Walmart, Doctor on Demand roll out telehealth initiative for employees

Walmart is expanding benefits available through its telehealth program, which offers associates $4 virtual care visits through the retail giant's partnership with Doctor on Demand, to employees in Colorado, Minnesota and Wisconsin. 

The expanded telehealth program went live Jan. 1 and allows associates in Colorado, Minnesota and Wisconsin to access a new Doctor on Demand program that connects patients with a personal online physician, according to a news release emailed to Becker's Hospital Review.

With the expansion, select Walmart associates can access a personal online physician, who serves as the individual's primary care physician on the virtual platform. The PCP can help patients manage their health conditions, order lab work, write prescriptions and coordinate care with other physicians who are covered by the patient's health plan. 

Additional benefits of the program also include the ability to opt in to work with Doctor on Demand's care management team, which helps associates manage chronic care conditions and coordinate referrals and visits.

Walmart began offering $4 medical and behavioral health visits through the telehealth provider on Jan. 1, 2019. The virtual care visits are available to Walmart's more than 1 million associates and their family members. 

Editor's note: This article was updated on Jan. 8, 2020 to clarify the new benefits are an expansion of Walmart and Doctor on Demand's previous partnership, which went live Jan. 1, 2019. 

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