Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I’m Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer, and today in healthcare news:
- Amazon is considering building physical pharmacies, Insider first reported;
- Meet the under-the-radar primary care companies that have won over Wall Street;
- It’s too convenient to blame outbreaks on variants, experts say.
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- Amazon is considering the launch of physical pharmacies, Insider has learned.
- Amazon Pharmacy’s leaders have discussed using Whole Foods locations and creating stand-alone sites.
- There is not a concrete plan to do so, three people familiar with the matter said.
Blake Dodge has the full scoop here>>
Why Wall Street is betting on a couple of under-the-radar companies that want to transform how primary-care practices get paid
- The US is shifting to “value-based care,” in which doctors are paid to keep patients healthy.
- Newly public companies Agilon and Privia are helping doctors navigate that transformation.
- Wall Street is betting on these firms, which can expand faster than those that build clinics.
Find the full story here>>
Experts say it’s too convenient for politicians to blame COVID-19 outbreaks on variants — we have the tools to fight them, we just need to use them
- The B.1.617 variant first tracked in India was labeled a “variant of concern” by the WHO.
- It appears to be more infectious than older versions of the coronavirus.
- But that doesn’t mean we are powerless.
There is a lot of reason to hope vaccines will defeat variants>>
More stories we’re reading:
- Hospitals serving rural black communities shut down during the pandemic (Stat News)
- Biden sets 90-day deadline for more details on coronavirus origins (Insider)
- Google Cloud struck a massive deal with HCA Healthcare (The Wall Street Journal)
- Scientists partially restored a blind man’s vision using gene therapy and goggles (Insider)
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