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Qliance Opens Primary Care Clinic in Seattle Fire Station 2, Making First Responder’s Health a Top Priority

Helps IAFF Local 27, Seattle Fire Fighters Healthcare Trust, and Seattle Fire Department to prevent and reduce occupational injuries and diseases

SEATTLE, WA. – July 12, 2016 – Qliance, a membership-based primary care company operating throughout the Puget Sound since 2007, today announced their seventh clinic opening, located in Downtown Seattle at Fire Station 2, dedicated exclusively to meeting Seattle Fire Fighters’ health needs through a comprehensive primary care and occupational health program.

The clinic opening is the result of a successful 3-year collaborative relationship between Qliance, IAFF Local 27, Seattle Fire Fighters Health Care Trust, and the Seattle Fire Department. All four organizations including the Fire Chief and the Mayor’s office will be present at the official ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, July 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the Qliance clinic, located at 2318 4th Avenue in Seattle. Full Article

December 22, 2014
Medicine Is About to Get Personal
How can Americans get better health care for less money?

October 28, 2014
3 Major Lessons Learned and The Bright Future of Direct Primary Care with Dr. Erika Bliss
In today’s episode, Taylor talks with Dr. Erika Bliss of Qliance based out of Seattle, Washington.

October 5, 2014
Direct Pay Primary Care Model Gains Importance In The Post-ACA Environment – With Erika Bliss
On this episode of ShiftShapers, we welcome Dr. Erika Bliss, President and CEO of Qliance, a Seattle-based pioneer in the Direct Pay Primary Care (DPPC) practice model.

October 5, 2014
Direct Pay Primary Care Model Gains Importance In The Post-ACA Environment – with Erika Bliss
On this episode of ShiftShapers, we welcome Dr. Erika Bliss, President and CEO of Qliance, a Seattle-based pioneer in the Direct Pay Primary Care (DPPC) practice model.

January 13, 2014
Rock Health Honors “Top 50″ Digital Health Entrepreneurs
Who are the entrepreneurs pushing hardest for technology advances that will connect patients with better healthcare?

January 6, 2014
Trending Story From ACO News: “Qliance Amasses 20,000 Patients”
New business growth under the Health Insurance Marketplace and growth within existing business segments has led Qliance, a concierge primary care model for the masses, to care for 20,000 people in the Puget Sound area.

September 23, 2013
Small Business: Don’t Read This If You Like High, Ever-Growing Health Insurance Premiums
While the federal health reform gets a lot of media attention, in many ways the real action is in the “DIY Health Reform” movement driven by non-partisan entrepreneurs.

February 13, 2013
The Online Travel Company Promotes Employee Well-Being with a Host of Health and Wellness Programs to Encourage Healthier Lifestyle Habits
As one of the world’s leading online travel companies, Expedia, Inc. (EXPE) knows not to underestimate the power of a good vacation on improving one’s state of mind.

February 1, 2013
Health Care of the Future: Concierge Medicine’s Next Big Challenge is Fitting In
The first generation of most innovations is beyond the reach of the masses.

January 3, 2013
Health Provider Qliance Gets $8.6 Million for Expansion
Qliance Medical Management Inc. has raised $8.6 million in funding as part of its effort to expand beyond Washington state.

November 29, 2012
Is Concierge Medicine the Future of Health Care?
An anxious woman in her mid-40s showed up last winter at Atlas MD, a family doctor’s office in Wichita. She had lost her job as a restaurant cook, and along with it her health insurance and her home.

November 29, 2012
Healthcare’s Age of Agility Will Shuffle Market Leadership
Surgeon and author, Dr. Atul Gawande outlined how, at the turn of the 20th century, more than forty per cent of household income went to paying for food and food production consumed roughly half the workforce.

November 10, 2012
How E-Prescribing Can Prevent Errors
Electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) increases patient safety, experts say.

October 23, 2012
Qliance, MedLion, Travel Surgery USA Among New Providers to Join PokitDok Practitioner Network
PokitDok, a Silicon Valley-based health and wellness startup announces recent additions to their growing network of direct pay physicians.

October 22, 2012
Expedia Gets Clinic for Its 2000 Employees from Qliance in Bellevue, Washington
Affordable healthcare is an issue that affects the vast majority of people.

October 18, 2012
Qliance Expands Direct Primary Care Network With Onsite Clinic for Bellevue-Based Expedia, Inc. Employees and Local Residents
Qliance Medical Management Inc., pioneering a transformative approach to healthcare with Qliance® flat-fee primary care clinics in Washington State, is expanding its network with a new facility in Bellevue, Wash., at the headquarters building of Expedia, Inc., the world’s largest online travel company.

October 18, 2012
Qliance Expands Direct Primary Care Network With Onsite Clinic for Bellevue-Based Expedia, Inc. Employees, and Local Residents
Innovative flat-fee model enables employers to offer a new option for affordable, accessible, high-quality medical care.

October 17, 2012
Expedia to Open Onsite Health Clinic in Partnership with Qliance
The Bellevue online travel giant announced today that it plans to open a new health clinic early next year in partnership with Qliance, providing easy access to medical care on the corporate campus.

September 25, 2012
Wall Street Journal: Finding the Best Doctor for You
A growing number of primary-care physicians, who traditionally provided basic checkups and treatment for everyday medical problems, are aiming to take on a more ambitious role overseeing all aspects of their patients’ health.

September 24, 2012
Workforce Management: It’s Not All Coffee and Computers as Health Care Innovation Thrives in Washington State
Qliance, the country’s first direct primary care practice, and Group Health Cooperative, the first consumer-governed health care system, were founded in Washington.

September 24, 2012
Workforce Management: Employers Developing Reliance on Direct Primary Care Providers Like Qliance
As states gear up to establish health insurance exchanges by 2014, one provision in the federal health care reform law has gone largely unnoticed.

September 11, 2012
Fierce Practice Management: Direct Pay, An Ounce of Prevention or a Pound of Trouble?
While less controversial than its concierge cousin, direct-pay primary care–in which members forego most insurance and instead pay a modest monthly access fee for primary care services–is gaining its share of discussion.

September 11, 2012
Forbes: How Direct Primary Care Could Save 20% on Healthcare Costs
Thus far, DPC has had success in the private (individuals, unions and employers) market.

September 6, 2012
California Healthline: Primary Care Direct Model: Neither Insurance Nor Health Plan
A new model of health care delivery — direct primary care — could be déjà vu for some Californians, a retreat to the past when insurance wasn’t a part of the health care equation.

August 31, 2012
BenefitsPro: Concierge Care for the Masses
Under a traditional health care benefit plan, a patient tells the doctor what’s wrong.

August 30, 2012
Workforce Management: Healthcare: A Real Fixer-Upper
Employers are helping to rebuild the health care system with a do-it-yourself approach that takes picking the right tool.

August 16, 2012
Workforce Management: Direct Primary Care: Medicine for the Masses or an Unused Gym Membership?
For less than $100 a month, direct primary care provides patients with unlimited doctor’s visits for routine services.

August 16, 2012
Seattle Times: On the Move
Health care: John Gebhart was named chief operating officer at Qliance Medical Management, Seattle.

July 16, 2012
Fast Company: How Disruptive Business Models Can Transform Healthcare
Given all that’s standing in the way of enabling new business models, we must take note when promising ones appear ready to take off.

July 1, 2012
Hospitals & Health Networks: New Twists on Old Primary Care Models
Under the banner of What’s Old is New Again, some employers and physician practices are reaching back in time and revitalizing two old — very old — primary care delivery models with modern missions and some new money.

June 12, 2012
Puget Sound Business Journal: People on the Move
John Gebhart joins Qliance as Chief Operating Officer.

June 11, 2012
Forbes: Oregon’s Health Reform: Eliminating the Insurance Middleman
Kitzhaber has borrowed a model that was pioneered in the state of Washington and then has received support in the “other Washington” on the East Coast.

June 10, 2012
Seattle Times: On the Move: Health Care
Dr. Chris Gaynor of Qliance – Seattle was elected vice president of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians.

June 6, 2012
Geekwire: Qliance Names COO
John Gebhart has joined Qliance as chief operating officer with a goal of helping the Seattle health care company expand its model in the Puget Sound region and into new markets outside the area.

June 6, 2012
Qliance Names John Gebhart Chief Operating Officer
Skilled Executive Brings More Than 35 Years of Business and Operations Management Experience to Support Qliance Expansion.

May 29, 2012
KPLU-FM: Want to Pay Less for Medical Care? Find a Better Deal Online
There’s also a growing movement of medical practices that bypass insurance, or supplement it, by charging a flat, monthly subscription fee to cover all of your primary care and tests.

May 22, 2012
Forbes.com: The Rare Bipartisan Health Idea: Affordable Concierge Medicine
A rare bipartisan health care idea that brings an affordable price to concierge medical care is gaining some attention in Washington.

May 22, 2012
Kaiser Health News: The Details of Direct Primary Care
Direct primary care derives from an unlikely source: the so-called concierge practices that began appearing a decade ago, catering primarily to the affluent.

May 22, 2012
Becker’s Hospital Review: Seattle Primary Care Group Offers Services Directly to Employers
Seattle-based Primary care provider Qliance is offering direct care to companies looking to cut healthcare costs for employees at a rate between $50 and $60 per month per patient, according to a New York Times report.

May 21, 2012
New York Times: More Care Upfront for $54 a Month
Call it concierge medicine for the masses.

May 21, 2012
Qliance Primary Care Physician Elected Vice President of Washington Academy of Family Physicians
Chris Gaynor, MD, MA, FAAFP, Brings Leadership and Excellence to Family Medicine and a Commitment to Helping Washington State’s Health Care Community.

March 11, 2012
Tacoma News Tribune: Health Care Without Bureaucrats’ Assistance
Contributing Writer Bill Virgin comments on the behind-the-scenes restructuring of the health care industry from a local perspective.

February 10, 2012
Puget Sound Business Journal: Lower Cost Urgent Care Companies Pile Into Market
“The health care system is crying out for innovation of all types,” observed Dr. Erika Bliss, CEO of Seattle-based Qliance, which markets direct primary care, another innovative health care model.

December 6, 2011
Qliance Applauds Bi-Partisan “Direct Medicare and Dual-Eligible Care Act 
New legislation would create a demonstration program providing flat-fee primary and preventive care for people enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid.

November 23, 2011
Qliance Offered to Members of Washington State’s Largest Employee Union 
Qliance Medical Management Inc. today announced it has been added as an option for Sound Health and Wellness Trust’s SoundPlus PPO Plan which is currently in open enrollment for 2012.

October 10, 2011
Qliance Names Dr. Erika Bliss President and CEO
Qliance Medical Management Inc. today announced it has appointed Erika Bliss, MD as President and CEO.

September 19, 2011
Qliance Submission to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Proposed Rule On Implementation of Insurance Exchanges 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is drafting regulations that will affect the way direct primary care medical homes like Qliance can participate in the health insurance exchanges as defined in the Federal health reform bill.

August 29, 2011
Qliance Expands ‘Direct Primary Care’ Network in Puget Sound Region, Offering Individuals and Employers Quality Flat-Fee Health Care Option
Qliance is preparing to open a new clinic in Tacoma in early October, and Guardian Family Care, a direct primary care practice in Mill Creek, Wash., is now a Qliance affiliate.

August 26, 2011
Qliance Awarded ‘Most Innovative’ By Health Industry Leaders
‘Health care executives from across the industry voted for companies that are solving real problems in health care,’ said David J. Brailer, MD, PhD, Chairman of Health Evolution Partners.

June 1, 2011
Qliance Supports Hatch-Paulsen Legislation
The bill would designate flat monthly fees for direct primary care practices as “qualified medical expenses” under Section 213(d) of the Internal Revenue Code.

January 4, 2011
Qliance Partners with Seattle Central Community College 
Twenty students in need at Seattle Central Community College will receive full access to Qliance benefits via free one-year memberships.

September 20, 2010
Qliance to Share Research Showing Impact of ‘Direct Prmiary Care Medical Home’ Model 
Qliance will present proprietary utilization impact data from its patient base in Washington State, illustrating the significant downstream cost reductions that result when the direct primary care model is implemented and quality of care improved.

May 25, 2010
Qliance Medical Management Names Robert Nakahara Chief Financial Officer
Qliance Medical Management Inc., which operates insurance-free direct primary care clinics — also known as “direct primary care medical homes” — in Washington State, today announced it has appointed Robert Nakahara chief financial officer.

April 28, 2010
Bezos, Others Back Qliance Medical
Funding Continues for Seattle Direct Primary Care Clinic “Qliance Medical Management Inc., an operator of insurance-free direct primary care clinics in Washington State, has raised $6 million in Series B funding.

April 5, 2010
Qliance Teams with Musicares To Offer Care in Seattle Area
Qliance Medical Group has generously offered MusiCares a number of free one-year memberships in its Seattle-area direct primary care practice to distribute to deserving individuals and/or families.

March 23, 2010
Health Care Legislation Paves Way to Compete in Insurance Exchanges
A relatively little-known provision in H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law by the President today, creates an affordable new choice for individuals and businesses by allowing flat-fee direct primary care practices, commonly referred to as ‘medical homes,’ to compete within the state-based insurance exchanges where many Americans and small businesses will be able to shop for health coverage beginning in 2014.

January 11, 2010
Further Expansion of Qliance’s Direct Primary Care Medical Home Model is Anticipated with Passage of Historic Health Reform Bill
Qliance Medical Management Inc., which operates insurance-free direct primary care clinics – also known as ‘direct primary care medical homes’ – in Washington state, today announced it has opened a new clinic on Mercer Island, illustrating the growing demand for flat-fee direct primary care.

November 24, 2009
Qliance Medical Management Names Ona Karasa Chief Operating Officer 
Qliance Medical Management Inc., which operates insurance-free direct primary care clinics — also known as “direct medical homes” — in Washington State, today announced it has named Ona Karasa, 49, to the new position of chief operating officer.

November 12, 2009
Washington State’s Largest Employee Union Participates in Pilot Program to Offer Members Quality Health Care at Lower Costs with Qliance
Qliance Medical Management Inc., which operates insurance-free direct primary care clinics – also known as ‘direct primary care medical homes’ – in Washington state, today announced it has been selected by the Sound Health & Wellness Trust to pilot a health care program for its members, including the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 21, Washington state’s largest employee union.

November 9, 2009
Dr. Garrison Bliss States on Behalf of the Direct Primary Care Coalition Passage By the U.S. House of Representatives of H.R. 3962, The Affordable Healthcare For America Act 
Passage of the H.R. 3962, the Affordable Healthcare for America Act by the U.S. House of Representatives this weekend means that the approximately 45,000 Americans who have elected to receive their medical care through a direct primary care medical home will continue to have that option – for now.

July 7, 2009
Emerging Washington State Health Care Model Secures $7.5 Million in Venture Capital 
Qliance Medical Management Inc., today announced it has closed a $4 million funding round from three institutional venture capital firms, led by Second Avenue Partners with participation by New Atlantic Ventures and Clear Fir Partners, bringing its total capital raised to approximately $7.5 million.

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