Healthcare News May 11, 2012

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: House GOP backs new healthcare cuts

    House Republicans voted Thursday to make major cuts in Medicaid spending and let across-the-board Medicare cuts take effect as scheduled. In a party-line vote, the House passed a budget reconciliation measure that would cut healthcare programs to pay for defense spending.

    The proposal would block automatic cuts to the Pentagon budget, which were imposed as part of last year’s debt-ceiling agreement. It would replace the defense cuts with new cuts to Medicaid and President Obama’s healthcare law. And the GOP bill did not attempt to stop Medicare cuts that were also included in the debt deal.

    The reconciliation measure would scrap the Prevention and Public Health fund in the healthcare law, which Republicans have targeted repeatedly, and would let the states drop more people from Medicaid. The Hill has the story from Thursday’s vote.

  • Federal investigators urge stronger oversight of Medicare Part D

    Suspicious billing patterns at more than 2,600 retail pharmacies did not stop Medicare from paying the businesses $5.6 billion for prescriptions in 2009, according to investigators with the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department.

    The HHS inspector general’s report out Thursday demanded a “strong response” from Medicare administrators to improve oversight in response to the apparent trend.

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) noted in a reply that the inspector used statistical analysis to draw its conclusions and did not identify any specific instances of fraud.

  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Names CareCloud CEO Technology Entrepreneur of Year

    MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)– CareCloud, a leading provider of web-based practice management, electronic health records (EHR) and medical billing software and services, today announced that the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce has named CareCloud CEO Albert Santalo the winner of its 2012 Technology Entrepreneur of the Year award.

    The accolade was awarded at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Technology Leaders of the Year Awards luncheon Friday at Jungle Island. The awards program honors “individuals that guide the effective use of information technology to improve their companies’ business performance and have had a positive impact in the community.”

    “Founding CareCloud and taking the company from a startup to a major player in the healthcare technology industry has been an incredible, rewarding challenge for me and my leadership team,” said CEO Albert Santalo. “As CareCloud continues to expand its client base and disrupt healthcare using cloud computing technology, I could not be more proud that the company is being recognized for its impact. I value the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s exceptional commitment to fostering the growth of the technology industry in South Florida and am very honored to receive this award.”

    Mr. Santalo was named the “Best Up and Coming Technology Innovator” by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce in 2010, so this award marks continued recognition of his achievements in the South Florida business community. Mr. Santalo founded CareCloud in 2009 to be a leading force of change in the healthcare industry, focused on eliminating administrative waste and inefficiency through the delivery of a complete digital healthcare ecosystem for provider organizations. He has led CareCloud to rapid growth and the company has created over 100 jobs in South Florida. In January 2012, also named Mr. Santalo one of the nation’s top 12 entrepreneurs reinventing health care.

    About CareCloud

    CareCloud is a leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health records (EHR) and medical billing software and services for medical groups. The company’s products are connecting providers to one another – and to their patients – through a fully integrated digital healthcare ecosystem that can be accessed on any browser or device.

    CareCloud is helping more than 1,200 physicians to increase collections, streamline operations and improve patient care in over 30 states. The company was named a winner of IBM’s SmartCamp Silicon Valley 2010 for its innovative technology and received over $20 million in Series A funding from Intel Capital and Norwest Venture Partners. To learn more about CareCloud, please visit

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  • OTTR™ Chronic Care Solutions Launches OTTRbmt™ – Pediatric Bone Marrow Stem Cell Transplant (BMT) Patient Management System

    A revolutionary physician-friendly integrated clinical oncology information solution

    OMAHA, Nebraska (April 26, 2012) – OTTR™ Chronic Care Solutions, an Omaha-based clinical process management and informatics company, recently announced the launch of its new OTTRbmt™ – Pediatric Bone Marrow Stem Cell Transplant Patient Management System. According to CEO Lou Halperin, “This Pediatric enhancement to our OTTRbmt™ solution is the next step in OTTR™ Chronic Care Solutions’ commitment to improving pediatric patient care and physician acceptance in the field of bone marrow stem cell transplant medicine.”

    OTTRbmt™ – Pediatric Bone Marrow Stem Cell Transplant Patient Management System extends the standard bone marrow stem cell transplant management system, which currently services the adult demographic. This system has proven integration to multiple EMR, Lab, and HIS systems in conjunction with ongoing interface work in the realm of AGNIS and other registries.

    “Our software allows Pediatric BMT teams to track and access hundreds of pieces of vital donor and recipient data for mobilization and collections. In turn, that allows the medical staff to spend more time with the kids and less time with paperwork,” said CTO Paul Kenyon. “Plus, it simultaneously correlates donor and recipient information, stores and tracks information for reporting to registries, documents GVHD status, and captures insurance and payer information.”

    OTTRbmt™ is intended for use by BMT centers that are managing pediatric patients. OTTRbmt™ provides long-term longitudinal patient centered transplant records for clinical follow-up and management of pediatric BMT patients.

    About OTTR™ Chronic Care Solutions

    Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, OTTR™ Chronic Care Solutions develops unique state-of-the-art software products that improve the quality of patient care, workflow management, and operational efficiencies for the healthcare industry. The Company’s premier product, OTTR™, was developed as a break-through patient tracking application and clinical information system (CIS) developed specifically for solid organ transplant centers. OTTR™ has been extended to support bone marrow transplant (BMT), stem cell, ventricular assist devices (VAD), and bariatric surgery.

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