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Emory Healthcare Launches ACO with Walmart

By Steven Porter  
   April 20, 2018

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.

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