VillageMD, a primary care startup that has Walgreens as a big backer, is reportedly planning to go public. The company has plans to open hundreds of co-located primary care clinics at Walgreens pharmacies.
Dr. Thomas Van Gilder, Walmart’s first chief medical officer, will leave the company in May. Walmart’s head of dentistry, Dr. Roshan Parikh, also left the company. Both had a role in helping design some of the first clinics for Walmart Health.
Austin-based software startup Docstation is working to make it easier for pharmacists to strike agreements with physicians that would allow them to provide more patient care. It recently raised $3.1 million in seed funding.
The companies now have a total of 17 primary care clinics, which are currently limited to Amazon employees. It’s a separate effort from the telehealth service Amazon rolled out earlier for its Washington employees.
After completely exiting the ACA exchanges in 2018, CVS plan to re-enter them in 2022. Last year, enrollment through federal exchanges increased, and Aetna CEO Karen Lynch said the markets have stabilized.
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The three-year-old digital health startup began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. It merged with a subsidiary of Oaktree Capital Management in a deal that valued the company at $1.6 billion.
AmerisourceBergen plans to buy most of Walgreens’ Alliance Healthcare business for $6.5 billion. The deal will let Walgreens focus more on its retail pharmacy and healthcare businesses.
CVS and Walgreens began administering the first doses of Covid-19 vaccines across long-term care facilities last week. But many questions still remain about how it will be administered to the general public.
The Justice Department has sued Walmart for fanning the flames of the opioid crisis through its network of pharmacies, claiming that the retailer knowingly filled thousands of illegitimate opioid prescriptions. But Walmart says the lawsuit is “misguided.”
The retailer plans to open primary care clinics in Houston, El Paso, Austin, Phoenix and Orlando by next summer as part of its partnership with startup VillageMD.
The retailer is offering at-home Covid-19 testing kits, including nasal swabs and saliva test kits, from Los Angeles-based startup myLab Box.
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CVS Health’s infusion business will participate in a pilot to administer a recently authorized monoclonal antibody treatment to prevent patients from getting seriously ill with Covid-19. But data about the treatment, bamlanivimab, is mixed, and supply is limited.
Two years after acquiring PillPack, Amazon is launching its much-anticipated pharmacy business. It will ship prescriptions to patients’ homes, and offers a cash-pay discount for Prime customers.
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Aetna President Karen Lynch will replace current CVS CEO Larry Merlo next spring. Merlo, who has been the company’s CEO for nearly a decade, plans to retire in May.
The company reached an agreement to sell the health app to Francisco Partners after acquiring it for $475 million in 2015.
CVS Health plans to add rapid Covid-19 tests at 1,000 locations by the end of the year. The company has not specified which rapid tests it will offer.
The plans will include zero-dollar premiums and will give patients access to free primary care visits, dental exams and lab tests at Walmart Health centers across the state.
Walmart caught the healthcare industry’s attention when it began opening primary care centers across Georgia, Florida and Illinois. But without its leader, will the effort still be able to keep its momentum?
After opening four health centers in Georgia and Arkansas, Walmart confirmed that it will expand to Florida next year.
Facing declining retail traffic, particularly overseas, Walgreens posted a net loss of $1.7 billion for the quarter ending on May 31. The company still has a long road ahead, but analysts said they liked its long-term strategy with VillageMD.
Walgreens plan to open hundreds of VillageMD clinics at its stores in the next five years. It would be the first major move by Walgreens to staff its locations with primary care physicians.
Walmart quietly launched a new health insurance business. The company, called Walmart Insurance, was filed with the Arkansas Secretary of State last month.