The news: Walmart and UnitedHealth Group signed a 10-year deal to offer preventive care for seniors and Medicare beneficiaries.
Trendspotting: Walmart will keep pace with CVS Health and Walgreens Boots Alliance by expanding its physician network, offering VBC, and accessing analytics.
Analytics informs care: Companies such as Walmart and CVS recognize the value of tools like Optum and Signify in addressing patients’ SDOH factors.
Under VBC contracts, providers use data analytics to gain insight on which patients will experience adverse health outcomes—and doctors get paid according to their patients’ health outcomes. Optum analytics will help Walmart Health physicians in underserved areas in Florida and Georgia (and later other areas) gain key insights on the drivers of health conditions—which predominantly include SDOH factors like housing instability, food insufficiency, and transportation. Meanwhile, UnitedHealth will benefit from the deal by expanding the reach of its Medicare Advantage plans.
Go deeper: Read more about SDOH programs in our Social Determinants of Health Investments report.
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