Ochsner Health, Walmart to launch accountable care plan in Louisiana

Walmart is partnering with New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System to launch a health insurance plan for about 6,600 Walmart and Sam's Club employees. This marks the first time the health system has partnered in this capacity with a large national employer, according to The Times-Picayune.

The health insurance plan, called the Ochsner Accountable Care Plan, will be available to Walmart and Sam's Club employees in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La., beginning Jan. 1.

The health insurance plan will utilize Ochsner's ACO, a group of physicians, hospitals and other care providers. The goals are to avoid duplication of services, improve care and save money.

Walmart employees from 41 store locations will have access to care through a network of 200 primary care physicians with Ochsner Health. Patient engagement specialists also will be available for the Walmart employees through a 24-hour call center.

Walmart has partnered with 10 other health systems in several other states through similar accountable care plans, Kory Lundberg, Walmart's senior director of global communications, told The Times-Picayune.

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