Kamala Harris Useless Medicare for All Compromise

Splinternews | July 29, 2019

After proposing the most complicated student debt relief program in history, Kamala Harris is out with her healthcare plan, which she is describing as Medicare for All despite it not being that. Whatever. The major difference between her plan and Medicare for All- Private insurers would be allowed to offer Medicare plans, like Medicare Advantage does today. Her plan would also have a 10 year transition period, during which newborns and the uninsured would be enrolled automatically and everyone else could buy into the plan, as opposed to the four year transition period under Sanders’ plan. That transition is perhaps the weakest part of the plan, but not to hear the think tank set tell it. The New York Times reported that Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms, told the paper the 10 year transition was “more realistic” than Sanders’ four-year transition. And Kavita Patel, a Brookings fellow and former Obama official, told HuffPost that it was both more realistic and more “pragmatic”—the two favorite words of the Washington wonk class. The longer the transition, the more realistic it is. Let’s make it 1,000 years, just to be on the safe side. Here I am, demonstrating how pragmatic and sensible I am by increasing the period during which Republicans and the healthcare industry could fight to undo the plan. The Affordable Care Act delayed Medicaid expansion to 2014, allowing ample time for the Supreme Court to make it optional for states to expand their Medicaid programs, many of which declined to do so causing thousands of unnecessary deaths. And that was only four years.

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Ursa Health and Valtruis | June 28, 2022

Valtruis, a WCAS company, has entered a strategic partnership with Ursa Health, a healthcare data analytics company that brings a paradigm-breaking approach to how healthcare organizations use their data to learn, make decisions, and innovate Valtruis portfolio companies Cricket Health and Wayspring are already experiencing quantifiable advances in their data analysis and management capabilities through both the Ursa Studio no-code analytics development platform and the unusually productive training, support, and consultative relationships they have formed with Ursa Health’s team of healthcare IT and data analytics experts. “Building on the investments made in our first year – with Cricket Health, Wayspring, U.S. Medical Management (USMM) and Oncology Care Partners – we are moving quickly and strategically to realize our foundational commitment,” said Valtruis Managing Director Karey Witty. “That commitment is to accelerate the adoption of value-based care through investments in and collaboration with companies and entrepreneurs that share the vision, talent, and innovative strategies to make value-based care a reality. Ursa Health is one of those companies.” “We bring scalable innovation to healthcare. Companies driving toward meaningful strategic innovation need their data to provide richer, more nuanced answers than healthcare as an industry has historically delivered – and they need these insights at the speed of business. Ursa Studio is a technology that unlocks a fresh approach to developing trusted information. On the technical level, the platform shifts IT team time from the labor of debugging code and managing data plumbing, opening up their capacity to answer additional business questions. On the human level, the platform enables rapid iteration and collaboration between the producers and consumers of analytics, bringing teams to a successful endpoint more quickly. As a result, organizations gain the self-service capacity to fill their information gaps and guide their innovations more efficiently and effectively.” Ursa Health CEO and Co-Founder Robin Clarke, MD Early-phase successes from Valtruis’ partner companies attest to the value, intelligence, and flexibility of the Ursa Health technology and analytics approach. Adam Dunning, Chief Information and Analytics Officer at Wayspring, stated: “We needed a solution to fast-track the development of our SUD Home offering. Working with Ursa Studio, allowed us to accelerate the building of foundational data analytics structures. Our clients and staff will see notable returns as we continue to master the technology offering developed by Ursa Health.” About Valtruis Valtruis, a WCAS company, provides a unique platform that invests in and partners with disruptive leaders whose mission is to align, and transform healthcare through what is truly value-based care. Founded on a commitment to accelerate meaningful change, Valtruis brings the functional expertise, access to capital, and an expansive network that advance our partners’ evolution from early-stage development to industry-leading enterprises. Together, Valtruis and its partner companies will break through the systemic barriers in the healthcare industry to reduce costs, expand access, increase quality, and radically improve the patient experience. About Ursa Health Ursa Health is transforming analytics so innovators can transform healthcare. Our analytics development platform, Ursa Studio, combines no-code technology with healthcare-specific content, enabling health plans, providers, digital health companies, and others to take a Buy Your Build™ approach to their analytics infrastructure. With the structured adaptability of Ursa Studio, organizations can make full use of their rich data resources to accelerate growth.

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Ascensus Closes Newport Merger Agreement

Ascensus | April 11, 2022

Ascensus—whose technology and expertise help millions of people save for retirement, education, and healthcare—and Newport, the Walnut Creek, California-based retirement services provider—announced today that the two companies have closed their previously announced merger, the first step in their journey together as a combined organization. The union combines the capabilities and talents of two market leaders in tax-advantaged savings and related services, serving more than 15 million savers and overseeing more than $745 billion in assets under administration as of December 31, 2021. Together, the unified company employs more than 5,400 employees across the U.S. David Musto, president and chief executive officer of Ascensus, will serve as CEO of the combined company. Laura Ramanis, who has served as interim CEO of Newport since the announcement of the transaction last fall, and Kurt Laning, executive vice president of Newport Non-Qualified and Insurance Solutions, will join the Ascensus executive leadership team, reporting to Musto. "With today's announcement, Ascensus and Newport have taken an important step in our journey towards a stronger, unified company. Clients across our lines of business will benefit from our expanded capabilities—accelerated investments in technology, data analytics, and user experiences—and broadened expertise. And both Ascensus and Newport associates can look forward to new opportunities for personal growth and enhanced career development." Musto "Ascensus and Newport share a passion for helping people save for their futures and supporting the growth and success of our partners," said Ramanis. "We look forward to continuing that mission as a combined company." With industry-leading qualified and non-qualified retirement plan services, corporate and bank-owned life insurance (COLI and BOLI) practices, fiduciary and trust solutions, and other total rewards capabilities, Newport expands the services and expertise Ascensus provides to its clients and advisor partners. Newport's clients will benefit from greater access to unique tax-advantaged savings solutions across retirement, education, and health provided by Ascensus. The combined company's investments in technology, digital capabilities, and analytics will deliver enhanced value to clients, expand client relationships, and create even better outcomes for savers. Both the Ascensus and Newport brands remain in use at closing, with the Ascensus brand representing the unified company. "Our goal over the next several months is the successful unification of our company—built on the principle of 'best of the best' and our shared cultural attributes, and executed with the interests, quality, and stability of our client relationships foremost in mind," added Musto. "As a unified organization, Ascensus and Newport share a strong commitment to serving our clients and offering more—across the tax-advantaged retirement, education, and health savings expertise for which Ascensus is known, and capitalizing on Newport's well-established qualified and non-qualified retirement services, and fiduciary and COLI/BOLI capabilities as well." Evercore acted as exclusive financial advisor to Newport in connection with the transaction. Goldman Sachs Bank USA, SPC Financing Company LLC, and KKR Capital Markets LLC led the financing consortium. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP acted as transactional counsel to Ascensus and Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as financing counsel to Ascensus. Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP acted as legal counsel to Newport. About Ascensus Ascensus helps millions of people save for what matters—retirement, education, and healthcare. Through co-branded, private-labeled, and other governmental partnerships, our technology, market insights, and business knowledge enhance the growth and success of our partners, their clients, and savers. Ascensus is a leading recordkeeping services provider, third-party administrator, and government savings facilitator in the United States. About Newport Headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, Newport is a leading retirement services provider that helps employers—and the advisors who serve them—prepare employees for a more financially secure retirement. The company has more than $150 billion in retirement assets under administration and more than $300 billion in corporate retirement and insurance assets. Newport maintains investment objectivity, fee transparency and a commitment to flexible, responsive service. Staffed by an exceptional team of nearly 1,500 retirement, insurance, and consulting professionals, the company provides retirement solutions tailored to the needs of employers of every size, from small businesses to the Fortune 1000.

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MedX Health and Health Partners Announce Agreement to Launch MedX’s Teledermatology Screening Platform

MedX Health Corp | March 03, 2022

MedX Health Corp.("MedX" or the "Company"), a global leader in teledermatology, is pleased to announce a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) and the launch of a new commercialization pilot project with Health Partners (OH) Limited, a well-respected, privately-owned corporate health, treatment and primary care services company in the United Kingdom. Serving a broad client base comprising corporates, government agencies, insurers, health trusts, pension funds and individuals, Health Partners (“HP”) employs 700+ people with telehealth, mobile and on-site operations across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The pilot will span three to six months and involve an estimated 600 patients across two of HP’s sites. Upon the successful completion of the pilot, the MedX DermSecure® Screening Platform will be made available to Health Partners' two million-plus patients. The agreement is the latest initiative in MedX’s global commercialization strategy and follows pilots recently launched across the Europe and Middle East region. "Health Partners’ Clinical Team constantly strives to identify leading technological innovations that offer the highest level of support to our two million-plus patients. MedX's leading skin assessment technology allows dermatologists to not only make more accurate diagnoses of pigmented lesions and moles, but to do that remotely and quickly. We are very proud to be partnering with MedX Health to bring this innovative and life-changing service to our clients.” Health Partners Managing Director Andrew Noble In addition to expanding its DermSecure® Screening Platform network globally, MedX has focused on building a presence in multiple market verticals such as pharmacies, medical clinics, building hubs, medical scanning clinics, mobile and remote medical practices, as well as esthetics and skincare clinics. The partnership with Health Partners represents MedX’s expansion into a new vertical; occupational health and wellbeing services. MedX Managing Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Naman Demaghlatrous, added, "MedX is pleased to have established a presence in the strategic occupational health vertical. Health Partners brings our technology to a population of more than two million workers across the United Kingdom, thus expanding our footprint in the EMEA region considerably. We continue to execute on our strategy to identify strategic partnerships in the region that will allow us to grow our business and save lives simultaneously.” Health Partners will pilot MedX’s high-definition image-capture technology, SIAscopy®, and its secure, cloud-based patient management system, DermSecure®, which transmits and stores patient data throughout the assessment process. MedX's SIAscopy® is the only technology available that captures five high-resolution images of suspicious moles, lesions and skin conditions, including four spectrophotometric images taken 2mm below the skin's surface. This technology provides detailed patient scans, which a certified dermatologist can virtually assess within 72 hours. "We are honoured to be working with Health Partners on this most important initiative. According to Health & Safety Executive-commissioned research, there are more than 3000 cases of skin cancer annually in the construction industryalone. We are delighted to be entering the occupational health services market with a leader in the industry," stated Mike Druhan, MedX President, Dermatology Services. About Health Partners (OH) Ltd. Health Partners, headquartered in Uckfield, East Sussex, United Kingdom, is a leading health and wellbeing company, providing a full range of corporate health, treatment and primary care services to corporates, government, insurers, health trusts, pension funds and families. We combine expert advice and clinical services with smart systems to deliver impact-driven health programmes, tailored to improve people’s wellbeing and performance. Health Partners is founded on patient privacy and holds a significant number of accreditations, certifications and memberships, including ISO27001, CQC, SEQOHS and ISO9001. Health Partners offers its services across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, reaching two million plus people in organisations across several industries. About MedX Health Corp. MedX, headquartered in Ontario, Canada, is a leading medical device and software company focused on skin health with its SIAscopy® on DermSecure® telemedicine platform, utilizing its SIAscopy® technology. SIAscopy® is also imbedded in its products SIAMETRICS®, SIMSYS®, and MoleMate®, which MedX manufactures in its ISO 13485 certified facility. SIAMETRICS®, SIMSYS®, and MoleMate® include hand-held devices that use patented technology utilizing light and its remittance to view suspicious moles and lesions up to 2mm beneath in a pain-free, non-invasive manner. Its patented software then creates real-time images for physicians and dermatologists to evaluate all types of moles or lesions within seconds. These products are cleared by Health Canada, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Therapeutic Goods Administration and Conformité Européenne for use in Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, the European Union, Brazil and Turkey.

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PRIA Healthcare Announces Investment from Aldrich Capital Partners

PRIA Healthcare Management | January 27, 2022

PRIA Healthcare Management (PRIA), a leader in technology-enabled Market Access services that accelerate the adoption and rapid commercialization of innovative devices and procedures, today announced a significant investment fromVirginiabased growth equity firm, Aldrich Capital Partners. With the support of growth capital, PRIA Healthcare will quickly expand its Market Access solutions to innovative Medtech companies facing clinical trials and early reimbursement challenges of novel and life changing therapies. "After bootstrapping PRIA since our founding in 2012, we could see it was time for us to take the next step as the business grew and the needs in the market continued to expand. After meeting with many potential partners, we chose to work with the team at Aldrich Capital Partners because of their deep experience within our space and enormous set of resources they will bring to the table, outside of just capital." Mike Simon, Founder and CEO of PRIA Healthcare PRIA looks to further advance its mission to provide patients and providers across dozens of specialties access to innovative medical devices. PRIA's deep expertise in early reimbursement strategy, clinical trial reimbursement programs, and market-leading patient access programs ultimately enhance the market success of ground-breaking medical device procedures. The investment will be used to develop new products and services, as well as expand its reach to additional medical device manufacturers accelerating PRIA's already impressive growth rate. PRIA and Aldrich Capital Partners share a common vision around the importance of patient-centric services within the life sciences ecosystem. "Over the last several years, we have set out to invest in an innovative patient services business serving the life sciences segment and after meeting the PRIA team, we were immediately impressed", saysRaz Zia, General Partner of Aldrich Capital. "The sector-specific expertise, use of technology and vision set PRIA apart from other vendors in the space and we are excited to leverage our resources, relationships and decades of experience in scaling businesses to help the PRIA team realize their full potential." Informed by clinical data, PRIA partners with leading medical device manufactures and emerging medical device start-ups across the country and uses centralized, data-driven process workflows to deliver coordinated patient access programs that navigate the complexity of coding, coverage and payment for novel procedures. PRIA brings together patients, providers, medical device manufacturers and health insurers to ensure patients receive the best possible care for their situation. About PRIA Healthcare PRIA Healthcare Management is a patient access and reimbursement solutions company specializing in patient-based appeals of denied care. PRIA partners with medical device companies, healthcare providers, and healthcare organizations to ensure that patients are afforded appropriate coverage for the care that they are prescribed. Guided by the PRIA Patient Access Process our team of Patient Access Specialists have the experience and expertise to ensure that patient's rights to prescribed care will always be exercised to the fullest extent. About Aldrich Capital Partners Aldrich Capital Partners supports disruptive innovation in healthcare IT, fintech, and application software by investing equity capital in privately held growing companies. Founded by experienced investors and operators, who were also successful entrepreneurs, the founders of Aldrich Capital have been responsible for over$1 billionin technology investments since 1999. Both an operations partner and board-level advisor, ACP brings its portfolio companies strategic insight and access to a broad network of relationships built over 50 combined years of entrepreneurship and investing. Aldrich Capital Partners was founded in 2014 and has offices in Silicon Valley and theWashington, DCmetro area.

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