Payer Roundup—PBM executives set to testify before Senate Finance Committee

FierceHealthcare | March 22, 2019

Executives at five major pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) are confirmed to testify before the Senate Finance Committee on drug prices next month. Leaders at Cigna, the parent company of Express Scripts, CVS, Humana, Optum and Prime Therapeutics are slated to testify at a hearing on April 9. The hearing will be the latest in a series before the Finance Committee on drug prices. Last month, executives at major pharmaceutical companies were grilled by senators. Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said in a joint statement that it's "only fair" for PBMs to address rising prices.

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MEDICAL DEVICES

Signify Health and Ardent Health Services Collaborate to Improve Healthcare Outcomes

Signify Health, Inc. | December 15, 2022

Signify Health, Inc. a leading healthcare platform that leverages advanced analytics, technology and nationwide healthcare networks to create and power value-based payment programs, today announced an expansion of its relationship with Ardent Health Services, a premier provider of healthcare services with more than 200 sites of care across six states. A former participant in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement-Advanced program, Ardent will join a 2023 Signify-enabled accountable care organization (ACO) to implement care transformation, manage risk and provide high-quality, coordinated care for its Medicare patients. Ardent’s affiliated network of facilities and physicians in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas will work together with independent providers in a collaborative ACO model to achieve the benefits of scale and to effectively manage risk. The strategic collaboration will support alignment with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) goal of having all Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in an accountable relationship by 2030. “Ardent is proud of our success to date in value-based care, including the work we have done to transform our patient experience after discharge to achieve an over 26% reduction in our 90-day readmission rate and improve the clinical outcomes among participating patients,” said Marty Bonick, President and CEO of Ardent Health Services. “We are excited to expand our partnership with Signify Health to bring our patients proven preventive and care management services that will help drive better health and improve the overall experience for both patients and care teams.” Earlier this year, Signify Health acquired Caravan Health, a leader in enabling sustainable ACO and population health programs. With this acquisition, Signify Health supports one of the largest networks of at-risk providers and offers one comprehensive platform to manage total cost of care. In 2020 and 2021, 100% of Signify Health’s collaborative ACO participants earned shared savings. According to Tim Gronniger, Chief of Value-based Care Solutions, Signify Health, “CMS has stated that providers will soon be expected to move away from fee-for-service and take accountability for their cost of care. We are thrilled to work with Ardent Health Services to deliver the infrastructure needed to support their success with accountable care. Through our work together, Ardent’s Medicare patients will receive increased access to preventative and in-home services that can help to diminish health inequities and increase savings.” About Signify Health Signify Health is a leading healthcare platform that leverages advanced analytics, technology, and nationwide healthcare provider networks to create and power value-based payment programs. Our mission is to build trusted relationships to make people healthier. Our solutions support value-based payment programs by aligning financial incentives around outcomes, providing tools to health plans and healthcare organizations designed to assess and manage risk and identify actionable opportunities for improved patient outcomes, coordination and cost-savings. Through our platform, we coordinate what we believe is a holistic suite of clinical, social, and behavioral services to address an individual’s healthcare needs and prevent adverse events that drive excess cost, all while shifting services towards the home. For more information on how we are taking health homeward, visit us at signifyhealth.com. About Ardent Health Services Ardent Health Services invests in people, technology and communities. Through its subsidiaries, Ardent owns and operates 30 hospitals and nearly 200 sites of care in six states with more than 24,000 employees, including 1,200+ employed providers. With a focus on evidence-based practices to improve quality care and patient outcomes, 95% of eligible Ardent hospitals received a Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade of A or B for Fall 2022, compared with 57% of all ranked U.S. hospitals. In 2022, Modern Healthcare recognized six Ardent entities as "Best Places to Work," marking the 14th consecutive year an Ardent facility was recognized. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Ardent is owned by current and former members of Ardent’s management team; Equity Group Investments (EGI), a Chicago-based private investment firm; and Ventas, Inc. (NYSE: VTR), a publicly traded real estate investment trust.

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DIGITAL HEALTHCARE, MEDICAL DEVICES

Swisslog Healthcare Elevates Cory Kwarta to CEO

Swisslog Healthcare | December 19, 2022

Swisslog Healthcare, a leading supplier in healthcare technology solutions of both medication management and transport automation, has appointed Cory Kwarta as its CEO. Kwarta, who was appointed as CEO of the Swisslog Healthcare – TransLogic division earlier this year, is now entrusted to oversee the global organization, guiding both the company’s TransLogic® and Medication Management divisions. “Since I started at Swisslog Healthcare, my goal has always been to help improve efficiencies in the healthcare industry. As CEO of the company, I will remain dedicated to our organization’s commitment of helping our customers and partners provide the highest quality healthcare.” Cory Kwarta Cory Kwarta was also recently named as a member of Swisslog Healthcare’s Board of Directors. The move came as a result of Kwarta’s recent prior promotion to CEO of Swisslog Healthcare – TransLogic and his 15 years of service with the organization. Kwarta has a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver. Swisslog Healthcare’s TransLogic division works with healthcare facilities to develop custom-designed pneumatic tube systems which automate their needs to transport materials from station to station. The Medication Management division of Swisslog Healthcare assists healthcare facilities with automating and managing the pharmaceutical workflow, including preparation, patient-specific dosing, delivery, and storage. Both divisions deliver operational cost reduction by enabling the redeployment of personnel to patient-facing activities. About Swisslog Healthcare Swisslog Healthcare provides integrated medication supply chain solutions to hospitals and health systems to assist providers in treating patients across the continuum of care. Integrating transport and pharmacy automation, value-added services, and intelligent software, Swisslog Healthcare enables healthcare providers to respond to patient’s needs quickly and with greater accuracy. The company minimizes many sources of operational waste, so providers achieve higher levels of productivity to impact the well-being of patients in positive ways.

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MEDICAL DEVICES, HEALTHCARE ANALYTICS

The Garage enters strategic partnership with Morris Heights Health Center in an effort to change healthcare in underserved Bronx, NY

Garage and Morris Heights Health Center (MHHC) | December 05, 2022

Population health management platform company, the Garage, announced that it is joining forces with federally qualified health center, Morris Heights Health Center (MHHC). The Bronx-based MHHC serves over 50,000 patients, and its mission is to be the vanguard for quality, affordable, and accessible health care for all. MHHC will be utilizing the Garage’s proven population health management platform, Bridge, for empowering better care in the community. The SaaS platform connects providers, care teams and enables real-time patient information exchange, facilitates referral management, secure messaging, patient tracking and communication, clinical data management, clinical integration, clinical intelligence, and clinical analytics. “We are excited to partner with the Garage. We needed a solution that would help us better serve our patients and prepare us for the opportunities ahead in value-based care. Their proven credentials along with the depth of their platform made this decision a no-brainer.” Mari Millet, President and CEO of MHHC MHHC’s utilization of Bridge will start with a focus in care management for all of its patients and will be another implementation of the Garage’s Digital-First, Data-First approach, which focuses on the Quintuple Aim – Lower Costs of Care, Better Care for the Patient, Improved Health of Communities, Sustainable Service Model for Care Teams, and Equitable Access to Care for All. “Our mission to change healthcare for good…one community at a time is realized by partnerships like this,” said Pranam Ben, Founder and CEO of the Garage. “MHHC’s commitment to their patients presents a great opportunity for us to architect a data driven, platform-based, collaborative care model for the Bronx community.” About the Garage Based in Orlando, Florida, the Garage is a population health management technology company dedicated to changing healthcare for good…one community at a time. The company works with more than 140+ healthcare organizations and 19,500+ providers across 34 states. Through its collaborative population health management platform, Bridge, the Garage touches more than 15 million patient lives. About Morris Heights Health Center MHHC is a non-profit organization funded by federal, state, and foundation grants as well as private and corporate donors. They serve more than 50,000 patients annually and provide a wide range of primary, specialty, dental, mental health, educational, and social services at thirteen locations throughout the Bronx.

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HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

IMPLANET Signs an Exclusive Distribution Contract for SMTP Technology Co.’s Ultrasonic Surgical Scalpel in France

IMPLANET | November 23, 2022

IMPLANET a medical technology company specializing in vertebral implants, announces the signing of an agreement with SMTP Technology Co., a high-tech medical device company specialized in the manufacturing and marketing of ultrasonic medical equipment, for the exclusive distribution of its latest generation ultrasonic surgical scalpel in France. Adam Li, GMA & International Business Manager at SMTP Technology Co., stated: “We are delighted with the signing of this contract tying us to IMPLANET, which will henceforth ensure the distribution of our latest generation ultrasonic surgical scalpel. This innovative solution will increase surgical efficiency while ensuring greater patient safety. Thanks to this collaboration with IMPLANET, a company recognized for its expertise in the field of spine surgery and its foothold in French medical centers, we are strengthening the credibility of our solutions for their international deployment”. “This latest contract, which comes close on the heels of the commercial and technological partnership signed with Sanyou Medical, further emphasizes the pertinence of our repositioning on the spine market. The surgical scalpel developed by SMTP, through its innovation and ease of use, should meet the needs of surgeons and patients alike. IMPLANET is proud to be able to work with one of the only players in the world capable of developing this type of product based on ultrasound”. Ludovic Lastennet, IMPLANET’s Chief Executive Officer The ultrasonic surgical scalpel developed by SMTP Technology Co. can support both open surgery, minimally invasive surgery and endoscopic intervertebral spine surgery. This product, which has been granted marketing clearance in China, the European Union and the United States, stands out through its innovative design, guaranteeing enhanced surgical safety. Thanks to the smaller amplitude of its cutting tip, the scalpel cuts bone tissue by the acceleration of hundreds of thousands of mechanical vibrations per second while sparing soft tissue. The agreement signed today between IMPLANET and SMTP Technology Co. follows the signing of the distribution contract and technological partnership with Sanyou Medical, of which SMTP Technology Co. is a subsidiary. This new agreement gives IMPLANET exclusive rights to distribute the scalpel on the French market. SMTP Technology Co., founded in 2010, is a high-tech medical device company focusing on the innovative research and development, manufacturing and marketing of ultrasonic surgical equipment. The ultrasonic osteotomy surgical system manufactured by SMTP Technology, which supports both open surgery and minimally invasive surgery under the channel and intervertebral endoscope, has been granted marketing approval in China, the European Union and the United States. Based in the Zhangjiagang free trade zone in Jiangsu province, SMTP is a subsidiary of the Sanyou group with 100 employees and revenue of 14 million euro. About IMPLANET Founded in 2007, IMPLANET is a medical technology company that manufactures high-quality implants for orthopedic surgery. Its activity revolves around a comprehensive innovative solution for improving the treatment of spinal pathologies complemented by the product range offered by Orthopaedic & Spine Development (OSD), acquired in May 2022. Implanet’s tried-and-tested orthopedic platform is based on the traceability of its products. Protected by four families of international patents, JAZZ® has obtained 510(k) regulatory clearance from the Food and Drug Administration in the United States, the CE mark in Europe and ANVISA approval in Brazil. IMPLANET employs 39 staff and recorded a consolidated revenue of €6.1 million in 2021. Based near Bordeaux in France, IMPLANET opened a US subsidiary in Boston in 2013. IMPLANET is listed on the Euronext Growth market in Paris.

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