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CBO, Qliance, Jim Capretta

| May 23, 2017 | Washington

As always, we have 5 Things We're Watching ready for you - but candidly, this list could be 12 or 13 items long. There's a great deal going on, certainly, but I can't help but wonder if it's all distraction. Are we improving the system rapidly enough to be able...[ Read More ]

ZOOM+Care Expands In Seattle

| May 23, 2017 | Oregon, Washington

ZOOM+Care, the innovator of on-demand healthcare, today announced plans to expand its iconic retail and digital healthcare services in Seattle. This week the company is opening two additional neighborhood clinics in Bellevue and Capitol Hill, and it plans to open three more in the greater Seattle area by the end...[ Read More ]

Lessons from Qliance closing its doors

DJ Wilson | May 23, 2017 | Washington

The news that Qliance is closing its doors gives us an opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned from the enterprise.  The direct primary care (DPC) model espoused by Qliance struck some folks as an important innovation in care delivery, one focused on bringing more primary care services to the...[ Read More ]

Qliance Medical Management closing

| May 18, 2017 | Washington

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...[ Read More ]

Oral health is improving for many Washington kids but disparities remain

| May 17, 2017 | Washington

The oral health of children in Washington is continuing to improve with big drops in untreated tooth decay and 88 percent of all kids surveyed (preschool, kindergarten and third grade) receiving dental care for cavities. These and other results from the latest Smile Survey, a statewide oral health assessment, demonstrate...[ Read More ]

Washington State physicians praise lawmakers for expanding patient access to care through telemedicine

| May 15, 2017 | Washington

The Washington State Medical Association, which represents over 10,000 physicians and physician assistants, commends Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington State Legislature for enacting legislation that will improve access to basic health care services through telemedicine, especially for patients in rural and underserved communities in our state. Senate Bill 5436,...[ Read More ]