Walgreens Boots Alliance and Humana say they are partnering to operate “senior-focused primary care clinics” inside drugstores.
The deal announced Tuesday involves two Walgreens stores in the Kansas City, Missouri area. The clinics, which will open this fall, will complement Walgreens pharmacy services and Humana’s Partners in Primary Care centers that opened last year in Kansas City.
Though just a pilot for now, the deal is a signal of the tightening relationship between medical care providers and health insurance companies. Walgreens is under pressure to execute a new strategy amid the threat of Amazon entering the pharmacy business and the potential closing later this year of rival drugstore chain CVS Health’s acquisition of Aetna, the nation’s third-largest health insurer.