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While Democrats and Republicans debate the merits and drawbacks of reforming America’s broken health insurance system, few policymakers are paying attention to perhaps the biggest reason health insurance is so expensive: The actual cost of healthcare, which insurers have to pay, is out of control. There are many reasons the cost of providing healthcare has been steadily rising in most sectors of the healthcare industry.

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As healthcare costs soar, employer-sponsored clinics and reimbursement models that completely circumvent health insurance corporations are on the rise. The dysfunctional U.S. healthcare system is ripe for innovation. 

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Workplace medical clinics were once a benefit reserved for employees at only the largest companies with the deepest pockets. But now some vendors are helping groups of small and midsize employers provide convenient primary care at shared clinics in hopes of tamping down medical spending.

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An article published in Health Data Management summarized comments from a Cleveland Clinic panel of experts discussing the current state of primary care in the United States. Time-consuming electronic health records, rushed appointments, and a flawed reimbursement system that favors patient volume over clinical outcomes were among the chief factors contributing to primary care physician burnout and poor patient experience. 

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Paladina Health, a leading-edge healthcare provider whose model improves patient care and satisfaction while lowering costs, today announced Tobias Barker, MD, MHCM as the company's new Chief Medical Officer. Paladina Health offers a patient-first approach to primary care, including unhurried appointments, 24/7 physician access for urgent needs, referral management and care coordination, and no or low co-pays.

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Almost two years ago, the former University Hospitals doc joined Paladina Health, a Denver-based primary care outfit that is quietly making an entrance in Ohio by forging arrangements with area employers with the ambitious goal of disrupting the patient-doctor relationship.

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DENVER , Aug. 23, Paladina Health, an innovative physician-access model of health care that improves patient care and satisfaction, today announced it has closed a $165 million growth equity funding round led by existing investor New Enterprise Associates (NEA), with participation from new investors Oak HC/FT , Alta Partners , Greenspring Associates and other strategic investors.

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Paladina Health has expanded its delivery of innovative primary care services to more patients in partnership with UnitedHealthcare and the State of Colorado bringing additional services to State Employees in Fort Collins, Grand Junction and Sterling Areas. 

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(Bloomberg) -- A group of investors is putting up $165 million to fuel an expansion of Paladina Health, bringing a recent surge of private funds flowing into companies that run primary-care clinics to more than a half-billion dollars. The venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates is leading the investment after acquiring Paladina for a reported $100 million earlier this year from dialysis provider DaVita Inc. Paladina, which runs medical clinics for employers, plans to use the money to build new clinics and acquire other firms.

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Teilen Drucken DENVER , Aug. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Paladina Health, an innovative physician-access model of health care that improves patient care and satisfaction, today announced it has closed a $165 million growth equity funding round led by existing investor New Enterprise Associates (NEA), with participation from new investors Oak HC/FT , Alta Partners , Greenspring Associates and other strategic investors.

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Congress and the IRS have stranded patients in SwampCare Dr. Jane M. Orient attacks the 'sausage factory' of health care legislation | Jane M. Orient, M.D., executive director of Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, has been in solo practice of general internal medicine since 1981 and is a clinical lecturer in medicine at the University of Arizona College Of Medicine.

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DPC versus Concierge Medicine: How Do They Compare?

"Direct Primary Care is an offshoot of concierge medicine and the two terms are often used interchangeably. Although similar, there are distinct differences between the two models of care."

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“We are bullish on Paladina’s future and thrilled that New Enterprise Associates will be their new home,” said Kent Thiry, DaVita Chairman and CEO.

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"We've closely followed the ongoing shift to value-based care in the U.S., and believe that Paladina Health is a pioneer in the space," Mohamad Makhzoumi, general partner and head of healthcare services and healthcare IT investing at NEA said in a press release. "Driven by a stellar management team, the company's adaptive [direct primary care] model has proven to meet the growing needs of patients by delivering excellent care that not only results in high patient and provider satisfaction, but also drives down cost."

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DENVERJune 6, 2018 -- Today, Paladina Health, a company with an innovative primary care approach to delivering individualized health care, announced that global venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates (NEA) has acquired the wholly owned subsidiary from Fo

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Direct Primary Care Journal’s 2017–18 Annual Report and Market Trends Analysis indicates that 80% of subscription fees to DPC paid by patients are between $51 and $99 per month. By contrast, the typical individual health insurance policy can cost anywhere from $150 to $700 per month, depending on the insured’s age and desired level of coverage, according to WebMD.com.

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"Only if we acknowledge that Public Health, Population Health and Face-to-Face visits are three separate aspects of health care can we move forward in reforming Primary Care." - Hans Duvefelt, MD

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For smaller, self-insured organizations, near-site healthcare is an affordable, scalable option.

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An 8-minute radio overview of direct primary care, and its role in the broader health care conversation.

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Studies show that advanced primary care reduces unnecessary specialist referrals, hospitalizations, and emergency room visits with better health outcomes for patients. 

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Is the doctor in? In this new medical age of urgent care centers and retail clinics, that’s not a simple question. Nor does it have a simple answer, as primary care doctors become increasingly scarce. “You call the doctor’s office to book an appointment,” said Matt Feit, a 45-year-old screenwriter in Los Angeles who visited an urgent care center eight times last year.

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A new kind of doctor's office that doesn't take insurance and charges a monthly fee is 'popping up everywhere' — and that could change how we think about healthcare.

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Primary care physicians expressed little surprise at the findings of a recent Commonwealth Fund report that determined the United States spends more than any other high-income country on healthcare, yet it has the widest gaps in the quality of the care received.

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Americans across the country have discovered that the Affordable Care Act has been anything but affordable.

Many Americans and businesses are struggling financially to pay for healthcare. At the same time, the primary care experience has declined in quality for both patients and providers. Patients have seen their access to primary care decline, for many reasons. 

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A few Northeast Ohio employers are looking westward for a solution to rising health care costs. Enter Paladina Health, a Denver-based primary care outfit that is quietly making an entrance in Ohio with the ultimate goal of disrupting the patient-doctor relationship. Consider it primary care on steroids for middle-market companies. Patients have direct access to their docs, 24/7 phone access for urgent needs and no co-pays.

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A budding alliance of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase could eventually deliver savings and better health care for patients.

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DENVER, Jan. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA), a leading provider of kidney care services in the United States and in 11 countries around the world, today released a recap of the company's most notable 2017 achievements, marking its 17th year bringing high standards of care to patients around the world.

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Given the breadth of Northeast Ohio's homegrown nonprofit health systems, it's proven difficult for outside groups to make a successful run for business in Northeast Ohio. However, a Denver-based health care group is quietly making a significant play in Northeast Ohio.

Enter Paladina Health, which opened its first primary care outpost in Ohio in May 2016 and is a subsidiary of DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500 company well known for its dialysis centers across the country. 

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The Akron Public School district is establishing a health care facility for exclusive use by its employees and their families free of charge.

The district entered into an agreement with Paladina Health, a subsidiary of DaVita Inc., a few months ago to provide supplementary health care options to employees and their dependents who qualify for the district’s current health insurance.

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In 2017, Paladina Health opened their first New Jersey doctor’s office in Hamilton this past Summer and their second office in Clifton in October - bringing patient-focused healthcare to the Garden State. With these NJ offices, Paladina Health now delivers care to many satisfied patients at more than 50 locations in 11 states – in very different ways from a typical primary care practice.

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Patient-centered medical home model improves chronic disease management November 20, 2017 Bar graph showing statistically significant changes in percentage of PACT clinic populations meeting clinical guidelines. Credit: University of Pittsburgh Data from more than 800 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) primary care clinics revealed that national implementation of a patient-centered medical home model was effective at improving several chronic disease outcomes over time.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — More doctors are choosing to not accept insurance and instead charge monthly fees. It's called Direct Primary Care and many patients, like Chuck Gulat have already made the switch.

The Charlottesville resident said he is no longer rushed when he sees his primary care doctor. He comes as often as he wants and doesn't need insurance to pay for it.

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With her allergies showing no signs of letting up, Lené Larson met recently with her physician at Strada Healthcare. Dr. Barry Ford offered options, including trying a different over-the-counter antihistamine and adding one at night. If that didn’t help, there was a test they could try. He also assured her that she could contact him with health concerns from overseas on an upcoming trip. And she left without paying a copay.

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“If you take out the government, and you take out the insurance, boop! It’s solved,” says Dr. Doug Farrago. Farrago, a “recovering hospital-employed physician”, was one of many speakers to address an audience of 250 doctors at a Direct Primary Care (DPC) conference that was recently held in Orlando, Florida.

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Why Primary Care is the Future of Healthcare: Dr. Lin is a board-certified Family Physician practicing in the Washington, DC area. He is also Associate Deputy Editor of the journal American Family Physician and teaches family and preventive medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Read more blogs by Dr. Lin at Common Sense Family Doctor.

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Apple is such a fan of its on-campus clinic that it tried to buy the startup that runs it, CNBC reports, citing three anonymous sources with knowledge of the talks. The negotiations with Southern California-based Crossover Health ultimately didn’t result in a deal. Separately, Apple also approached San Francisco-based One Medical Group, an app-enabled membership-based primary care group, about a potential acquisition, CNBC says. Crossover Health runs a small network of health clinics in Silicon…

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Panelists Urge Future Family Docs to Transform Health Care July 31, 2017 04:51 pm Kansas City, Mo. – The AAFP's 2017 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students commenced here July 27 with an enthusiastic crowd attending the opening main stage event. The session, a panel discussion titled "Disrupting the Status Quo: Clinical Innovation in Primary Care," was sponsored by the Health is Primary (healthisprimary.org) campaign from Family Medicine for America's Health.

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It’s been called the buffet approach to health care. And in Indiana, the buffet line could soon get longer if more doctors and patients are attracted to a membership plan picking up steam under a new law.

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Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Report Broader Look Shows How PCMH Touches Practices, Patients July 25, 2017 04:45 pm Washington, D.C. – Dozens of articles each year evaluate progress of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH), but a new report takes a broader view to examine how elements of the model in both medical home and nonmedical home practices affect cost, quality and utilization.

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Kaiser Health News Editor-in-Chief Elisabeth Rosenthal and NPR Senior Producer Gisele Grayson answered listeners’ questions on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday about the Senate GOP’s health care overhaul bill and about the underlying issues that make health care so expensive in this country. Here is a lightly edited transcript of the conversation.

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JACKSONVILLE, FLA. — First came the Affordable Care Act, then the American Health Care Act — time and again, politicians talk about controlling health care costs but end up missing the point. Based on the historical rate of inflation, health care spending could consume nearly 50 percent of gross domestic product in 30 years — an unsustainable trend that can’t be solved through changing the insurance landscape.

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Companies in industries from retail and tech to manufacturing and agriculture are getting into a new line of business — health care. They're doing so by effectively becoming their own health insurers. Instead of purchasing coverage from a traditional health insurance company, they're paying their employees' medical claims directly. The share of companies "self-insuring" like this has grown by more than one-third since 2010, according to a new study from the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

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Direct primary care (DPC) will end up playing a more prominent role on the national stage of conservative health reform. The Wall Street Journal considers this patient-centered delivery model the "fourth leg" to any plan that would replace Obamacare.

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Healthcare Leaders to Congress and Administration: Improve the Value-Based Care Movement. In a letter to Congress and the Administration, healthcare organizations are calling for a renewed effort to move to a value-based, patient-centered healthcare system.

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Local governments across North Carolina, like other employers, are wrestling with the question of how to provide quality health care to their employees in a cost-effective manner. This is particularly important for local governments because those plans are paid for by taxpayers.

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By 2010, Bill Haynes had spent almost four decades under attack from the inside of his skull. He was fifty-seven years old, and he suffered from severe migraines that felt as if a drill were working behind his eyes, across his forehead, and down the back of his head and neck. They left him nauseated, causing him to vomit every half hour for up to eighteen hours. He’d spend a day and a half in bed, and then another day stumbling through sentences. The pain would gradually subside, but often not entirely. And after a few days a new attack would begin.

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Direct primary care be a viable option to costly health insurance.

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"DaVita Way of Giving" Donates Record-breaking $2.2 Million to Local Charities DaVita Teammates Make a Difference this Holiday Season News provided by Dec 21, 2016, 06:13 ET Share this article DENVER , Dec. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- DaVita Inc.

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DaVita Inc. ( NYSE: DVA ), a leading independent medical group and a leading provider of kidney care services in the United States , today released a recap of major accomplishments for the company in 2016, marking its 16th year bringing quality of life to patients and teammates around the world.

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DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA), a leading independent medical group and a leading provider of kidney care services in the United States, today released a recap of major accomplishments for the company in 2016, marking its 16 th year bringing quality of life to patients and teammates around the world.

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By reducing the cost of treating patients with chronic conditions by one-third, value-based care could shave nearly a trillion dollars off the bottom line, provide a substantial downstream benefit from healthier patient populations, and add hundreds of millions of years of healthy life.

And now there’s a model to do it.

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People with common chronic diseases may be more likely to take their medication regularly when they're treated at a patient-centered practice known as a medical home, according to a new U.S. study.

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For those who need a quick explanation of direct primary care, it works like a health care gym membership. In exchange for a membership fee (the industry average monthly payment ranges from $25 to $85), patients have access to around-the-clock primary health care. They can even schedule same-day appointments and longer office visits with their doctors as needed.Continue Reading

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In the final article of Forbes contributor Katherine Restrepo's 3-part series on Direct Primary Care, she tackles DPC myths to uncover...

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Vanessa Haas, HR director for Longmont, Colo.-based Left Hand Brewing, is convinced she would not be alive today had the brewery not instituted a kind of concierge care for its employees.

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Mark Watson, executive HR director for Union County, will openly admit he is the ultimate skeptic. Naturally, he was pretty skeptical when his colleague, friend, and debate partner, Bill Webb, pitched to him the idea of integrating a direct primary care (DPC) option for county workers — an option that would guarantee them 24-hour access to a board-certified family doctor. 

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DENVER, March 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA), a leading independent medical group and a leading provider of kidney care services in the United States, today announced the company has been recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine's World's Most...

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Union County Saving Big On Health Care Costs With Direct Care | The John Locke Foundation’s Statewide Issues Blog

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DENVER, March 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and a leading provider of kidney care services, is the clinical leader in the Quality Incentive Program (QIP) from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for...

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Paladina Health, an innovative primary care approach to delivering individualized health care, announced today that State of Colorado employees and their eligible dependents who have health coverage through UnitedHealthcare now have access to Paladina Health's family practice physicians in Colorado. This partnership enables the State of Colorado to use Paladina Health's program to help improve health measures of their employees and their families while aiming to reduce health care costs.

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DENVER, Jan. 12, 2016 — Paladina Health, a direct primary care provider and subsidiary of DaVita HealthCare Partners, announced today that Chris Miller has joined the company as its chief executive officer (CEO). Miller brings 12 years of leadership, strategic analysis and corporate development experience from notable health care organizations.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA and DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - January 07, 2016) - Grand Rounds, the leader in identifying high-quality health care providers and connecting patients with these physicians, today formally announced a partnership with Paladina Health, an innovative nationwide group providing accountable primary care to employees and their families, that will bolster both companies' missions of providing better overall health outcomes to patients.

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Partnership Anchored by Grand Rounds' Quality Algorithm and Paladina Health's Patient-First Approach to Primary Care

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Since 2003, employer health care premiums in the U.S. have increased by 80 percent, according to industry estimates. Municipalities, in particular, have experienced a dramatic rise in health costs. In Arvada, Colo., (population 108,530; 1,600 covered employees and dependents), city administrators were struggling with year-over-year health care cost increases of 8 to 10 percent. The city has an older-than-average workforce. Arvada’s total medical claims costs were nearly 23 percent above norm when city officials looked for a solution.

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Kidney care is a very serious business, so it might seem odd that the CEO of one of the largest dialysis companies in the United States is known to don a Three Musketeers costume at company meetings and lead employees in chants of “All for one and one for all.”

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Davita Way of Giving (DWOG) allocates $1000.00 each year for all DaVita clinics to donate to a charity organization

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Dr. Louis Malinow had become increasingly dissatisfied with the amount of time he had with patients in his family medicine practice in Baltimore. He was rushing through as many as 30 patients a day. “I knew there was a better way to practice,” Malinow said. 

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Increases in personal responsibility, a need to control employer costs and a desire to improve the health of employee populations are renewing an interest in the area of on-site and near-site clinics. Karen Hjerleid, the vice-president of National Business Development at Paladina Health shares her knowledge of this fast-growing solution and offers insight into an old concept that may make sense for an ever-increasing number of employers.

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BREMERTON — For employees of Skookum Contract Services, a trip to the doctor could soon mean a walk down the hall.

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Direct primary care offers a powerful opportunity to move away from fee-for-service healthcare payments. Paladina Health, among others, is operating in Wisconsin—and nationwide to lead this transformation. 

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Paladina Health is not yet four years old, but it operates 54 clinics in 13 states and just won the business of the state of Colorado. Paladina offers patients around-the-clock access to its doctors, whether via phone or email or at clinics that are open during typical work hours, often on the campuses of large employers.

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This summer, Medicare announced plans to revisit a proposal that will offer physicians special payment for discussing end-of-life care with patients. While the topic is notorious for its role in the heated “death panels” debate, it is worth considering at another level. Fee-for-service payment arrangements, which are all but ubiquitous in U.S. health care, have led to the current system of paying providers piecemeal for each procedure or service.

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/PRNewswire/ -- DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA), one of the nation's largest and most innovative health care communities, today announced that the company was recognized by Newsweek Green Rankings as a 2015 Top Green Company in the U.S. The company has appeared on the list every year the award program has run since 2009. "Our teammates have a strong track record of creating a culture of sustainability," said , chairman and CEO of DaVita HealthCare Partners.

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DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA), one of the nation's largest and most innovative health care communities, recognizes the month of May as Employee Health Month. The health of teammates is vital in helping to ensure they can provide the best quality of care for DaVita HealthCare Partners' patients.

"From work-life balance to mental and physical health, we know that our teammates can care better for our patients when they are taking care of themselves," said Kent Thiry, co-chairman and CEO of DaVita HealthCare Partners.

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DaVita HealthCare Partners’ CEO Kent Thiry’s favorite business tip is simple: “begin with the end in mind.” Thiry does as he says, having started his career in 1983 as a healthcare consultant for Bain before taking over Vivra, another dialysis company, and eventually becoming DaVita’s CEO in 1999. His next goal is improving DaVita’s clinical outcomes for the 16th year in a row.

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Spectranetics, a developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical device products, now offers Paladina Health primary care services free of charge in Golden Valley. This health benefit addition match opens the Paladina Health benefit to Spectranetics teammates in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Spectranetics also offers the Paladina Health benefit to teammates and their families in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Integra wants to ensure that employees at its corporate headquarters in Vancouver have convenient access to primary care doctors.

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DENVER, April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --  DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA), one of the nation's largest and most innovative health care communities, today announced that the company received a ...

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DENVER, April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE: DVA), one of the nation's largest and most innovative health care communities, announced that the company was recognized as a 2015 Top Workplace by The Denver Post. This is the fourth consecutive year the...

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Healthcare cost transparency allows healthcare consumers to be more savvy, but only if they access that information or know how and when to use it. While more and more health data is available, a full two-thirds of patients say they do not use quality and price information to make health decisions. 

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Dr. Bajaj to oversee medical group, drive future of innovative primary care model

DENVER (March 24, 2015) – Paladina Health, an innovative primary care approach to delivering quality care while reducing health care costs, announced today that Dr. Jennifer Bajaj, M.D., MPH, has joined the company as its chief medical officer (CMO). Dr. Bajaj brings over 15 years of progressive clinical management and physician leadership experience to Paladina Health. 

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Paladina Health LLC, and The Spectranetics Corporation (NASDAQ:SPNC), both Colorado companies, today announced an alliance to offer an innovative medical home option for Spectranetics teammates and dependents in two Colorado Springs locations.

One Paladina Health® clinic will be on-site at the Spectranetics corporate headquarters at 9965 Federal Drive. Another clinic will be conveniently located for use by Spectranetics teammates and their families throughout the Colorado Springs community.

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