PACKAGING FIRM MOVES WALGREENS TEAM TO NORTHBROOK: Neenah, Wis.-based Menasha Packaging is moving its designated Walgreens account team to the north suburbs to be close to its Deerfield-based customer, the company said in a statement. Menasha’s health care/self care design team will enhance its focus on category data, brand benchmarking and speed to innovation for consumer packaged goods companies supplying Walgreens. The partnership between the two companies dates to 2002, with Menasha Packaging becoming an expert in Walgreens’ extensive style requirements for retail displays, the statement said.
COMMONSPIRIT TRYING A HOSPITAL AT HOME: CommonSpirit Health is taking home health care up a notch with advanced, hospital-level care for the home, the Chicago-based health system said in a statement. The second-largest nonprofit health system in the nation, CommonSpirit is partnering with home care company Contessa, which it says has overcome the reimbursement barrier for its home recovery care. Contessa has a 92 percent payer acceptance rate among eligible patients, the statement said.
“Our work with Contessa will bring recommended intensive outpatient care into the comfort of one’s home so that we can improve health outcomes and help enhance the overall health of our communities,” Rich Roth, who leads strategic innovation for CommonSpirit, said in the statement. Nashville, Tenn.-based Contessa also has home recovery care operations at Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic Health System and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
CHICAGO JOINS SUIT AGAINST TRUMP RELIGIOUS HEALTH CARE RULE: Chicago and New York are among more than a dozen states and cities that say they risk losing billions of dollars in federal health care funding if they fail to comply with the administration’s change. READ MORE.
OAK STREET EXPANDS REVENUE ACCURACY WORK: Oak Street Health is expanding its partnership with Pareto Intelligence, a Chicago-based health care data analytics company, to implement Pareto’s revenue integrity suite of software. Pareto originally performed a data quality evaluation of Oak Street Health’s Medicare Advantage risk adjustment submissions. The company will now work to ensure revenue accuracy across all of Chicago-based Oak Street Health’s operations.
As part of the expanded partnership, Pareto will be deploying its Revenue Integrity solution across Oak Street Health’s MA population for both Risk Adjustment Processing System and Encounter Data System submissions, as well as discrepancies specific to end-stage renal disease entitlement determinations, the statement said.
AKORN GETS GENERIC ALLERGY SPRAY OK: Lake Forest specialty pharmaceutical company Akorn has received a new Abbreviated New Drug Application approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for its generic azelastine hydrochloride nasal spray, indicated for treating seasonal allergic rhinitis.
1,000 LUNG TRANSPLANTS FOR LOYOLA: Loyola University Medical Center performed its 1,000th lung transplant on a 69-year-old Iowan in April, Loyola said in a statement. The milestone puts it in league with only 10 other transplant centers in the U.S. to have performed that many lung transplants, according to data from the United Network for Organ Sharing. Loyola has transplanted more than twice as many lungs as all other centers in Illinois. Among its transplant firsts, Loyola Medicine said in the statement, was the first single-lung transplant in Illinois in 1988 and performing five successful lung transplants in just over 24 hours in 2014.
CARE COORDINATION TOOL SHOWN TO REDUCE COST OF MANAGING CROHN’S: A study of Crohn’s disease patients showed use of SonarMD’s care coordination solution reduced annual medical cost by $6,500 per person, the Chicago-based company said in a statement. The study was the result of a research partnership between SonarMD and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois, the statement said. The SonarMD solution uses technology to connect patients with clinical staff who ping them questions that patients can respond to via text, email or phone call. Staff members use the responses to monitor patients and coordinate care with their gastroenterologists to address symptoms sooner, SonarMD’s statement said.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
• If you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em: It’s a mantra health insurance giants like UnitedHealth Group and Humana have embraced for years as they’ve snapped up doctors practices to curb the cost of medical care. Now the parent of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois is getting into the game. READ MORE.
• Sterling Bay has created a life sciences hub. The developer’s Prysm Life Sciences aims to retain talent and promote innovation in the Chicago area. READ MORE.
PEOPLE ON THE MOVE:
- Chicago-based Navigant has hired Sheldon Ng as a managing director in its life sciences practice. Ng will lead the company’s San Francisco-based life sciences strategy consulting team. He previously served as the vice president of strategy and analytics at life science transaction firm Locust Walk.