UnitedHealth, Walmart partner on value-based senior care, will launch co-branded health plan

UnitedHealth Group and Walmart are partnering around a value-based care model for Medicare Advantage members and a co-branded health plan starting next year.

The 10-year collaboration will begin in 2023 at 15 Walmart Health centers in Florida and Georgia, which will be enabled by Optum's analytics and decision support tools, according to a Sept. 7 news release. 

The new co-branded MA plan, UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage Walmart Flex, is set to launch in Georgia first. Walmart Health virtual care will also be in network for commercial members with UnitedHealthcare's Choice Plus PPO plan.

Eventually, the plan is to expand the partnership to additional markets and include coverage under commercial and Medicaid plans. Care will be expanded in the future to better account for social determinants of health and offer prescription drug, dental and vision services.

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