Walmart, Lowe’s and Pacific Business Group on Health Announce a First of its Kind National Employers Centers of Excellence Network


Innovative program to provide quality care for hip and knee replacement surgeries at no cost to employees

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Focusing on improving the medical care their employees receive while reducing costs to employees, , Lowe’s and other large joined the Business on Negotiating Alliance (PBGH-NA) to launch a of Excellence (ECEN) that will offer no-cost knee and hip-replacement surgeries for employees at four hospital systems in the United States.

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“These companies are working to help make sure that their employees get higher quality care and incur lower costs,” said David Lansky, president and chief executive officer of PBGH. “The Employers Centers of Excellence Network is designed to serve as a model for delivering high quality health care with transparent and predictable costs.”

The four designated center of excellence health care organizations include Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Md.; Kaiser Permanente Orange County Irvine Medical Center in Irvine, Calif.; Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo.; and Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Wash.   

PBGH, working with health care management company Health Design Plus, will oversee the new national Employers Centers of Excellence Network, which will include treatment for knee and hip replacement surgeries for the more than 1.5 million employees and their dependents enrolled in Walmart’s, Lowe’s and other large employer’s medical plans. Employees will receive consultations and care covered at 100 percent without deductible or coinsurance, plus travel, lodging and living expenses for the patient and a caregiver. Patients must be healthy enough to travel for the surgeries. The program is voluntary and employees or their…Read more

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