Paging Dr. Watson: Evolving Pharmaceutical Value Propositions in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Posted by Paul Darling on Thu, Dec 07, 2017

According to historical accounts, 19th-century English artist Sir Samuel Luke Fildes was determined to “put on record the status of the doctor of our time” when he painted “The Doctor,” a depiction of a concerned physician tending to his young patient. And though it was created in the midst of the Second Industrial Revolution, the artwork includes no sign of advancing medical technology. Instead, it presents what has become an iconic portrayal of patient-centered medical care.


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As the Goalposts Keep Moving, Pharma Can Help Providers Continue to Move the Ball Forward

Posted by Paul Darling on Mon, Nov 20, 2017

As stakeholders throughout the healthcare ecosystem continue to transition from a fee-for-service model toward value-based care—and as providers try to keep up while feeling increasingly burdened by paperwork and disconnected from patients—the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) keeps moving the goalposts.


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Two Blocked Payer Mega-Mergers and the Future of the Health Insurance Market

Posted by Paul Darling on Mon, Feb 27, 2017

Just weeks ago, a looming merger between two major health insurance companies threatened to alter the health insurance market’s competitive landscape. The $54 billion deal between Anthem and Cigna was blocked by a federal judge in early February, on the same grounds as a $37 billion deal between Aetna and Humana that was blocked in January. According to the judges’ rulings, both deals would have reduced competition and increased prices.


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What Pharma Needs to Know About Local Healthcare Markets

Posted by Paul Darling on Fri, Dec 16, 2016


The “shop local” movement has been a mainstay in the U.S. healthcare marketplace for ages. Patients travel fewer than 30 miles for the majority of their care, which means that healthcare is consumed in local markets, each with unique characteristics, almost like small provinces. Providers are increasingly acknowledging this trend, as evidenced by the recent M&A activity of provider systems across the country. Given the pace of change, it seems that this topic warrants a closer look.  


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Despite the FTC’s Objections, a Mega-Provider Healthcare System Could Be on the Horizon

Posted by Paul Darling on Wed, Aug 03, 2016

The current U.S. healthcare climate seems to produce a significant announcement each week of a hospital merger or acquisition. In fact, more than 100 provider mergers are anticipated for 2016. Amidst all of this M&A activity, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been issuing and winning antitrust challenges for many of the larger provider M&As. Until recently, the FTC has been undefeated in all of the cases that it has challenged.


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