J.P. Morgan Conference: Cigna Is Coy About Deals; CVS Touts Provider Purchases

  • Jan 12, 2024

    The annual J.P. Morgan Health Care Conference in San Francisco, which took place from Jan. 8-11, has a well-earned reputation as the site of dealmaking. Last year, for example, rumors of CVS Health Corp.’s eventual deal to acquire primary care provider Oak Street began to emerge.  

    The 2024 edition proved to be less fruitful for dealmaking as far as managed care firms were concerned — never mind the $6.4 billion in deals announced at the start of the conference by Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co. Inc. and Boston Scientific Corp.  

    Still, CVS and The Cigna Group each faced questions about the aftermath of megadeals, both real and imagined. 

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  • Peter Johnson

    Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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