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Date(s) - Wednesday, March 09, 2016, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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  • What the LAN is and how it can help purchasers get better value for the tremendous amount of money they’re spending on health care
  • Clinical Episode Payment (CEP) work group recommendations on episode payment for elective joint replacement
  • Employer innovations and entry points for episode payment for elective joint replacement


  • Ask your questions of the presenters


  • Opening Remarks and LAN Overview – Anne Gauthier, Sally Welborn
  • Why the LAN is important to purchasers, CEP work group overview – Barbara Wachsman
  • How Walmart is engaging in CEP – Sally Welborn
  • How mid-size employers are engaging in CEP – The Alliance’s “Quality Path” – Cheryl DeMars
  • Questions and next steps – Anne Gauthier


Listen to panel discuss why episode bundles matter to purchasers, employers, and patients alike during the March 9, 2016 Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN) Update. The panel is hosted by presenters Sally Welborn, SVP for Global Benefits at Walmart; Barbara Wachsman, Chair of Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH); and Cheryl DeMars, CEO of The Alliance. Barbara shares several episode payment recommendations, and Sally discusses what she has learned at Walmart about contracting with providers for episode bundles. Lastly, Cheryl discusses her organization’s Quality Path bundled payment initiative led by several mid-size employers in the state of Wisconsin. The presenters entertain questions from the audience on topics such as obstacles against employer engagement in particular episode bundle payment programs, and instances where provider behavior changes may occur following the implementation of an episode bundle payment program.


To achieve the goal of better care, smarter spending, and healthier people, the U.S. health care system must substantially reform its payment structure to incentivize quality, health outcomes, and value over volume. The Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN) was established as a collaborative network of public and private stakeholders, including health plans, providers, patients, employers, consumers, states, federal agencies, and other partners within the health care community.


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