Wal-mart helps un­der­write Ark. med­i­cal-home ini­tia­tive

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The state of Arkansas’ health sys­tem trans­for­ma­tion is get­ting a fi­nan­cial boost from Wal-Mart Stores, which com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing $670,000 to help un­der­write the work of the Arkansas Health Care Pay­ment Im­prove­ment Ini­tia­tive. The ini­tia­tive, Arkansas Sur­geon Gen­eral Dr. Joe Thompson said, is a mul­ti­payer ef­fort, and the in­tent is to make it an all-payer ef­fort, in­clud­ing self-in­sured em­ploy­ers. Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, is the big­gest self-in­sured em­ployer in the state. Arkansas is part of the CMS’ Com­pre­hen­sive Pri­mary Care Ini­tia­tive, which has 500 prac­tices across the na­tion serv­ing as pa­tient-cen­tered med­i­cal homes in which at least 60% of their pa­tient bases are cov­ered by pay­ers con­tribut­ing per-mem­ber, per­month man­age­ment fees meant to off­set the cost of care-co­or­di­na­tion ser­vices. Sixty-nine of the 500 CPCI prac­tices are in Arkansas, and now WalMart will be con­tribut­ing the man­age­ment fee for those cov­ered by its plan who re­ceive care at those prac­tices, Thompson said. Wal-Mart will also serve on a new Em­ployer Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil and help pay for an an­nual state track­ing report eval­u­at­ing the im­pact of the pro­gram. “This is nei­ther a pi­lot nor a demon­stra­tion project,” Thompson said. “This is full-scale health­care sys­tem trans­for­ma­tion.”

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