Care clar­i­fi­ca­tion

Wal-mart tones down am­bi­tious health­care plan

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK IN HEALTHCARE - An­dis Robeznieks

Wal-mart is up to some­thing, some­thing to do with pri­mary care. The only thing that Wal-mart it­self is say­ing is that it’s not do­ing what it told po­ten­tial part­ners it wants to do.

The com­mo­tion started with the re­tail gi­ant’s cir­cu­la­tion of a 14-page re­quest for in­for­ma­tion doc­u­ment from Wal-mart’s Health & Well­ness divi­sion seek­ing “mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial pro­pos­als that will ag­gres­sively drive down costs within the health­care sys­tem.”

The over­ture opened with an am­bi­tious state­ment of in­tent: “Wal-mart in­tends to build a national, in­te­grated, low-cost pri­ma­rycare health­care plat­form that will pro­vide pre­ven­ta­tive and chronic care ser­vices that are cur­rently out of reach for mil­lions of Amer­i­cans. Wal-mart in­tends to do this in an af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble way while main­tain­ing or im­prov­ing qual­ity out­comes. Wal-mart seeks part­ners who have a care model or ca­pa­bil­ity that can help dra­mat­i­cally drive down the cost of care, while main­tain­ing or im­prov­ing qual­ity on a national level.”

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