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Exploring Critical Business and Legal Issues across the Healthcare and Life Sciences Industries
HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCES NEWS
Exploring Critical Business and Legal Issues across the Healthcare and Life Sciences Industries

HPE Miami 2021: Subsector Insights | Women’s Care

The field of women’s care offers investors several excellent entry points for innovation and growth. McDermott partner Joshua Spielman moderated this conversation featuring insights from Michael Chang, partner at BC Partners; Robert LaGalia, president and chief executive officer of Unified Women’s Healthcare; and Uttara Marti, managing director at Evercore.

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Women’s health continues to be one of the most fragmented sectors of the healthcare industry, which means that there are ample opportunities for new entrants and existing platforms to innovate, integrate and improve the delivery of care in this space.

Women’s care providers have an opportunity to expand their core OB/GYN and fertility focus. Providing additional wrap-around services can drive incremental value.

Women’s health is uniquely able to take advantage of value-based care arrangements, but key obstacles must be overcome first, including scale, provider buy-in and access to the necessary data.

Fertility services remain a strong driver in the women’s health space. More and more, employers are providing fertility coverage and benefits, helping to drive access and volume in this sector.

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CDC Issues Guidance for Employer-Operated Vaccination Sites

As states across the US expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, employers are well-positioned to facilitate vaccine access and improve distribution efficiency. One critical way for employers to achieve these goals is through the operation of workplace vaccination sites, sometimes called closed points of dispensing (CPODs).

On March 16, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidance on workplace vaccination programs. Among other recommendations, the CDC encourages some employers to implement workplace COVID-19 vaccination sites and outlines best practices for doing so.

According to the CDC, employers with (1) a large number of workers on predictable schedules, (2) the ability to enroll as a vaccination provider or engage an already enrolled vaccination provider, and (3) enough space to operate a vaccination clinic that allows for social distancing should consider operating an on-site vaccination program. Conversely, the CDC recommends an off-site vaccination program for small- or medium-sized employers with a mobile workforce on variable schedules.

The CDC provides several options for employers that choose to operate an on-site vaccination program, including existing occupational health clinics, employer-run temporary vaccination clinics, and mobile vaccination clinics brought to the workplace. Regardless of the model, the CDC advises employers to contact their local health department for guidance. Many jurisdictions have already embraced the CPOD model (e.g. Chicago, IL) and provide extensive information on their websites.

The updated CDC guidance makes clear workplace vaccination clinics should [...]

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HPE Miami 2021: Subsector Insights | Urgent Care

Greg Metz, co-head of McDermott’s Private Equity Practice Group, joined Simon Bachleda, co-founder and managing partner at Revelstoke Capital Partners; Richard Park, MD, founding chief executive officer of CityMD and co-founder of Ascend Partners; and John Randazzo, senior advisor, Warburg Pincus, to discuss how urgent care practices are expanding their service offerings and driving value.

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  1. In recent years, the service offerings available at urgent care centers have expanded beyond traditional “urgent care” into several ancillary services. “Historically, urgent care was for urgent needs, such as flu or strep or strains,” Bachleda said. “Now it has evolved to much more than just urgent, into primary care and ultimately even into multispecialty. A lot of ancillary services now can be offered seamlessly within the confines of the four walls of an urgent care center.” These include orthopedic services, and behavioral and mental health services. “As needs continue to evolve, urgent care is one of the most flexible areas of this market that is able to change with the times,” Randazzo noted.
  2. For urgent care practices, successful growth hinges upon standardizing the patient experience and developing a brand name with which patients are familiar and comfortable. “Making sure that patients know who we are and know [...]

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HPE Miami 2021: Subsector Insights | Pharmacy

McDermott partner Karen Gibbs joined Matthew Thompson, general partner at Enhanced Healthcare Partners, and Drew Walk, chief executive officer at Soleo Health, in an insightful discussion of what’s next for investment in the pharmacy space.

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  1. New therapies and the accompanying technologies to deliver them make pharmacy an appealing space for investment in 2021. In particular, organizations that can find ways to effectively manage escalating costs will be successful.
  2. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the value and game-changing solutions that pharmacy can bring to the healthcare ecosystem at large. Pharmacy is an end point of care, and its extraordinary innovation is driving better patient outcomes.
  3. Regulatory scrutiny is always evolving in the pharmacy industry and should remain top-of-mind for any company considering an investment in the space.
  4. A transition to true and effective value-based care in the pharmacy sector will require significant collaborating between payers, providers, suppliers and manufacturers.
  5. COVID-19 has created headwinds in this sector because pharmacy is downstream from elective surgeries and other elective care. There is a backlog of care stemming from the pandemic, however, which presents an opportunity for accelerated growth in the pharmacy space moving forward.
  6. Innovations that help establish “arm-in-arm” relationships between physicians and pharmacists will help drive [...]

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HPE Miami 2021: Subsector Insights | Gastrointestinal

The past year saw robust deal activity focused on gastrointestinal (GI) practices, and the sector will remain an attractive target for private equity sponsors in 2021. McDermott partner Amanda Jester moderated this panel featuring Gabriel Luft, principal at Amulet Capital; Hugh McBride, principal at Kelso; Jason Porter, managing director at Baird; and James Weber, MD, chief executive officer at GI Alliance.

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  1. GI continues to be a popular PE investment. As a specialty, GI has proven to be stable and resistant to market changes, even amid economic and political shifts. GI groups also have the potential to provide ancillary services in-house, such as infusion, anesthesiology and pathology, which can increase their profitability and efficiency of care.
  2. The ability to scale has become increasingly important as GI groups contract with payors and health systems. GI lends itself well to scale, given the lower costs of operation and the ability to add ancillary services that can also be scaled. This ability to scale will likely continue to grow the value of GI businesses as we transition to value-based care.
  3. GI practices benefit greatly from the ability to perform procedures in outpatient facilities. Many GI groups now have their own, or are partnering with, ambulatory surgery centers [...]

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