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December 6, 2018

Around the nation: Uber is diving deeper into health care

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    Lyft's Dan Trigub said he's joined Uber's health business to better serve the "aging, at-risk, and low-income populations," who need "greater access to transportation," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Kansas, and Texas.

    • California: Uber hired health consultant Aaron Crowell and Dan Trigub, who has served on Lyft's health care team, to help lead the company's health business. Uber has said its health care business is intended to help the 3.6 million Americans who lack transportation get to their medical appointments. According to Crowell, Uber can provide health system partners with a unique, consumer perspective of non-emergency medical transportation (Farr, CNBC, 12/4).

    • Kansas: On Monday, a gunman followed two people—a man and a woman—to University of Kansas Medical Center, where he shot and critically injured the man and then fatally shot himself. The male victim, Dominic Garcia, later died, police said Tuesday. Kansas City police said the incident started as a domestic dispute at a location near the hospital. The gunman allegedly had wounded both the man and the woman at the location near the hospital, and the victims then drove themselves to the hospital's ED. The gunman followed them, and shot the man again as he was running into the hospital. No hospital staff were injured (Rege, Becker's Hospital Review, 12/4; WIBW, 12/4).

    • Texas: Tenet Healthcare on Tuesday announced that it sold its Medicare Advantage (MA) plan to a holding company affiliated with Connected Care Group. The MA plan served 9,800 members in southern and northern California since 2010. Tenet had sold or discontinued its other health plans in 2017, and this move marks the end of the system's participation in the health insurance business (Livingston, Modern Healthcare, 12/4).

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