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Episode 64: Our Take, August 5, 2019

Aug 05, 2019


In today’s Our Take read-in, we discuss several CMS initiatives announced last Monday. The email version of Our Take includes several important links to other final and proposed rules from CMS. To sign up for the weekly email brief, click here.

Other briefs include:

  • Pfizer signed a definitive agreement to merge its Upjohn division with Mylan.
  • HHS is working on a plan to allow the legal importation of prescription drugs.
  • CMS denies Utah’s request for partial Medicaid expansion.
  • Cigna and Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) sign a value-based agreement.
  • Philadelphia’s Temple University will sell its Fox Chase Cancer Center to Thomas Jefferson University.

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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