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More employers join push for value-based healthcare
By Shelby Livingston
From Modern Healthcare on Wednesday, October 5, 2016
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Companies like General Electric Co., Wal-Mart Stores and Lowe's Cos. have partnered with hospitals to design COE programs as a way to control rising health benefit costs, which are expected to increase overall 6% in 2017, according to the National Business Group on Health.

The survey also found that 16% of employers are considering contracting directly with medical service providers, such as COEs, accountable care organizations and patient-centered medical homes, for reduced prices on services. Only 8% do so today, the survey found. According to a survey released in August by the National Business Group on Health, 4% or fewer of very large employers surveyed contracted directly with COEs for various types of medical services. Most accessed the COE through the health plan rather than contracting directly, Washington-based NBGH said.