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Episode 27: Our Take September–Part 2

Sep 27, 2018


John discusses our take on the important health care news that occurred in the second half of September. Our main stories this episode include the creation of OneOncology, a merger of three oncology groups, and a suit on the alleged illegal kickbacks regarding the prescription of Humira.

  • Three large cancer practices have teamed up to create OneOncology. Announced Wednesday, OneOncology includes Tennessee Oncology, New York Cancer & Blood Specialists and Memphis-based West Cancer Center, comprising more than 225 providers and over 60 locations.
  • California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones filed suit against AbbVie, alleging that the drugmaker gave illegal kickbacks to physicians to prescribe Humira (adalimubab). In court filings, the state alleges that AbbVie “systematically and repeatedly has violated the Insurance Frauds Prevention Act by providing kickbacks to health care providers throughout California.”

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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