Walmart pilot will steer employees to local, high-quality docs

via Healthcare Dive

Dive Brief:

  • Walmart is launching a program that connects employees with high-quality local doctors across a range of specialties, the company said Thursday. Patients will have to pay more if they choose to see a provider not on the recommended list.
  • The initiative, called Featured Providers, is in partnership with Embold Health, a Nashville-based healthcare data analytics company, and will begin Jan. 1 for Walmart’s 2020 medical plans. Embold Health combs through reams of data from public and private insurance plans to determine which providers are best in terms of cost-effectiveness and patient outcomes. Walmart will then provide that list to its employees.
  • Walmart, the country’s largest private employer, is trialing the program in Northwest Arkansas, Orlando and Tampa in Florida, and the Dallas-Fort Worth area for its U.S. Walmart and Sam’s Club employees. The goal is to eventually expand the program to the more than 1 million Americans who receive medical benefits through Walmart.

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