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June 5, 2017

Today's Featured Story

Education, Data Are Needed on Combination Immunotherapies
Reprinted from SPECIALTY PHARMACY NEWS

Since the first of the immunotherapies came onto the U.S. market in 2011, these drugs have had a tremendous impact on the treatment of various cancers. However, these innovative therapies, which use an individual’s own immune system to attack cancer cells, come at a steep price to a health care system already struggling to rein in care costs. The treatments also come with certain side effects affiliated with their mechanism of action. And while almost all the current therapies have multiple approved indications, researchers are looking at their use in combination with each other, as well as with chemotherapies. A recent survey revealed that this concurrent use is something with which payers are concerned.... Read Full Story


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Today's AIS Health Datapoint

6,302,600 ... is the number of Medicaid members enrolled in Centene Corp., the U.S. leader in 2017. Due to its 2016 acquisition of Health Net, Centene unseated last year's Medicaid market leader, Anthem, Inc.

From AIS’s DIRECTORY OF HEALTH PLANS

 

People on the Move

Highmark Health appointed Cindy Donohoe executive vice president and chief marketing officer, a newly created position. Donohoe joined Highmark in 2015 and previously was senior vice president of growth and customer experience at Physicians Immediate Care, an urgent care provider backed by Anthem, Inc.Rosa & Co. named Matt Marano senior vice president of business development, overseeing expansion of the company's PhysioPD commercial strategy. He joins Rosa from SolveBio, where he served as senior vice president of commercial development….Human Longevity, Inc. appointed Saturnino (Nino) Fanlo chief financial officer. He most recently was president and chief financial officer of Social Finance, Inc.

 

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