INSIDE WALMART’S PUSH FOR QUALITY CARE FOR ITS EMPLOYEES

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According to a recent report from Kaiser Health News, Walmart is taking a hands on approach as it relates to employee healthcare benefits. KNH reports that Walmart is sending its employees to a specified set of high-quality health systems for surgery and in most cases covering travel costs. However they realized that most of the surgeries were unnecessary in most cases. This was traced back to errors in tests such as MRIs and CT scans. Walmart then hired the health care analytics firm Covera to figure out a network of high-quality imaging centers, and it now directs its beneficiaries to those centers — even if they’re not the cheapest. Employees don’t have to use those centers, but Walmart pays for more of the bill if they do.