Qliance Medical Management closing

Qliance Medical Management has announced it is closing after a decade of providing direct primary care.

The Seattle-based chain of clinics charged members a monthly fee of less than $100 for unlimited access to primary and urgent care instead of the traditional fee-for-service model and insurance reimbursements.

In an internal memo, co-founder and CEO Dr. Erika Bliss cited an inability to find necessary bridge funding until new contracts came through as the reason for closing. She wrote that despite Qliance’s growth and success, “the system resisted us and made it harder and harder to survive.”

Back in February, someone created a GoFundMe Campaign to help save Qliance. Sadly, the campaign only managed to raise $2,745 of the $1 million goal.

Bliss and President Cheryl Kilodavis had bought out the company from investors last year.

In 2014, Qliance found that its model saved members 20 percent on health care than non-members. Despite having 58 percent more primary care visits, members had fewer ER visits, inpatient days, and specialist visits than non-members. In 2014, Qliance placed above the 95th percentile in overall patient satisfaction.

One Facebook review said Qliance gave her “the best care I’ve ever had.” Another said the staff was “approachable, friendly, and always take the time to explain procedures and discuss concerns. I’ve never had an appointment that lasted less than 45 minutes.”

The six clinics will close their doors on June 1. The company will officially close on June 15 after transitioning members to new health care options. Limited services will be offered, such as prescription needs and urgent care.