NEW ORLEANS — The Focus Group, a New Orleans healthcare startup, announced it was merging with independent national research and consulting firm Health Management Associates, based in Lansing, Michigan.
“Our merger with HMA proves that New Orleans is a great place to start and grow businesses,” said David Kulick, founder and CEO of Focus Group, in a press release. “The entrepreneurship ecosystem is alive and well in our city, a culturally rich market with many benefits for businesses looking to grow.”
Founded in New Orleans in 2014, the focus group “helps healthcare clients navigate the intersection of healthcare policy, payment and delivery by designing and implementing strategies that create change and fuel growth”. Kulick said the company will maintain an office in New Orleans.
“We’re excited to add the focus group to our growing list of New Orleans startup success stories, which includes Lucid, Levelset, and others.” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of GNO Inc. “New Orleans is a hub of innovation, and our entrepreneurs are not only achieving personal success, they are reinvesting in the future of our city. That’s why I’m especially excited that the discussion group will continue to have an office here, and David will dedicate his time and talents to our community.
“The focus group represents the power of local startups to create jobs and drive economic growth in New Orleans,” said Jimmy Roussel, President and CEO of the New Orleans Startup Fund. “It’s an achievement we can all be proud of, and I want to congratulate David and his team on this major achievement.
In addition to the focus group, another New Orleans healthcare company, Adaptation Health, is joining HMA. Founded in 2017, Adaptation Health is a New Orleans-based innovation consultancy and incubator that works with state Medicaid programs and managed care organizations to drive adoption of new delivery and care solutions. ‘commitment. Adaptation brings together leaders from these sectors to address systemic issues in publicly funded health care.