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Walmart and UnitedHealth Group Join Forces to Transform Medicare Care

Written by : Arun Ramalingam

July 17, 2023

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Walmart and UnitedHealthcare's new venture seeks to change the way the healthcare industry looks at value care, how can this partnership change the way Americans access their healthcare?

In an unprecedented move set to revolutionize healthcare for seniors on Medicare Advantage plans Walmart and UnitedHealth Group have unveiled a groundbreaking 10-year partnership. As two industry giants, their collaboration is expected to have far-reaching implications for millions of Medicare users across the country.

Value-Based Care Model at Walmart Health Locations

One of the key elements of this game-changing partnership involves the implementation of a value-based care model at 15 Walmart Health locations in Florida and Georgia. Leveraging the advanced analytics and decision support tools offered by UnitedHealth Group's subsidiary, Optum, these Walmart Health centers will deliver personalized care to seniors and individuals enrolled in private Medicare plans. The integration of Optum's analytics and decision support tools will empower healthcare providers to make informed decisions and improve the overall quality of care. By leveraging data-driven insights, these Walmart Health locations will optimize patient outcomes and ensure seniors receive the most effective and efficient care available.


UnitedHealth Group's In-Network Virtual Care Option

UnitedHealth Group will offer Walmart Health Virtual Care as an in-network option for approximately 20 million PPO plan members. This partnership enables UnitedHealthcare's Choice Plus PPO health plan members to access Walmart's virtual care services conveniently and affordably. By incorporating Walmart's virtual care platform into its network, UnitedHealth Group aims to enhance accessibility to healthcare services and promote timely interventions. This digital solution allows seniors to conveniently connect with healthcare professionals, reducing barriers to care and improving health outcomes.

A Holistic and Innovative Approach to Healthcare

Beyond the immediate benefits of the co-branded Medicare Advantage plan and virtual care services, both Walmart and UnitedHealth Group are committed to advancing holistic healthcare solutions. The partnership envisions future initiatives to improve access to fresh food, address social determinants of health, and expand offerings in dental and vision services. The aim is to provide value back to the community in a way that works for everyone, Walmart and UnitedHealthcare's virtual care option aims to bridge the gap between healthcare and technology in a way that brings value to everyone.

About Chime India

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving senior digital health leaders. CHIME includes more than 5,000 members in 56 countries and two US territories and partners with over 150 healthcare IT businesses and professional services firms. CHIME enables its members and business partners to collaborate, exchange ideas, develop professionally and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and care throughout the communities they serve. CHIME's members are chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs), chief innovation officers (CIOs), chief digital officers (CDOs), and other senior healthcare leaders. The CHIME India Chapter became the first international chapter outside North America in 2016 and is now a community of over 70+ members in India. For more information, please visit


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