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October 14, 2019

Around the nation: Walmart to cover kidney transplants at Mayo under Centers of Excellence program

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    Kidney transplants for Walmart beneficiaries will take place at multiple Mayo Clinic sites across the country, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arkansas, California, and New Jersey.

    • Arkansas: Walmart on Wednesday announced it will include kidney transplants as a benefit for its employees under its Centers of Excellence Program starting in 2020. The kidney transplant locations include Mayo Clinic sites in Minnesota, Arizona, and Florida. Carrie Schinstock, medical director of kidney transplantation at Mayo, said, "As one transplant center with three locations, we are in a unique position to serve Walmart's beneficiaries" (Japsen, Forbes, 10/10).

    • California: Kaiser Permanente on Wednesday said it will invest $2.75 million to research potential clinical and community-based interventions to prevent adverse health effects tied to childhood trauma. Kaiser CEO Bernard Tyson said the research is part of the organization's work to provide a "total health" approach by addressing social issues that harm patients' health (Ross Johnson, Modern Healthcare, 10/9).

    • New Jersey: Trinitas Regional Medical Center on Tuesday announced it had signed a letter of intent to be acquired by RWJBarnabas Health. Under the proposal, RWJBarnabas would be the corporate parent of Trinitas, but Trinitas would remain a Catholic institution. The organizations expect to sign a definitive agreement before the end of 2019 but will have to await approval from state and federal officials, as well as the Catholic Church, before finalizing the deal (Kacik, Modern Healthcare, 10/10).

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