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September 24, 2018

Distributor News

  • CME Corp debuts software solution to automate logistics, direct-to-site services
  • Provider Services News

  • CVS Health CEO hints combination with Aetna may work with EHRs to coordinate care
  • Quest Diagnostics acquires ReproSource
  • Government News

  • HHS seeks participants for innovation, investment summit
  • CMS awards $26.6M to groups developing quality measures for the QPP
  • Hospital and IDN News

  • Faith Regional Health Service names permanent CEO
  • Intermountain Healthcare launches "transformation center"
  • Distributor News
    CME Corp debuts software solution to automate logistics, direct-to-site services
    CME Corp (Warwick, RI) launched an internal tracking and logistics system that will make its signature sourcing and direct-to-site delivery services even more efficient and transparent, the company announced. The CME360 solutions software is an automated and universal system that enables clients to view their orders in real time and make necessary and possibly cost-saving adjustments as equipment is en route or being staged in warehouses. CME360 marries the company’s Infor ERP with the proprietary new suite of software solutions to streamline processes and minimize errors. Through the system, product quotes will be improved and simplified into a single platform, even when ordering from hundreds of manufacturers, the company said.
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    Provider Services News
    CVS Health CEO hints combination with Aetna may work with EHRs to coordinate care
    CVS Health's $69 billion merger with Aetna will create a new data-driven healthcare model that's more personal, convenient, and tailored to individual patients than ever before, said CVS CEO Larry Merlo. The deal still needs antitrust approval from the Department of Justice. The company expects it to close at the beginning of Q4. The combined company will focus on three pillars: making healthcare local and simple and improving health, CNBC reported. CVS and Aetna can coordinate patients' care, Merlo said, hinting the combined company may work with hospitals and physicians' EMRs to help patients understand and execute their care plans.
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    Quest Diagnostics acquires ReproSource
    Quest Diagnostics acquired ReproSource (Woburn, MA), a national leader in specialty fertility diagnostic services. ReproSource provides a range of advanced diagnostic services, such as genetics-based ovarian health and recurrent pregnancy loss assessments. Quest plans to offer ReproSource's services nationally as part of its comprehensive women's health and reproductive offerings for obstetricians, gynecologists, fertility specialists and other physicians. Additional terms were not disclosed.
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    Government News
    HHS seeks participants for innovation, investment summit
    HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan announced the creation of the Deputy Secretary’s Innovation and Investment Summit (DSIIS). The DSIIS will be a yearlong collaboration between healthcare innovation and investment professionals and HHS personnel who will meet quarterly to discuss the innovation and investment landscape within the healthcare sector, emerging opportunities, and the government’s role in facilitating more investment and accelerated innovation. Quarterly DSIIS meetings will focus on emerging innovation opportunities and whether government policies are accelerating or delaying these innovations. Working groups may also be established to gather additional information on a given topic or extend outreach to additional participants. Click here to learn more.
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    CMS awards $26.6M to groups developing quality measures for the QPP
    CMS awarded seven organizations new cooperative agreements to partner with the agency in developing, improving, updating, or expanding quality measures for Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP). The agreements are worth a collective $26.6 million. These cooperative agreements, authorized under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), represent the first funding initiative supporting public-private efforts to develop measures for the QPP. Through these partnerships, CMS will work closely with external organizations—such as clinical professional organizations and specialty societies, patient advocacy groups, educational institutions, independent research institutions, and health systems—to develop and implement measures that offer the most promise for improving patient care. Click here to learn more.
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    Hospital and IDN News
    Faith Regional Health Service names permanent CEO
    Faith Regional Health Services (Norfolk, NE) named interim CEO Kelly Driscoll as permanent CEO. Driscoll has been interim president and CEO of Faith Regional in 2014, before Mark Klosterman took over. When Klosterman resigned in August, she took on the responsibilities again.
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    Intermountain Healthcare launches "transformation center"
    Intermountain Healthcare (Salt Lake City, UT) opened a 12,000-square-foot "transformation center" on Intermountain Medical Center's campus in Murray, Utah. The Kem C. Gardner Intermountain Transformation Center will primarily focus on innovation, leadership development, and partnerships with global healthcare and health IT leaders. The center has already partnered with CHIME Innovation, the innovation arm of College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
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