Seattle, WA. An hour with the doctor? Given that the average time a doctor spends with a patient is 10 minutes, an hour seems almost indulgent. But, Vera Whole Health is dedicated to providing as much time as it takes, offering ½ hour and even hour-long appointments. Their philosophy is that by focusing on the whole patient and working to change unhealthy behaviors that overall health will improve.
And, they’ve found a way to deliver this level of care while offering savings. They work with corporate customers to provide employer-based clinics that are on or near the work site (think: The Living Well on Microsoft’s campus).
“This renewed interest in employer-based clinics comes at a time when more and more companies are providing their employees with high-deductible health insurance that is linked to health savings accounts. As employees feel the pinch of paying out of pocket for healthcare services (at least until the high deductible of their company-provided insurance is met) they are becoming a lot more receptive to new models of care.” –Bill Crounse, MD
This model seems to be a win-win.
For employers, the savings are impressive. Vera reports “10 to 25 percent net savings for self-funded employers; 7 to 13 percent premium reductions for fully insured employers; a 100 to 268 percent return on investment; and up to 60 percent savings on workers compensation.”
For employees, it’s not only the exam room experience that’s improved. Providers offer telemedicine and forward-leaning tech integration of EMR and patient satisfaction data, which is also linked to performance metrics on outcomes and costs.