Walmart pilot program to identify quality physicians will include orthopedics


Walmart plans to launch new services for multiple specialties, including orthopedics, to connect patients with local physicians that the retail giant deems quality providers, according to an article written by Elizabeth Walker of Walmart Corporate Affairs.


Four things to know:

1. Walmart worked with Embold Health to develop a database of "Featured Providers" that it will make available to patients looking for services in primary care, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, obstetrics, oncology, orthopedics and pulmonology.

2. The Featured Providers will include those with a reputation for consistent quality care, based on data from public and private insurance programs. Walmart plans to provide its list of Featured Providers to associates as they make decisions about where to seek care.

3. Walmart plans to launch the Featured Providers program in North Arkansas, Orlando, Fla., Tampa, Fla., and Dallas-Fort Worth as part of its 2020 medical plan.

4. The company will also expand telehealth in Colorado, Minnesota and Wisconsin with additional offerings, including chronic care management. The visits will cost $4 and guarantee an appointment with a primary care physician within one hour.

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