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DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING: UnitedHealthcare demonstrates benefit of value-based care — Walmart adds employee health tools — CVS partners with chatbot

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UNITEDHEALTHCARE DEMONSTRATES BENEFIT OF VALUE-BASED CARE: UnitedHealthcare announced results from its value-based care (VBC) program, the Spine and Joint Solution.

The US insurer saw a 22% decline in readmission rates and 17% fewer complications for joint replacement surgeries.

The program led to average savings of $18,000 per operation for participating employers and $3,000 in out-of-pocket expenses per procedure.

The Spine and Joint Solution uses a bundled payment method, whereby all the costs associated with a procedure — including fees for physicians, surgeons, MRI scans, and outpatient care — are "bundled" into a single price.

UnitedHealthcare also announced that the program expanded to 46 participating healthcare facilities, with more than 115 employers enrolled.

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