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Experimental [unlimited, low-cost primary care model] UnitedHealthcare Subsidiary Harken Health Closing Down | Twin Cities Business Magazine

Harken Health, a pilot project from UnitedHealthcare that combines coverage with easy access to primary care at company-owned clinics. Harken Health focused on selling coverage to individuals in Chicago and Atlanta, but the markets have been rocked by changes with the federal Affordable Care Act. Several insurers, including Harken and Minnetonka-based UnitedHealthcare, have seen plenty of red ink in the individual market under the federal health law. ~Star Tribune, May 16, 2017

UnitedHealth pulls plug on plan testing no-charge primary care

By Harris Meyer  | May 15, 2017 | Modern Healthcare
UnitedHealth Group is shutting down its health plan experiment featuring staff providers offering unlimited primary and behavioral care at no charge. Harken Health, a UnitedHealth subsidiary, reportedly is closing in Chicago and Atlanta after launching at the beginning of 2016. It will continue to cover and provide care for individual-market enrollees through the end of 2017, and will serve employer group members through the end of its contracts.

Health care startup [Qliance] once backed by Jeff Bezos and Nick Hanauer ceases operation ~Puget Sound Business Journal

Qliance provides exceptional access and personalized primary care for a surprisingly affordable monthly membership fee. By working outside the insurance system, we can offer unrestricted same-day appts. 7 days/week for as little as $49-89/mo. ~Qliance Facebook Page; May 17, 2017

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May 16, 2017, 2:38pm PDT Updated May 16, 2017, 3:40pm PDT |  By Staff at Puget Sound Business Journal

The last day of operations for the company’s clinics will be June 1, 2017 a source told the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Ex-Harken Health chief lands at Blue Cross ~Star Tribune

By Christopher Snowbeck | February 8, 2017 — 11:20am – Tom Vanderheyden, the executive who launched UnitedHealthcare’s “start-up” insurer called Harken Health, has landed a job with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. The Eagan-based insurer announced this week that Vanderheyden is joining the senior leadership team as president of diversified business.
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Turntable Health’s (Las Vegas, NV) Closes | Jan. 2017 | ~Las Vegas Weekly

Leslie Ventura |

Turntable Health, a membership-based primary care practice in Downtown Las Vegas, will close its doors on January 31. Touted as an affordable and comprehensive alternative to insurance-based healthcare, the Downtown Project-affiliated company notified its members in December that its services would no longer be available. The member-based model, in which patients pay a flat monthly rate of $80 to receive access to a “wellness ecosystem,” including same- or next-day visits; 24/7 physician contact by phone, email or video chat; health coaching; nutrition, yoga and group therapy classes; and an on-site demonstration kitchen.

UnitedHealth shutting down Harken Health

May 16, 2017 – Harken Health was never a major player in the insurance market, but its demise ends an experiment that company officials believed would reduce healthcare costs. The company lost nearly $70 million during the first six months of 2016 and never recovered.  The closure will be disappointing for those promoting alternative care models as ways to improve outcomes while reducing costs and perhaps increasing patients satisfaction. In April 2016, then CEO Tom Vanderheyden told Healthcare Dive the company’s care teams would be “empowered with the time to listen and build authentic and trusting relationship with members.” ~HealthcareDIVE Insight | Les Masterson | May 16, 2017

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