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Optum adds new Mayo Centers of Excellence

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The Plummer Building on the Mayo Clinic’s main campus, in Rochester, Minn.

The Optum unit of UnitedHealthcare  has designated several specialties and service lines at Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic as Centers of Excellence, a bundled program for UnitedHealthcare customers and employers.

Becker’s Hospital Review reported that “Mayo has participated in Optum’s COE program for transplants for 11 years. Under the new agreement, the health system’s locations in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota will participate as COEs for cancer, bariatric surgery and heart failure.”

“Mayo’s providers in Rochester will also participate as a COE for congenital heart disease and infertility services.”

“When members and employers participate in the COE program, they pay negotiated, bundled rates for most services. Overall reimbursement is often capped at $10,000, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Optum vets providers to choose high-quality hospitals and care teams that ultimately contribute to fewer unnecessary procedures and post-surgical complications.”

“Optum says its COEs yield tangible results. For example, the average length of stay for the transplant COE and clinical-management program was 21 percent lower than the national benchmark in 2013.”

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