New primary care models have been in the news recently — from Forward raising $30+ million, Google spinning out a Medicaid focused startup called Cityblock, to a number of companies shutting down (Zoom, Harken, Qliance), to Sherpaa recapitalizing and bootstrapping, to Iora Health and Oak Street Health growing like weeds in the Medicare Advantage space, to Oscar Insurance opening their own primary care clinic. In some form or another, these primary care centric models seem like they have to be core to the future of health care — one where we reduce costs by paying for prevention instead of treating sickness. Having a well functioning preventive primary care system is the most logical way to achieve this from my perspective. These models are at the forefront of doing this, and anecdotally have great results, particuarly in the sickest / most complex populations.
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