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About Darwin Research Group

We are a business strategy and market analytics firm that specializes in healthcare delivery systems. Through consulting services, custom research, and syndicated reports, we empower our clients to engage with an evolving healthcare environment and execute initiatives to move their ventures forward.

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    Sectors We Track

    Hospitals and Integrated Health Systems • Accountable Care Organizations • Payers and PBMs • Behavioral Health Care • Home Health Care • Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology • Medical Devices and MedTech • Institutional and Specialty Pharmacy • Medicare, Medicaid and Health Policy

    News & Analysis

    Our Take: Cigna to Acquire Express Scripts

    Cigna announced that it has agreed to acquire pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) Express Scripts for approximately $67 billion, including assumption of $15 billion in Express Scripts debt.

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    UnitedHealthcare to Share Drug Rebates with (Some) Consumers

    UnitedHealthcare (UHC) announced plans to share the pharmacy discounts it gets from drug manufacturers to more than 7 million people enrolled in its fully insured commercial group benefit plans, beginning Jan. 1, 2019. The new program is designed to lessen out-of-pocket costs by applying these drug rebates up front, at the time of sale.

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    Value-based Medicare payments augment health care disparities instead of improving them, JAMA article contends

    Although paying physicians based on the quality of the care they provide rather than on a fee-for-service basis seems like it would help eliminate disparities in care, it may instead be exacerbating those disparities, according to an article published online Feb. 21 in JAMA.    The author, Rita Rubin, points...

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