Walmart To Measure Doctor Quality In Local Markets


Walmart is rolling out an effort to measure the quality of community doctors who treat tens of thousands of its employees in the retailer’s latest effort to make sure its workers get the right care, in the right place and at the right time.

Because it’s Walmart, the effort is being watched closely by other employers and could have a far-reaching impact on U.S. doctors and other healthcare providers who are already being culled from employer and insurance company networks for poor quality and health outcomes. Narrow network strategies used by health plans provide enrollees an incentive to use a doctor that adheres to quality measures and is lower cost because they achieved a better outcome.

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