Walmart Abandons Health Care Plans, As Retailers Struggle With Their Home-Based Care Strategies

Health care is hard – an idea reinforced this week when Walmart (NYSE: WMT) announced the abandonment of its previously grand health care ambitions. There may be a day when the country’s largest retailers, including Walmart, become major players in home-based care delivery, but today is not that day. And other recent developments suggest tomorrow […]

Walmart Reportedly Interested In Reviving Humana Deal Talks

Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) remained in the headlines Friday, this time after being linked to Walmart (NYSE: WMT) in potential deal talks. Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Cigna Group (NYSE: CI) and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) have already been in touch about a potential combination. But on Friday morning, the research advisory company […]

Walgreens, CVS Health Are Banking On Home-Based Care

Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) has invested a boatload of money into health care services and home-based care over the last three years. On Oct. 23, however, it will have a new leader. That change could affect the retailer’s home-based care plans, but maybe not in the way some expect. If anything, Walgreens will be […]

How Home-Based Care Became Table Stakes For CVS, Walgreens, Amazon

Last December, I wrote about the “retail giants ready to disrupt home-based care.” Though confident in my hypothesis that these larger companies – CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN), Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) and Walmart (NYSE: WMT) – were going to enter further into the home-based care space, I was not under the […]

Walmart, UnitedHealth Group Form Partnership Focused On Improving Health Outcomes Among Seniors

UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) and retail giant Walmart (NYSE: WMT) are joining forces to deliver comprehensive value-based care with the goal of propelling positive health outcomes for seniors.  “UnitedHealth Group and Walmart share a deep commitment to high-quality and affordable primary care led services that address all of a patient’s health needs in ways […]

Retail Giants Ready to Disrupt the Home-Based Care Ecosystem

As I tried to fall asleep the other night doing the 21st century version of counting sheep – listening to a podcast, of course – I heard an advertisement about home care. The ad was placed on a popular sports show from CVS Health (NYSE: CVS). Among a few other things, it featured the idea […]

Walmart Snags Ochsner Executive; Amedisys Names New Hospice Leader

Walmart’s latest health care hire Walmart has reportedly snagged Dr. David Carmouche from Louisiana-based Ochsner Health to lead its expansion into retail health care. Walmart officially kicked off its health care strategy in 2019 when it opened its first 10,000-square-foot health center in Dallas, Georgia. That initial location even included an on-site connection to home […]

‘We Want to Support People Being in Their Home’: Walmart, Amazon Outline Health Care Strategies

If home-based care is not a very real part of both Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) and Walmart’s (NYSE: WMT) future health care plans, each has done a bad job of hiding it lately. During MATTER’s recent “Healthcare 2040: Changing Care Delivery Models” virtual event, each behemoth company had a representative touting home-based care and the outsized […]

‘Back to the Future’: Walgreens Invests $1B in VillageMD to Expand Community-Based Care Services

Two major retail chains — Walgreens and Walmart (NYSE: WMT) — are expanding their health care reach while increasing their footprints in the home- and community-based care space. Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) — Walgreens’ holding company — and VillageMD announced a five-year plan Wednesday to expand the retailer’s full-service physician services at its stores. […]

Humana Announces In-Home COVID-19 Testing Program, Walmart Collaboration

Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) is adding to its multifaceted, home-focused COVID-19 response strategy. The Louisville, Kentucky-based health and well-being company announced two new COVID-19 testing programs on Tuesday, supported by collaborations with Walmart (NYSE: WMT), Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX) and LabCorp (NYSE: LH). Humana has been aggressively responding to the national emergency since early March, […]