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It's not just Amazon: Employers are turning 'activist' when it comes to healthcare

September 04, 2018 / Tina Reed

Amazon, JPMorgan, and Berkshire Hathaway have grabbed the headlines in recent months by becoming the employers to finally disrupt healthcare. But while hospital executives have said they believe that particular effort has the greatest chance of actually making an impact, experts said it's just one example in a broader groundswell among large employers taking a more "activist" role in their healthcare than ever before. There are a lot of employers poised to push the U.S. toward necessary changes in its health care system, Health Transformation Alliance CEO Robert Andrews told FierceHealthcare in an interview. Launched as a co-op in 2016, the HTA represents more than 40 large companies including Shell, Verizon and Macy's, covering more than 6 million lives and spending $25 billion a year on coverage and benefits.