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New England Baptist Hospital Chosen by Walmart® as Center of Excellence for Hip and Knee Replacement

BOSTON – New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH), the premier regional provider for orthopedic surgery and the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders, has been chosen by Walmart as a center of excellence for hip and knee replacement surgery. Eligible Walmart medical plan enrollees can elect to receive joint replacement surgery at NEBH and receive enhanced benefits to cover all of the costs of the procedure, travel, lodging and expenses for the patient and their companion. This is the third relationship of its kind for the Baptist following agreements with UniCare and General Electric.

“NEBH continues to be the value leader in orthopedics, offering patients, payors and cost-conscious corporations high quality specialty care at the lowest cost,” said Trish Hannon, president and CEO of NEBH.  “It is great to see corporations like Walmart providing opportunities for their employees to receive the very best care while at the same time lowering healthcare costs. We are thrilled to partner with them to bring our expertise and value to Walmart’s associates.”

“New England Baptist has demonstrated consistent clinical outcomes in the care of joint replacement patients—this ultimately lowers the cost of care to our client,” said Brynt Ellis, Chief Clinical Officer with Health Design Plus, Walmart’s third party administrator for the Centers of Excellence program.  “Through their experience of providing patients with an outstanding personal experience and great clinical outcomes they have unlocked greater efficiencies to control the cost of care. They are a perfect addition to our elite network of centers of excellence around the country and they will make a great partner for our client.”

The partnership between NEBH and Walmart is part of a growing trend where large, self-insured companies are choosing to contract directly with high-value care providers for specialty care and treatment to provide high quality, cost effective employee health benefits. As part of this partnership, New England Baptist Hospital will offer hip and knee replacement surgery at a fixed price for a bundled care episode, providing both quality care and value to Walmart.

“Our associates are very important to us and the Centers of Excellence program is one way we help ensure they and their families receive the highest-level of quality care available,” said Lisa Woods, senior director of US benefits at Walmart. “New England Baptist Hospital’s commitment to protocol-driven care, lower readmission rates and getting to the root cause of a medical issue and prescribing the appropriate care make them a tremendous addition to our Centers of Excellence program.”

About New England Baptist Hospital

New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) is the premier regional provider for orthopedic surgery and the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders. NEBH has been nationally recognized for high patient satisfaction and leadership in quality and clinical outcomes. The Hospital is committed to improving the health and well-being of those living throughout its community by providing opportunities for people of all ages to be active, stay social and keep moving. NEBH is a teaching affiliate of Tufts University School of Medicine and conducts teaching programs in collaboration with Harvard Medical School. NEBH has been the official hospital of the Boston Celtics for over 30 years.   

About Health Design Plus

Health Design Plus is an innovative third party administrator and care management company based in Hudson, OH. Utilizing a member-focused model powered by cutting-edge technology, Health Design Plus has become a national leader in the administration of value-based, Centers of Excellence programs.

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