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Chris R. Stark Joins EyeCare Services Partners as Vice President, Managed Care

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EyeCare Services Partners (ESP), the national leader in integrated eye care services, announced today that Chris R. Stark recently joined the Company as Vice President, Managed Care. Mr. Stark is responsible for the firms contractual relationships with payors and provider enrollment/credentialing.

Mr. Stark comes to ESP with nearly 20 years of experience in healthcare contracting and provider network development. He was previously Vice President, Contracting and Network Development for Methodist Health System in Dallas, where he led payor contracting and related functions for an integrated health system that included hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, and a 600-physician ACO. At Centenes Nebraska Total Care affiliate he was Vice President, Network Development and Contracting and led a team that built a new statewide network. Prior to that he was Director, Network Management for Aetnas Nebraska statewide Medicaid network. He also previously held provider network management roles at UnitedHealthcare and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

We welcome Chris to our team, said Daniel D. Crowley, Executive Chairman. ESPs high quality practices, convenient locations, and relevance in key markets mean we have a lot to offer our patients and payor partners. We look forward to Chriss contributions as we continue to grow.

This is an important role for our emerging organization, said George Neal, Chief Executive Officer. We welcome Chris to our team, he brings a lot of energy and in-depth knowledge of networks and payors.

ESP is a clear leader in integrated eye care services, said Mr. Stark. It is an exciting time to be here and I am pleased to be part of the team.

Mr. Stark has a Master of Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Campus, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Brigham Young University.

ABOUT EYECARE SERVICES PARTNERS

ESP continues to build the nations leading integrated eye care services company by consolidating high quality, market-leading ophthalmic and optometric practices and their affiliated ambulatory surgery centers. With more than 200 providers and approximately 100 practice and surgery center locations in seven states and the District of Columbia, ESP supports outstanding care and quality outcomes with a comprehensive array of best-in-class technology, processes, and managerial infrastructure.

To learn more about ESP or inquire about employment opportunities, visit https://www.espmgmt.com/

Kurt Davis, 916-449-6056

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Structural changes required to make Japan’s health system sustainable, according to Economist Intelligence Unit report

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  • Challenges from ageing populations and covid-19 are putting pressure on Japan’s health system
  • Japan’s health system falls behind its peers in terms of long-term strategic perspective
  • Price review and setting mechanism introduces unintended inefficiencies in the health system and act as a brake on structural reform

TOKYO, JAPAN – Media OutReach – 23 September 2020 – Japan’s healthcare system has kept the country remarkably healthy with relatively minor changes for nearly six decades. The system provides universal care, extensive coverage and the most innovative treatments at a cost that is accessible to all. Yet the scope of coverage in the Japanese system obscures the extent to which policymakers have put off making necessary but difficult choices. In particular, the lack of regulation of demand for health services, the pressures of an ageing population and the underdeveloped system for determining cost-benefit for health investments could paralyse Japan’s healthcare system as the cost of providing health services increase. The economic consequences of this would inevitably reverberate beyond the health system itself.

 

Sustainable health systems not only have appropriate resources to effectively function but are also capable of keeping up with developments and overcoming hurdles. Health systems must be able to address challenges and demonstrate the political will required to explore and implement innovative designs for health services. For Japan, evolving population demographics and financial pressures represent two of the biggest hurdles for sustainability.

 

Health system sustainability in Japan is a report by The Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by Pfizer. It examines the challenges and opportunities that Japan’s healthcare system is facing and the sustainability of its current system compared with those of other developed industrial countries. The research uses a scorecard to compare Japan’s performance against those of five other countries across a number of domains, including disease prevention, integrated health models, the medical workforce and long-term care.

 

The research points to signs that significant fixes to Japan’s healthcare system may be necessary for Japan’s health system to maintain long-term stability. Although Japan compares well in many respects to the more expensive and fragmented system in the US, it lags behind the UK, France or South Korea, in three of the five principal scoring domains Japan received its highest scores in the domains covering disease prevention and health infrastructure, and accountability and patient-centredness, and lowest in long-term strategic perspective and provision of integrated care models. Key issues that Japan’s health system must overcome to maintain long-term stability include changing incentives for healthcare utilization where currently prices are kept low but there is no limit on demand; an overhaul of time-consuming biannual price reviews; and better use of cost-saving generic and biosimilar drugs.

 

Jesse Quigley Jones, editor of the report, said, “Japan’s health system is justly praised for its high-quality and generous coverage, however it’s long-term sustainability is increasingly under question. The covid-19 pandemic has highlighted vulnerabilities of the system with experts warning of the collapse of the emergency medicine system, and potential knock-on effects for the broader health system and even overall economy. Our research has highlighted some positive steps towards reform and an emerging long-term vision, but further political commitment is needed to make evidence-based decisions and ensure Japan’s health system is sustainable for generations to come.”

About the research

Health system sustainability in Japan is a report by The Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by Pfizer. It examines the challenges and opportunities that Japan’s healthcare system is facing and the sustainability of its current system compared with those of other developed industrial countries. The research uses a scorecard to compare Japan’s performance against those of five other countries  across a number of domains, including financing, cost-benefit analysis, workforce issues, medical research and long-term care.


About The Economist Intelligence Unit

The Economist Intelligence Unit is the world leader in global business intelligence. It is the business-to-business arm of The Economist Group, which publishes The Economist newspaper. The Economist Intelligence Unit helps executives make better decisions by providing timely, reliable and impartial analysis on worldwide market trends and business strategies.

More information can be found at www.eiu.com or [View Image]www.twitter.com/theeiu

About Pfizer

At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives. We strive to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacture of health care products, including innovative medicines and vaccines. Every day, Pfizer colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time. Consistent with our responsibility as one of the world’s premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, we collaborate with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. For more than 170 years, we have worked to make a difference for all who rely on us. We routinely post information that may be important to investors on our website at www.pfizer.com. In addition, to learn more, please visit us on www.pfizer.comglobaland www.pfizer.co.jp (Japan)

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The Law Offices of Frank R. Cruz Announces Investigation of NextCure, Inc. (NXTC) on Behalf of Investors

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The Law Offices of Frank R. Cruz announces an investigation of NextCure, Inc. (NextCure or the Company) (NASDAQ: NXTC) on behalf of investors concerning the Companys possible violations of federal securities laws.

If you are a shareholder who suffered a loss, click here to participate.

On January 13, 2020, NextCure disclosed that Eli Lilly and Company had ended its collaboration agreement for the research and development of the Companys leading product candidate, NC318, a first-in-class immunomedicine targeting the Siglec-15 immunomodulatory receptor particularly for patients with advanced or metastatic solid tumors.

On this news, the Companys share price fell $4.70, or 8%, to close at $52.00 per share on January 13, 2020, thereby injuring investors.

Then, on July 13, 2020, before the market opened, NextCure announced that it was no longer planning to advance the non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and ovarian cancer cohorts in the stage 2 portion of the Simon 2-stage trial. The same day, the Company announced that its Chief Medical Officer resigned.

On this news, the Companys share price fell $9.73, or 54%, to close at $8.15 per share on July 13, 2020, thereby injuring investors further.

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If you purchased NextCure securities, have information or would like to learn more about these claims, or have any questions concerning this announcement or your rights or interests with respect to these matters, please contact Frank R. Cruz, of The Law Offices of Frank R. Cruz, 1999 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1100, Los Angeles, California 90067 at 310-914-5007, by email to [email protected], or visit our website at www.frankcruzlaw.com. If you inquire by email please include your mailing address, telephone number, and number of shares purchased.

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Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP, a Leading Securities Fraud Law Firm, Announces Investigation of GoHealth, Inc. (GOCO) on Behalf of Investors

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Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP (GPM), a leading national shareholder rights law firm, today announced that it has commenced an investigation on behalf of GoHealth, Inc. (GoHealth or the Company) (NASDAQ: GOCO) investors concerning the Companys possible violations of the federal securities laws.

If you suffered a loss on your GoHealth investments or would like to inquire about potentially pursuing claims to recover your loss under the federal securities laws, you can submit your contact information at https://www.glancylaw.com/cases/gohealth-inc/. You can also contact Charles H. Linehan, of GPM at 310-201-9150, Toll-Free at 888-773-9224, or via email at [email protected] to learn more about your rights.

In July 2020, GoHealth sold approximately 43.5 million shares of stock in its initial public stock offering (the “IPO”), at $21.00 per share raising almost $914 million in new capital.

Then, on August 19, 2020, in its first quarterly earnings report following the IPO, GoHealth announced that it incurred a net loss of $22.9 million after posting net income of $15.3 million in the prior-year period.

On this news, the Company’s stock price fell $1.99 per share, or 10%, to close at $17.03 per share on August 20, 2020, thereby injuring investors.

On September 15, 2020, GoHealths stock price closed at $12.53, a 40% decline from its IPO price.

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Whistleblower Notice: Persons with non-public information regarding GoHealth should consider their options to aid the investigation or take advantage of the SEC Whistleblower Program. Under the program, whistleblowers who provide original information may receive rewards totaling up to 30 percent of any successful recovery made by the SEC. For more information, call Charles H. Linehan at 310-201-9150 or 888-773-9224 or email [email protected].

About GPM

Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP is a premier law firm representing investors and consumers in securities litigation and other complex class action litigation. ISS Securities Class Action Services has consistently ranked GPM in its annual SCAS Top 50 Report. In 2018, GPM was ranked a top five law firm in number of securities class action settlements, and a top six law firm for total dollar size of settlements. With four offices across the country, GPMs nearly 40 attorneys have won groundbreaking rulings and recovered billions of dollars for investors and consumers in securities, antitrust, consumer, and employment class actions. GPMs lawyers have handled cases covering a wide spectrum of corporate misconduct including cases involving financial restatements, internal control weaknesses, earnings management, fraudulent earnings guidance and forward looking statements, auditor misconduct, insider trading, violations of FDA regulations, actions resulting in FDA and DOJ investigations, and many other forms of corporate misconduct. GPMs attorneys have worked on securities cases relating to nearly all industries and sectors in the financial markets, including, energy, consumer discretionary, consumer staples, real estate and REITs, financial, insurance, information technology, health care, biotech, cryptocurrency, medical devices, and many more. GPMs past successes have been widely covered by leading news and industry publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Reuters, the Associated Press, Barrons, Investors Business Daily, Forbes, and Money.

This press release may be considered Attorney Advertising in some jurisdictions under the applicable law and ethical rules.

Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP, Los Angeles

Charles H. Linehan, 310-201-9150 or 888-773-9224

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Los Angeles, CA 90067

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