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IPG ranked Atlanta’s 32nd fastest growing private company at Atlanta Business Chronicle’s annual Pacesetter Awards

IPG ranked Atlanta's 32nd fastest growing private company at Atlanta Business Chronicle's annual Pacesetter Awards

“As the industry-leading provider of Device Benefit Management solutions, IPG continues to stay ahead of the curve and constantly adapts to industry change, while serving as a critical partner to their health plan clients. As a Company they are continuing to successfully enable high quality, cost effective care and support the delivery of value based care for high cost surgical procedures for IPG’s health plan clients and patients.”

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IPG and DJO Announce Partnership to Deliver High Quality Affordable Care

ATLANTA, Georgia (April 11, 2017) – IPG, the industry-leading provider of Device Benefit Management solutions, announced an innovative new partnership with DJO Global, Inc. and its Surgical Division. DJO Global is a leading global provider of medical technologies designed to get and keep people moving. With DJO’s broad range of products, used for rehabilitation, pain management, physical therapy and surgical reconstruction, the partnership further enables high quality, cost effective care and supports the delivery of value based care for high cost surgical procedures for IPG’s health plan clients and patients.

“As health plans look to set up the right structure that aligns incentives in support of value based reimbursement, the IPG program truly sets the stage to drive quality and affordability from optimal device selection and utilization, and site of care to truly impact surgical costs. DJO Surgical’s products contribute to lowering surgical costs and patient out of pocket costs. A true win-win,” said Mark Russell, Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Commercial Logistics for DJO Surgical.

The IPG platform enables surgeons, facilities and device manufacturers to play an active role in the delivery of cost effective surgical care. DJO’s focus on value-driven implant systems and state-of-the-art technology strongly aligns with IPG’s mission of ensuring and enabling the delivery of high quality, cost effective surgical care.

“We are thrilled to work with innovative high quality manufacturers like DJO, who focus on lowering total episodic care through surgical efficiency for patients and health plans,” said Vince Coppola, President and CEO of IPG. “These partnerships continue to expand our ability to deliver on our cost and quality objectives for our health plan clients. Since our programs align incentives and goals between surgeons, facilities, health plans and manufacturers, DJO is now part of the team with the important mission of making health care more affordable.”

DJO’s surgical portfolio includes a full suite of advanced solutions for hip, knee and shoulder arthroplasty with an emphasis on incorporating modern technology while capturing both surgical and cost efficiencies that will be accessible to IPG’s expansive network of direct partnering facilities and surgeons.

About DJO Global

DJO Global is a leading global provider of medical technologies designed to get and keep people moving. The Company’s products address the continuum of patient care from injury prevention to rehabilitation after surgery, injury or from degenerative disease, enabling people to regain or maintain their natural motion. Its products are used by orthopaedic specialists, spine surgeons, primary care physicians, pain management specialists, physical therapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, athletic trainers and other healthcare professionals. In addition, many of the Company’s medical devices and related accessories are used by athletes and patients for injury prevention and at-home physical therapy treatment. The Company’s product lines include rigid and soft orthopaedic bracing, hot and cold therapy, bone growth stimulators, vascular therapy systems and compression garments, therapeutic shoes and inserts, electrical stimulators used for pain management and physical therapy products. The Company’s surgical division offers a comprehensive suite of reconstructive joint products for the hip, knee and shoulder. DJO Global’s products are marketed under a portfolio of brands including Aircast®, Chattanooga, CMF™, Compex®, DonJoy®, ProCare®, DJO® Surgical, Dr. Comfort® and Exos™. For additional information on the Company, please visit www.DJOglobal.com.

About IPG

IPG is the leading provider of Device Benefit Management solutions, working with health plans, manufacturers, providers, surgical facilities and patients across the country to improve quality and reduce costs for surgical procedures through optimization of the most effective site of care and device selection, resulting in more affordable high-quality care to consumers. For more information about IPG, call us at 866.753.0046, or visit us on the web at www.ipg.com.

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IPG and Lima Corporate Partner to Support Value Based Care Delivery in the US

ATLANTA, Georgia (February 24, 2017) – IPG, the industry-leading provider of Device Benefit Management solutions, today announced a partnership with Lima Corporate, a global medical device company providing reconstructive and fixation orthopaedic solutions. With a national footprint and focus on the commercial health care market, IPG enables high quality, cost effective surgical care and supports the delivery of value based care for high cost surgical procedures for their health plan clients. This partnership creates significant opportunities to improve surgical outcomes, while reducing overall healthcare costs.

“Lima Corporate is enthusiastic to initiate this collaboration with IPG as it represents a paradigm shift in the medical device market in the US while maintaining access to state-of-the-art devices.  Through this agreement, Lima is able to provide key technology, such as our Trabecular Titanium technology used in our hip and shoulder portfolio, which are the only 3D printed devices with 10-years of clinical follow-up,” said Luigi Ferrari, CEO of Lima Corporate.

By bringing transparency, contracting strategy, analytics and surgical expertise related to the delivery of device-intensive surgical procedures, IPG enables surgeons and facilities to successfully make value-based care delivery decisions that drive quality and affordability around surgical procedures through device selection and site of care optimization. As IPG continues to execute on its manufacturer partnership strategy with firms who strategically align with this objective, Lima was identified as an excellent fit.

“IPG is excited about the opportunity to work closely with Lima to bring their high-value technology to IPG’s health plan clients and patients,” said Vince Coppola, President & CEO of IPG. “This relationship will further expand our mission to bring high quality, cost effective surgical solutions to the U.S. healthcare market.”

As a participating manufacturer in IPG’s Device Benefit Management program, Lima will gain access to IPG’s expansive network of direct partnering facilities and surgeons. This agreement will provide greater access for IPG’s customers for high quality shoulder, hip and knee arthroplasty products. Lima has a strong international presence, and the partnership with IPG will enable Lima to significantly drive expansion of their products in the United States.

About Lima Corporate

Lima Corporate is a global medical device company providing reconstructive orthopaedic solutions to surgeons who face the challenges of improving the quality of life of their patients.  Based in Italy, Lima Corporate is committed to the development of innovative products and procedures to enable surgeons to select ideal solution for every individual patient.  Lima Corporate’s product range includes large joint revision and primary implants and complete extremities solutions including fixation. For additional information on the Company, please visit www.limacorporate.com.

About IPG

As the Surgical and Implant Cost Management leader, IPG delivers a customized, data driven approach to enable their health plan partners to manage their surgical and implant costs more effectively. Providing true end-to-end solutions for the healthcare industry, IPG serves as a strategic capability for health plans to manage cost and risk in a unique way that drives collaboration between the plan, their healthcare providers, manufacturers and physicians to ensure that patients receive increased access to affordable and innovative lifesaving and life-enhancing device-intensive medical therapies. Additionally, IPG’s award winning analytics platform for implantable procedures delivers transparency to impact the entire health care transaction process and all sites of care. Continued expansion of IPG’s surgical cost management platform will help health plans to deploy programs that will improve their ability to manage risk and deliver actionable information to everyone involved in a patient’s surgical procedure to drive lower costs and high quality care for consumers. For more information about IPG, call us at 1-866-753-0046, or visit us on the web at www.ipg.com.

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IPG Grows Leadership Team adding SVP of Client Development Anne Pukstys

ATLANTA, Georgia (February 20, 2017) – IPG, the recognized industry-leading provider of Device Benefit ManagementTM solutions has named Anne Pukstys Senior Vice President of Client Development. In this role, Anne will continue to grow IPG’s footprint with both new and existing health plan clients and help them gain maximum value from their partnership with IPG. With more than 25 years of experience in healthcare, Anne’s unique mix of strategic and operational experience will be a key asset for both IPG and their clients.

Prior to joining IPG, Anne worked in a variety of leadership positions, serving both providers and health plans. Most recently Anne held several leadership positions at AIM Specialty Health in Chicago, Illinois, focusing on client retention and management, which resulted in exponential growth for the company. Her experience managing the preferred provider networks for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Health Benefit Plan (FEP) gives her a comprehensive understanding of the BCBS claims management process. Additionally, Anne has worked with both Tenet Health Care Corporation and Humana Health Care Plans, working in Health Plan Operations and Network Development, respectively.

“Anne’s insight into health plan operations coupled with her provider network management experience will be invaluable to us and to our clients as they implement the IPG program,” said Neepa Patel, Chief Growth Officer of IPG. “We are highly committed to demonstrating tangible results to our partners, and we are thrilled to have Anne join the team in this key role.”

IPG continues to grow its partnerships with major payers across the country to provide cost effective surgical care solutions that reduce costs while ensuring high quality care for consumers. Anne will focus on management, reporting and value demonstration through customized execution, implementation and optimization of the IPG program for new and existing health plan partners.

“I’m thrilled to join the IPG leadership team as they lead the medical device industry in surgical cost containment,” said Anne Pukstys. “Containing surgical costs is vital for health plans looking to deliver cost-effective care for their members. I look forward to the opportunity to drive that process and help our clients gain greater visibility into the solutions available to manage these costs.”

About IPG

IPG is the leading provider of Device Benefit Management solutions, working with the top health plans and their provider partners across the country to improve quality and reduce costs for surgical procedures through optimization of the most effective site of care and device selection, resulting in more affordable high-quality care to consumers. For more information about IPG, call us at 866.753.0046, or visit us on the web at www.ipg.com.

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IPG Welcomes Chief Growth Officer Neepa Patel to Leadership Team

ATLANTA, Georgia (December 5, 2016) – IPG, the recognized industry-leading provider of Device Benefit Management solutions announced today that Neepa Patel will join IPG as Chief Growth Officer. Neepa will be integral to the organization as it continues to expand its services in the medical device space in the coming years. With twenty years of experience in health care strategy, product and business development, Neepa will be a great asset to the IPG leadership team.

Neepa has worked closely with a number of health plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) health plans during her time at Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), in various leadership roles. Most recently, she also served on the leadership teams of AVIA Health Innovation, Evolent Health and AIM Specialty Management, where she was critical in executing a successful growth strategy that made AIM the leader in Radiology Benefits Management. Neepa earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Duke University and a Master of Health Services Administration from University of Michigan.

“Neepa has an outstanding track record in providing strategic leadership to the organizations she has been a part of throughout her impressive career”, said Vince Coppola, President and CEO of IPG. “With a strong understanding of both the challenges and opportunities facing the health care industry, we are fortunate to have Neepa leading our exciting business expansion strategies. Neepa will be a tremendous asset to our business growth and we are excited to have her on our executive team.”

IPG continues to grow its partnerships with all of the major payers across the country to provide cost effective surgical care solutions, which reduces costs while ensuring high quality care for consumers. As IPG’s solutions set continues to grow, Neepa will be instrumental in further expanding our key national and regional health plan partnerships as well as developing and securing new business across the country. This will support IPG in delivering on our strategy of providing transparency, predictability and cost savings on medical devices, ensuring high quality optimal site of care, and helping to lower the cost of the overall surgical care episode which will save money for our health plan partners and patients.

“Providing cost effective, high quality surgical care solutions are critical for our health plan partners and patients. I look forward to working with IPG’s management team to execute on our product and growth strategies”, said Neepa Patel. “I’m excited to join the executive team and further strengthen IPG as the leader in surgical care solutions.”

About IPG

IPG is the leading provider of Device Benefit Management solutions, working with the top health plans and their provider partners across the country to improve quality and reduce costs for surgical procedures through optimization of the most effective site of care and device selection, resulting in more affordable high-quality care to consumers. For more information about IPG, call us at 866.753.0046, or visit us on the web at www.ipg.com.

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IPG and NEXGEN OsteoBiologics Create Innovative Tissue Management Solution

ATLANTA, Georgia (October 5, 2016) – IPG, the industry-leading provider of Device Benefit Management solutions, today announced a partnership with NEXGEN Osteobiologics, a medical biologics marketplace with a national distribution network. The agreement, effective October 1 will help provide cost-efficient biologics to partnering health plans, providers and members.

Currently procedures utilizing osteobiologics materials (sports medicine, spine, dermatology, and breast reconstruction, among others) are on the rise, as are the related costs. These cost increases are partially driven by the increasing complexity of these materials, where lack of transparency often creates highly variable and unjustified pricing across the board.

“NEXGEN is excited to partner with IPG. As the nation’s leading Device Benefit Management firm dedicated to improving quality of care while lowering the overall cost of care, IPG was the ideal partner for NEXGEN,” said Steve Carbonara, Co-Founder of NEXGEN. “Working with healthcare facilities, health plans, and providers, we can remove a tremendous amount of cost in the healthcare supply chain while automating much of the process.”

IPG partners with all of the major national and regional health plans across the country to bring transparency and high quality, cost efficient care to their members. As a participating manufacturer in IPG’s Device Benefit Management program, NEXGEN will serve as a direct vendor to IPG’s partnering providers. The relationship between IPG and NEXGEN will allow IPG to manage all aspects of the device acquisition process including purchasing, billing, provider education, manufacturer account management/negotiation etc. which relieves the cash outlay burden among IPG’s facility customers and streamlines the overall facility process therefore saving money and increasing facility profitability.

“IPG continues to partner with innovative companies like NEXGEN that increase value to clinicians and patients while containing escalating healthcare costs,” said Brian Holt, Chief Innovation Officer for IPG. “Relationships like this allow us to actively participate with our health plan partners to truly deliver value-based healthcare to their members.”

“We are unique in that our solutions help align health plans, providers, facilities, members and manufacturers in the delivery of high quality and cost efficient care. We are proud of the network we’ve built together to deliver on our mission,” said Vince Coppola, President & CEO of IPG.

About NEXGEN OsteoBiologics

NEXGEN is a Tissue Bank Intermediary that distributes a full portfolio of biologic products nationally, from Allograft to Synthetics, acting as a one stop shop to clients and partners while delivering state of the art products from human tissue processors and synthetic manufacturers. Through our proprietary 5 Pillars of Biologic Fingerprinting methodology, NEXGEN is providing transparency and removing ambiguity in the purchasing process. NEXGEN provides ‘spend efficiency consulting services’ for healthcare facilities, health plans and providers, locating areas that can be immediately impacted, reducing costs by 15-30% on total annual spend. This Spend Efficiency Product Analysis System (SEPAS) is provided to any facility for free prior to any contracting to ensure proper alignment and expectations for NEXGEN and their client and partners. For more information about NEXGEN, please visit our website at www.NEXGENosteobiologics.com or call us at 844-639-4363.

About IPG

As the Device Benefit Management leader, IPG delivers a customized, data-driven approach to enable their health plan partners to manage their surgical and implant costs more effectively. Providing true end-to-end solutions for the healthcare industry, IPG serves as a strategic capability for health plans to manage cost and risk in a unique way that drives collaboration between the plan, their healthcare providers, manufacturers and physicians to ensure that patients receive increased access to affordable and innovative life-saving and life-enhancing device-intensive medical therapies. Additionally, IPG’s award-winning analytics platform for implantable procedures delivers transparency to impact the entire health care transaction process and all sites of care. Continued expansion of IPG’s surgical cost management platform will help health plans to deploy programs that will improve their ability to manage risk and deliver actionable information to everyone involved in a patient’s surgical procedure to drive lower costs and high-quality care for consumers. For more information about IPG, call us at 866.753.0046, or visit us on the web at www.ipg.com.

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IPG Appoints New Board Member Vince Coppola

ATLANTA, Georgia (August 5, 2016) – The Board of Directors of IPG yesterday announced the election of Vince Coppola to their Board. Mr. Coppola joined the company in March of this year and currently serves as the President and CEO.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Vince to the Board,” said Dennis Antinori, Chairman of the Board for IPG. “In the relatively short time Vince has been with the organization, he has made a significant impact, and that coupled with his strategic vision for the Company makes him a valuable asset to the group. We look forward to his contributions not only as President and CEO, but as an integral member of the Board.”

Prior to IPG Mr. Coppola served as President and CEO, and board member of Triad, a surgical and pain management company. After leading the company to significant growth and profitability, Coppola stayed on as CEO with the company after the acquisition by MedSolutions in 2013 to assist in a successful integration and its continued growth. Mr.Coppola’s previous experience includes serving in Executive leadership positions with Blue Shield of California, United Health Group, Cigna, JPMorgan, and General Electric.

“I am honored to be expanding my role at IPG and joining the Board,” said Vince Coppola, President and CEO with IPG. “We have a significant opportunity to further expand our leadership position in the Device Benefit Management market and I look forward to leading the company into that next level of success.”

About IPG

IPG is the leading provider of Device Benefit Management solutions, working with the top health plans and their provider partners across the country to improve quality and reduce costs for surgical procedures through optimization of the most effective site of care and device selection, resulting in more affordable high-quality care to consumers. For more information about IPG, call us at 866.753.0046, or visit us on the web at www.ipg.com.

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IPG Named 18th Fastest Growing Private Company At The 2016 Georgia FAST 40 Awards

IPG Named 18th Fastest Growing Private Company At The 2016 Georgia FAST 40 Awards

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“We are honored to be recognized by the Georgia Fast 40 for the growth we have been able to achieve to date. At IPG, we continue to work with our health plan customers and physician partners to improve quality and reduce costs for surgical procedures through optimization of the most effective site of care and device selection.  By aligning incentives and giving our health care partners the right tools, we have been able to have a positive impact in a large and expensive area of health care, resulting in high quality care for members while lowering health care costs,” said Vince Coppola, President and CEO for IPG. “As the healthcare industry continues to evolve and more of these implantable surgical procedures are moving to the lower cost, high quality setting, our model will continue to help our payer clients and partnering facilities and physicians bring more affordable, high-quality care to their patients.”

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IPG Appoints Julie Roberts as COO

ATLANTA, Georgia (June 10, 2016) – IPG, the recognized industry-leading provider of Device Benefit Management solutions today announced that it has appointed Julie Roberts to its leadership team as the company’s Chief Operating Officer, effective June 13. In her role as COO, Roberts will look to bring her vast health care expertise to improve our operational and business management capabilities to the benefit of our customers and the overall growth of the business.

Prior to her appointment, Roberts spent eight years with Blue Shield of California as a senior executive, where she ran the Individual and Family Plan business unit and focused on network programs and strategy. Most recently, she served as a consultant to Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA) where she led the value based care team working closely with key physician and payer partners at multiple surgical centers. Roberts also held key leadership positions at Dignity Health, Pepsi-Cola, in management consulting, and as a U.S. Naval Officer. Roberts earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the United States Naval Academy, and received her MBA in Strategy and Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

“Julie’s wealth of experience in working with health plans and surgery centers is the perfect fit for IPG in serving our two key constituents, and we are excited to have her join the team,” said Vince Coppola, President and CEO for IPG. “As the company continues to evolve to meet the growing market needs, Julie’s track record of success will be truly valuable in driving optimization of our operations and connectivity with our clients. We welcome her leadership and innovation at IPG.”

IPG experienced over a 60% growth rate last year, and is continuing that momentum partnering with all of the major payers across the country to successfully drive down health care costs while, at the same time, ensuring quality of care for consumers.

“IPG is a fast growing, fast paced, and innovative company that is truly working to improve the cost and delivery of healthcare,” said Julie Roberts. “I’m thrilled to join the team and incredibly energized to help lead the company to its next phase of growth tied with internal and external operational excellence.”

About IPG

As the Device Benefit Management leader, IPG delivers a customized, data-driven approach to enable their health plan partners to manage their surgical and implant costs more effectively. Providing true end-to-end solutions for the healthcare industry, IPG serves as a strategic capability for health plans to manage cost and risk in a unique way that drives collaboration between the plan, their healthcare providers, manufacturers and physicians to ensure that patients receive increased access to affordable and innovative life-saving and life-enhancing device-intensive medical therapies. Additionally, IPG’s award-winning analytics platform for implantable procedures delivers transparency to impact the entire health care transaction process and all sites of care. Continued expansion of IPG’s surgical cost management platform will help health plans to deploy programs that will improve their ability to manage risk and deliver actionable information to everyone involved in a patient’s surgical procedure to drive lower costs and high-quality care for consumers. For more information about IPG, call us at 866.753.0046, or visit us on the web at www.ipg.com.