Amazon to buy primary care provider One Medical for $3.9B

NEW YORK — Amazon will acquire the primary care organization One Medical in a deal valued roughly at $3.9 billion, marking another expansion for the retailer into health care services.

The Seattle-based e-commerce giant said Thursday it is buying One Medical for $18 per share cash. Its one of Amazon’s biggest acquisitions, following its $13.7 billion deal to buy Whole Foods in 2017 and its $8.5 billion purchase of Hollywood studio MGM, which closed earlier this year.

One Medical, whose parent company is the San-Francisco based 1Life Healthcare, Inc., is a membership-based service that offers virtual care as well as

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HHS Announces National Competition to Spark Innovation that Will Improve Patient Access to Primary Care

Open to broad public participation with a total of $1 million in cash prizes for up to 30 winners

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced the launch of the Building Bridges to Better Health: A Primary Health Care Challenge, a national competition with a total of $1 million in cash prizes to encourage innovation through technical assistance to health centers.

Competition participants will accelerate the development of low-cost, scalable solutions to help HRSA-supported community health centers improve patient access to primary care and strengthen the link

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CVS Health Launches Virtual Primary Care Service

The new platform adds another player to the competitive primary care market, and could push healthcare providers, ranging from large networks to the solo doctor, to embrace telehealth and digital health as a means of keeping patients and attracting new ones.

The competition for primary care services is getting more crowded.

CVS Health has announced the launch of CVS Health Virtual Primary Care, a new telehealth service being rolled this year to CVS Caremark members and next year to eligible Aetna members. The new platform gives members an on-demand virtual care link to primary care providers, as well as urgent

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Primary care physicians should demand better technology for patient care

ElationHealth CEO optimistic about primary care as sustainable foundation for U.S. health care.

Primary care physicians should demand technology that serves as a benefit, not a barrier, to patient care, said the leader of a leading electronic health record (EHR) company.

Kyna Fong, PhD, co-founder and CEO of ElationHealth, spoke about technology, billing and the health care workforce in her keynote address at PC22. Primary Care for America, a collaboration devoted to promoting and sustaining primary care, held the two-day conference, held in person and online May 25 and 26.

ElationHealth EHR services now serve about 23,000 clinicians

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CVS Taps New Chief Medical Officer As Primary Care Takes Off

CVS Health promoted Dr. Sree Chaguturu to be the company’s top physician as the retail drugstore chain and health insurance giant emphasizes the importance of primary care.

Chaguturu, who is 44 years old, is now the executive vice president and chief medical officer reporting to CVS president

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On the wellness curve, focus on primary health care will put California ahead

In summary

Health coverage is not the same as quality health care. California needs to strengthen primary care, which puts patients at the center of care and helps keep health care costs affordable.

By Alice Hm Chen

Dr. Alice Hm Chen is the chief medical officer and leads the Health Equity and Quality Transformation Division at Covered California.

Julia Logan, Special to CalMatters

Dr. Julia Logan is the chief medical officer at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.

California led the nation in health care reform by enabling millions to obtain health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. This year,

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