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Episode 14: Our Take June–Part 2

Jun 28, 2018


John shares our take on the second half of June, including the decision of a federal appeals court regarding risk corridor payments, and the announcement of the new CEO for the Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan health care venture.

  • A federal appeals court Thursday ruled that the Health and Human Services Department is not obligated to pay insurers the more than $12 billion in risk corridor payments that have accrued to date. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a previous decision in a suit brought by Moda Health, in which the company argued that it was owed risk corridor payments as stipulated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
  • Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase appointed Dr. Atul Gawande as chief executive officer of their newly formed health care company. In a press release, the companies announced that the new company will be headquartered in Boston and will “operate as an independent entity that is free from profit-making incentives and constraints.”

In this episode

John Marchica

John Marchica is a veteran health care strategist and CEO of Darwin Research Group. He was the founder and CEO of FaxWatch, a leading business intelligence and medical education company and two-time member of the Inc. 500 list of America's fastest growing companies.

John is the author of The Accountable Organization and has advised senior management on strategy and organizational change for more than a decade. John earned his B.A. in economics from Knox College, an MBA and M.A. in public policy from The University of Chicago, and completed his Ph.D. coursework and doctoral exams in clinical epidemiology and health economics at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. He is a faculty associate in the W.P. Carey School of Business and the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University.

About Darwin Research Group

Darwin Research Group Inc. provides advanced market intelligence and in-depth customer insights to health care executives, with a strategic focus on health care delivery systems and the global shift toward value-based care. Darwin’s client list includes forward-thinking biopharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as health care providers, private equity, and venture capital firms. The company was founded in 2010 as Darwin Advisory Partners, LLC and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. with a satellite office in Princeton, N.J.


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