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July 6, 2017

Today's Featured Story    

First Tissue-Agnostic Cancer Drug Could Pose Challenges for Payers
Reprinted from SPECIALTY PHARMACY NEWS

As immunotherapies continue their push into the treatment landscape, one of them has hit a medication milestone. In May, the FDA gave accelerated approval to Merck & Co.’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) as the first tissue- and site-agnostic cancer treatment. But while the approval is positive for patients and providers, managing coverage of this indication may prove tricky for payers, says an industry expert.... Read Full Story

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Today's AIS Health Datapoint

174,265 ... is the number enrolled in UnitedHealthcare's AARP MedicareComplete Choice Plan 2, the top Medicare Advantage plan in Florida, as of June 2017. The plan has more than three times the enrollment of its closest competitor in the state, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida's BlueMedicare Regional PPO, with 50,012 members.

From AIS's MEDICARE AND MEDICAID MARKET DATA

 

People on the Move

Ciox Health appointed Paul Roma CEO. He joins Ciox from Deloitte LLP, where he was chief analytics officer and led the Deloitte Analytics division. Roma succeeds Ed Coleman, who will serve as a member of the board of directors….Michigan multispecialty medical group IHA named Mark A. LePage, M.D., CEO, succeeding the late Bill Fileti. LePage most recently served as chief medical officer at Marshfield Clinic….KEPRO named Anne C. Chappuie vice president of growth and development. She previously served as vice president of business development and sales management for Advent Health Partners, vice president of government strategy and business development for Optum, Inc., vice president of development and account management for Bloodhound Technologies, Inc. and vice president of financial services for Maximus, Inc.

 

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