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Episode 4: Our Take April–Part 1

May 10, 2018


John shares our take on the first half of April highlighting Walmart’s talks to acquire Humana, and California’s suit against Sutter Health.

  • Reuters and The Wall Street Journal independently reported that Walmart is considering an acquisition of health insurer Humana. Citing people familiar with the matter, Reuters said the companies
    are in early talks about developing closer ties, with one possibility being an acquisition.
  • The state of California has filed an antitrust suit against Sutter Health, alleging anticompetitive behavior. Among other complaints, the suit alleges that the Sacramento-based health system imposes gag
    clauses on prices and in some cases charges “punitively high” amounts for out-of-network services.

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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