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Change Healthcare sells technology to insurers and hospitals. Photo: BSIP/UIG via Getty

Change Healthcare, a billing and data analytics company, will file for an initial public offering soon, McKesson CEO John Hammergren said at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. McKesson, a drug and device distributor, owns 70% of Change Healthcare. The IPO could happen as soon as this year, or in 2019.

Flashback: Change Healthcare used to be publicly traded when it was known as Emdeon. Blackstone then took Emdeon private in 2011 in a $3 billion deal. A return to the public markets builds on the growing appetite from hospitals and health insurers that want to comb through patient data.

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Coronavirus cases rose 10% in the week before Thanksgiving

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Map: Andrew Witherspoon, Sara Wise/Axios

The daily rate of new coronavirus infections rose by about 10 percent in the final week before Thanksgiving, continuing a dismal trend that may get even worse in the weeks to come.

Why it matters: Travel and large holiday celebrations are most dangerous in places where the virus is spreading widely — and right now, that includes the entire U.S.

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Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York coronavirus restrictions

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that restrictions previously imposed on New York places of worship by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) during the coronavirus pandemic violated the First Amendment.

Why it matters: The decision in a 5-4 vote heralds the first significant action by the new President Trump-appointed conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who cast the deciding vote in favor of the Catholic Church and Orthodox Jewish synagogues.

USAID chief tests positive for coronavirus

An Air Force cargo jet delivers USAID supplies to Russia earlier this year. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images

The acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development informed senior staff Wednesday he has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar with the call tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Barsa, who staffers say rarely wears a mask in their office, is the latest in a series of senior administration officials to contract the virus. His positive diagnosis comes amid broader turmoil at the agency following the election.