Today in healthcare news: Why Humana is betting big on primary care, the CDC doesn't know how many vaccine doses the US has, and why there could be a higher risk among those who get the more contagious coronavirus variant in the UK.
The CEO of major health insurer Humana laid out why he's betting big on primary care
- Major insurer Humana wants to own both health insurance and care delivery.
- It's doubling down on investing in primary-care clinics to lower healthcare costs, CEO Bruce Broussard told Insider.
- Humana's primary-care ambitions are emblematic of a movement among insurers to do more than pay medical claims.
Read the full story from Shelby Livingston here>>
The CDC doesn't know how many vaccine doses the US has, its new head said. This is one of the 'biggest problems' with the rollout, she said.
- The director of the CDC said Sunday that she doesn't know how many COVID-19 vaccine doses are in the US.
- This means states can't plan how many vaccination sites to use or how many appointments to make, Dr. Rochelle Walensky told Fox News.
- It could lead to wastage or long lines at vaccine centres, Walensky warned.
Read the full story from Dr. Catherine Schuster-Bruce here>>
UK officials say people who get the contagious coronavirus variant may have a higher risk of death. Here's why that could be.
- UK officials announced on Friday that the coronavirus variant discovered there may have a higher mortality rate than the original.
- That may be because people sick with the variant have higher viral loads — more virus in their bodies — a factor linked with more severe COVID-19.
- The variant is more transmissible, so more people are getting infected, which may cause a higher death toll.
Read the full story from Aylin Woodward here>>
More stories we're reading:
- The Wall Street Journal has a great headline (and read) about Insider's 2020 success (The Wall Street Journal)
- The CEO of telemedicine company Hims is 'optimistic' about Biden's healthcare plan: 'There's a great sense of relief.' (Insider)
- Biden's working on getting vaccinations up to 1.5 million a day (NBC News)
- SIGN UP HERE: Hear from healthcare's biggest investors on the future of digital health, biotech, and startups (Insider)
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