July 24, 2020

Walmart said the new, Florida-based health centers will offer primary care, dental care, and behavioral health services similar to those currently offered at Walmart Health centers in Arkansas and Georgia and planned future locations in Illinois, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, New Jersey, and New York.

  • Florida: Walmart this week announced it would open several new Walmart Health clinics this year and next. According to CNBC, the organization will open at least six more of the clinics in the greater Atlantic region by the end of this year, in addition to those it already operates in Georgia and Arkansas, and those it plans to open in Illinois. Walmart on Wednesday also announced it would open some health centers in Florida in 2021 (Repko/Farr, CNBC, 7/23; Japsen, Forbes, 7/22; Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/22; Walmart release, 7/22).  
  • New Jersey: The New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark-based University Hospital, and The Tuchman Foundation are collaborating to develop mobile medical care facilities intended to address clinical capacity shortages in areas experiencing coronavirus outbreaks. The mobile units will be made of shipping containers that can be sent to any place in the United States, Canada, or Mexico within a few days, according to Martin Tuchman, CEO of the Tuchman Group and chair of The Tuchman Foundation. The units can be used for many purposes, including for providing coronavirus testing, point-of-care services, and disease treatment (Bader, ROI NJ, 7/20).
  • New York: A group of Democratic state attorneys general from 23 states on Monday sued the Trump administration to block a final rule that will roll back a regulation issued under former President Barack Obama that prohibits health care providers and insurance companies from discriminating against transgender individuals. New York Attorney General Letitia James (D), who is leading the lawsuit, argued that the final rule will "unlawfully chip away at health care for Americans," and the lawsuit claims that rule violates equal protection rights granted by the U.S. Constitution's Fifth Amendment. However, Roger Severino, director of HHS' Office for Civil Rights, has contended that the final rule "clears up … mass confusion unleashed by Obama's redefinition of sex discrimination." The rule is scheduled to take effect Aug. 18 (Sisak, Associated Press, 7/20).

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