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One Year Ago Today … Left out of the game: Health systems offer direct-to-employer contracting to eliminate insurers

In 2016, Adventist Health began delivering healthcare services to Whole Foods’ employees in Southern California. The partnership, in which Whole Foods bypassed insurance companies and negotiated directly for services from Roseville, Calif.-based Adventist, gave the organic supermarket chain access to a tailor-made health plan that it couldn’t get from the traditional insurance market. Now the 19-hospital system is looking to scale the care navigation expertise developed while caring for Whole Foods employees to its Medicare accountable care organization.

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