- Walmart Health and UnitedHealth on Wednesday announced a 10-year partnership to bring value-based healthcare to Walmart Health centers in Florida
- Launching in 15 preexisting facilities across Florida and Georgia, the initiative will provide preventive care to senior citizens as well as healthcare services for all
- The collaboration is expected to begin in January of next year before expanding further into Florida
- Walmart Health entered the Florida market in 2021 with five locations
Walmart and UnitedHealth Group on Wednesday announced a 10-year collaboration beginning in 2023 that will provide preventive care to senior citizens and virtual healthcare services for all age groups.
Walmart’s collaboration with UnitedHealth will focus on prevalent conditions among the elderly, such as heart disease and diabetes.
When it begins in January, the cooperation will first provide elder healthcare at 15 Walmart Health facilities in Florida and Georgia. The emphasis will be on value-based healthcare, which is a concept under which hospitals and doctors’ offices get rewarded for the services they offer through various Medicare Advantage plans.
“We’re on a journey to transform health care, connecting more people to the right care at the right time — at a cost that makes sense,” said Doug McMillon, chief executive officer of Walmart. “This collaboration puts the patient at the center of health care by leveraging the strength and complementary skill sets of our two companies to accelerate access to quality care.”
Optum, a UnitedHealth Group business, will help enable Walmart Health clinicians through analytics and decision support tools to deliver comprehensive value-based care that can help drive positive health outcomes for seniors and Medicare beneficiaries.
These capabilities will enhance the care already provided at Walmart Health centers, which deliver quality, accessible care through a collaborative, team-based delivery model, and will help accelerate the transition to value-based care by enabling clinicians to focus on patient outcomes.
“UnitedHealth Group and Walmart share a deep commitment to high-quality and affordable primary care led services that address all of a patient’s health needs in ways that are convenient for them and improve health outcomes,” said Andrew Witty, chief executive officer for UnitedHealth Group.
Walmart in 2021 expanded into Florida with its health clinics, Walmart Health. According to Walmart, Walmart Health provides “low, transparent pricing for key healthcare services, regardless of insurance status.” The centers will employ physicians, nurse practitioners, dentists, counselors, and optometrists.
Its facilities offer full-service primary and urgent care, labs, x-ray and diagnostics, counseling, dental, optical, and hearing services all in one central center. Walmart Health also provides specialized community health resources, online education, and in-center workshops to educate the community about preventive health and wellness.