On Monday, the New York City-based KPMG announced that it had completed the acquisition of the Massachusetts-based Beacon Partners
On May 11, the New York City-based KPMG LLP announced that it had “completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of the Weymouth, Mass.-based Beacon Partners, Inc., a healthcare consulting firm that offers strategic management and clinical and information technology consulting services to healthcare providers. The closing,” KMPG said in a press release, “follows the April 12, 2015 announcement of the transaction at the HIMSS Conference, a leading healthcare IT conference.”
The press release quoted Liam Walsh, U.S. advisory industry leader in the Healthcare & Life Sciences division of the consulting firm as saying, “We are very pleased to have the Beacon Partners team join us as we seek to provide our clients with additional expertise in electronic health records implementation and optimization services. The influx of new personnel also gives us added capacity in our healthcare performance improvement and compliance services, further enhancing our ability to provide end-to-end solutions for healthcare providers to improve clinical quality and drive efficiency.”
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In an update, DirectTrust reported significant growth in Direct exchange of health information and the number of trusted Direct addressed enabled to share personal health information (PHI) in the third quarter of 2016.
Eleven private insurers, including Aetna, Humana and Anthem, are urging the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to consider the experience of commercial insurers when evaluating the impact of telemedicine coverage in Medicare.
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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is awarding $210 million to Seattle-based University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative, with the funds going toward the construction of a new building to serve as the initiative’s hub.