The New York Times explores the industry’s reaction to news that Amazon is quietly building a healthcare business unit. The article points out that Amazon has already secured wholesale pharmacy licenses in 12 states, and argues that the recent effort by CVS to acquire Aetna is, in part, a response to new pressure in the pharmacy market from Amazon.
Alphabet’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt will deliver the opening keynote speech of HIMSS18. He presides over various healthcare-focused business units within Alphabet, and serves on the boards of the Mayo Clinic and the Broad Institute.
CMS publishes a proposed rule aimed at stabilizing ACA marketplaces that will give states the authority to define the minimum essential health benefits a plan must cover. Advocates hope the change will lure insurers back to the marketplaces and result more affordable plans for consumers.
The CDC will partner with IBM Watson to research blockchain-powered tools to improve secure health data sharing.