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Walmart announces ‘featured providers’ healthcare pilot in three states

Walmart announces ‘featured providers’ healthcare pilot in three states

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Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Retail giant Walmart has announced new programs it says will help its associates find better, more effective healthcare providers. Coming in the wake of their recently announced Sam's Club healthcare pilot, the company on Thursday said it is launching a new pilot program in three states that is designed to connect employees with "Featured Providers" -- "quality, local" doctors who've shown a "demonstrated history" of effective care. The company's new effort, being rolled out in portions of Arkansas, Florida, and Texas, aims to refer participants in the company's medical program to a select group of doctors in eight specialties. Walmart said the pilot will be a partnership with the Nashville-based healthcare analysis firm Embold Health, which will be responsible for sortin...
Virgin Orbit selects RAF pilot as it plans satellite launch program

Virgin Orbit selects RAF pilot as it plans satellite launch program

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Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Virgin Orbit, a private company planning launches of orbital satellites, announced that a Royal Air Force pilot will join its team. Flight Lt. Mathew Stannard will join the Virgin Orbit program in a three-year contract. He will be one of the company's pilots in the trials of Boeing 747-400 aircraft from which satellites will be launched. The announcement was made on Thursday in California. Stannard is currently a Typhoon pilot with the RAF's test an evaluation squadrons. Virgin Orbit has a business relationship with the RAF and the U.S. Air Force in demonstrating the utility of launching small satellites by means other than traditional vertical rockets. The first "air launch" of a rocket and satellite is planned for the autumn. Last week the first rocket, LauncherOne, was...
Walmart’s Sam’s Club to launch healthcare pilot program

Walmart’s Sam’s Club to launch healthcare pilot program

Health
Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The world's second largest retailer, Walmart, announced today that it is expanding its role in the healthcare marketplace. Beginning in October, Sam's Club, the company's division of membership warehouse stores, will launch a pilot program for members in Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, allowing them to purchase healthcare services including discounted dental care, free prescriptions drugs, and telephone health consultations. The company, which announced the program on Thursday, said it will offer four healthcare "bundles," with fees ranging from $ 50 to $ 240 per year. Each bundle will include free prescriptions on certain generics, and opportunities to save on dental services through a network of Humana-affiliated providers, as well as discounts on vision ex...
First female Marine F-35B pilot finishes training as first female F-35C pilot gets started

First female Marine F-35B pilot finishes training as first female F-35C pilot gets started

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Aug. 9 (UPI) -- The first female Marine pilot of an F-35B fighter plane completed her course of study, just as the first female to fly an F-35C began her training. Capt. Anneliese Satz completed her F-35B basic course in June after assignment to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 at Beaufort, S.C. In prior civilian life she earned a commercial pilot's license, and later completed flight training at Marine bases in Pensacola, Fla., Corpus Christi, Texas, and Meridian, Miss. She will now fly the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, a supersonic aircraft designed for combat maneuverability and takeoffs from short fields, as part of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, which is based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. "I'm very grateful for the instructors, the maintaine...
More GP appointments available due to success of pilot scheme

More GP appointments available due to success of pilot scheme

Health
An NHS scheme that has enabled GP practices to free up more time for doctors to see their patients is to be extended following a successful pilot.NHS England said the Time For Care scheme, tried out at certain sites since 2016, should be in place in three-quarters of GP practices by 2022.The scheme encourages practices to try innovations to cut bureaucracy.In 2018, 205,157 clinical hours - equivalent to GPs having 1.2 million more appointment slots - were freed up.NHS England said that represents close to £40m in time saved, as the average cost of an appointment is £30. The scheme also saved 330,096 administration hours in the past year. Dr Nikita Kanani, NHS England's medical director for primary care and a south-east London GP, said the programme has ha...