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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan partners with Dedicated Senior Medical Centers as they open six primary care centers in Wayne County.

DETROIT, Dec. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan today announced a new partnership with Dedicated Senior Medical Centers (Dedicated), a subsidiary of ChenMed, as they open six primary care centers in Wayne County and the surrounding areas.  The first four Dedicated centers will open during the summer of 2021. ChenMed is a privately owned medical, management and technology company. In September, ChenMed was named to the Fortune Magazine “2020 Change the World List” for measurable social impact, business results, innovation, and corporate integration. A hyper growth company and provider of choice for some 20 Medicare Advantage health insurance plans, ChenMed brands include Chen Senior Medical Center, Dedicated Senior Medical Center, and JenCare Senior Medical Center. Learn more about the high-growth company, where patients also average 75 percent fewer emergency room visits @ http://www.ChenMed.com or @ http://www.Dedicated.care.


GoodRx: “Is the vaccine really free?”

The vaccine is expected to be free of charge to every American who wants one — no matter which company made it, what type of health insurance you have, or even if you don’t have coverage at all.  You shouldn’t have to pay a vaccine administration fee or any other extra charge. The federal government has arranged to buy the vaccine and send it to healthcare providers and clinics, and those receiving it must agree to inoculate people without charging them, federal health officials said in a December 4 virtual town hall that GoodRx attended.


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Health Systems | In Dallas, an Expansion of ‘What Healthcare Should Be’

December 14, 2020 – Amazon and Crossover Health are growing their partnership, flipping employer-sponsored primary care on its head.


Amazon dips its toes into health data manipulation with HealthLake

DECEMBER 10, 2020 Amazon has elbowed deeper into healthcare over the past few years, seeing significant space for disruption in the industry. A key prong of its strategy is healthcare cloud computing, a billion-dollar growth market, as payers and providers adopt more software-as-a-service cloud computing services to stay on top of the rising volume of patient data, running the gamut from family history to diagnoses and medications.


Retail Health, Employee Benefits | Amazon opens 4 more primary care clinics with Crossover Health

DECEMBER 3, 2020 – Amazon, which opened a primary care clinic for employees in June, has added four more such clinics — all operated by medical group Crossover Health. The new clinics are based in Texas, but Amazon plans to open more locations in Arizona, Kentucky and Michigan over the next year.


Employee Benefits | Amazon pilots primary care clinics for employees

July 2020 – Amazon is testing a pilot to offer primary care clinics for its employees. The company plans to open 20 locations operated by direct primary care startup Crossover Health.


COVID-19 | Pediatricians Want Kids to Be Part of COVID Vaccine Trials (KHN)

By Arthur Allen | December 15, 2020| Kaiser Health News – Studies thus far show that 1%-2% of children infected with the virus end up requiring intensive care, Dr. Stanley Plotkin, professor emeritus of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, told a federal panel. That’s in line with the percentage who become gravely ill as result of infections like Haemophilus influenza type B, or Hib, for which doctors have vaccinated children since the 1980s, he pointed out.


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