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Drug Store News reports that the Stillwater Medical Group has opened its second retail clinic inside a Walmart store in Richmond, Wisconsin. The first, opened last December, was in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota.

According to the story, “The new clinic is staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants employed by Stillwater Medical Group. In addition to treatments for acute ailments like sinus infections, ear aches and sore throats, common vaccinations, camp, school and sports physicals are also available.”

• The Wall Street Journal reports that Walmart is the target of a class action lawsuit in Colorado that “accuses the world's largest retailer of conspiring to limit medical care for injured employees in a bid to save money.

The lawsuit alleges that Wal-Mart broke state and federal laws by using a subsidiary to control the treatment for employees with workplace injuries. Wal-Mart sent the injured workers to clinics run by Concentra Inc., which operates 300 medical centers and 250 workplace clinics in 40 states.

“The suit, filed last year in the U.S. District Court for Colorado on behalf of roughly 7,000 current and former Wal-Mart employees in the state, accuses Wal-Mart, Concentra and insurer American Home Assurance Co., part of American International Group Inc., of conspiring to violate a Colorado worker's compensation law that bars companies from dictating medical care for workers hurt on the job.”
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