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Lisa Woods

Senior Director, U.S. Strategy & Design of Benefits

Walmart Stores Inc.

Lisa Woods serves as senior director, U.S. strategy and design of benefits, for Walmart Stores, Inc. Ms. Woods is a benefits professional with broad-based knowledge. She has been recognized nationally as an innovator and thought leader in healthcare with a strong commitment to ensuring more than 1 million Walmart associates have access to benefits that are comprehensive, affordable and competitive. She has played a key role in developing a portfolio of innovative programs focused on payment reform, reducing waste in the system and ensuring appropriateness of care for Walmart associates. Ms. Woods led the effort with her team to design and implement the Centers of Excellence program for heart, spine, joint replacements and cancer with leading quality health systems. She has also worked on developing narrow network plans, including direct contracting with accountable care organizations. Recently, Walmart was presented with the 2019 Helen Darling Award for Excellence in Health Care Value and Innovation by the National Business Group on Health for efforts to improve the healthcare delivery system. In 2019, Ms. Woods was named No. 10 on Fortune magazine’s “World’s Greatest Leaders” list as a result of her efforts. She serves on many committees and boards, including as board chair for the Pacific Business Group on Health and board vice president for the Council on Employee Benefits, on several National Business Group on Health affiliated committees and on the board of Catalyst for Payment Reform.


Wednesday Hot Topic #1 – Employer Perspectives: Walmart and Direct Provider Partnerships for Superior Employee Health

Presented by Lisa Woods at 7:00 AM on Wednesday, March 25th.

Join the conversation with Lisa Woods, senior director, strategy & design US benefits, Walmart, who strives to ensure that more than a million of Walmart associates have access to benefits that are comprehensive, affordable and competitive. During this discussion, hear about Walmart’s strategy for Centers of Excellence, narrow network plans and direct contracting with ACOs…