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Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan Health Venture Takes Aim at Middlemen

  • Venture seeks to improve care and cost efficiency for workers
  • CEO’s goal: ‘Take some of the middlemen out of the system’
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Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan Health Venture Takes Aim at Middlemen

The health venture established by Amazon.com Inc., Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. will take aim at intermediaries in the health-care system as a part of a broad effort to reduce wasteful spending, the venture’s newly named chief executive officer said.

The still-unnamed business will initially seek to develop ways to improve care for the more than 1 million individuals who get health insurance from the three firms. Over time, the venture will make those innovations available freely to other companies, meaning that if it’s successful, its effects could be felt more broadly among the more than 150 million people in the U.S. who get their health insurance through work.