Payers, providers push back on Democrats' Medicare buy-in plan

Fiercehealthcare | February 14, 2019

Earlier this week, Democrats introduced a bill that would allow people ages 50 and over to buy in to Medicare coverage, and the plan is already getting pushback from payers and providers. Under the most recent proposal, people between the ages of 50 and 65 could buy a Medicare plan and qualify for subsidies and tax credits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Medicare at 50 Act, led by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., would fund enrollment through premiums and would eventually lower costs for younger people by moving more people into the higher age bracket, its sponsors argue. However, David Merritt, executive vice president of public affairs and strategic initiatives at America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), called the proposal a “slippery slope to government-run healthcare for every American.”

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Happify Health | July 13, 2022

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Paradigm Oral Health Announces Acquisition by BlackRock Long Term Private Capital

Paradigm Oral Health | September 23, 2022

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Paradigm’s proprietary practice management technology, Paragon, utilizes cutting-edge technology and data analytics to provide and store proprietary information and intelligence generated by the business, leading to enhanced performance as well as increased patient and provider satisfaction. Today, Paradigm and its team of over 100 surgeon partners provide patient care in 75 state-of-the-art facilities throughout the United States. “We are pleased to invest in Paradigm, which has established itself as an industry defining platform for the development and delivery of next-generation oral health solutions. Through its focus on providing superior clinical care, advanced technology, and continued training and education to its surgeon partners, the company is well positioned for long-term growth. We look forward to partnering with Dr. David Rallis and the entire Paradigm team.” Colm Lanigan, Head of BlackRock LTPC, Americas David Rallis, DDS, MD, and CEO of Paradigm Oral Health, commented, “Paradigm is advancing oral surgical outcomes and patient experience through a culture that places the needs of the patient first. At Paradigm, we validate our clinical performance through a proprietary data ecosystem and use data to reinforce our culture of excellence and accountability. Through innovation, and the rapid adoption of technology, we continue to set the standard for dental implant surgery. Aligning our company with world-class partners, first InTandem Capital and now BlackRock LTPC, has allowed Paradigm to emerge as a leader. We are humbled by the opportunity to partner with BlackRock LTPC, and excited to work with Colm Lanigan and his team as we continue to advance Paradigm as the global leader in oral surgery.” Elliot Cooperstone, Managing Partner of InTandem Capital Partners, Paradigm’s financial sponsor since 2019, commented, “InTandem Capital invests in healthcare companies that are local leaders with the ambition and potential to become a national powerhouse. Dr. David Rallis and the leadership team at Paradigm embraced our playbook for accelerated growth with amazing skill and dedication. Our deep trust in each other has allowed our partnership to flourish. My colleagues and I wish David and the Paradigm team the very best as they build on their well-deserved position as the country’s leading oral health company.” Paradigm is BlackRock LTPC’s sixth investment to date and its fourth investment in North America. 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HeartBeam Announces FDA Submission of HeartBeam AIMI™ Product

HeartBeam, Inc. | August 17, 2022

HeartBeam, Inc. a developmental stage digital healthcare company with a proprietary ECG telemedicine technology for heart attack detection, announced it has submitted a 510(k) application to the US Food and Drug Administration for its HeartBeam AIMI™ platform technology for use in diagnosing heart attacks. “The 510(k) submission of our first product, based on our platform technology, is an important milestone toward commercialization and underscores our continued progress toward making the HeartBeam AIMI platform widely available to help Emergency Department physicians correctly and expeditiously diagnose patients with chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack. I am proud of the HeartBeam team for their commitment to achieving this critical step in bringing the Company’s technology to market. We look forward to working through the FDA review process toward our goal of clearance for the US market.” Branislav Vajdic, PhD, HeartBeam CEO and founder The HeartBeam AIMI platform technology is anticipated to assist health care professionals in identifying patients who present with chest pain to facilitate rapid detection of a heart attack and determine an appropriate treatment regimen. Chest pain is the second most common reason for an emergency department visit with high costs associated with these visits. The goal of HeartBeam’s technology is to offer more accurate heart attack detection to triage patients and expedite treatment. HeartBeam AIMI is software as a medical device with a 510(K) regulatory pathway. The HeartBeam algorithm used in an emergency department setting slots into existing physician workflow, leverages existing 12-lead ECG hardware and provides the attending physician with an instant comparison of the patient’s baseline and symptomatic ECG for their consideration in the patient’s diagnosis. This will allow physicians to quickly determine if a patient needs intervention or can be discharged which helps manage patient flow. Jon Hunt, PhD, HeartBeam Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer, added, “Our FDA approval process doesn’t require any human or animal trials, so there is good reason to believe that we will receive FDA clearance for a limited market release by end of 2022 and full commercial roll-out in Q1 2023. While the FDA conducts its regulatory review, our team will focus on executing key components of its commercialization plan and subscription revenue model. We continue to engage in positive discussions with strategic institutions, including academic centers, regional healthcare systems and regional community hospital systems that can utilize our products. We look forward to approval and offering our HeartBeam AIMI platform in an expected $500 million total addressable market.” About HeartBeam, Inc. HeartBeam, Inc. is a development stage digital healthcare company with proprietary ECG telemedicine technology that will redefine the way high risk cardiovascular patients are diagnosed in an ambulatory setting at any time and any place. Its breakthrough solution employs a reusable, credit card sized, 3D vector ECG recording device and cloud-based software capable of assisting a physician in diagnosing a wide range of cardiovascular disease. HeartBeam is initially focusing on a huge unmet need of helping diagnose heart attacks in patients outside of a medical institution. No single lead ECG technology can offer this value to patients and their physicians. This underserved market is several times larger than the cardiac arrhythmia detection market based on the prevalence of patients with coronary artery disease at high risk of heart attack.

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Azenta Announces Agreement to Acquire B Medical Systems

Azenta, Inc. | August 09, 2022

Azenta, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire B Medical Systems S.á r.l and its subsidiaries a market leader in temperature-controlled storage and transportation solutions that enables the delivery of life-saving treatments across the globe. The cash purchase price to be paid at closing will be approximately €410 million. Additional cash consideration, up to €50 million, may be paid upon achievement of certain future performance milestones. The transaction is expected to close in October 2022. B Medical is headquartered in Hosingen, Luxembourg and is one of the leading vaccine cold chain providers serving primarily fast-growing emerging markets, which require secure and reliable temperature-controlled storage and transport solutions. The portfolio includes vaccine transport systems with real-time monitoring solutions, medical refrigeration for ambient to -86°C temperatures, and blood management solutions. B Medical has an installed base of more than 500,000 units spanning approximately 150 countries across the globe. The Luxembourg headquarters includes a state-of-the-art, highly automated manufacturing facility. This acquisition complements Azenta's cold chain capabilities, adding differentiated solutions for reliable and traceable transport of temperature-sensitive specimens. "We are excited to add B Medical into our growing portfolio of offerings. B Medical has done an outstanding job carving out a strong market position in the vaccine cold chain, and we see a breadth of opportunities to drive even further value from the portfolio by leveraging the Azenta platform." Steve Schwartz, President and CEO of Azenta B Medical CEO, Luc Provost, who has been with the company for over 20 years, and Jesal Doshi, Deputy CEO since 2015, are expected to join Azenta and continue to lead the business. Mr. Provost commented, "We are excited to join the Azenta team as we combine our capabilities and expertise in cold chain solutions to drive the next leg of growth. Together, I look forward to continuing our mission to create technology that helps save lives across the world." B Medical generated approximately €109 million in revenue over the past twelve months ending June 30, 2022. Management expects the acquisition to be accretive to non-GAAP earnings in fiscal year 2023 and accretive to GAAP earnings in fiscal year 2024. About B Medical Systems B Medical is a global manufacturer and distributor of cold chain solutions. Based in Hosingen, Luxembourg, the company was founded in 1979, when the World Health Organization (WHO) approached Electrolux to provide a solution to safely store and transport vaccines around the world. The three major business portfolios include Vaccine Cold Chain, Medical Refrigeration, and Blood Management solutions. Notable products include vaccine transport systems (ice-lined and solar direct drive) with remote temperature monitoring devices, laboratory refrigerators, ultra-low freezers, contact-shock freezers, and transport solutions. B Medical Systems' products are used in approximately 150 countries and have an installed base of more than half a million products across the world. About Azenta Life Sciences Azenta, Inc. is a leading provider of life sciences solutions worldwide, enabling impactful breakthroughs and therapies to market faster. Azenta provides a full suite of reliable cold-chain sample management solutions and genomic services across areas such as drug development, clinical research and advanced cell therapies for the industry's top pharmaceutical, biotech, academic and healthcare institutions globally. As of December 1st, the company changed its name and ticker to Azenta, Inc.from Brooks Automation, Inc.

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