By Dave Chase
FEBRUARY 3, 2016 – Since United’s move was the smartest I’ve seen any established health insurer make, I wanted to dig deeper. The following are the responses from Tom Vanderheyden, Co-Founder and CEO of Harken Health.
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My questions are in bold with Vanderheyden’s responses after them.
- Who is employing Harken clinicians (what does their W2 say) — on LinkedIn, it shows doctors and team members with both Iora and Harken as where they work. The Harken Health Center team members (doctors, nurses, health coaches and all team members) are employed by Iora Health which provides its clinical services and relationship-based care to Harken Health members.
- Do you expect to work with Optum in any way? We contract with Optum Rx for our member’s prescription drug services.
- Will you make Harken available to self-insured employers? At this time Harken’s focus is on individuals and small businesses seeking a fully-insured plan. However, Harken Health was created with a mindset that access to quality, relationship-based primary care should be available to everyone. Our model takes this long term vision into account and we will continue to explore opportunities outside of individual and small business coverage.
- What is the focus on the fully insured arena — it appears you are selling to individuals & small business on the exchanges. Access to membership is currently available both on and off exchange to individuals via harkenhealth.com, an independent insurance broker or on healthcare.gov. Individuals may also be offered Harken Health through their employers if their company has less than 50 employees, who can purchase Harken plans through an independent insurance broker.
- Will Harken extend to Medicare Advantage? At this time our focus is on individuals and small businesses. However, Harken Health was created with mindset that access to quality, relationship-based primary care should be available to everyone. Our model takes this long term vision into account and we will continue to explore opportunities outside of individual and small business coverage.
- What can you say about expansion to Miami? It is too soon to comment on markets outside of Atlanta and Chicago at this time.
- Does Harken plan to go national? Where do they expect to be in 5 years (not literally the markets…but how many cities/states/practices)? We are excited by the success during our launch year in Atlanta and Chicago and we look forward to bringing our innovative, relationship-based primary care and health insurance to markets across the United States. However, it is too soon to comment on additional markets and national expansion at this time.