February 7, 2020

Around the nation: Humana and Welsh Carson investing $600M to launch new primary care centers for seniors

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    Humana's Partners in Primary Care subsidiary, which already manages 47 primary care centers for seniors, will manage the clinics, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Idaho, Kentucky, New York, and Pennsylvania.

    • Kentucky/New York: Humana and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, a private equity firm, are partnering to launch a $600 million project to open primary care centers to treat Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries. Humana's Partners in Primary Care subsidiary, which already manages 47 primary care centers for seniors, will manage the clinics. Welsh Carson general partner David Caluori said the clinics will help meet a "significant … need for value-based, senior-focused primary care" (Japsen, Forbes, 2/3).

    • Idaho: St. Luke's Health System on Tuesday named Chris Roth as its new President and CEO, effective Feb. 1. Roth, who joined the health system in 2007, previously served as VP and COO of the health system and then took over as CEO of the system's Treasure Valley region. Roth succeeds David Pate, who retired in January (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/4).

    • Pennsylvania: Researchers found that people in Philadelphia are selling Suboxone, a brand name for the opioid-based addiction treatment buprenorphine, on the black market. The treatment is prescribed by physicians, but is becoming popular on the black market due to ease of access, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. According to researchers, many people are purchasing the drugs to prevent overdoses, get through withdrawal, or to develop their own addiction treatments (Whelan, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/3).

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