HMSA to close Kona office, transition to virtual service
The closure will be effective July 16, a move HMSA officials say was due to reduced in-person visits to the Kona office over the last year. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 18, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Olivia Peterkin Source Type: news

Athira CEO placed on temporary leave pending review of WSU research
Bothell, Washingto-based Athira Pharma has placed CEO Leen Kawas on temporary leave as the company reviews actions stemming from her doctoral research at Washington State University. The company didn't specify what about Kawas' research it was investigating in its release, but it said an independent special committee formed by the board will lead the review. Athira added that it won't comment further on the matter until after the review, and Kawas will remain on the board. "A thira is committed… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 18, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Rick Morgan Source Type: news

10-acre medical office development underway in Schertz
A local partnership has kicked off construction of a 10-acre medical office development in Schertz anticipated to cost up to $40 million. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 18, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Mitchell Parton Source Type: news

University of Hawaii receives $320,000 for telehealth project launch
The UH project — which connects patients with health care providers through video visits — provides remote treatment for mental health, opioid dependency, chronic conditions, and maternal health, among other health needs. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 18, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Olivia Peterkin Source Type: news

SA company picked for elite global medtech accelerator
The Alamo City biotech is among 50 companies chosen for an international accelerator cohort. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 17, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: W. Scott Bailey Source Type: news

Athira CEO placed on temporary leave pending review of WSU research
Bothell-based Athira Pharma has placed CEO Leen Kawas on temporary leave as the company reviews actions stemming from her doctoral research at Washington State University. The company didn't specify what about Kawas' research it was investigating in its release, but it said an independent special committee formed by the board will lead the review. Athira added that it won't comment further on the matter until after the review, and Kawas will remain on the board. "A thira is committed to the integrity… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 17, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Rick Morgan Source Type: news

Cover Story: Changing market could alter future of Cerner's Innovations Campus
Cerner is partway through construction of its Innovations Campus. But a changed market soon will confront hard deadlines. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 17, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Friestad Source Type: news

2021 Fast 55 honoree: Gravity Diagnostics
Covington-based Gravity Diagnostics launched six years ago as a small pharmacogenetics company focused on toxicology testing. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
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2021 Fast 55 honoree: Tri-State Biomedical Solutions
Tristate Biomedical Solutions, a medical equipment company, has grown every year since its 2009 founding. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
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2021 Fast 55 honoree: CardioSolution
CardioSolution, a physician-led health care staffing firm, helps build, augment and operate cardiovascular programs across the country. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
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Baltimore health care data compliance firm Protenus raises $21M round to support growth
"The Protenus team is excited to continue to scale and set a high standard for how health systems ensure compliance," CEO Nick Culbertson said in a statement. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 17, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Ethan McLeod Source Type: news

United Therapeutics gets one step closer to another product approval
But more needs to happen before the FDA can greenlight the product. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 17, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sara Gilgore Source Type: news

Medical finance company announces move to Ponte Vedra Beach
Care Cap Plus moves to Northeast Florida from New Jersey. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 17, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Will Brown Source Type: news

Tampa health IT firm opens first international office in India
Despite a sustained work-from-home model, the new office will hire nearly 700 people in the next two years. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 17, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Lauren Coffey Source Type: news

Thermo Fisher exec says expanding on Grand Island is a 'no-brainer'
The global biotech firm has plenty of other locations where it could grow operations. So what makes Grand Island the right place to invest in a $175 million expansion? (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 17, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

How financially healthy is ZoomCare? Ratings agency report provides a glimpse
The ratings agency said that PeaceHealth plans to invest $100 million in the urgent care provider. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
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Polis signs 2 contentious Colorado health care bills
The two bills aim to lower the cost of health care, and both sparked strong opposition. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 16, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Jensen Werley Source Type: news

Gene therapy firm bulks up C-suite with industry veteran
A California cell and gene therapy company is continuing its expansion. This time by hiring an industry veteran to its ranks. Kriya Therapeutics announced Tuesday it has added a chief medical officer to its team to lead the company's clinical and medical organization, particularly in growing its pipeline of diverse gene therapy candidates across various therapeutic areas. That executive is Ilise Lombardo. "Ilise brings a wealth of experience having led large-scale programs in large diseases, as… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 16, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sonia Waraich Source Type: news

Texas Medical Technology raises $33M to advance automated PPE tech
Houston-based Texas Medical Technology raised $33 million to further development of a subsidiary's automated medical tech. The subsidiary, called iNitrile, operates in the personal protective equipment, or PPE, space. It develops a contactless, automated disposable-glove dispenser for latex and nitrile non-powdered gloves, aimed at combatting the spread of infections. After verifying the user and sanitizing their hand s, the iNitrile machine opens a compartment for the user to insert their hand… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 16, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Mathews Source Type: news

Allegheny County hails Covid-19 vaccination rates
Allegheny County officials hailed the region ’s vaccination efforts and continued dips in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks that have seen inoculation rates higher than the national average. Wednesday afternoon’s regularly scheduled Covid-19 briefings — the first since they became biweekly after 16 months of every week during the pandemic — had a distinctly upbeat tone. In Allegheny County, 76% of all adults are at least partially vaccinated and 55% are fully vaccinated, including almost all… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 16, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Doggy drug developer digs up $440M acquisition deal
The company was one of the first biotech animal drug companies — developing drugs for dogs, cats and horses — but it had cut about 60% of its workforce as its commercial strategy produced hairballs. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 16, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

HCA employees at Kansas City hospital vote to oust union in escalating battle between the hospital operator and union
The vote is the latest chapter in an increasingly contentious fight between HCA and unions, featuring marches, lawsuits and allegations of intimidation. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 16, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

Survey finds Texans are burdened by medical debt and lack of insurance
The rate of uninsured Texans is almost double the national average, and almost 40 percent of Texans carry some form of medical debt. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 16, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Spencer Brewer Source Type: news

Starkey plots July return to work at Eden Prairie HQ
Employees are set to return July 6, the manufacturer said in an email to the 1,300 people who work in its headquarters. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 16, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Carrigan Miller Source Type: news

Fingerpaint continues acquisition spree with San Francisco Bay-area firm
Fingerpaint has acquired San Francisco Bay-area health care communications firm Splice as the company continues to expand its portfolio since teaming up with Knox Lane late last year. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The Saratoga Springs health marketing firm is approaching a companywide payroll of 600 employees with the addition of 50 staff from Splice. Fingerpaint now has operations in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Arizona and California. Annual revenue was… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 16, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Robin K. Cooper Source Type: news

Encompass Health's 140th hospital opens in Georgia
Encompass Health has opened a new rehabilitation hospital in Cumming, Georgia. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 16, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

‘Bold, new solutions' to fix decades-old problems: Jones outlines $80M public safety plan using federal funds
“Bold, new solutions" to fix decades-old problems is how St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones described part of her plan to use $80 million in federal relief funds. It’s the first batch of money from the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The city of St. Louis is expected to re ceive nearly $500 million from the $1.9 trillion federal stimulus package. Jones presented her plan Tuesday after gathering input from about 2,500 people, including citizens and the mayor’s stimulus… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 16, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Dori Olmos, KSDK Source Type: news

Hayward research park sells to San Francisco-based investor
The six-building campus is already host to a pair of biotech companies and is 81% leased. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 15, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Klearman Source Type: news

Pride in the Workplace 2021: Aakash Kishore of VA Portland
Aakash Kishore of Portland's VA helps serve a trans and nonbinary population that's about twice as likely to have served in the military than their cisgender counterparts. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 15, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Covid-19 ’s impact on virtual care
Virtual visits did not simply allow patients to avoid Covid-19 exposure in waiting rooms, they left customers thoroughly impressed. According to the health care data company NRC Health ’s 2021 Healthcare Consumer Trends Report, a majority of 150,000 surveyed patients reported that their provider was attentive, connecting to the telehealth appointment was easy, and their overall experience was positive after virtual visits. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 15, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Kristin DuVal Source Type: news

Durham biotech going public with SPAC expands commercialization deal
A Durham firm is expanding its partnership to commercialize its lab-grown blood vessels with a lead investor in its deal to go public by merging with a special purpose acquisition company. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 15, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sonia Waraich Source Type: news

Growth of Orangetheory Fitness studios across NC continues after Covid-pause
Covid halted the fast growth of Orangetheory Fitness studios in North Carolina, including the Triangle. But it was merely a pause, as new locations are being planned for next year. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 15, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Rachel Crumpler Source Type: news

Bright Health could raise over $1.5B with IPO
Based on Bright's total 624 million outstanding shares, the company could be valued at as much as $14.3 billion after the public offering. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 15, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Carrigan Miller Source Type: news

Details on the new West Cancer Center-Saint Francis Healthcare alliance
“All great cancer centers have great hospital partners. The oncologists and other health care professionals at West Cancer Center want patients in the Mid-South to have access to the best possible cancer care. This new relationship with Saint Francis, as well as the facilities we will build and st aff together, is a way to ensure that goal.” (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 15, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Jason Bolton Source Type: news

Column: A Portland entrepreneur ’s perspective on post-pandemic culture
Mimi Lettunich explains how everything will be different when business fully reopens. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 15, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Mimi Lettunich Source Type: news

Health Union acquires Wego Health to form company focused on 'disruptive solutions' in health care
Health Union launched its first online health community in 2010. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 15, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: John George Source Type: news

Alamo City research contributes to potential new Covid vaccine
Multiple San Antonio institutions were involved in a new study with promising findings. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 15, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: W. Scott Bailey Source Type: news

Report: Children's Hospital Colorado ranks among top 10 for best pediatric hospitals in US
This year, U.S. News and World Report added new regional rankings to its list. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 15, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Jensen Werley Source Type: news

Levine Children's Hospital lands among top 50 in U.S News & World Report rankings
Atrium Health Levine Children's Hospital made the top 50 nationwide in eight pediatric specialties, according to U.S. News& World Report rankings released on Tuesday. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 15, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Caroline Hudson Source Type: news

The Bay Area's Paul Hastings went from being a patient to being one of biotech's leading voices
The CEO of a Bay Area company working on cancer treatments, Paul Hastings is taking over as head of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, the industry's lobbying group. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 15, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

After passing its Covid test, a Peninsula diagnostics company is refocusing on eye tests with a new CEO
Covid hit as the company won approval of its diagnostic test for the eye. Now it is launching its eye test nationwide and taking on more conditions with a simple cheek swab. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 15, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Pride in the Workplace 2021: Erin Waters, Kaiser Permanente
Waters became the first full-time hire for Kaiser ’s Gender Pathways clinic, which provides “culturally competent care to transgender and gender-expansive patients." (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 14, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Elizabeth Hayes Source Type: news

Novavax is working on a combined flu-Covid vaccine — and that plan just got a boost
“We see this as an ongoing market,” Novavax CEO Stan Erck said Monday. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 14, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Sara Gilgore Source Type: news

Maryland health insurers request price increase for 2022 plans, breaking a three-year streak
The rates will undergo a review, including sourcing of public comments, and be announced no later than Sept. 7. A virtual public hearing on the rates will be held July 20. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 14, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Carley Milligan Source Type: news

Bayer shutting down Mission Bay 'innovation hub'
While Bayer says operations such as manufacturing and its cell therapy focus, will remain in Berkeley, research will be centered in Boston. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 14, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

After passing Covid test, Peninsula diagnostics company refocuses on the eye with new CEO
Covid hit as the company won approval of its diagnostic test for the eye. Now it is launching its eye test nationwide and taking on more conditions with a simple cheek swab. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 14, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

2nd progressive vision loss drug by Biogen fails in late-stage trial
Another gene therapy for progressive vision loss developed by Biogen Inc. (Nasdaq: BIIB) has failed in a late-stage clinical trial, the company announced Monday. The drug, designed to target the rare genetic blindness disorder choroideremia, did not show significant benefit 12 months after treatment in a Phase 3 study involving 169 men with the disease. Biogen says it will evaluate the complete dataset before deciding on next steps for the drug's developme nt. This is the second failure in as many… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 14, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Rowan Walrath Source Type: news

New shelter clinic in Dayton to serve thousands of homeless women and families
The clinic, located inside the St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter for Women and Families, is operated by Five Rivers Health Center and staffed by Samaritan Health Center providers. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 14, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Jacob Fisher Source Type: news

Dayton selfie museum gears up for opening
Dayton selfie museum will use color therapy to fight mental health struggles. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 14, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Hailey Qualls Source Type: news

Databank: A look at Centene's 12-year climb up the Fortune 500 list
Since first making the list in 2010, the Clayton-based managed care giant has jumped 462 spots on the coveted annual ranking of America's largest public companies. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 14, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Erik Siemers Source Type: news