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✦ Humana Inc. on Feb. 4 said it partnered with private equity firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS) to expand access to value-based care for Medicare patients. Through the new joint venture, the partners will develop and operate “senior-focused, payor-agnostic, primary care centers” that will be managed by Humana’s Partners in Primary Care subsidiary and operated under the PIPC brand. WCAS is making an initial commitment of $600 million to the joint venture, in which it will have majority ownership. (The firm owns a majority stake in MMIT, AIS Health’s parent company.) Visit https://huma.na/370wr7Y.

✦ By investing in nine weeks of intensive training for 75 community health workers (CHWs), Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) on Jan. 23 said it has launched the biggest community health workforce of its kind in the Inland Empire region of California. The newly trained CHWs will support comprehensive care management for IEHP members who have chronic conditions and are enrolled in the state’s Health Homes Program, which targets the highest risk 3% to 5% of Medi-Cal beneficiaries (RMA 9/20/18, p. 3). Visit www.iehp.org.

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Lauren Flynn Kelly Managing Editor, Radar on Medicare Advantage

Lauren has been covering health business issues, including drug benefits and specialty pharmacy, for more than a decade. She served as editor of Drug Benefit News (the predecessor to Radar on Drug Benefits) from 2004 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2016, and now manages Radar on Medicare Advantage. Lauren graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in English.

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