Politics can add to patients' problems, Buffalo-area behavioral health providers say
Mental health patients have enough to worry about, Western New York providers say, even without current events and money problems. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 22, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Paul Lane Source Type: news

Florida health firm plans to hire hundreds for new Tempe office
Weather and workforce cited in the company's decision to set up shop into the East Valley city. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 21, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Angela Gonzales Source Type: news

Report: Nashville hospital company in $6B sale talks
Brentwood-based LifePoint Health Inc. is in “advanced talks” to be sold to a private equity firm, Reuters reported Friday afternoon. Citing “two people familiar with the matter,” Reuters reports that Apollo Global Management LLC could acquire the health care company in a deal valued at close to $6 billion, including debt. Reuters rep orts that LifePoint would then be merged with RegionalCare Hospital Partners, sources said. Those sources are likely referring to RCCH HealthCare Partners, which… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 21, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Eric Snyder Source Type: news

Here are the hottest Bay Area startups from Q2
It seems somehow appropriate that a startup whose app helps people deal with these stressful times is the hottest Bay Area startup from the second quarter. The valuation of Calm.com Inc., a San Francisco company with a meditation app, jumped nearly 43-fold to $277 million when it raised a Series A round last month, according to PitchBook Data. “The period after the election was an anxiety-inducing time and we saw an uptick in the use of the app,” co-founder Alex Tew recently told the Business… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Cromwell Schubarth Source Type: news

Liver disease deaths skyrocket among young adults
Deaths caused by liver disease are up dramatically and young adults were the hardest hit. A new study, published in the British Medical Journal, said cirrhosis-related deaths increased by 65 percent from 1999 to 2016, and deaths from liver cancer doubled, The Washington Post reported. The rise in death rates was driven predominantly by alcohol-induced disease, the study said. People aged 25 to 34 had the highest increase in cirrhosis deaths among the demographic groups studied, averaging a 10.5… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Anne Stych Source Type: news

Ethics group: Embryo gene editing is acceptable
The premiere bioethics oversight group in the United Kingdom says that genetically engineering human embryos to alter a baby's characteristics is acceptable, including preventing inheritable diseases and not ruling out the possibility of cosmetic adjustments.   The UK’s Nuffield Council on Bioethics said in its report, “Genome Editing and Human Reproduction: Social and Ethical Issues,” that it is “morally permissible” to genetically engineer human embryos as long as the future child and… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Anne Stych Source Type: news

Pramila Jayapal leads 'Medicare for All' caucus
At least 70 House Democrats have joined a caucus endorsing a “Medicare for All” single-payer healthcare system in which every American would be covered by a government-funded insurance program.  “We are united today by a common conviction that healthcare is a human right,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) said during a launch event Thursday for the c aucus, “That health care must be affordable and accessible to all residents of the United States, and that one of the best ways to ensure… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Anne Stych Source Type: news

Liver disease deaths skyrocket among young adults
Deaths caused by liver disease are up dramatically and young adults were the hardest hit. A new study, published in the British Medical Journal, said cirrhosis-related deaths increased by 65 percent from 1999 to 2016, and deaths from liver cancer doubled, The Washington Post reported. The rise in death rates was driven predominantly by alcohol-induced disease, the study said. People aged 25 to 34 had the highest increase in cirrhosis deaths among the demographic groups studied, averaging a 10.5… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Anne Stych Source Type: news

UnitedHealth will return to Massachusetts health exchange. It may not be thrilled
UnitedHealth Group Inc., which quit most of the state health exchanges supporting the Affordable Care Act last year, will return to one of them, in Massachusetts, next year. But that doesn't mean it wants to.   The Star Tribune reports on the move by the Minnetonka-based insurer, which will be required to participate in the health exchange because its UnitedHealthcare small-employer insurance now covers more than 5,000 people in the state. Massachusetts combines individual and small-group markets… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Mark Reilly Source Type: news

Merck to lower prices on some drugs, but not its blockbusters
The move follows recent announcements by Pfizer and Novartis that they would freeze price increases for the rest of the year, as the industry confronts sustained criticism from President Donald Trump, lawmakers and the public over the rising cost of prescriptions. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Katie Thomas Source Type: news

Ethics group: Embryo gene editing is acceptable
The premiere bioethics oversight group in the United Kingdom says that genetically engineering human embryos to alter a baby's characteristics is acceptable, including preventing inheritable diseases and not ruling out the possibility of cosmetic adjustments.   The UK’s Nuffield Council on Bioethics said in its report, “Genome Editing and Human Reproduction: Social and Ethical Issues,” that it is “morally permissible” to genetically engineer human embryos as long as the future child and… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Anne Stych Source Type: news

Tenet shedding hospitals, debt as UnitedHealth explores Conifer acquisition
Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. is whittling down its debt as it sells off hospitals and explores a sale of its Frisco-based subsidiary, Conifer Health Solutions. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 20, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bill Hethcock Source Type: news

New charges filed in New England Compounding Center case
Federal prosecutors have charged another person in the sprawling New England Compounding Center case, accusing a former pharmacy buyer at a Boston hospital with making false statements about payments he allegedly received from the Framingham pharmacy and its sister company, Ameridose. Claudio Pontoriero, 40, of Everett was charged Wednesday with one count of making false statements. The arrest is a part of the meningitis outbreak saga involving the now-shuttered New England Compounding Center,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Akitvax gets big U.S. contract, will move to Broomfield and nearly triple in staff size
A Colorado medical device company said it's received a big government contract, and because of that contract, it's moving from Boulder to Broomfield and adding staff. Aktivax, which makes drug delivery systems, said it's received a $15 million contract from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency (BARDA) to continue development of its auto-injector platform ARAI drug delivery system. The contract co uld be extended over four years for… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ben Miller Source Type: news

HCA donates more than $5 million as part of 50th anniversary
This year marks the 50th anniversary of HCA Healthcare Inc,. and in recognition of the milestone the nation ’s largest hospital operator is giving back to some Nashville organizations. In conjunction with the HCA Foundation, the company is giving 50 donations of $50,000 or more to 50 local nonprofits. In addition to those contributions, HCA is giving $500,000 to the National Academy of Medicine Opioid Epidemic Action Collaborative and two donations of $1 million each to the Interfaith Dental Clinic… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

Exclusive: New hospital owners to add St. Christopher's presence at Hahnemann in Center City
While so far focusing largely on unglamorous tasks like improving care documentation, hiring staff and forging relationships with post-acute care providers, the new owners of Hahnemann University Hospital at St. Christopher ’s Hospital for Children are planning a step that will make a big splash on the region’s health care landscape. “We want to establish a St. Christopher’s presence at Hahnemann,” said Joel Freedman, CEO of American Academic Health System (AAHS). Freedman said their vision… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John George Source Type: news

Best Places to Work winner Extra Large category: HealthTexas
Stories of genuine camaraderie come to one employee's mind when she reflects on what she likes about working at HealthTexas Medical Group. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tony Quesada Source Type: news

Absolut approved for East Aurora renovation
Regulators at the state Department of Health have approved $2 million in improvements at an Absolut Care nursing home. The project calls for a series of renovations and expansion of the sub-acute unit and the therapy gym at the Absolut Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Aurora Park, a 320-bed residential health care facility on Main Street. Privately owned, Absolut operates seven sites in the region, and Au rora Park is among its largest. The improvements come two years after Absolut completed… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

UnitedHealth may bid for Tenet health-management unit; deal could fetch $2B
UnitedHealth Group Inc. is among the companies interested in buying Conifer Health Solutions, the health-management unit of Tenet Healthcare Corp., in what could a deal worth $2 billion or more.   The Wall Street Journal, citing unidentified sources, reports on the Minnetonka-based insurance giant's interest in Frisco, Texas-based Conifer. The company, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Tenet (NYSE: THC), provides technology and financial services to hospitals and health care companies. It had 2017 revenue… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Mark Reilly Source Type: news

This Louisville company has some political baggage —but it just raised $2 million
Neuronetrix has been in the news because of its ties to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin. But a recently filed document shows its fundraising is continuing. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: David A. Mann Source Type: news

Florida aids, mental health changes spur protests
Gov. Rick Scott is coming under fire for his administration's decisions to shift tens of thousands of patients with serious mental illness or HIV into new Medicaid health plans in the coming months, changes that could force many patients to switch doctors. The backlash has included newspaper ads across the state as well as protests, including one staged Wednesday outside the governor’s beachfront home in Naples. After a lengthy bidding process, the state Agency for Health Care Administration… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Christine Sexton Source Type: news

Mercy Health teams with insurer on new plans
Mercy Health, which claims to operate the largest hospital system in Ohio, will partner with Bright Health to offer Medicare Advantage plans to seniors in Cincinnati, Springfield, Youngstown and Toledo. Minneapolis-based Bright Health filed paperwork with the federal government to begin offering 2019 Medicare Advantage plans in Ohio during this fall’s annual enrollment period. The insurer received conditional approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Medicare is a federal… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

Privateer Holdings cannabis producer Tilray prepares for Thursday IPO
Tilray's Seattle-based parent company will be the big winner in Thursday's IPO, the first of its kind for a marijuana company. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Casey Coombs Source Type: news

How California ’s recreational cannabis rush is hurting some critically ill patients
The introduction of recreational cannabis in California has opened up a multi-billion dollar business opportunity as the industry moves mainstream, but it also poses questions about what will happen to the medical market that paved the way for legalization. Even with though many fewer companies than anticipated jumped into the legal market this year due to uncertain regulations, cannabis research firm BDS Analytics estimates $3.1 billion in recreational spending for 2018. Legal medical cannabis… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Kevin Truong Source Type: news

Penn, Johnson & Johnson team up to accelerate innovation
The University of Pennsylvania has entered into a collaboration with  Johnson& Johnson Innovation to create and open the first JPOD location in the United States. Called JPOD@Philadelphia, the networking hub will feature a secure telecommunications conferencing system to connect researchers and entrepreneurs within the Pennovation Center and region to the Johnson& Johnson Innovation network. The goal of the JPOD@Philadelphia, according to the organizations, is to "identify and accelerate the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John George Source Type: news

Ex-administrator's suit alleges sex discrimination at area hospital
A former administrator at Shawnee Mission Medical Center has filed a suit that alleges sex discrimination, The Kansas City Star reports.   Margaret Meier, who was director of women's and children's services, alleges that male executives didn't take her seriously when she reported staffing shortages in the hospital's birth center, which she told them created safety concerns for patients. After Meier delivered the news, she was fire d, according to the suit. The suit alleges that the executives “were… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Baltimore firm secures patent for pharma software, aims for market growth
Baltimore's SilcsBio LLC has earned a U.S. patent covering key elements of its drug design software, which it hopes will help validate its technology as unique in the pharmaceutical market. The company's software is sold to and used by pharmaceutical companies to assist in the processes of developing new and patentable drugs. The newly-issued patent covers the algorithms used for a process called site-identification by ligand competitive saturation (SILCS). As Tina Guvench, SilcsBio' s technical… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Morgan Eichensehr Source Type: news

Viewpoint: How Maryland is playing a leading role in the primary care revolution
This is the third time this year the 72-year-old man has landed in the emergency department of his community hospital with chest pain. After a thorough assessment that includes an ECG, blood tests, chest X-ray, and CT scan, the treating physician determines the patient is not having a heart attack — he forgot to refill his angina medication prescription and had missed several doses. This scenario is far more common than it should be, especially for people age 65 and older. According to the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Washington U hiring medical assistant apprentices
Washington University is partnering with St. Louis County to train medical assistants through an apprenticeship program. Workers accepted into the one-year program will work for the university’s School of Medicine in its clinics and other clinical setting, according to Legail Chandler, the university’s vice chancellor for human resources. Apprentices will collect vital signs, prepare patients for exams, schedu le lab work, perform blood draws and maintain electronic records, according to a… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Diana Barr Source Type: news

Florida Blue hiring 200 temporary workers ahead of open enrollment
Jacksonville-based Florida Blue health insurance is hiring 200 temporary workers for its call centers before open enrollment, which runs from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31. Two job fairs will be held this week at the Florida Blue Centers at River City Marketplace, 13141 City Station Drive. One will be held on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and another will be held Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The positions will last for about four to five months. Training clas ses will be held in August and September.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Allison Colburn Source Type: news

Pappas Capital settles defamation suit against former Chimerix CEO
Pappas Capital has settled a defamation lawsuit filed against former Chimerix CEO Kenneth Moch, who is currently president and CEO of Pittsburgh-based Cognition Therapeutics.   The suit was filed back in 2015, following Moch’s resignation from Durham-based biopharma Chimerix, a Pappas portfolio company, the year prior. Moch’s resignation came amid national attention to Chimerix’s refusal to provide its drug under development to a young cancer patient. After his resignation, Moch allegedly… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jennifer Henderson Source Type: news

New details emerge on TapImmune merger
A preliminary filing with the SEC reveals the strategy – and finances – behind TapImmune's pending acquisition and relocation. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Will Robinson Source Type: news

Residents express anger at UPMC during City Council hearing
The hearing was held to discuss a change to UPMC Mercy's master plan, which would help clear the way for the specialty hospital. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Advocate Aurora Health plans $950 million refinancing
Advocate Aurora Health Care plans to consolidate and refinance $950 million in Aurora Health Care debt for its Wisconsin properties. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Rich Kirchen Source Type: news

Miromatrix lands $15.7M for organ-growing tech
Miromatrix Medical Inc., a biotech company whose long-term goal is to grow human organs using a patient ’s own cells, has closed on a $15.7 million round of funding. Participating investors include a multibillion-dollar health care company that Miromatrix CEO Jeff Ross declined to name.  Eden Prairie-based Miromatrix plans to put the capital partly toward further development and testing of its te chnology, which was first developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota. The company strips… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Katharine Grayson Source Type: news

Children ’s of Alabama providing telephone-based mental health education
Children ’s Hospital of Alabama has opened a Psychiatric Intake Response Center to help patients and providers navigate the mental health care system.  The PIRC, which was created in conjunction with the Anne B. LaRussa Foundation of Hope, has therapists on staff that asses risk factors and answer questi ons about mental health concerns. They also provide community resource information and safety planning for future crises.  The PIRC, located in Birmingham's Children’s Emergency Department,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

CHS stock price hits all-time low
Embattled hospital operator Community Health Systems Inc. took another punch Monday, as its stock closed at an all-time low. Shares of the Franklin-based health care company closed at $2.69 on Monday, the lowest since its second initial public offering in 2000. The stock’s 2018 high-water mark was in February at $6.02, well below its all-time high of $52.92, set more than three years ago. CHS (NYSE: CYH) is Nashvill e’s second-largest publicly traded health care company, with $15.35 billion… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

Clinics prescribe too many antibiotics, study finds
Urgent care centers and retail clinics are five times more likely to prescribe antibiotics during a visit than medical offices and nearly half of prescriptions at urgent care are given to patients that don ’t need them, a new study found. The research, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University of Utah and The Pew Charitable Trusts and published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found that almost half of patients - 45.7 percent - seeking treatment for upper… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Anne Stych Source Type: news

First look: Central Ohio Primary Care set to open second Westerville building – and plans a third (slideshow)
The nation's largest independently owned primary care physician group has opened its Westerville campus – and already plans a third building for the site. Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians Inc. moved its headquarters in January from a few blocks away to a larger office at 655 Africa Rd. that's wholly owned by the business and the 303 shareholders among the company's 380 physicians. At the end of July, the first two of seven COPC practices moves into the medical office building across an entry… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Carrie Ghose Source Type: news

Pappas Capital settles defamation suit against former Chimerix CEO
Pappas Capital has settled a defamation lawsuit filed against former Chimerix CEO Kenneth Moch.   The suit was filed back in 2015, following Moch’s resignation from Durham-based biopharma Chimerix, a Pappas portfolio company, the year prior. Moch’s resignation came amid national attention to Chimerix’s refusal to provide its drug under development to a young cancer patient. After his resignation, Moch allegedly sent anonymous emails to investors and the media that Pappas’ founder, Art Pappas,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jennifer Henderson Source Type: news

Advocates: Elected officials should press UPMC for higher wages
Dozens of people packed Pittsburgh City Council chambers Tuesday to urge the council to insist on a community health benefits agreement before it builds a new vision and rehabilitation hospital at UPMC Mercy. The public hearing was held Tuesday afternoon to discuss a change to the UPMC Mercy master plan to encompass the building of the vision and rehab hospital. UPMC Mercy President Michael A. Grace in a brief presentation spoke of UPMC’s commitment to the community and its engagement over the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Walmart hires former Humana exec to lead health segment
A recent hire by Bentonville, Ark.-based retail titan Walmart Inc. resurrected speculation that it might strike a deal to work more closely Louisville-based Humana Inc. Walmart hired Sean Slovenski as senior vice president of health and wellness for Walmart U.S., according to an internal memo from Greg Foran, president and CEO of Walmart U.S., which was provided to Louisville Business First. Slovenski will join Walmart on Aug. 1 and will report directly to Fora n, according to the memo. Walmart… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Chris Larson Source Type: news

AbleTo poaches CVS exec for top position
Behavioral health startup AbleTo has poached a CVS Health Corp. executive for its top position. Trip Hofer, who led CVS' specialty pharmacy division, has stepped into the role of chief executive officer at New York-based AbleTo. "AbleTo has created positive outcomes for both patients and their health plans for years, and has recently made amazing advancements in the ways that data and analy tics can be used in the identification, engagement and successful treatment of people with behavioral health… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Anthony Noto Source Type: news

Marlborough's CeQur revives expansion plans after buying J & J insulin device
CeQur CEO Bob Farra said the company plans to boost headcount with the addition of OneTouch, a wearable insulin delivery system. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Allison DeAngelis Source Type: news

Meet the tech company trying to improve treatment of autism and other childhood brain disorders
The Redwood City company's software takes a wider look, tapping a variety of sources including real-time sensor data, to try to map out treatments for neurological disorders. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Blue buffaloes to raise funds (and support) for Roswell
A new corporate initiative with a familiar theme kicked off today to help raise funds and awareness for cancer research at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Can AI stop ALS, Parkinson's? This startup has 32 million new reasons to try
DFJ, a WuXi AppTech venture fund and others are sold on the San Francisco startup's work at the intersection of biology, chemistry and computer science. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Top of the List: Largest private-sector employers in Denver
For our most recent edition of The List, we took a look at the top Denver-area private-sector employers, ranked by number of full-time equivalent employees in Colorado. The top companies reflect some of the largest and fastest-growing industries in Denver: Four of the five largest employers are in the health care space. Here are the top five: UCHealth Centura Health SCL Health Comcast Corp. HCA-HealthONE LLC The full list is available to subscribers only. Don't subscribe? Sign up today.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: James Rodriguez Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson will appeal $4.7B powder award
Johnson& Johnson says it will "pursue all available appellate remedies" to reverse a St. Louis court verdict that awarded $4.7 billion to women who alleged that using the company ’s baby powder caused their ovarian cancer.  In a prepared statement, J&J (NYSE:JNJ) contends that the lawsuit filed on behalf of 22 women should not have been heard in Missouri because many of the women were not from the state.   Company spokeswoman Carol Goodrich predicted a reversal, saying, “The multiple errors… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Anne Stych Source Type: news

BioBridge Global creates expert regenerative medicine advisory board
New advisory group will help advance the San Antonio-based company's opportunities in one of its more critical business sectors. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: W. Scott Bailey Source Type: news