The idea behind the collaboration is to improve quality of care while lowering overall costs.
Additionally, the organizations announced that the Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital and Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center had been added to Walmart's Centers of Excellence programs for spine and joint replacement surgeries—which accept a fixed bundled payment for specified procedures.
Walmart workers enrolled in a company-sponsored plan will pay nothing out-of-pocket for certain surgeries at these Emory facilities—nor will they pay travel-related costs—thanks to the Centers of Excellence designations, the companies said.
The changes took effect January 1.
—Steven Porter is an associate content manager and online news editor for HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.