News roundup: Teladoc’s new CEO from major payer, Steward Health lives with $250M injection, Waystar’s IPO raises $968M, NeuroFlow acquires Owl

Teladoc wraps up CEO search in record time–two months. On Monday, Charles “Chuck” Divita joined the company as chief executive officer with a board of directors seat. Divita comes from GuideWell, where he was executive vice president, commercial markets, earlier chief financial officer, and previously group VP and chief accounting officer at Florida Blue for a total of over 12 years. GuideWell is the parent of Blue Cross Blue Shield health plans in Florida and covers 38 million people in 50 states through Florida Blue, Triple-S Salud (Puerto Rico), Truli for Health, Florida Health Care Plans, and Capital Health Plans. Interim CEO Mala Murthy resumes her CFO position

Long-time CEO Jason Gorevic departed in early April in a haze of red ink. Mr. Divita will find the turnaround situation facing him at Teladoc a real challenge compared to Blue Health Plan World. Undoubtedly he was hired due to his extensive CFO experience plus understanding of the payer market. Teladoc needs to achieve profitability, something never accomplished in 20 years. It also faces heavy competition, the growing obsolescence of its foundational model accelerated by the boom/bust pandemic, self-inflicted damage created by the Livongo acquisition, the underperforming BetterHelp, and frankly, its mixed track record in good judgment and accountability [further analysis–TTA 9 Apr]. Mr. Market barely responded with a continuing deterioration in share price. Do not be surprised when (not if) there are major changes and cuts at Teladoc, including removing its HQ from high-tax Purchase, New York to Florida, the new CEO’s home state.  Release, FierceHealthcare, Healthcare Dive

Steward Health beats deadline of 14 June, finds $250 million to pay the bills. The lenders announced Tuesday 11 June are existing FILO (first in last out) private credit lenders Sound Point Capital and Brigade Agency Services, Chamberlain Commercial Funding, WhiteHawk Finance LLC, Owl Creek Investments I LLC, OneIM Fund I LP, MidOcean Credit Fund Management; Brigade Capital Management, LP which are now debtors in possession (DIP). They will be presented to the US Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas, later this week, which is conducting Steward Health’s dissolution with sales starting in July. The FILO lenders were approached earlier, starting in March and up through last week, but could not come to an offer until now. The $250 million is structured as $75 million of the loan immediately upon court approval, with the remaining $150 million “available in draws not to exceed $50 million per draw.” The funds will keep Steward operations going and ‘maximize value’ until they can be sold in July and August. Healthcare Dive, FierceHealthcare, Release

Waystar finally drops IPO, raises $967.5 million. The offering of 45 million shares debuted at $21.50 a share on Nasdaq, midpoint in the indicated range and giving Waystar a fully diluted valuation of $3.69 billion.  It is the largest health tech IPO since 2022. Back in October 2023, Waystar projected an $8 billion valuation which was a non-starter [TTA 29 May]. WAY closed near-flat today at $21.70. Previous funders will continue with shares in the company, with EQT AB, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), and Bain Capital will beneficially own approximately 29.2%, 22.3%, and 16.8%. Its payment and RCM tools claim 30,000 customers representing approximately 1 million distinct providers, but lost money in 2022 and 2023. FierceHealthcare, Reuters

Behavioral health platform NeuroFlow acquires Owl. Purchase price was not disclosed. Both companies are in the data insights and analytics portion of telemental health delivery and integration into care management programs. The combination now integrates NeuroFlow’s platform across primary and specialty care settings to provide a 360-degree view of a population’s behavioral health risk. In 2023, NeuroFlow acquired Capital Solution Design, the parent company of Behavioral Health Lab and BHL Touch which have provided workflow support to clinical teams at the Department of Veterans Affairs for over 15 years and other care organizations. The combined organizations will cover 17 million lives on the platform with payers and providers in all 50 states, including Atlantic Health System (NJ), Emory Healthcare (GA), and Colorado Access, Centennial State’s Medicaid plan. Eric Meier, Owl’s chief executive officer, will transition to NeuroFlow’s president of behavioral health markets. Other transitions and headquartering are not disclosed.Their funding topped $52 million between 2019 and 2022. Release, Mobihealthnews

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