Walmart is launching a pilot program to help its healthcare workers with care, cardiology and obstetrics.
Data analytics company Embold Health will search a variety of data from public and private insurance plans to find recommended providers based on effectiveness and cost-effectiveness.
Walmart will do this for his part Use this data to create a list for employees.
The program will run from January 1
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The goal is for the services to be available to Walmart's and Sam's Club's 1 million employees and family members as part of the company's health insurance program. The retailer also plans to share its practices with other companies.
The disadvantage of the program is that employees are faced with fewer physician decisions. According to Walmart, workers can use doctors who are not on the company's curated list, but it will cost more.
Walmart executives hope to eliminate a significant portion of the unnecessary healthcare costs for the company and its employees.
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This may mean that patients are kept away from expensive hospitals for routine imaging or doctors are considered to be of higher quality.
Associated Press has contributed to this article.