Could Payers, Plan Sponsors Pick Retail ‘Dance Partners?’

In a series of recent moves, large retailers with pharmacy operations have struck deals with or acquired smaller companies with the aim of adding on-demand, retail clinics at national scale — and marketing them to health plans or employers. While storefront clinics aren’t new, especially in big box stores, health care insiders say the emphasis on selling to plans over consumers is novel, and that health plans may come to see such agreements as an essential benefit.

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has been a reporter for nearly a decade. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered a wide variety of topics in his hometown of Seattle, where he continues to live. Peter’s work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic and The Stranger. Peter attended Colby College.

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