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Colorado Springs-based medical device maker Spectranetics Corp. opened an on-site clinic and a near-site clinic last month to give its 325 local employees and their dependents round-the-clock physician access and to support its corporate wellness efforts.
Operated by Paladina Health L.L.C., a division of Denver-based DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., both clinics provide a range of medical services including primary and preventive care, chronic condition support and basic urgent care, and help for patients to navigate specialty and hospital-based care, said Rob Fuchs, senior vice president of human resources.
“When you think about what's happening in health care today, it's certainly confusing,” Mr. Fuchs said. “Physician engagement feels rushed.”
With Paladina's patient-to-doctor ratio of 600 to 800 patients per doctor, compared with the average private practitioner load of 2,300 to 3,000 patients, “the model is proactive about health,” he said. Patients also can access their clinic doctor via telephone or the Internet 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
To encourage employees and their dependents to use the clinic, Spectranetics is waiving copays and deductibles. Spectranetics also uses the clinics to provide biometric screenings.
The company's health plan administrator, Aetna Inc., also is working with Paladina to collect clinic encounter data and combine it with other claims data to ensure plan members are receiving appropriate and recommended care, Mr. Fuchs said.
“We're a self-insured company. We want to control costs, but we also want our employees to be healthy and productive,” he said.
Workplace clinics have come a long way from serving mainly as occupational clinics for workers' acute care medical needs.