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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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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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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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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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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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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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