Health Management Associates in Lansing Merges with Two New Orleans Firms

Health Management Associates, an independent national research and consulting firm based in Lansing, announced it has merged with The Focus Group and Adaptation Health, both based in New Orleans. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed.
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Lansing's Health Management Associates has merged with two New Orleans health care firms. // Stock Photo
Lansing’s Health Management Associates has merged with two New Orleans health care firms. // Stock Photo

Health Management Associates, an independent national research and consulting firm based in Lansing, announced it has merged with The Focus Group and Adaptation Health, both based in New Orleans. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

Founded in 2014, The Focus Group helps health care clients navigate the intersection of health care policy, payment, and delivery by devising and implementing strategies that create change and fuel growth.

“The Focus Group brings extensive expertise across the health care spectrum, driving growth for a wide array of clients,” says Jay Rosen, founder, president, and co-chairman of HMA. “We’re excited to add their unique approach to managing change and commitment to innovation to our impressive lineup of experts as we continue to expand the ways we can serve our clients and partners.”

Led by public market and business transformation experts, David Kulick, founder and managing director of The Focus Group, and Alex Rich have partnered with hundreds of company executives to solve complex challenges and deliver high-value projects.

The Focus Group services include market intelligence, strategy development, business transformation, and go-to market execution for providers, payers, life sciences, health foundations, and private equity investors. It will continue to operate as The Focus Group, an HMA Company.

“We are thrilled to merge with HMA and drive greater value to our clients. This is a strategic opportunity to link HMA’s vast depth in health care policy and payment with our focus on commercial growth to lead the charge together for positive evolution in health care delivery,” says Kulick.

Kulick and Rich will continue to lead The Focus Group, an HMA Company, as managing directors.

Adaptation Health is an innovation consultancy and incubator based in New Orleans that works with state Medicaid programs and managed care organizations (MCOs) to drive adoption of new delivery and engagement solutions. Adaptation brings together leaders from these sectors to solve systemic problems in publicly funded health care.

“Like HMA, Adaptation Health has innovation in its DNA,” says Rosen. “I’m excited to pair HMA’s unmatched Medicaid expertise with Adaptation Health’s creative approach and laser focus for tackling the complex challenges related to Medicaid to benefit those the program serves.”

Adaptation Health has worked across dozens of states and MCOs to build private market innovation through expert vendor sourcing, diligence, and deployment driving improvements in member care, acceleration of equity, and supporting positive evolution in public market delivery. They have directly worked with over 500 startups and early Medicaid-focused companies to enable best-in-class solutions for the public good.

“We are very excited to join HMA as they are pre-eminent Medicaid experts. We believe that through this partnership Adaptation Health can continue to support states and MCOs across the country in accelerating Medicaid performance, value, and innovation,” says Kulick said.

Kulick will continue to lead Adaptation Health, an HMA Company.

Founded in 1985, HMA is an independent, national research and consulting firm specializing in publicly funded health care and human services policy, programs, financing, and evaluation. Clients include government, public and private providers, health systems, health plans, community-based organizations, institutional investors, foundations, and associations.

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