Cleveland Clinic has expanded its direct-to-employer offerings to include a musculoskeletal center of excellence and a bariatric center of excellence, according to A press release.
For more than a decade, the Clinic has offered products directly to the employer — options that aim to help employers manage costs and provide employees and their covered dependents with access to care from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, the statement said. The clinic’s program began with its Cardiac Center of Excellence which helps people requiring non-emergency heart surgeries.
Through a Center of Excellence, employers can provide their employees with specialized health care delivered by the clinic’s experienced physicians, nurses and technicians, said Dr. Robert Lorenz, executive medical director of Market Services and network at the clinic, in the press release.
“The effects of unequal access to health care are twofold – they affect how patients are cared for when they are sick as well as their future health,” Lorenz said. “Our Centers of Excellence make equitable healthcare not only possible but achievable. We know these types of healthcare solutions aren’t always available near you, which is why we help employers find a option that fits their needs and the needs of their employees, no matter where they are.”
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In Center of Excellence programs, the first step is a review of the medical record by a clinic surgeon, which in some cases results in the modification of the initial treatment plan and may mean that patients avoid the procedures altogether. surgeries, according to the statement, which notes that this is a benefit for patients and results in cost savings for employers.
Depending on employer coverage, the clinic helps arrange travel and concierge services for program participants, and other benefits include patient navigators to help coordinate with in-home providers and options for virtual care.
Supported by the Clinic’s Spine Health Center and its Institute of Orthopedics and Rheumatology, the Musculoskeletal Center of Excellence will help patients with lower back pain who have been diagnosed with spinal surgery, according to the communicated. As part of the Health System’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, new doctors at the Bariatric Center of Excellence review a participant’s medical history and diagnosis before determining the right treatment. A patient navigator serves as a single point of contact throughout a patient’s bariatric surgery journey.
“When working with employers, we have seen their need and constant work to address inconsistent healthcare quality and rising costs,” said Wesley Wolfe, executive director of market and network services. at the clinic, in a statement. “These innovative new Centers of Excellence are intended not only to improve access to care, but also to help employers add a benefits solution that helps retain employees. By offering programs like our Centers of Excellence , employers give employees access to higher quality care at a lower cost.”
This story first appeared in our sister publication, Crain’s Cleveland Business.