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Episode 5: Our Take April–Part 2

May 10, 2018


John shares our take on the second half of April highlighting the health of ACA under the current administration and Humana’s statement to acquire and merge Curo Health with Kindred Healthcare.

  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provided enrollment statistics for Healthcare.gov and the state-run exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In its last tax package, the Republican-led Congress zeroed out the individual mandate penalty—a cornerstone of the ACA. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that 13 million people will lose or drop coverage as a result of this move over the next decade.
  • Reuters reported that Humana, along with two private equity firms, will acquire Mooresville, N.C.-based Curo Health Services for $1.4 billion. Humana will merge Curo Health with the hospice business of Kindred Healthcare, which Humana agreed to acquire in December 2017.
  • Of Note: Our Take Narrations will be twice monthly after these inaugural episodes.

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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