Tennessee House advances bill seeking to overhaul Medicaid

Modern Healthcare | April 12, 2019

Tennessee would dramatically overhaul how it provides healthcare to its lower-income and disabled residents under a proposal the House advanced Thursday. The bill cleared the GOP-dominated chamber on party lines, with 68 Republicans in favor and 21 Democrats against. It's a proposal considered one of the top policy debates of the sessions, yet many in the minority party were visibly upset after being cut off from the debate and forced to cast a vote before all members had a chance to speak. "Part of the motivation to bring this legislation is not to cut services ... but ... to eliminate the cost of compliance with the federal government," said Rep. Timothy Hill, a Republican from Bluff City and one of the bill's sponsors. The measure would require Gov. Bill Lee and the Department of Finance and Administration to submit a waiver within 120 days of the bill becoming law asking the federal government to send a fixed amount of money each year in the form of block grants. If the waiver is approved by the CMS, it would then need the General Assembly's endorsement.

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This is the Story of Ken - a family friend. Ken was a heart patient who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer while recovering from a heart attack at a small community hospital. He received exemplary care and was shown many caring behaviors. The nurses stopped by to see him on their days off. They sent Christmas cards to his home. His nurses spent time with him and got to know him as a person. One smart nurse noticed that his abdomen was not feeling normal. She asked for an ultrasound and ultimately his cancer was discovered. For his cancer treatment Ken had many options. He was in a major metropolitan area with research hospitals and clinical trials all around. But he wasn’t interested. He picked the hospital for his cancer treatment based on how he wanted to be treated, as a person. He stuck with the less prestigious hospital because he knew he would be cared for by the staff. In this case, a known level of care was more important than choosing the "best" treatment facility.


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Lark Health Builds AI-Driven Heart Health Program

Lark Health | March 17, 2022

Lark Health today announced the development of a novel AI-driven program for the prevention and management of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and coronary artery disease in collaboration with Roche Diagnostics. The program, named Lark Heart Health, is an AI-driven virtual care solution that provides personalized health coaching anytime, anywhere. The new Heart Health program is planned to launch later this year. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally, and nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have some form of CVD. It's also one of the most expensive chronic conditions, with heart disease and stroke costing the U.S. healthcare system roughly $214 billion annually. Yet, provider shortages and siloed care teams leave patients with limited care options, gaps in care, and insufficient education and empowerment to self-manage their heart health. Additionally, high treatment costs and resource constraints often limit care to those with the highest acuity conditions. Built using a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy framework and designed in accordance with guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA), Lark Heart Health will provide a cost-effective, scalable solution for continuous, person-centric remote heart health coaching intended to help users improve their healthy lifestyle behaviors, reduce stress levels, and ultimately decrease risk factors for heart disease. Through an evidence-based educational curriculum and real-time personalized coaching, Lark will provide users with the tools they need to make meaningful lifestyle changes that can help them better prevent and manage ASCVD and CAD. Earlier this year, Lark announced it had joined the AHA's Network at American Heart Association Center of Health Technology & Innovation, which is focused on building and fostering health technology relationships to develop innovative and scalable solutions. "Lark Heart Health will help those at high risk prevent and actively manage cardiovascular disease through personalized digital coaching. By leveraging our AI technology, we can deliver meaningful and engaging care at an unprecedented scale, and this collaboration with Roche Diagnostics will support the expansion of our proven tech platform into one of the costliest chronic disease markets." Julia Hu, co-founder and CEO of Lark About Lark Health Lark is a healthcare technology company aimed at delivering infinitely scalable, virtual chronic and preventative healthcare through conversational AI. To date, Lark has provided nearly 2 million people with unlimited, 24/7 personalized care delivered through an easy-to-use, text message-like interface that integrates remote patient monitoring tools and is built on a cognitive behavioral therapy framework. Lark's platform seamlessly integrates with health plans' and employers' existing healthcare infrastructure to help them scale their chronic disease prevention and management programs, boost engagement, and improve health outcomes. Lark currently works with many of the largest health plans and across four programs: Prevention, Diabetes Prevention, Diabetes Care, and Hypertension Care. Lark's Diabetes Prevention Program, which is the fastest growing and lowest cost DPP, has received the highest level of clinical recognition—Full Recognition—from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The company has received numerous accolades, including having been named as one of CB Insights Digital Health 150 (2019), a finalist for the UCSF Digital Health Awards one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies and one of Fierce Healthcare's Fierce 15.

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SandboxAQ and Mount Sinai Health System Collaborate on Data Protection

Sandbox AQ | March 24, 2022

Sandbox AQ, an enterprise SaaS company leveraging quantum tech and AI, announced a collaboration with Mount Sinai Health System to launch Post-Quantum Cryptography solutions, a broad security technology solution to protect patient data against current and future cybersecurity threats. Sandbox has developed SaaS-based enterprise modules that incorporate the latest encryption protocol standards recently ratified by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology). Through Sandbox AQ, Mount Sinai Health System will incorporate PQC protocols into its network to provide increased security for millions of customers and their sensitive data. "Our collaboration with Sandbox AQ propels our security and technology strategies forward, enabling us to deliver advanced, secure cutting-edge products to our patients. Protecting patient data against cyber threats is incredibly important to us." Kristin Myers, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Mount Sinai Health System and Dean for Information Technology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai "Quantum technology will quickly render today's RSA-based encryption obsolete, which is why it's imperative that we protect the world's sensitive data now against the next generation of cyberattacks," said Jack D. Hidary, CEO of Sandbox AQ, which officially launched today. "Mount Sinai is one of the first healthcare systems planning to implement PQC protocols into its health network to protect its customers and transform its business. We look forward to collaborating with them on this project." About SandboxAQ Sandbox AQ is an enterprise SaaS company delivering solutions at the nexus of quantum tech and AI. Based in Palo Alto, the inspiration for Sandbox AQ and some of the team originated at Alphabet Inc. in 2016. Sandbox AQ launched as an independent, venture-backed entity in 2022. About Mount Sinai Health System The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest academic medical system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. We advance medicine and health through unrivaled education and translational research and discovery to deliver care that is the safest, highest-quality, most accessible and equitable, and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 free-standing joint-venture centers; more than 410 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked in U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of the top 20 U.S. hospitals and among the top in the nation by specialty: No. 1 in Geriatrics and top 20 in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology/Lung Surgery, Urology, and Rehabilitation. Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital is ranked in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Children's Hospitals" among the country's best in four out of 10 pediatric specialties. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked among the Top 20 nationally for ophthalmology. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools," aligned with a U.S. News & World Report "Honor Roll" Hospital, and No. 14 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding. Newsweek's "The World's Best Smart Hospitals" ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital as No. 1 in New York and top five globally, and Mount Sinai Morningside as top 20 globally, and "The World's Best Specialized Hospitals" ranks Mount Sinai Heart as No. 1 in New York and No. 4 globally and the Division of Gastroenterology as No. 3 globally, and the Division of Pulmonary Medicine as No. 6 globally.

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GeneQuantum Healthcare's Two Next Generation Bioconjugate Drugs, GQ1005 and GQ1007, Have Been Approved for Clinical Trials in Australia

GeneQuantum Healthcare | May 16, 2022

GeneQuantum Healthcare Co., Ltd. a global innovative biotechnology company dedicated to the development of bioconjugate drugs, announced that two of the company's bioconjugate drug candidates have won the approval for clinical trials in Australia, further enhancing GeneQuantum's pipelines in the clinical stage. They are GQ1005, an ADC with an excellent bystander killing effect, and GQ1007, a first-in-class antibody-immune-agonist-conjugateboth with global intellectual property rights. "The core technologies that we have focused on since the founding of GeneQuantum, bring the company into the harvest period for exciting next generation bioconjugate drugs. The EC approval of GQ1005 and GQ1007 in Australia is an important milestone for the company. More than once, GeneQuantum's enzymatic site-specific conjugation platform and the stable linker technology have demonstrated the advantages through several IND enabled drug candidates. GeneQuantum conjugation technologies are widely compatible to different molecular modalities with various Mechanism of Action. Committed to the core value of "breakthrough for humanity", GeneQuantum is dedicated to developing safe, effective, and affordable novel therapeutics for patients with cancer around the world." Dr. Gang Qin, founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer About GeneQuantum Healthcare Co., Ltd. GeneQuantum Healthcare Co., Ltd. is a global biotechnology company dedicated to the development of innovative biotherapeutics. The company is focused on the development of next generation bioconjugate therapeutics to address the unmet medical needs of patients globally. This press release contains statements relating to GeneQuantum's future business, future events or developments, and related statements may constitute forward-looking statements. Statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially. Risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the uncertainties inherent in research and development, follow-up clinical data and analysis; factors that may cause any delay, transfer or change; regulatory authority decision whether and when to approve drug applications; factors that may lead actual results to seriously deviate from current expectations, etc. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Except as required by applicable laws, GeneQuantum assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information or statements.

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GTCR Announces Partnership with Kelly McCrann to Form Avryo Healthcare

GTCR | April 22, 2022

GTCR, a leading private equity firm, announced that it has entered into a Leaders Strategy™ partnership with Kelly McCrann to form Avryo Health Services, LLC. Based in San Diego, CA, Avryo Healthcare will seek to acquire companies and assets in the multi-site healthcare services industry as part of a strategy to build a market-leading company, with a focus on utilizing new technologies and operating strategies to enhance patient access and experiences. GTCR, the firm that pioneered The Leaders Strategy™ - finding and partnering with management leaders in core domains to identify, acquire and build market-leading companies through transformational acquisitions and organic growth - will invest in Avryo Healthcare from its Strategic Growth Fund, a private equity fund with $2.0 billion of limited partner capital commitments. Mr. McCrann is serving as Executive Chairman of Avryo Healthcare and will make a substantial investment alongside GTCR. Mr. McCrann has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare services industry. Prior to partnering with GTCR, Mr. McCrann most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of EyeCare Partners, the largest vertically-integrated medical vision services provider in the US. He became CEO of EyeCare Partners in 2016 and significantly grew the company via acquisition and organic growth into the largest business in the industry before completing a successful sale of the company in 2019. Prior to leading EyeCare Partners, Mr. McCrann spent more than 25 years in senior leadership roles across healthcare provider services and payor businesses, including within dental, behavioral health, ambulatory infusion and kidney dialysis. "We are excited to partner with Kelly to build a leading company in the healthcare services industry," said Sean Cunningham, Managing Director and Co-Head of Healthcare at GTCR. "Kelly has an exceptional track record in the multi-site healthcare services space with experience across specialties, including dental and behavioral health, and a history of driving organic, de novo and M&A growth. Kelly's background, industry expertise and strategic vision make him an ideal partner as GTCR commits to build a platform in this attractive industry." "I am thrilled to partner with GTCR to build Avryo Healthcare into a market-leading company in the multi-site healthcare services space. GTCR has deep domain expertise in healthcare, a substantial track record of creatively building platforms in this space, and a long history of backing experienced CEOs and Executive Chairs. With our partnership, Avryo Healthcare is well-positioned to create a compelling platform in healthcare provider services." Mr. McCrann "GTCR's formation of Avryo Healthcare with Kelly is another excellent example of The Leaders Strategy™ and builds on our history of successful investments in multi-site healthcare services and the broader healthcare industry," added John Kos, Managing Director at GTCR. "We are excited to create this multi-site healthcare services platform behind Kelly and are actively looking for companies and assets in the sector, including founder-led and sponsor-backed companies." About GTCR Founded in 1980, GTCR is a leading private equity firm focused on investing in growth companies in the Business & Consumer Services, Financial Services & Technology, Healthcare and Technology, Media & Telecommunications industries. The Chicago-based firm pioneered The Leaders Strategy™ - finding and partnering with management leaders in core domains to identify, acquire and build market-leading companies through transformational acquisitions and organic growth. Since its inception, GTCR has invested more than $20 billion in over 250 companies. For more information, please visit www.gtcr.com. Follow us on LinkedIn. About Avryo Healthcare Avryo Healthcare was formed in April 2022 as a partnership between Kelly McCrann and GTCR. Avryo Healthcare's mission is to build a leading company in the multi-site healthcare provider services industry with a focus on building a company that utilizes new technologies and operating strategies to enhance patient access and experiences. For more information about Avryo Healthcare, please contact (212) 835-7042.

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This is the Story of Ken - a family friend. Ken was a heart patient who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer while recovering from a heart attack at a small community hospital. He received exemplary care and was shown many caring behaviors. The nurses stopped by to see him on their days off. They sent Christmas cards to his home. His nurses spent time with him and got to know him as a person. One smart nurse noticed that his abdomen was not feeling normal. She asked for an ultrasound and ultimately his cancer was discovered. For his cancer treatment Ken had many options. He was in a major metropolitan area with research hospitals and clinical trials all around. But he wasn’t interested. He picked the hospital for his cancer treatment based on how he wanted to be treated, as a person. He stuck with the less prestigious hospital because he knew he would be cared for by the staff. In this case, a known level of care was more important than choosing the "best" treatment facility.

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