Mid-week roundup: DocGo in NY migrant service trouble, more DOJ scrutiny of UHG-Amedisys buy, Exor now $2.8B lead investor in Philips

DocGo catching flak over their services to migrants housed in New York State. Officials in Albany County and in the state capital of Albany have criticized DocGo’s health and food services to migrants being given temporary housing in that area. DocGo’s primary contracts for health services are with New York City including a $432 million no-bid contract with NYC. Since the migrants come through NYC and are being housed upstate, DocGo has been put in charge of about 700 migrants temporarily located in the Albany area with housing and services such as medical care, food, transportation, security, and case management. According to county officials, DocGo failed to provide these services. According to the Albany County officials, food was either not delivered or spoiled, and DocGo did not communicate with them since the program started in May. DocGo has denied these allegations and their CEO Anthony Capone has stated that DocGo is working to provide food via local food pantries and ‘culturally sensitive’ meal choices. In addition, they have provided to date over 25,500 meals to Albany area migrants, plus transportation shuttles for both medical treatment and to public transportation. DocGo said it has provided medical care and other services to more than 19,000 migrants in NY since beginning its work in September. Albany Times-Union, Mobihealthnews, WNYT.com  

As we noted only last week, DocGo upped its 2023 financials, buoyed by their large NYC contract. Their latest New York partnership is with EmblemHealth, a NYC and Tri-State area health plan that serves about 3 million members. DocGo will provide in-home services in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Release

The UnitedHealth Group acquisition of Amedisys has run into extra scrutiny from the Department of Justice. Under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR Act), a premerger notification has to be filed by both parties with the DOJ and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). That was done on 5 July. DOJ and FTC responded with a second request for additional information on 4 August (page 16 of their SEC Schedule 14 A filing). What this will do is delay UHG and Amedisys moving forward with the deal until 30 days after they have complied with the second request. Amedisys is proceeding with a shareholder meeting on 8 September for approval of the acquisition.

The second request fits with recent changes to information disclosure requirements proposed by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division in June. These are currently in 60-day public review open to 28 August. Both FTC and DOJ with premerger notification and Draft Merger Guidelines [TTA 20 July] are proposing significant additional information requirements and substantial tightening of what will be acceptable in mergers and acquisitions under new anti-competitive and antitrust guidelines. An educated guess is that DOJ and FTC will be looking at Amedisys’ fit and home health market share effect with UHG’s earlier acquisitions LHC Group and Contessa Health, now in Optum. A preview of coming attractions in M&A?

The buy was announced in June as an all-cash deal for $3.3 billion (over $100 per share). Healthcare Dive, FierceHealthcare

Exor taking a 15% share in Philips with a $2.8 billion stake. Exor is an Italian investment company controlled by the Agnelli (Fiat) family that also has shares in Ferrari, Stellantis, the Economist, and football club Juventus in an overall strategy of investments in healthcare and luxury companies. Exor bought the shares in the open market with the option to buy another 5%. Exor will take a seat on Philips’ board. The Respironics recall affected Philips’ overall business and cut share price by about 70% compared to pre-recall.  Reuters. Hat tip to HIStalk.

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