The Ochsner Accountable Care Plan (ACP), through Ochsner Health Network (OHN), will be available to Walmart and Sam’s Club associates working in select facilities in the New Orleans Metro, North Shore and Baton Rouge, La., areas this coming January.
Under the new ACP, Walmart associates at 41 locations will be able to receive care from more than 200 primary care physicians and 1,300 specialists affiliated with OHN in the participating regions.
“Walmart and Ochsner Health Network came together with the common goal of reducing health care costs, while focusing on improved quality and patient experience,” noted OHN President David Carmouche, MD. “Walmart associates now have a plan that simplifies co-pays, coordinates care and provides access to thousands of providers in dozens of locations.”
“Our associates are very important to us, and our Accountable Care Plans are one way we help ensure they and their families receive the highest of quality of care,” said Lisa Woods, senior director of U.S. health care benefits at Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart. “The benefit to patients is significant, and partnerships with providers like Ochsner Health Network help us improve quality for our associates.”
Walmart associates taking part in the ACP will have access to patient engagement specialists through a 24-hour call center designed specifically for plan participants, which will direct them to the most appropriate care within the network. Further, a coordinated complex case-management program will serve Walmart patients enrolled in the ACP. Many of the providers in the network either use or have access to EPIC, Ochsner’s integrated electronic health record system, which will provide ACP participants with a higher level of coordinated care from network providers, as well as direct access to make appointments, access test results and other health care resources.
OHN is the largest clinically integrated network in the southern Louisiana region. Walmart is No. 1 on Progressive Grocer’s 2018 Super 50 list of the top grocers in the United States.