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Leading the way to better health

We're partnering with employers to bring better, more affordable care to those who matter most - their people

As healthcare costs and insurance premiums consistently skyrocket, the quality of care provided seems to consistently waver. Here at Geisinger, we’re changing that model of care.

Through our evidence-based medicine approach, we’re delivering better results and better experiences to patients — at a lower cost to their employers.

A national leader in value-based care

Geisinger is seen as a national model in providing high-quality and cost-effective medical care. The drive behind our value-based care program is simple: Improve the quality of care and experience for patients, while reducing costs to employers and employees.

Our evidence-based medicine approach:

  • Delivers exemplary clinical outcomes
  • Provides the highest quality, most appropriate care
  • Offers an outstanding patient experience
  • Reduces readmissions and complications
  • Avoids unnecessary procedures
  • Coordinates all levels of patient care and involves the patient in their care decisions at every step
  • Lowers costs for members

Concierge-style care at every step 

From start to finish, our patients have a care team supporting them throughout their journey. They’ll have assistance setting up their travel arrangements, including flight and hotel stay, through the help of one of our partners. Upon arriving to Geisinger Medical Center, a nurse navigator will monitor their care, from preparation through recovery and beyond. They’ll also be paired with our friendly, knowledgeable patient coordinators who will escort them from appointment-to-appointment and make sure all their non-clinical needs are met – including groceries and transportation – while receiving care with us.

We aim to take care of every need, so our patients can focus on what really matters: getting better.


Shorter hospital stays, fewer readmissions and cost savings for all

Delivering quality care at a lower cost benefits both employers and their employees.

Here’s what we’ve seen:

  • Patients returning back to work up to 20% faster
  • A drop in 30-day readmission rates from 7% to 2.7%
  • More than $11k average employee savings for spine surgery
  • Average length of hospital stay reduced from 3 days to 2.4 days
graph that shows that patients returned to work 20% faster and their hospital stays were reduced up to 14%

What does it mean to be a Center of Excellence?

We’re recognized as a Center of Excellence for:

  • Spine surgery
  • Heart surgery
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Hip and knee replacement surgery

This highly selective distinction is earned through the Employers Centers of Excellence Network (ECEN) — a designation that fewer than 1% of healthcare systems achieve.

To achieve this elite designation, we’ve undergone a rigorous evaluation process to meet ECEN requirements that includes demonstrating exceptional clinical outcomes; a detailed review of public and internal surgeon-specific data; interviews with our clinical teams; and on-site visits to observe patients’ experience.

We're also recognized as a Radiology Center of Excellence for imaging services, including CT and MRI scans. This designation, earned through Covera Health, identifies programs that meet the highest standards and deliver the most accurate diagnoses through imaging.

But don’t just take our word for it.

We’ve partnered with employer groups including Walmart, Lowe’s and McKesson, to help their employees (and our patients) return to their normal lives — getting them back to work, back to play and healthier than before.

Walmart Logo
Lowe's Logo
Graph showing lower readmission rates for patients who go to centers of excellence.

Center of Excellence – What's in a name?

Center of Excellence (COE) facilities deliver better outcomes, faster recoveries and greater cost savings.

But perhaps we should let the data speak for itself. Patients who receive treatment at Centers of Excellence:

  • Are more likely to avoid surgery
  • Return to work sooner
  • Have shorter hospital stays
  • Save their employers money (both in procedure cost and overall savings)
  • Have lower hospital readmission rates
  • Require less postsurgical care in a skilled nursing facility 



Employer-purchased care

Benefits to patients

  • 100% coverage for all medical and travel expenses 
  • No copays or deductibles
  • Access to high-quality, rigorously vetted hospital systems and physicians that practice consistent, high-value care
  • Concierge-type service = improved patient experience

Benefits to employees

  • Significant cost savings, compared to traditional fee-for-service model
  • A demonstrated commitment to their associates’ health 
  • Mandating protocol-driven, high-value care improves consistency in care delivery
  • Bolsters employers' strength to collectively improve healthcare policy and delivery systems


Walmart's per-patient cost for joint replacement was lower at COEs than at non-COEs:

Jonathan Slotkin, MD

sometimes asked by other healthcare providers why a health system would
enter into an agreement with employers in which it is paid less for
services than it would be in a conventional fee-for-service arrangement.
The answer, in short, is that clinicians, patients and the business itself can benefit.”

Jonathan R. Slotkin, MD, Director of Spine Surgery at Geisinger

As featured in the Harvard Business Review, the results we’ve seen in this program are nothing short of transformational.

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