPS Learning Institute
  • From the Publisher

  • One week until the Supply Chain Summit: A Deep Dive into Supply Chain Stakeholders for National Account Executives
  • Manufacturer News

  • B. Braun successfully integrates with Epic at Prime Healthcare Huntington Beach Hospital
  • Medtronic approved to start trial to evaluate new extended wear infusion set
  • Tips for Greater Success

  • Live and Learn
  • Hospital and IDN News

  • SSM, Paladina to offer primary care with no copays, out-of-pocket expenses
  • Medical group sues Trinity Health for trying to hire away clinicians
  • UPMC to open replacement for Memorial Hospital
  • Healthcare IT News

  • UCB, CVS Health join $9M funding for chronic disease social network startup
  • News of the Weird

  • Man wearing TV on head places TVs on front porches of more than 50 homes overnight
  • Twin festival in northwest France reaches 25th year
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    Preferred Marketing Programs announces TOPS Learning Institute

    Preferred Marketing Programs
    (Mission Viejo, CA) is introducing the first ever online training tool designed to give you a competitive advantage and increase your value to your customers. The TOPS Learning Institute will provide personal training and coaching from nationally recognized executives. It will be available in mid-November. It will be available 24/7, 365 from any device.
    Check out the trailer and more information here.
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    From the Publisher
    One week until the Supply Chain Summit: A Deep Dive into Supply Chain Stakeholders for National Account Executives

    Thers is only one week to go before the Supply Chain Summit – and seats are limited! Are you trying to learn more about your GPO and distribution partners? Join us in Atlanta on August 20-21 for the Supply Chain Summit, hosted by The Journal of Healthcare Contracting and Repertoire Magazine. Attendees will participate in an IDN Workshop with Ken Murawski of Healthcare Links. Additionally, some of the best National Account Executives in the business will lead a deep dive into:
    -- Premier Inc
    -- Vizient Inc
    -- HealthTrust


    To understand how best to work with your distribution partners and get the most out of your partnership, attendees will also hear directly from:
    -- McKesson            -- Owens & Minor
    -- Cardinal Health    -- Henry Schein

    Learn more and Register here.

    View the agenda here.

    Pricing:
    Day 1 – GPO Session: $439
    Day 2 – Distribution’s Take on Health Systems & GPOs: $439
    Both Days – GPO / Distribution: $779

    Questions? Contact Anna McCormick at amccormick@sharemovingmedia.com.
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    Manufacturer News
    B. Braun successfully integrates with Epic at Prime Healthcare Huntington Beach Hospital
    B. Braun Medical Inc. (Bethlehem, PA) announced the integration of its Infusomat Space Large Volume Pumps with Epic’s EHR platform at Prime Healthcare – Huntington Beach Hospital (Huntington Beach, CA). The collaboration is designed to help improve infusion safety and increase staff efficiency through the bi-directional interface capability. Using Epic’s EHR platform allows nurses to send infusion order data to the Space Infusion Pump System via the smart pump programming feature, AutoProgramming. This feature is designed to help reduce the occurrence of manual programming errors which may result in pump related adverse events. Real-time data is then transmitted from the pump through B. Braun’s DoseTrac Infusion Management Software to the EHR platform for consistent and frequent AutoDocumentation. B. Braun’s DoseGuard Software is the only drug library development solution available that fully integrates FDB’s Infusion Knowledge Portal. In addition, B. Braun offers DoseTrac Software that provides real-time data for consistent documentation and recognition of issues that may lead to an adverse event.
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    Medtronic approved to start trial to evaluate new extended wear infusion set
    Medtronic plc (Dublin, Ireland) received investigational approval from the FDA to proceed with a pivotal trial for a new extended wear infusion set. The goal of the study will be to collect clinical data to support the use of the extended wear infusion set for up to seven days – more than twice the length of time that any infusion set can currently be used. The multi-center, non-randomized, prospective single arm study will enroll up to 150 subjects, aged 18 to 80, with Type 1 diabetes on insulin pump therapy. Using proprietary technology and developed in partnership with ConvaTec’s Unomedical subsidiary, this new infusion set aims to extend patient wear time by using new adhesive technology as well as maintaining insulin stability, the company said.
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    Tips for Greater Success
    Live and Learn
    In this week’s Tips for Greater Success, Dan Nielsen, founder of AmericasHealthcareLeaders.com and NIHCL.com, writes, "If you’ve grown up with the English language, you have likely heard (or even used) the expression “…well, live and learn!” This casual English idiom refers to learning from your personal experience, or—most commonly—your mistakes.
    "Today for a little fun I’d like to expand the simple phrase “live and learn” to encompass a broader concept found in..." (Continue reading)
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    Hospital and IDN News
    SSM, Paladina to offer primary care with no copays, out-of-pocket expenses
    SSM Health (St. Louis, MO) and Paladina Health (Denver, CO) have created a joint venture that will offer direct-to-employer primary care to businesses in the St. Louis region. Under the model, businesses will pay a flat fee for each employee's primary care services. Employees won't pay a co-pay or other out-of-pocket expenses for primary care. Each clinic opened through the joint venture will be staffed by a family practice physician and medical assistant. It will have an in-house pharmacy, a lab and offer primary, preventive and acute care services. The new company expects to open its first clinic by the end of this year. It will open to businesses in the St. Louis area in 2020
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    Medical group sues Trinity Health for trying to hire away clinicians
    Anesthesia Associates of Ann Arbor (A4) (MI) has sued Trinity Health (Livonia, MI) in state court, alleging the health system ignored non-compete agreements and improperly tried to hire away clinicians. A4 is the exclusive anesthesiology provider at six of Trinity's hospitals, and the anesthesiology group recently terminated its agreements with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Priority Health. The lawsuit alleges Trinity "has chosen to ignore A4's valid non-competes and its own non-solicitation obligations and has recently attempted to recruit our certified registered nurse anesthetists," according to a statement from A4. Trinity contends it needs to employ many of A4's anesthesiologists to ensure patients will have anesthesia services covered at Trinity's hospitals. However, A4 is refusing to release physicians and CRNAs from their non-competes. Trinity is seeking a court order requiring A4 to release their physician employees practicing at Trinity's hospitals from any restrictions on their employment. The health system is also seeking damages related to the alleged breach of contract and a declaratory judgment finding that the anesthesiology group's noncompetition clauses in their agreements with clinicians violate federal and Michigan antitrust laws to the extent that they are used to prevent anesthesiologists from being employed by Trinity.
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    UPMC to open replacement for Memorial Hospital
    UPMC's (Pittsburgh, PA) replacement Memorial Hospital (York, PA) will open August 18, at which time the old facility on Belmont Street will close. That facility has already begun winding down its services. The $290 million project includes both the new hospital and a 120,000-square-foot outpatient center that will open Sept. 9. The 220,000-square-foot facility is about 40% larger than the previous building. It includes 102 private rooms and 24 long-term acute care beds, as well as 12 suites where patients will labor, deliver, recover and spend their postpartum stay. The new facility will offer an ED with 28 private rooms, including three behavioral health rooms; an ICU; a labor and delivery unit; a surgical room with five ORs, three heart catheterization labs and cardiology and vascular services and Level II Specialty Care Nursery; as well as rehab. services.
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    Healthcare IT News
    UCB, CVS Health join $9M funding for chronic disease social network startup
    MyHealthTeams (San Francisco, CA), a startup developing social networks for people with chronic health conditions, announced August 15 an infusion of $9.44 million in Series B financing led by UCB (Brussels, Belgium). Other participants included CVS Health, HealthTech Capital, and more. The funding will be used to both expand MyHealthTeams' existing social networks and launch several new ones. The company currently offers 33 networks, each focused on a chronic condition such as multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel syndrome, hemophilia or depression. MyHealthTeams' collective 2 million users across 13 countries share information, tips and emotional support with the social networks, which also use artificial intelligence to tailor patient education efforts to each user.
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    News of the Weird
    Man wearing TV on head places TVs on front porches of more than 50 homes overnight

    More than 50 television sets were mysteriously left on the front porches of homes throughout the Hampshire neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia. Police Lt. Matt Pecka said the department responded to calls from residents who reported finding old-style, CRT TVs near their front doors. Police believe that more than one person is responsible for the deliveries, which were caught on residents’ doorbell cameras. One video that shows a person wearing TV-shaped headgear while dropping off a TV set. One TV set was left at each of more than 50 homes, Pecka said. “The suspect walks up to the house, places the set neatly on the front step, turns around and walks away,” he said. A similar incident was reported by Glen Allen residents last year, when more than 20 TV sets were dropped off at homes. It’s not clear how the incidents may be connected. It was also not clear whether any crime was committed. Pecka said that based on the reports the agency has received, “at most, it would be illegal dumping.” Henrico police and the county’s solid waste division helped residents dispose of the TV sets, though Pecka said there were “a couple of residents that indicated they would hold onto the TVs for now.”
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    Twin festival in northwest France reaches 25th year
    Around 1,500 twins, triplets and quadruplets of all ages wearing identical outfits gathered to share stories, enjoy music, and play games in Pleucadeuc, France. The northwestern French town has been hosting the annual twin festival since 1994, attracting participants from France and across the world. Alain Launay, mayor of Pleucadeuc, founded the festival in honor of his twin daughters Cecile and Aurelie. This year, the town treated guests to a parade, meet and greet sessions, musical performances, and games. The sibling groups shared their stories, in some cases talking about how they met spouses at the event over the years.
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