Bruce Japsen is a contributing editor for HealthLeaders.
The pharmacy chain could be a threat to hospitals and health systems by entering into the urgent care market.
This merger's strategy may up the ante for rival health insurers as they try to show employers and consumers they are controlling costs and managing populations with the best data.
Health system M&As may be necessary as insurers with greater access to capital are expanding low-cost outpatient centers into Texas to capture patients.
There's a building threat from the nation's two retail drugstore giants to hospitals and health systems as providers move toward value-based care and lower-cost outpatient services.