From Health Plan Week - The trend of health insurers evolving into retail-facing companies took a twist on Nov. 17 when Kaiser Permanente said it would open in-store clinics in four Southern California Target Corp. locations. Officials with Kaiser and market consultants say what is new with this latest development is how the Kaiser-Target arrangement may affect not just the two parties and their members-customers, but also the wider health plan marketplace. The growth of in-store clinics is partly driven by the nationwide shortage of primary care doctors, which should be exacerbated by the millions of newly insured resulting from the health reform law and its… Read more
From Health Plan Week - New investment advisory firm Guidon Partners GP, LLC boasts a 14-partner, Expendables-style cast of current and former all-star health care and financial services executives who have ponied up their own money to help to seed and/or guide growth companies in the payer, provider and health IT sectors. Beyond money, Guidon, which is pronounced Guide-On, based in Reston, Va., outside of Washington, D.C., will offer expertise to firms and work alongside… Read more
From The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans - In a bid to add another market to its retail division — and potentially improve some members’ compliance with therapies for sleep apnea — Highmark Inc. is opening what it calls a “first-of-its-kind” retail store to help people sleep better. Read more
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