March 30, 2021

Around the nation: New York launches the first vaccine passport in the US

Daily Briefing

    New York on Friday launched the United States' first vaccine passport, called the Excelsior Pass, which will be used at event, arts, and entertainment venues, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Indiana, New York, and Texas.

    • Indiana: Anthem on Wednesday announced it will be acquiring myNEXUS, a home-based nursing management company that currently serves about 1.7 million Medicare Advantage beneficiaries across 20 states. Anthem said the acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021 (Minemyer, Fierce Healthcare, 3/24; Tepper, Modern Healthcare, 3/29).
    • New York: New York on Friday launched the United States' first vaccine passport, called the Excelsior Pass, which will be used at event, arts, and entertainment venues. To use the pass, users download the Excelsior Pass phone app, enter their personal information and confirm their identity. Users will then be provided with QR codes that they can use to prove they've been vaccinated against Covid-19, via data from the state's vaccine registry and pre-approved testing companies (Lonas, The Hill, 3/26; Weintraub/Weise, USA Today, 3/29).
    • Texas: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas has named James Springfield as its next president, effective April 26. According to Houston Business Journal, Springfield previously served as national COO for Cancer Treatment Centers of America and spent 13 years at Memorial Hermann Health System. Springfield also previously served as president and CEO of Valley Baptist Health System and SVP of provider market growth and business development at Optum (Hethcock, Houston Business Journal, 3/25).
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