Modern Healthcare | 10.26.22

Walmart Health is significantly expanding its presence in Florida, with plans to open 16 health centers across the Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa areas by fall 2023, the company said Wednesday.

The clinics will be located beside Walmart Supercenters and are set to offer primary care, labs, X-rays, behavioral health, dental health and community health services seven days a week.

Walmart said nearly half of appointments made in the past year were for primary and chronic condition care.

“As the population in Florida continues to grow at more than double the rate of the rest of the United States, so does the need to increase access to quality health care,” said Dr. David Carmouche, Walmart’s senior vice president of omnichannel care offerings, in a news release.

In addition to its 32 in-person locations in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, and Texas, Walmart Health is also offering virtual care through the telehealth provider MedMD that it acquired in 2021.

Certain Walmart Health centers in Florida and Georgia will begin offering value-based care to Medicare Advantage patients in January 2023 as part of a collaboration between Walmart and UnitedHealth Group, the companies announced in September. Florida clinics will be the first among Walmart’s locations to implement the electronic health record Epic.