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Wal-Mart scales back health insurance benefits

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the nation's largest private employer, announced yesterday that it will stop offering health insurance coverage in January to about 30,000 part-time employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week, the  New York Times  reported.  

Wal-Mart expands insurance education efforts for customers

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the Arkansas-based discount retailer and world's largest private employer, is launching an in-store program to help customers navigate the health insurance maze, the company announced today.  Wal-Mart is partnering with DirectHealth.com to set up counters in 2,700 stores where customers can speak to licensed insurance agents about product choices.

Walmart may give PCPs a run for their money

Primary care providers have a new, unexpected competitor: Walmart.

Walmart health and its implications for imaging

Walmart has opened five primary care offices across the country with plans to add more. These offices are in/near their stores. And, the supply-chain-rich, nationally-networked behemoth has decided to roll out this initiative by targeting underserved populations. Consequently, it is necessary to ask ourselves, "What is next?" I argue that  imaging  will be the next service offered at discount prices by our local stores. "Welcome to Walmart! Would you like to get a mammogram today?"

Walmart primary care creates stiff competition for providers

Healthcare providers may have a new, unexpected source for competition: Walmart.

Insurers offer grocery coupons for healthier members

Insurers are taking a page out of the Sunday paper, sending grocery coupons to consumers to encourage healthy eating, CNBC reported.

Lessons from a 25-year integrated care veteran

Many healthcare organizations are just starting to adopt more integrated models of care--Humana has embraced the concept for 25 years, Roy Beveridge, M.D., chief medical officer of Humana, told FierceHealthPayer in an exclusive interview.

Corporate medical tourism raises quality, lowers costs

In an effort to get their employees higher quality care at lower costs, some companies are partnering with healthcare providers who will accept fixed fees or bundled payments instead of traditional fees for services rendered,  MedCity News  reported.

Wal-Mart, CVS Caremark propose Medicaid drugs savings

A Medicaid reform commission in Alabama mulls whether turning the drug program over to big-box chains, such as Wal-Mart, will cut costs, The Anniston Star reported.

Will self-service kiosks improve preventive care?

As support builds for retail clinics to help the U.S. healthcare industry manage a major physician shortage expected to intensify upon healthcare reform implementation, retailers like Walmart and Sam's Club are transforming self-service healthcare to fill the need for preventive care, The (Minneapolis) Star Tribune reported.