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

Skookum, a nonprofit that employs people with disabilities to provide contract services to businesses and government agencies, just finished work on a small clinic built into one side of its Auto Center Way headquarters. Skookum will contract with Paladina Health to staff the clinic with a part-time physician, who will provide primary care to Skookum employees, with an emphasis on preventive care.

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For years, pundits have been saying that healthcare will move toward a more patient-centric and market-based model – which establishes transparency in cost and quality and ties payment to outcomes...Some hospitals and health systems have already begun to act on this realization...CommonSpirit Health has partnered with direct primary care provider Paladina Health, which charges a per-member-per-month fee for its services.

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Have you gotten your flu shot yet?

 
Call your Paladina Health clinic to make appointments for the entire family today. Flu season is here!

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CommonSpirit, which operates more than 700 care centers in 21 states, has established a partnership with direct primary care provider Paladina Health. Chief Revenue Officer Kirk Rosin shares five key elements of a Paladina direct primary care clinic.

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Post COVID-19, America will be forced to reckon with the fragility of our traditional healthcare system. In his new Crain's Cleveland Business guest blog, Paladina Health CEO Chris Miller explains why direct primary care models are key to a pandemic-proof system.

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Primary care practices are suffering losses of over $15 million because of COVID-19 but direct primary care physicians are reporting little change in revenue and better patient and clinician satisfaction. Paladina Health CEO Chris Miller explains why employers are rapidly choosing direct primary care as a remedy to the impacts of COVID-19.

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In a featured interview in Denver Business Journal, Paladina Health CEO Chris Miller talked about our recent shift to virtual care and how we're innovating to support our patients and clients amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Renewal of healthcare benefits program is result of solid five-year track record for lowering healthcare costs and improving health outcomes; program extension is part of the State's mission to provide better choices and greater access to quality care.

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Our Chief Revenue Officer Kirk Rosin recently spoke to AJMC - The American Journal of Managed Care about how we are leveraging technology to deliver exceptional care amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

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In an article for Employee Benefits Adviser, our Chief Information Officer Sampath Narayanan explains why the right return-to-work solution must include a balance of technology and clinical expertise.

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The pandemic has accelerated the need for new types of collaborations in healthcare. Paladina Health's recent partnership with CommonSpirit health is one of a dozen featured in Becker's Hospital Review of the most innovative partnerships so far this year.

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An article in the Cincinnati Business Courier outlines Paladina Health's partnership with Christ Hospital to form the "Safe Start" program. This initiative is helping employers return their workforces safely amidst the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Our Chief People Officer Allison Velez discusses new research that shows that employer-sponsored direct primary care leads to lower claims costs, fewer ER visits and ER cost claims, and a lower rate of hospital admissions.

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Nonprofit giant CommonSpirit Health is partnering with direct primary care provider Paladina Health to offer direct-to-employer primary care in CommonSpirit's 21-state footprint, with the goal of lowering skyrocketing healthcare costs and improving preventive care.

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With so much focus on the viral infection caused by COVID-19, it's easy to overlook other health crises caused or exacerbated by the pandemic. In this blog, Dr. Demeyere-Coursey offers tips for helping children maintain a healthy weight amidst the pandemic.

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Proven, Highly Efficient Direct-to-Employer Care Model Offers Patients Unlimited Access to Personal Physician with Zero Co-Pays and Lower Out-of-Pocket Costs

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Small businesses confront the costs and logistics of coronavirus checks for workers. Paladina Health's strategic partnership with French Gerleman is highlighted as a return-to-work solution.

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"Employers need to be aware of this reality and remain watchful for the various warning signs that an employee may be struggling and need additional support," says Dr. David Fingerhut, Director of Mental Health Services for Paladina Health. 

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SSM Health, a leading comprehensive health enterprise in the Midwest, has partnered with Paladina Health, one of the nation’s largest direct primary care providers, to support local employers with return-to-work resources.

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Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. and front line clinical experts from Paladina Health and other leading healthcare organizations provide the most current thinking on safely returning employees to the workplace and how to keep them healthy for the long term. 

 

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In an exclusive article on TLNT.com, our Chief People Officer Allison Velez offers key tips for easing employee anxiety over the long haul as the pandemic continues and workplaces begin re-opening. 

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In an article for Employee Benefits News, Allison Velez talks about how to create a culture of safety, confidence and health amidst COVID-19 concerns. She urges employers to recognize the added emotional and psychological needs of employees and respond accordingly.

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In an article in District Administration, Chief People Officer Allison Velez offers 7 tips to help K-12 districts prepare—and encourage educator input. 

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Mandated shutdowns are devastating many industries including healthcare providers. While the crisis could affect traditional physicians' offices, this grim projection does not take into account the growing popularity of direct primary care clinics. And we need more of them.

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In a guest blog for Crain's Cleveland Business, our Chief People Officer Allison Velez explains why employers need to be proactive, strategic and thoughtful in their approach to bringing employees back to work in order to create cultures of certainty, confidence and safety.

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Physical accommodations can and will be made in the workplace, but leadership's greater challenge is creating the psychological and emotional stability employees need to feel safe, says Paladina Health's Chief People Officer Allison Velez. 

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Many employees are preparing to return to work as COVID-19 stay-at-home orders are lifted or relaxed. Today we announced a suite of clinical services to enable employers to create and maintain safer workplaces.

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In a piece featured on Workforce.com, Allison Velez, Chief People Officer of Paladina Health, offered insight alongside other industry experts on enabling employees to return to work safely and effectively while inspiring confidence.

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Paladina Health's pivot to a telehealth-first approach during the COVID-19 pandemic was relatively seamless thanks to its value-based model of care. 

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Paladina Health loosens polices for 90 days to make phone and video care options available to companies who otherwise couldn't offer them to their employees; recently relaxed government regulations also ease transition to virtual care.

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Our Chief People Officer Allison Velez spoke to SHRM about Paladina Health's innovative approaches to employee wellness during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Will hydroxychloroquine prevent? Paladina Health board member Dr. Kavita Patel appeared on NBC's Today to address this question, among many others.

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We asked our providers what questions they're hearing from patients regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions along with answers from our team of physicians.

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The current COVID-19 health pandemic confirms what medical professionals have long known – that even young adults are vulnerable to many of the same health risks as the elderly, although their level of risk may differ.

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Strict quarantine measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic find many people cooking meals at home for the first time. Here's how to make that home-cooked cuisine as healthy as possible.

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These are definitely stressful times we’re living in. The recent COVID-19 pandemic caused by the appearance of a novel coronavirus has caught all of us by surprise. Fears of sickness and death, combined with mounting job and financial pressures, as well as the overall disruption of the lifestyle we’ve come to enjoy seem overwhelming in the moment. So, what can you do to avoid becoming a victim of stress overload and keep stress from literally making you sick?

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Many people may assume that it’s only the very sick and elderly who are at greatest risk of dying from the Coronavirus, but new data show there are other populations at high risk, as well.

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that was first detected in China and which has been detected in 60 locations internationally, including in the United States as of March 2, 2020.

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Given the discontent with modern healthcare, promising new care models like direct primary care and healthcare delivered in the home are ideas whose time has come. As our CMO, Dr. Tobias Barker explains, the most viable emerging solutions are those that blend the best part of “old school” medicine with exciting advancements in technology, paving the way for unprecedented access and health outcomes.

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We partner closely with our clients every step of the way, from researching the optimal location for a new clinic to adding new clinic services over time to responding to the evolving needs of a company’s employees.

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Crain’s Cleveland Business explores how our Akron Public Schools partnership generates cost savings, improved employee health, and more resources for the classroom.

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We’re excited to announce a joint venture partnership with St. Louis-based SSM Health to offer innovative, value-based primary care. This partnership will enable employers to provide their employees and dependents unparalleled access to high-quality health care services while reducing overall costs. In the months ahead, the new company will be evaluating opportunities to expand this primary care offering to other communities outside the St. Louis region.  

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Today we're announcing the appointment of Kirk Rosin to the Paladina Health leadership team as our new Chief Revenue Officer. Rosin brings more than 20 years of experience in benefits administration, account management, sales leadership and healthcare consulting to his new role, where he will be responsible for delivering revenue-generation strategies that help the company exceed growth goals, drive product value, and ensure success for Paladina Health customers nationwide.

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Demonstrating its commitment to ensuring everyone has access to high-quality affordable health care, SSM Health in Oklahoma has launched a new web-based diagnosis and treatment service. The innovative service provides Oklahoma residents – whether or not they have health insurance or are existing SSM Health patients – with access to high-quality care from the convenience of their home, office, or anywhere.

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Why Do We Neglect Our Health System's Foundation? When the walls come tumblin' down When the walls come crumblin' crumblin' When the walls come tumblin' tumblin' down -- John Mellencamp
I recently participated in a panel discussion as part of The Hill's Future of Healthcare Summit. (thehill.com) The event was extremely well done, featuring members of Congress, representatives from across the health care industry and patient advocates.

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Value over Volume: A New Trend in Primary Care By Connie McDougall - Summer, 2019 Share
What if going to see your doctor could be a spa-like experience, where you’re ushered into an attractive lobby with comfy couches, a welcoming fireplace, and free coffee—a place where your every health need is attended to, at no additional cost.

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Watch our webinar to gain “4 Creative Cost Strategies Changing Healthcare for Good.” You’ll hear healthcare experts from AON, Activate Healthcare, and Paladina Health share key insights on how to reduce employee healthcare expenses.

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Paladina Health and Activate Healthcare CEO Chris Miller explains in a letter to the editor in The Wall Street Journal how employers and consumers enjoy cost savings through employer-sponsored direct primary care.

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Print Buck Ennis New York employers should take on a larger role in restraining the growth of health care costs, David Sandman, president and CEO of the New York State Health Foundation, said Friday at Crain's health summit. "You as the business community are a sleeping giant," Sandman said. "You have so much power and you really have not flexed your muscles yet, but you can and you should. You should because you're paying such a big part of the bill."

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Employers are increasingly focused on improving access and quality of care for their workers, according to a new Willis Towers Watson survey. 

 

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In this week’s episode of On the Evidence , we discuss a major question surrounding health care reform: What do we do about the small share of patients who represent a much larger share of overall health care use and costs?

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Geneia, a healthcare analytic solutions and services company that is simplifying the evolution to value-based care, announced today a multi-year partnership with Paladina Health, an innovative physician-access model of healthcare that can improve patient care and satisfaction. 

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The Aspen Group Applauds the New Payment Model Pilots Introduced by the Center for Medicare & DENVER , April 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Aspen Group, a nonprofit organization of our nation's health care leaders representing over 100 million consumers, is pleased to see the launch of the "Primary Care First" and "Direct Contracting" models announced this week by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

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The United States ranks No.1 for highest health care costs per person. Annual family health insurance premiums rose 5% last year, averaging $19,616, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. A healthy couple retiring at 65 this year can expect to spend $285,000 on health care in retirement, says Fidelity Investments. So, what could lower crushing health care costs in America?

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Dr. Tobias Barker explains how creating a care model in which doctors can practice medicine in an unhurried, patient-focused environment ultimately benefits the employers offering Paladina Health as a benefit.

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While many Americans dream of retiring early, most believe the idea is just that — a dream. Workers are concerned they won’t be able to afford healthcare in their golden years, and the good news is that employers are actually doing something about it.

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Are worksite clinics an old-school solution to employers’ current cost problems? Employer-sponsored clinics developed in the industrial boom during and after World War II, but now companies crushed by rising healthcare costs are taking another look at the model. 

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Seasonal allergies come with a host of unpleasant symptoms, many of which can be treated with at-home and over-the-counter remedies. In this post, Dr. DeMeyere-Coursey outlines four tips for combating allergies at home.

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Like so many others in the industry, CPR staff are monitoring the buzz about Amazon/Berkshire Hathaway/ JP Morgan Chase’s Haven Healthcare . We noticed that the role of primary care is a theme that looms large in the newly released website, in addition to other coverage of the organization .

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Our direct primary care program works in tandem with employers' health insurance plans. In the long run, it reduces healthcare costs and boosts employee health and happiness. This blog post explains how.

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Direct primary care (DPC) is the Netflix of primary care. In exchange for a small monthly fee, patient members of the DPC clinic have around-the-clock access to the services that their physician offers. There is no health insurance – just the patient paying the doctor a monthly fee in exchange for health care.

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Eating right is an important step in embracing a healthier lifestyle, and having nutritious, easy-to-prepare recipes on hand can inspire you in making smart food decisions without feeling deprived. We've put together a few quick tips and delicious recipes that will hopefully resonate with you and your family.

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The U.S. healthcare system is generally centered around hospitals and specialty care. But the value of primary care has remained somewhat unclear, in part due to limited research.

A new Northwestern Medicine study directly compared the quality and experience of outpatient care between adults with or without primary care.

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OurHealth, an Indianapolis-based provider of employer-sponsored health care, has entered the Greater Cincinnati market.

OurHealth has opened two locations in the region — one in Mason and another in Springdale — and is working on opening a third location in downtown Cincinnati. Dr. Jeff Wells, co-founder and president of OurHealth, said he founded the company because health care costs are a big challenge for employers. The goal of OurHealth clinics is to provide patient access, quantifiable…

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Activate was named top performer in worksite health services by independent research firm KLAS, outscoring competitors for loyalty, product, relationship and value. Together with Paladina Health, Activate Healthcare serves more than 170,000 patients across nearly 100 clinics in 18 states, making the combined organization one of the nation's largest providers of value-based primary care.

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As healthcare continue to rise year over year, employers are seeking cost-saving solutions. Paladina Health's direct primary care model reduces healthcare expenses for employers while simultaneously improving the quality of healthcare employees have access to.

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January 24, Emilia De Marchis Family physicians who had confidence in their clinic’s capacity to address the social needs of patients were less likely to report burnout, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine .

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The United States health care system is generally centered around hospitals and specialty care. The value of primary care, however, has remained unclear and debated, in part due to limited research. A new Northwestern Medicine study was the first to directly compare the quality and experience of outpatient care between adults with or without primary care.

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We’re excited to announce that Paladina Health has acquired Activate Healthcare! Our collaboration creates one of the largest providers of value-based primary care across the U.S. serving more than 170,000 patients in 18 states.

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An article in MedCity News mentions Paladina Health as a leading provider of employer-sponsored healthcare, a model of care that will continue to see widespread adoption in 2019 as employers look to reduce healthcare spending and improve the quality of care their employees can access. 

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This article explains how the city of Arvada, Colorado partnered with Paladina Health to control healthcare spending without sacrificing quality of care for the 700+ individuals they employ. City manager Mark Deven remarked, “We were getting double digit increases every year, but by becoming self-funded we were able to take control of our plan.

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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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Health care providers must acknowledge patients’ financial concerns. The path forward requires cultural changes that normalize cost conversations.

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Do you have to spend money make money? Or, do you have to spend money to save money?

In reality, both statements are truthful and relevant to corporate profitability.

CEOs & CFOs alike have always known these proclamations to be true in order to successfully run their company. Since healthcare expenditures are typically the second line item on a company’s profit and loss report, these truths applicable to any employer’s medical program.

In the world of employer sponsored medical programs,…

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Paladina Health physician Dr. Kelly DeMeyere-Coursey reveals five prevalent trends among her healthiest patients, as well as a few helpful tips for how to go about adopting these habits.

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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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Due to a variety of factors including long wait times and difficulty getting an appointment, fewer and fewer Americans are regularly visiting a primary care physician. Primary care is a critical component to health and wellbeing, and we have every reason to give patients better access to it.

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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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When its employees are diagnosed with certain common cancers, Walmart offers a new option: a visit to the renowned Mayo Clinic, with the retailer footing the bill. The collaboration, part of Walmart’s “Centers of Excellence” program, isn’t intended for everyone. Patient records are reviewed ahead of time, and selection is done with an eye toward treating those who could be misdiagnosed or mistreated by local doctors, or simply wouldn’t have access to cutting-edge care options back home.

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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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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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(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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Immunizations have risen as a controversial topic recently, and interest in them has spiked since a well-known celebrity mother voraciously purported that vaccinations can lead to autism. Since then, the debate has grown. This blog from Dr. DeMeyere-Coursey includes useful research and insights for all parties, pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine alike as she confronts some of the more common statements she hears about vaccinations.

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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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Warmer weather sparks the outdoor adventurer in many of my patients. Whether you’re hoofing it 5-10 miles to a secluded campsite or have decided to invest in “glamping” this year, it’s important to keep yourself healthy so you can continue to enjoy these activities for years to come. There’s not much that’ll ruin a camping trip faster than a sudden illness or injury where resources are scarce, especially when it is preventable.

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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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Paladina Health announced today that global venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates (NEA) has acquired the wholly owned subsidiary from Fortune 500® healthcare services corporation DaVita Inc. The acquisition will position Paladina Health for continued growth and innovation as a leader in the direct primary care (DPC) market.

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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 nation's largest insurer, UnitedHealth Group, announced Wednesday that it would buy a network of 300 primary care and specialist clinics from dialysis giant DaVita for $4.9 billion, in the latest deal reshaping the business of health insurance. The deal, which does not include DaVita's main kidney-care business, comes days after CVS Health agreed to buy health insurer Aetna for $69 billion.

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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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Paladina Health and ERChealth have partnered to offer an innovative Direct Primary Care option for ERChealth employees and families in Ohio. This new ERChealth option named PCP+ (Personal Care Physicians) provides employees of ERChealth companies access to Paladina Health doctor's offices in Northeast Ohio. Learn about this primary care option available at no cost to ERChealth employees and families. 

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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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One of the most common phone calls I make to my patients is the dreaded “cholesterol results” phone call. Medicinal treatments for cholesterol have advanced greatly since I’ve been in medical school, and the guidelines have similarly changed. Whenever I receive a result, I find most often that the “good” cholesterol is low, and the “bad” cholesterol is high. The basic elements which make up a cholesterol panel include but are not limited to:

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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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Congress, set health-care course that covers more people Updated: June 15, 2017 — 2:17 PM EDT 623 Share by Ralph W. Muller The doors of America’s teaching hospitals are open to all, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Few other industries can make the same claim.

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Enlarge this image In theory, the result should be better health for patients and lower health care costs overall. But some analysts say the "direct primary care" approach just encourages the worried well to get more care than they need. BraunS /Getty Images BraunS /Getty Images In theory, the result should be better health for patients and lower health care costs overall. But some analysts say the "direct primary care" approach just encourages the worried well to get more care than they need.

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A recent Medical Economics article asked “Is the DPC model at risk of failing?”
The piece focuses on two large DPC-like organizations, Qliance Medical Management of Seattle, Washington and Turntable Health of Las Vegas, NV, working in partnership with Iora Health, which recently closed their doors.

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Allergies are one of those annoying things your body may have or do for no apparent reason. I took two full courses of immunology, and while these may have explained to me the “why” of them, it still doesn’t really explain…Why. There’s no benefit I can fathom to having itching eyes, skin, nasal passages, accompanied by sneezing, mucous, and congestion. In the caveman days, allergies certainly wouldn’t be advantageous to running from a saber tooth tiger.

My job, as your doctor, is to try and mitigate all these horrible symptoms. How do we do that? What treatments are available?

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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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The Direct Primary Care program with Paladina Health is showing positive outcomes across many areas for private industry employers.

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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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"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 16 th 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 16th 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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This is the final article in our five-part series, “Onsite Clinics 2.0: The New Model for Employer Sponsored Healthcare.” Now is an exciting time for employers interested in deploying innovative healthcare solutions to address rising costs and chronic disease rates across their employee population.

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In the previous article, we looked at the limitations of the Onsite 1.0 Model. This segment explores the resurgence of onsite clinics and what types of organizations are getting finding value in onsite and near-site care.

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This is the third in our five-part series, “Onsite Clinics 2.0: The New Model for Employer Sponsored Healthcare.” In the previous article, we looked at the changing role of employer-sponsored clinics. This segment explores the limitations in the Onsite 1.0 Model that must be overcome to address root cause healthcare cost and quality issues.

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Onsite clinics have had an ever-changing role since the beginning of their history, discussed in the previous article, The History of Onsite Clinics. Now let's look at the roles onsite clinics have played and the benefits driving renewed interest from employers.

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Depression is the most common type of behavioral health illness, affecting more than 26% of the U.S. adult population.  By the year 2020, depression will be the second leading cause of disability throughout the world, behind only ischemic heart disease.  It has also been shown that behavioral health disorders, especially depression, are strongly related to many chronic diseases including diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma and obesity as well as risk behaviors that contribute to chronic disease e.g.

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Now is an exciting time for employers interested in deploying innovative healthcare solutions to address rising costs and chronic disease rates across their employee population. Explore the evolution of employer sponsored clinics and find out what current limitations exist to better understand how they operate today. Download your free version of the white paper today.

 

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So much has been written recently about the “Democratization of Healthcare” that it merits a deeper investigation. Is this just a trendy buzzword or is it really a phenomenon?  Dr. Eric Topol highlighted the trend in his recent book, “The Patient Will See You Now.” In the book, he provides detailed evidence for a knowledge-driven shift of power from doctors to patients facilitated by emerging technologies. Dr.

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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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Healthcare costs are staggering in the U.S. — is there anything you can do about it? Dr. Zeke Emanuel, an architect ...

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This month the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) issued an update to their longitudinal study of the impact of patient-centered medical homes on healthcare costs and quality. On February 2nd, they shared the information with the bipartisan Congressional Primary Care Caucus on Capitol Hill to help lawmakers assess implications for Medicare payment reform.

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Dr. Max Lebow examines the ear of 4-year-old Charlotte Anderson at Reliant Immediate Care in Los Angeles. Charlotte's mom brought her to the urgent care clinic because Charlotte was having balance problems.

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Often referred to as the “common cold of mental health,” depression causes about 8 million doctors’ appointments a year. More than half are with primary care physicians. A new study suggests those doctors may not be the best to treat the condition due to insurance issues, time constraints and other factors.

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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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There wasn't even a clear definition of what qualified as a telehealth visit. Should doctors submit a telehealth claim for every patient phone call? Should real-time video visits be the primary catalysts for payment? Should telehealth be used mostly for primary-care treatments such as ear infections and colds? Should it include more specialized care like psychiatry?

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Paladina Health Vice President of National Business Development, Karen Hjerleid, explains why employers and benefit advisers are increasingly looking at onsite and near-site clinics as a means of bending the trend of rising healthcare costs and poor outcomes. 

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Healthcare costs continue to skyrocket in the U.S. despite government regulations aimed at moving us towards a more value-based healthcare reimbursement model. According to the Milliman Medical Index, the average total healthcare cost for a family of four including both employer and employee spending has risen 167 percent since 2002 from $9,235 to $24,671. These increases have negatively impacted both employer profitability and employee disposable income in a big way.

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Since 2009 the number of freestanding emergency departments (FSEDs) has more than doubled from approximately 200 to nearly 500.  Yet, during the same period, there has been widespread reporting on the overuse of expensive emergency room (ER) care, and many provisions were built into the Affordable Care Act to incent plans and providers to adopt programs that provide lower cost alternatives to ER use for patients. 

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At Paladina Health we approach patient satisfaction differently.  We don’t use healthcare industry benchmarks to set our targets because, frankly, patient satisfaction across our industry is far too low.  Instead, we’ve studied leading, consumer companies such as Zappos, Nordstrom, Marriott and Apple and incorporated their best-practices into our service delivery model.

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Part 3: Growth of Consumer Driven Health Plans

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The healthcare industry continues to struggle with rising costs, access constraints and the burden of an aging population where 49% of Americans suffer from one or more chronic conditions.  2016 will see more innovations aimed at addressing these monumental issues.  Some of the most exciting trends are helping speed the migration of the U.S.

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There’s so much happening in healthcare right now, it’s hard for me to narrow the important things to pay most attention to in 2016. Here are the top 5 changes in healthcare on my radar to track this year:

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Part 2: Drivers of Healthcare Spending Increases

This is the second installment in our five-part series, “The Evolution of Consumer Driven Health Plans: From Cost Shifting to True Healthcare Consumerism.” The goal of the series is to help employers and plan managers assess both the positive and negative consequences of CDHPs, and to recommend steps they can take to better equip employees to be informed healthcare consumers.

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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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In late November 2015, Luke Clark of Oswald®, one of the nation’s largest independent insurance and risk management firms, was awarded the Paladin by Steve Hook, VP of Business Development at Paladina Health.  The award was given in recognition of Mr. Clark’s contributions and partnership in securing a Direct Primary Care Medical Home agreement that is structured to expand to multiple employers in the Cleveland, Ohio marketplace over the next several years.

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Part 1: Healthcare Spending – The Facts

This is the first in our five-part series, “The Evolution of Consumer Driven Health Plans: From Cost Shifting to True Healthcare Consumerism.” Here we will explore the trends that have led to a dramatic rise in consumer driven health plans (CDHPs) and the impact these plans are having on employees.  The goal of the series is to help employers and plan managers assess both the positive and negative consequences of CDHPs, and to recommend steps they can take to better equip employees to be informed healthcare consumers.

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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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  • What types of employer-sponsored health plans exist and what employers should consider
  • The impact of consumer driven health plans (CDHPs) and high deductible health plans (HDHPs) in controlling healthcare costs
  • What models challenge the fee-for-service delivery system and why employers need to explore them
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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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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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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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Davita Way of Giving (DWOG) allocates $1000.00 each year for all DaVita clinics to donate to a charity organization

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I am looking back on the challenges and milestones in healthcare that have occurred in the last year. Here are my top highlights from 2015:

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2015 was a year of continued upheaval in the healthcare industry driven by rising costs and changing regulations. But as necessity is the mother of invention, some of the industry’s toughest challenges have led to innovations that are steering patient care in a positive direction. Below is a recap of the most important healthcare news of 2015:

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Employers are spending big bucks on workplace wellness programs ― designed to improve the health and well-being of their employees, increase their productivity, reduce their risk of developing costly chronic diseases and improve management control of chronic conditions. In 2003, PepsiCo introduced two corporate wellness initiatives for their employees: one program was focused on overall lifestyle and health management, while the other was dedicated to chronic condition management.

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A look at how healthcare monopolies affect the price of care

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In 2001, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a detailed report, Crossing the Quality Chasm:  a New Health System for the 21st Century, which examines the gap between what is considered good healthcare and the level of healthcare that people actually receive. According to the report, “The U.S. healthcare delivery system does not provide consistent, high quality medical care to all people.

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A Q&A with Kimberly Shine, MD, Paladina Health Physician

I was able to sit down with Kimberly Shine, one of our physicians who practices in the Los Angeles area, at our provider summit this summer to ask her a few questions about her approach to healthcare. She’s been practicing medicine for over 15 years, the last three of which have been with Paladina Health. She shared insights about her approach to medicine and what she sees as different about the Paladina Health model of care.

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Ever wonder how an organization came up with their name or logo? We do too. So we thought we’d share the story behind Paladina Health and what our branded shield means to us.  At Paladina Health, our shield has far more meaning than just a logo. It stands for who we are. And, really what is most important, are the visionary people behind the shield. 

Champions of our noble cause: transforming healthcare

At Paladina Health, we share a common vision to be the leader in transforming how primary care is delivered for our patients, providers, and clients.

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Part two: Key considerations leading employers to consider direct primary care options

What are considerations for employers considering direct primary care and its advantages, or the medical home concept, as a health and wellness strategy?

1. Do I have escalating healthcare costs and have I deployed traditional containment strategies?

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Part one: What is direct primary care and why should employers pay attention to it

Why employers seeking to control healthcare costs and provide differentiated health benefits are turning to direct primary care, combined with a medical home program

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A Q&A With Health Benefits Expert Rick Gantt

At Paladina Health, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many thought leaders in healthcare. One thought leader I always learn something new from is Rick Gantt, Area Vice President for Gallagher Benefit Services. I had the chance to sit down with Rick recently to talk healthcare benefit design—drawing on his more than 20 years of experience in healthcare innovation.

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( Massachusetts General Hospital ) The results of a small study of patients being treated for chronic heartburn suggest that the longer, more comprehensive interaction that is typical of visits with complementary and integrative medicine providers may result in greater symptom relief than conventional visits.

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

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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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Many employers feel powerless to control healthcare costs driven by the fee-for-service healthcare system. To reduce or contain healthcare costs, look outside of the fee-for-service payment structure and change this upside-down incentive dynamic.

By leveraging innovative care models, such as direct primary care other value-based payment mechanisms, we can begin to control healthcare costs—and move the needle on long-term negative health outcomes and cascading healthcare costs down the line.

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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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Employers have long used return on investment to demonstrate how much a dollar spent on workplace wellness saves on medical costs, but the results often are disappointing because ROI fails to capture the broader effect of employee health interventions on the overall business. That's why some companies are looking, instead, to measure value on investment, which assesses how an employer's

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When the Affordable Care Act first was signed into law in 2010, many experts predicted it would break the decades-long and established connection between employment and health insurance. Yet, our recent study of more than 2,000 U.S. employees shows they remain strongly attached to company-sponsored health insurance. How strongly? Very.

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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’ 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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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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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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UnitedHealthcare is expanding coverage options for virtual physician visits, giving people enrolled in self-funded employer health plans secure, online access to a physician via mobile phone, tablet or computer 24 hours a day. A new network of care

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The assumed approach to cancer treatment, "spare no expense," is being put to the test as treatments go from a few hundred dollars for one month to a year, to $10,000-a-month treatments.

According to NPR and Kaiser Health News, the longer a patient with cancer survives, the more likely he or she is to declare bankruptcy. And, previously, physicians treating these patients steered clear of discussing cost during treatment. More and more, patients and physicians alike are recognizing the need to discuss costs and seek healthcare cost transparency up front.

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While the recently passed "doc fix" directly impacts Medicare payments, it also has implications for the way employers realize value in their healthcare supply chains. 

The "doc fix" represents a further shift away from fee-for-service healthcare to "fee-for-value" healthcare, shifting the incentives that lead to high-volume, high-cost healthcare.

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Whether you’re a mother, father or caregiver to a family member, it’s important to take care of your own health and well-being so you can continue to care for those you love. We applaud your commitment to caring for your family, you are our heroes; but don’t let caring for yourself drop to the bottom of the list. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately one out of every two U.S. adults has at least one chronic illness, many of which are preventable. The good news is that there are a few simple steps that can easily be taken to improve your health and prevent health problems.

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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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One of the biggest contributing factors to the primary physician shortage is doctor burnout. Today's primary care physician is forced to work in an overwhelming and too often unrewarding medical environment. Here's why many modern doctors are burning out at an alarming rate.

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This annual report highlights recently published clinical, quality, and financial outcomes of patient-centered medical home (PCMH) initiatives from across the United States.

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Despite the government’s push to make health information more available, few people use concrete information about doctors or hospitals to obtain better care at lower prices, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Prices for the health care industry have historically been concealed and convoluted, unlike those for most other businesses. The 2010 health law aimed to make such information more transparent.

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Telehealth is growing and increasingly offering ways for patients to connect with their doctors—or specialists with knowledge and skills uniquely suited to a patient's needs.

More and more, patients are accessing telehealth at home and on the go. And providers and payers are rolling out tools to make accessing care in this way easier for patients. 

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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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Learn about the changing healthcare landscape and how it’s being impacted by some of the industry’s most forward thinking innovators: Fitbit, Ginger.io, Vitality Group, and Paladina Health.

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Christina Costanzo was 32 when she had her first heart attack. It all started on a Friday.

"I had chest pain. I had pain in my jaw, pain going down my left arm. I had some shortness of breath," Costanzo recalls.

But Costanzo who is a nurse practitioner in New Haven, Conn., didn't realize right away that these were symptoms of a heart attack. She figured this was just her body reacting to stress, and she didn't want to overreact.

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DALLAS, April 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Wellness programs aren't being held accountable to lowering healthcare costs, according to a new survey of 443 employers conducted by WorldatWork and underwritten by HealthMine. While 72% of organizations are measuring the effectiveness of their...

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Companies to deploy wearable devices to make workplace more productive, safe, and collaborative.

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Denver-based Paladina Health is a subsidiary of the $11 billion health care services company DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. Paladina operates clinics at 50 different locations throughout the U.S. Integra already partnered with Paladina in Minnesota and Denver and plan to open additional clinics in Salt Lake City, Renton, Wash. and Phoenix.

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You know these people: they bound out of bed in the morning ready to tackle their sunrise bike rides. They leave the office during lunch to sneak in a quick run. Or they head out of work, gym bag in hand—and they’re going to use it (not just bring it back home). They’re the ones who look like they’re actually enjoying themselves as they pedal furiously at Spin. Can you be more like these fitness fanatics? Experts say yes, you can teach yourself to love exercise.

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Chronic disease contributes over 70 percent of healthcare spending in the U.S. Find out what you need to do to control and prevent chronic disease among your employees—and lower healthcare costs associated with chronic illnesses.

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The doctor behind those “doctor-recommended pills” is most likely someone who is paid to tell you that something will work for you whether or not it actually will. That’s why on-demand digital health app HealthTap says it undertook a project to gather the drug recommendations of over half a million medical doctors and put them together in a new initiative called RateRx. Read More

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For many, new health insurance is not providing access to affordable care, and the ACA will not address the physician shortage. To bridge that gap, we must find innovative ways facilitate hassle free access to a provider that is more cost-effective. Telemedicine is a growing model that is a part of the answer.

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In the growing world of retail health care, where you can get your flu shots down the aisle from your Fritos, insurers like Florida Blue are jumping into the business — with a South Florida spin.

Clinic Practice Manager Lilia Pino examines 6-year-old Ashera Samad in Kendall, Florida (Photo by Patrick Farrell/Miami Herald Staff).

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Integra, the Vancouver-based telecom service provider, has entered a partnership with primary health care provider Paladina Health to open a health services clinic to serve the company's employees and family members. The clinic, at 3200 S.E. 164th Ave. near the Integra campus, will serve Integra employees and their families — a total of about 1,000 eligible participants — with primary health ...

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© barisonal/Getty Images Insurance folder. The report finds that many consumers don’t have the cash on hand to cover the cost of a mid-range deductible or $1,200 for an individual or $2,400 per family.

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One hundred percent of physician practices rely on face-to-face and telephonic visits to administer chronic care management (CCM) services, according to respondents to the Healthcare Intelligence Network's 10 Questions On Chronic Care Management survey administered in January 2015.

A total of 119 healthcare organizations described tactics employed, 17 percent of which were identified as physician practices. A sampling of this sector's results follows.

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(3/19) By Missy Jaeger, VP of Client Success at Keas We know that unhealthy habits in the workforce have a profound financial impact on businesses. But in addition to the financial costs, companies take a productivity hit when workforces are plagued with poor health. This fact gives employers a stake in promoting employee health, but many are unsure of how to go about it or even whether they ...

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Enrollment in health savings accounts continues to grow as more employers are moving to consumer-driven health care plans, Fidelity Investments said Tuesday. Fidelity said the number of HSAs it administered in 2014 jumped to 367,000, up more than 36% compared with 269,000 in 2013. In addition, the number of Fidelity clients offering HSAs to employees rose to 137 in 2014, up from 102 the prior year.

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MEDFORD, Ore., — In the U.S., studies indicate that 1/3 of Americans live with diabetes but have no idea. Now, new research suggests that number is decreasing. Quest Diagnostics published a study Monday in the online journal Diabetes Care. Researchers from Quest say they found an increase in the number of people receiving a … Continue reading »

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It would be nice to think that when you go in for surgery you'd be offered the safest, cheapest alternative, but that's not always the case, a study finds.

Some hospitals are much more likely than others to offer minimally invasive surgery for procedures like colon or lung surgery or appendectomy, according to an analysis published Wednesday in JAMA Surgery.

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BOB WACHTER: As the health-care world finally shifts from analog to digital, increasing numbers of patients have access to a patient portal–a site that allows them to schedule appointments, email their physicians, refill medications, and check the results of laboratory studies. As part of a national movement known as OpenNotes, nearly five million Americans can also read their doctors’ notes about their care on their patient portals.

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Employers should be thoughtful about the mobile tools they offer and how they are presented to users.

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Health plans that require people to pay thousands of dollars up front cut costs in the first three years, a study finds. But no one knows if costs will rise later as people avoid preventive care.

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Available to employees of Integra and its divisions, new Paladina Health facility offers primary care services at no cost to employees Vancouver, Wash. – March 10, 2015 – Integra™, a supplier of fiber-based, carrier-grade networking, communications and technology solutions, has partnered with integrated primary care clinic provider Paladina Health to open the company’s first employee health services clinic. Located at 3200 SE 164 Avenue in Vancouver, only minutes from Integra’s corporate headquarters facility, the clinic will serve Integra employees and ...

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The federal government considers patient survey results when setting hospital pay levels. Also in the news, Reuters reports that letting patients see their medical records might ease their confusion and worry.

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It's not exactly Priceline.com for knee replacements. But a website from the nonprofit Health Care Cost Institute could helping patients shop around for the best values.

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Cholesterol seems to be one of those words that’s in everyone’s vocabulary, but many of my clients are incredibly confused about what cholesterol is, and how it affects their health. It also happens to be buzzing in the media at the moment, thanks to a new report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a group of top nutrition researchers who advise the government about what and how Americans should be eating.

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In every state during the past decade, the cost of employer-provided health care outpaced incomes.

In every state during the past decade, the cost of employer-provided health care grew faster than incomes, forcing workers to ultimately dig deeper into their pockets, the state-by-state analysis of employer-provided health insurance costs showed. Some employee contributions have risen as much as 175 percent between 2003 and 2013, with workers in southern states being hit the hardest.

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New CCM codes offer physician practices both a business opportunity and a path to providing value-based healthcare.

For physician practices yet to embrace a patient-centered medical home or accountable care organization (ACO), the new Medicare Chronic Care Management (CCM) code offers another benefit besides added revenue: the chance to test-drive a value-based healthcare delivery model.

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A comparative-effectiveness test of three popular drugs used to treat a common diabetic eye disorder found all three drugs improved eyesight among diabetics with mild vision loss, but the most expensive drug delivered the best outcomes among...

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A small majority of employers have added health-contingent financial incentives to their workplace wellness programs in order to improve employees’ health and reduce medical costs, according to new survey data released this week.

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Preventive care and utilizing hospital and discharge information are critical for stratification, say a number of thought leaders from organizations like Humana, Adventist Health, Taconic Professional Resources, Monarch Healthcare (a Pioneer ACO), and often lead to improved clinical and financial outcomes. Here, some advice from these thought leaders.

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Health insurance doesn't always spare consumers from big health care bills. After Pam Durocher was diagnosed with breast cancer, she searched her health insurer's website for a participating surgeon to do the reconstructive surgery.

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From R&D to patient care, technology has the opportunity to drastically improve the US healthcare system. Here are seven important ways it can happen. It's no secret that the US healthcare system is broken. A report released by the Commonwealth Fund, a US think tank, showed that in 2014 the US ranked last in the quality of healthcare systems when compared to 10 other industrialized nations. We've occupied that spot from 2004 to 2014.

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Buying health care in America is like shopping blindfolded at Macy’s and getting the bill months after you leave the store, economist Uwe Reinhardt likes to say.

A tool that went online Wednesday is supposed to give patients a small peek at the products and prices before they open their wallets.

Got a sore knee? Having a baby? Need a primary-care doctor? Shopping for an MRI scan?

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Every day, millions of people create the inferior by sitting on their posterior. In other words, they sit. In fact, the numbers are staggering when reviewed more comprehensively, to the tune of a whopping seven hours per day that the average person sits.

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To save time, help patients in off-hours and deliver care to remote areas or to patients who may have difficulty getting to medical facilities, more health-care providers are having some success with ‘telehealth’ consultations. On New Year’s Eve, singer Kim Archer was scheduled to perform at a party in Tacoma. The problem was she had an asthma attack early in the day and didn’t have any medicine. She searched the Internet for quick help and found Franciscan Urgent Virtual Care.

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We often think of health as a trip to the doctor or a prescription to treat or prevent diseases. Or maybe it's an operation to fix something that's gone wrong.

But a new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health reveals that Americans perceive health as being affected by a broad range of social and cultural factors.

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Adam Levenson, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University While many support wellness programs, critics believe these programs are costly, put employee privacy at risk and discriminate against employees if they cannot — or do not — participate. read more

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And, it is only going to get worse. The Affordable Care Act ( ACA ) promises healthcare to millions more Americans. However, the legislation offers little to expand the number of nurses, doctors, and other ancillary personnel expected to take care of these folks.

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Data Shows Nearly 50 Percent of Patients Do Not Take Medication as Prescribed; Costing Americans Nearly $300 Billion

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Once known as having a "good bedside manner," showing empathy benefits patients and physicians.

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It’s harder than ever to get an appointment with a primary-care doctor, and when you do, you may not get much quality time.

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One interesting digital health trend is the updating of traditional physician house calls with apps and online tools. Companies like Pager, Medicast, and Curbside Care are part of a group...

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As I prepare to speak at the upcoming Second National Summit on Health Care Price, Cost and Quality Transparency, I am struck by how much progress has been made with healthcare transparency in just a few short years and its impact on consumers and on enterprises. For the consumer healthcare market, I am heartened when I hear about new programs that offer individuals general insight into costs for medical services and empower patients to ask their providers new questions.

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Patient engagement is easily one of the hot-button topics in healthcare these days, but physician engagement may be catching up. According to a recent survey by The Advisory Board Company,...

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The World Health Organization issued guidelines Tuesday encouraging people to limit sugar intake to no more than 10% of the calories their daily diet.

Keeping to the limit, which doesn’t include sugar found in fruit and vegetables, would help curb obesity, tooth decay and other problems caused by excess sugar intake, officials from the agency said. Taking things even further, WHO suggests limiting your sugar to below 5% of daily calories for even more health benefit.

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Getting children to encourage their peers to exercise may be the best way to inspire kids to stay more active, according to new research presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association. The finding introduces a wrinkle in current recommendations that parents play a key role in encouraging children to exercise.

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Take the first step toward lowering costs—and improving your employees' health. Understand how your healthcare spend breaks down. Watch the replay of this webinar exploring how understanding your claims data can help you make changes to your benefits plan that will lower your healthcare costs and improve care.

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By combining the medical home program and a self-funded plan design, public sector employers covered by Paladina Health are able to provide high quality healthcare and bring down healthcare costs for their entire workforce.

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Playing the waiting game is not something you want to be doing when you’re in need of medical care. But that seems to be the most common past time for ailing Americans, with many people waiting several weeks just to see their doctor. When you consider how important timing can be for catching certain illnesses, a long wait time is especially nerve-wracking.

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Patient experience is one of the three metrics that Paladina Health physicians are measured by, the other two being patient health outcomes and cost savings. This case study explores how the Paladina Health Medical Home is an ideal way for an employer to improve their employee's patient experience.

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Paladina Health and its medical home program can make a big difference in the health of your public sector employees.

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Learn how one employer was able to utilize Paladina Health's medical home model to create a healthier workforce and bring down overall healthcare costs.

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Paladina Health encourages their patients to stay on top of their own health so that their doctor can provide them with sound medical advice. There are digital tools out there that can provide awareness, support, and even a chance to save your life. This list of health management tools features some of the most innovative consumer technology in the healthcare industry.

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Union County is offering a new health plan for its more than 1,000 employees and their families -- their own doctors.

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How we’d benefit with patient-centered health care

THE COST of providing health care to many Americans remains a problem in the United States. Hundreds of millions are spent each year that, in the end, does little to alleviate the problems and ills folks are encountering. Meanwhile, doctors are inundated with more patients, meaning less time is spent diagnosing what’s wrong and more time spent on making sure every patient is just seen. The concept of “patient-centered” health care, however, has the potential to dramatically change the cost and quality of health care.

Declining reimbursement from health insurers means doctors are taking on more patients to cover costs. Moreover, doctors are paid on a “fee for service” basis, which means that rather than being paid a salary, the amount doctors are paid is based on the number of patients they see each day.

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Washington County and Wisconsin are right in the middle of a seismic shift in the delivery of health care in America – from primary care as a loss leader for the big hospital corporations to medical homes for employees right at the work site.

Serigraph contracts for its on-site clinic with Interra Health, a Brookfield-based provider. We also contract with Paladina Health, which has roots in Wisconsin, for part-time primary care doctors. Five other manufacturers in the county also use Paladina's “concierge” doctors for their people.

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Denver suburb provides primary care to cut health costs

What's the antidote for escalating health benefits costs? The City of Arvada, Colorado, is betting on a whopping dose of primary care medicine.

Arvada opened two clinics this year, each staffed by a full-time salaried doctor, through a direct contract with Paladina Health L.L.C.

Denver-based Paladina, a unit of kidney dialysis provider DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., works with self-insured employers to operate medical home health care operations.

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Arvada, Colo., with a population of roughly 108,000, faces the same challenge as many public sector employers — controlling healthcare costs while providing benefits. The city employs approximately 700 individuals and covers approximately 1,500 total members on its self-funded health benefits plan.

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Explore your Paladina Health benefit, paid for by DaVita, in this 20-minute webinar recording.

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  • Cynthia Baxter, Vice President, Compensation and Benefits, DaVita
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  • Leanna Sultan, Acting Director, Member Services, Paladina Health

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Workplace clinics have come a long way from serving mainly as occupational clinics for workers' acute care medical needs. Today's employer-sponsored on-site clinic is “a total population health management solution, not only treating acute conditions but also providing disease management and wellness, tobacco cessation and group support,” said Paula Andersen, director of Buck Consultants L.L.C.'s national clinical practice in Cincinnati. “It also might include dental, pediatric care, physical therapy, radiology and pharmacy. The clinics are becoming more of a one-stop shop.”

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Explore your Paladina Health benefit, paid for by Anthem, in this 30-minute webinar recording.

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