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Walmart Plans on Expanding its Healthcare

Walmart Health’s primary care provider has filed for licenses in 37 states, indicating that the corporation lays the groundwork for its virtual care expansion to continue. In addition, Walmart Health’s medical group, MC Medical LLC, filed to do business in 17 more states in June and July, according to Insider. Walmart did not respond to requests for comment from Healthcare IT News by press time on the current set of filings, although a spokeswoman told Insider in June that the filings were tied to its telehealth goals.

According to Insider’s Shelby Livingston, the retail titan had previously been operating brick-and-mortar medical clinics in Arkansas, Georgia, and Illinois, with plans to build more clinics in Florida. MC Medical filed to do business in 16 more states in April and May. A Walmart representative indicated at the time that the filings had nothing to do with physical sites and were instead tied to Walmart recent acquisition of telehealth provider MeMD.

The spokesperson to Livingston said, “We’re excited to enter our fourth state and open our first Walmart Health Florida location later this year. We’ve expressed our interest in offering telehealth via an acquisition that is pending regulatory clearance, and these filings are related to that effort, not physical Walmart Health locations.”

According to Livingston’s research, the medical group filed to do business in 17 additional states in June and July, bringing the total to 37. Amazon Care, whose medical group registered to do business in many states before the firm officially stated it would be offering telemedicine across the country, has made similar efforts. Telehealth supporters have often warned about the dangers of the “telehealth cliff,” which means that if Congress fails to act, the barriers to providing telemedicine will be reinstalled once the public health emergency is over.

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