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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.

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 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.

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. Co-founder Norm Wu, who has served as the company’s CEO since it was founded in 2006, will remain actively involved with the company as Strategic Advisor concentrating on strategic partnerships and other growth initiatives.

September 19, 2011
QLIANCE SUBMISSIONI 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. The payment mechanism for direct primary care is one of the items being considered, and this could affect your right to choose our practice for your health care.

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. ‘Qliance is a great example of a company that sees opportunity in reinventing primary care, a true foundational component, and thus driving change from the ground up.’

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. It would enable patients and employers to use their health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) health savings accounts (HSAs) and flexible spending accounts (FSAs) to pay for flat-fee primary care such as Qliance.

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 PRIMARY 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. Nakahara was most recently a partner at financial consulting firm Tatum LLC, responsible for the technology and health care industry practices in their Seattle office.

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. Bezos Expedition led the round, and was joined by MSD Capital, Drew Carey and return backers Second Avenue Partners, New Atlantic Ventures and Clear Fir Partners. The company had previously raised $7.5 million.

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. MusiCares clients participating in this program may choose from Qliance clinics in Kent, Mercer Island or Seattle.

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 ANTICPATED 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. Karasa was formerly president of the Atlas Division of aQuantive, a digital media technology company acquired by Microsoft in 2007.

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
STATEMENT OF DR. GARRISON BLISS 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.

Media Coverage

November 29, 2012
Is Concierge Medicine the Future of Health Care?

November 29, 2012
Healthcare’s Age of Agility Will Shuffle Market Leadership

November 10, 2012
How e-prescribing Can Prevent Errors

October 23, 2012
Qliance, MedLion, Travel Surgery USA Among New Providers to Join PokitDok Practitioner Network

October 22, 2012
Expedia Gets Clinic for its 2000 Employees from Qliance in Bellevue, Washington

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 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. Expedia employs about 2,000 people in the Seattle area. This marks the first time that Qliance has set up a clinic on a 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. Many are giving up self-employment and are going to work for big hospital systems, which might push up certain costs for patients. Other doctors are opting out of insurance-payment systems and asking patients to pay them directly, sometimes through monthly fees. And primary-care practices can increasingly be found in some nontraditional settings, including clinics in the workplace set up by employers.

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. Qliance opened its first clinic in 2007 and Group Health was formed in 1947 by tradesmen as a community health coalition.

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. Yet experts say it could open the door to a new medical practice model called direct primary care…The concept has proven to be popular among small and midsize employers, many of which pay for part of their employees’ membership fee.

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. To demonstrate how it could be a broad-based solution, I put the question of why not use DPC for the Medicaid population to DPC practitioners. The response below is a summary of their perspective. It is estimated that if DPC was scaled city/state-wide or nationally it could save 20-30% off of overall healthcare costs. That would be the difference between cities and states defaulting and sustained balanced budgets.

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. Direct primary care emphasizes prevention and a reduction in the use of “downstream services” — treating symptoms rather than the problems themselves. *(Also ran in Kaiser Health News, HealthLeaders Media, SmartBrief, and America’s Agenda)

August 31, 2012
BenefitsPro: Concierge Care for the Masses
Under a traditional health care benefit plan, a patient tells the doctor what’s wrong. Then the patient, insurance company, or self-funded employer pays the doctor for each of the things she does in trying to fix it. For the past three years, that’s not how things have worked at Seattle-based Becker Trucking. For Becker, funding employee health care is a little like paying for gym memberships.
The company pays Seattle-based Qliance, a defined primary care business, $54 a month for every covered adult and $39 a month for every covered child. Employees and their families see participating Qliance doctors as many times as necessary, from none to twice a week for a worker that Becker CEO and president Frank Riordan calls “the biggest hypochondriac in Washington.”

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. The new options include value-based design, workplace clinics and direct primary care.

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. Critics question the plan’s economic viability for healthy patients paying a monthly fee for services they don’t always use.

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. Qliance Medical Management is one organization leading business model innovation on the care delivery front. The Seattle startup is disrupting the insurance and primary care market by simply not accepting traditional policies. Patients enroll directly at primary care facilities, paying a $60 to $120 monthly membership fee (depending on their age) for unlimited services.

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. This direct primary care movement is an inverted model of concierge medicine for the wealthy, but its taproot extends to the time before traditional health insurance. The most frequently cited practice is Qliance Medical Management based in Seattle. It typically charges a patient between $49 and $129 a month, depending on their age and service preferences, less for children. Doctor appointments last up to an hour; clinics are open evenings and weekends. Patients are not pre-screened for health problems. Small businesses, unions and the uninsured are typical clients.

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. It’s an approach that has bipartisan support and has shown to reduce healthcare costs by 40-80% (e.g., Seattle-based Qliance). It can be described as two parts Marcus Welby and one part Steve Jobs. The federal health reform bill included a little-noticed clause allowing for Direct Primary Care (DPC) models to be a part of the state health insurance exchanges. That little-noticed clause (Section 1301 (a)(3) of the Affordable Care Act and proposed HR3315 to expand DPC to Medicare recipients) should have the effect of massively spreading the DPC model throughout the country.

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. Qliance, with about 100 local businesses as customers, is backed by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, venture capitalist Nick Hanauer and others. Gebhart is the former chief financial officer of Ventripoint Inc. and Remote Medical International. He’s also the former CEO of DoctorQuality, At Health and CareWise “Qliance offers a transformational business model with tremendous growth potential that is already changing the face of health care, and I’m excited to join the team,” said Gebhart.

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. One of the pioneers, Qliance of Seattle, has been expanding rapidly.

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. It’s called direct primary care whereby doctors contract directly with patients to provide all of their primary care needs free of insurance interference at a price generally between $50 and $60 a month per patient, according to a New York Times story this week that called the approach “concierge medicine for the masses.”

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. Concierge practices generally do not accept insurance, either; instead, members are charged thousands of dollars annually for unlimited access to their doctors (Japsen, 5/21).

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. Under a typical Qliance plan, patients get unlimited physician visits, 24-hour e-mail access to medical staff and same-day or next-day appointments. No insurance is involved. As an example, Seattle-based trucking company Becker Trucking is using the plan to help curb healthcare costs for its employees, one of a growing number of companies taking advantage of direct primary care services. The trucking company pays Qliance $54 per month per employee for direct primary care.

May 21, 2012
New York Times: More Care Upfront for $54 a Month
Call it concierge medicine for the masses. The idea is that routine, mundane primary care should not require expensive insurance and can be cheaper without it. Direct primary care practices charge $50 to $60 a month for adults, with lower fees for children. Depending on the practice, the monthly fee also may cover certain lab tests, basic X-rays and stitches for cuts.

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 13, 2011
InsideHealthPolicy.com: Bipartisan Bill Would Let Medicare, Duals Join Direct Pay Primary Care
Bipartisan legislation introduced by Rep. William Cassidy (R-LA), a physician and community clinic founder, would create a new CMS demonstration program allowing Medicare and dually eligible beneficiaries to participate in practices that do not accept insurance but charge a monthly flat fee for all primary care services. Cassidy tells Inside Health Policy that the direct pay care (DPC) model has greater potential to drive efficiency in health care than the far more celebrated accountable care organizations (ACOs) established under the health reform law.

November 24, 2011
Seattletimes.com: ‘Concierge’ health care for local union members
The state’s largest private-sector union is breaking with tradition to offer members a health-insurance plan that includes unlimited primary care, arranged through a clinic system that spurns the fee-for-service system and instead asks patients for a flat monthly fee.

November 23, 2011
ModernHealthCare.com: Washington’s Employee Unions Like Qliance’s Direct Primary Care Costs
Seattle’s Qliance runs an ever-expanding group of “direct primary care” clinics (see our earlier profile), the latest to open in Tacoma. It’s an ever-expanding field, actually–in Seattle, besides, Qliance, you can stop in for primary care at ZoomCare and Doctors Express.

October 24, 2011
ModernHealthCare.com: Dealing Direct. To Save Money, These Docs Don’t Accept Insurance
While retainer-based medical practices offering care known as concierge medicine have taken some heat over the years for charging big bucks to patients for improved access and added amenities, some view a different form of retainer care as a cost-saving approach.

Sept 19, 2011
FreelanceMD.com: A Direct Primary Care: RIP Marcus Welby
“Physicians in North Carolina, Seattle, Northern California and elsewhere are proving what the rest of the world already knows. Highly functioning primary care results in less money spent and better health outcomes.”

Sept 12, 2011
CNBC.com: A Low-Cost Short Cut to Primary Health Care
“Direct primary care (DPC), a low-cost alternative to conventional health care, works much like this and is sometimes described as the middle-class version of “concierge” or “boutique” medical practices started in the 1990s to cater to the wealthy.”

Sept 2, 2011
Puget Sound Business Journal: Qliance expanding again, eyes out-of-state markets
“Locally, Qliance is investing in a new clinic, in Tacoma, and has affiliated with a two-doctor practice in Mill Creek, further fleshing out its presence in the Puget Sound region.” Login to bizjournals.com to read the full article.

Aug 1, 2011
Xconomy.com: What I Learned About Healthcare as a Patient: The Delivery System Has Got to Change
“I’ve been thinking about how awful U.S. healthcare is the past couple weeks, based on my latest experience as a patient. It’s made me wonder if there’s any lesson to be learned for the biotech business. And here’s what I keep coming back to: Healthcare innovators who want to prosper need to find new ways to engage with patients, and really help them, outside the usual channels offered by the hospital-insurance-industrial complex.”

Aug 1, 2011
American Medical News: Direct Primary Care Model: A provision in the health reform law might provide a big boost to a little-known type of primary care.
“A small but enthusiastic minority of primary care physicians believe they have found a practice model that can save money, improve patients’ long-term health and drastically reduce administrative hassles: direct primary care.”

July 26, 2011
InsideHealthPolicy.com: Direct Pay Medical Home Stakeholders Say Exchange Reg Is ‘Good Start’

July 5, 2011
Business Insider: This Health Care Startup Is Getting Millions From Jeff Bezos And Michael Dell
“If you’re covered by Qliance Medical Group you get unlimited care from your doctor for a flat monthly fee — no health insurance necessary.”

July 5, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle: Qliance offers middle class concierge health care
“Over the past decade, many doctors have established “concierge” practices that offer highly attentive care to ultra-wealthy customers who pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars a month. Qliance founder and internist Garrison Bliss watched as some of his former partners started one of the first concierge practices, known as MD2, in 1996.”

June 30, 2011
Bloomberg Businessweek, : Qliance: Concierge Health Care for the Middle Class
“The Seattle-area medical group has raised $13.5 million from the likes of Michael Dell and Jeff Bezos to expand its affordable, high-quality health care”

June 23, 2011
US News & World Report: How to See a Doctor—Stat
“Another innovation to improve access is the “concierge” or direct-pay medical practice, where patients pay a monthly or annual membership fee directly to the doctor—rather than to the insurance company.”

June 21, 2011
Time.com: Decent Health Care Without the Insurance
“These providers bill patients a low per-month fee in exchange for unlimited office visits with primary-care doctors.”

June 13 2011
ScrubsandSuits.com: Direct-Pay Primary Care Doctors: A Solution to the Broken System or Breaking the Law?
“As the great healthcare reform debate rages on, there’s one thing everyone agrees on: the system needs to be fixed. With the existing insurance model, doctors are paid for procedures and tests instead of time spent with patients.”

May 2011
KevinMD.com: Direct primary care and a do it yourself health plan
“I’ve listed below components of our “Do it Yourself Health Plan.” With the makeup of KevinMD.com’s readership, I hope there’s suggestions on what we could do that would be better/smarter as someone that doesn’t have the luxury of an employer provided insurance plan.”

Apr 30, 2011
TechCrunch: How DIY Health Reform Can Help You Win The Talent Wars
“When I left Microsoft 8 years ago, my wife expressed only one concern — losing health benefits. At the time, I told her that it’s just a matter of paying those costs directly.”

Apr 21, 2011
Kaiser Health News: A Novel Way To Get Unlimited Primary Care
“Michelle Andrews, author of KHN’s ‘Insuring Your Health’ weekly feature, talks with Jackie Judd about clinics that charge a patient a monthly fee – usually around $65 – for unlimited access to physicians and nurse practitioners.”

April  2011
All Business: Health Care Reform Offers New Challenges, Opportunities for Small Businesses
“One year after the PPACA became law, the debate over its impact — and calls for its repeal — continue around the country. In spite of the controversy, however, many small businesses and some insurers say they now view the law as an opportunity rather than an obstacle.”

April 3, 2011
Seattle PI: Calling startups to action: Do-it-Yourself Healthcare Reform

“I believe their disruptive model gives startups a chance to leapfrog the talent war competitors by nimbly including a model described below called “Direct Primary Care.”

March 2011Reuters – VIDEO: Entrepreneur’s Edge: Qliance

“Reuters Small Business profiles startups across the country. Seattle, Washington-based Qliance Medical Group operates clinics that charge patients a monthly fee and treat people regardless of whether or not they have health insurance.”

March 9, 2011
Huffington Post: Direct Primary Care: Skip The Insurer, Get Better Health Care?
“Health insurance costs have skyrocketed, making preventative care a near-impossibility for many Americans. But a unique system has sprung up, skirting around the insurance industry entirely: direct primary care practices. And the impact, proponents say, isn’t just financial. Direct primary care clinics could dramatically increase the quality of health care, too.”

March 9, 2011
WTOP: A health care trend to subsantially lower monthly premiums

“A West Coast trend that makes monthly health care payments more affordable is catching on across the country.”Direct pay primary care” is the kind of medical care that some rich folks already get, where you pay a set monthly fee for unlimited visits to the doctor. Now there’s a move to make it affordable for the rest of public.”

March 8, 2011
Kaiser Health News: Some Medical Practices Move To Monthly Membership Fees For Patients
“Just about everyone agrees that the way we pay for primary care needs fixing. Under the current insurance model, doctors get paid for procedures and tests rather than for time spent with patients, which displeases doctors and patients alike and increases costs.” Read this article again at the Washington Post.

Spring 2011
Holistic Primary Care: When the Bubble Bursts: An Interview with Dr. Garrison Bliss
“Dr. Bliss is determined to prove that the best clinical outcomes and cost-efficiencies occur when practitioners are directly accountable to patients without mediation of fiscally-motivated third parties. He has worked at the clinical and policy levels to, as he says, ‘move direct practice away from the fringe and into the mainstream.'”

February 25, 2011
HealthLeaders Media: Primary Care With a Twist: Docs Go Uninsured
“Boutique medical practices aren’t new, and in a sense, Garrison Bliss’s practice is as much a boutique as any of them. But to take a look at what it costs his patients to come there, and the first word that comes to mind to describe it most definitely wouldn’t be “boutique.”

February 25, 2011
Hartford Courant: Offering Medical Service, No Insurance Allowed
“It’s also an example of a growing grass-roots movement among some primary-care doctors in the U.S. to cut out the insurer as a billing middleman. Charging patients a monthly fee at half the price of cable television is an attractive way to offer some medical services to the uninsured, or people who have limited, high-deductible health plans, the doctors say.”

February 24, 2011
California Healthline: Questions Raised About Oversight of Concierge-Style Health Providers
“Beginning in 2014, the federal health reform law will allow direct primary care practices to market their coverage alongside traditional health plans in health insurance exchanges.”

February 23, 2011
San Francisco Daily Journal: New Direct Primary Care Plans Bypass Insurers and Regulators
“Direct Primary Care is an outgrowth of what’s known as ‘concierge’ practices. Concierge practices target wealthy clientele, who pay a doctor a retainer on top of their regular insurance for top-of-the-line primary care, home visits and spa-like atmosphere. Direct primary care, with its lower rates and traditional medical services, is considered the middle-class version.”

January 28, 2011
Puget Sound Business Journal: Health Care of the Future: Revolutionary Thinking [print edition only]
Questions for Dr. Garrison Bliss, chief medical officer of Qliance Medical Management and president of Qliance Medical Group of Washington

December 2010
Tri Cities Area Journal of Business, First flat-fee health care practices arrive in Tri-Cities
Qliance Note: A statement in this article implies flat-fee health care practices are particularly attractive to the “affluent.” We’d like to clarify that in fact Qliance’s direct primary care model is accessible and beneficial to individuals of all income levels, regardless of insurance status, including: employers, self-insured individuals, uninsured individuals, chronically ill and complex patients and anyone who is responsible for a substantial part of the cost of health care bills.”The Tri-Cities saw its first direct practice, On Stage Health, open in November, and a second, Qliance, is planning to open a clinic next year.”

October 2010
The Physician’s Foundation:(FURTHER READING) Health Reform and the Decline of Physician Private Practice
“A White Paper Examining the Effects of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act On Physician Practices in the United States. Includes results of Physicians and Health Reform,a survey of 100,000 physicians”

November 22, 2010
HuffingtonPost.com: Do It Yourself Health Care Reform
“As a country, on average we spend well over $7000 per year for every man, woman and child each year on health care. Many people don’t realize it as the actual expenditures are spread across many different line items. However, many of us are now experiencing the reality of the proverbial frog that has been in water where the temperature has been steadily increasing. Before we boil, we need to make a change.”

November 18, 2010
AISHealth.com: Direct Medical Home Practices Want to Be in Health Insurance Exchanges, ‘Be Like Starbucks or Costco’ “Nestled into the federal health reform law is a provision specifically allowing entities called “direct primary-care medical-home plans” (DMH) to participate in states’ health insurance exchanges.”

November 1, 2010
MoneyTalksNews.com: (VIDEO) Health Care Without Insurance – $50/Month?
“How can the simple act of eliminating an insurance company offer both lower costs and better care? To get an idea, consider your car insurance.”

October 28, 2010
Tri City Herald: New clinic, Qliance, to Charge Flat Monthly Fee
“A new kind of clinic coming to the Tri-Cities next year could make shopping for health care more like dropping in at an all-you-can-eat buffet.”

October 22, 2010
InsideHealthPolicy.com: Washington Gov Asks HHS To Embrace Flat-Fee Primary Care Practices In Exchanges
“The provision — championed by members of the state’s congressional delegation — was ‘designed to encourage the growth of a promising new health care delivery system that is proving beneficial not only to the state of Washington, but also throughout the country,’ she told HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a recent letter urging her to embrace the model when she writes reform regulations.”

October 14, 2010
Internal Medicine News: Direct Primary Care Practice Model Eyed to Trim Health Care Spending
“Physicians who practice in clinics where patients pay a set monthly fee for virtually unlimited primary care services say that the practice model, which they’ve dubbed “direct primary care medical home,” can provide high-quality care and potentially can lower health care costs more effectively than the patient-centered medical home model.” Also seen in FamilyPracticeNews.com.

September 21, 2010
The Center for Connected Health: How Emerging Care Delivery Models Affect Connected Health
“The question is, how do we put that health support together in a way that is appropriate, effective, and manageable in terms of costs?”

Summer 2010
The Colorado Health Foundation: Flat-Fee Care with an ‘All-You-Can-Eat’ Approach
“Joining Qliance is similar to joining a health club or going to an all-you-can-eat buffet. [And] its price is much more reasonable than many “boutique” or ‘concierge’ care plans.”

August 2010
Seattle Business Magazine: A Booster Shot For Healthcare
“Passage of reform may prove to be serendipitous for Seattle-based Qliance, which is targeting companies looking for lower-cost health care options for their workforce.”

July 29, 2010
Natural News: Qliance Company Ditches Health Insurance & Offers Direct, Affordable Care to Patients
“The beauty of Qliance is in the simplicity of its model. Customers pay a price for health services without having to get tangled up in a bloated, bureaucratic nightmare.”

July 23, 2010
Modern Medicine: Saying No to Medicare
” ‘I feel strongly that our seniors deserve good care and access to primary care,’ Bliss says. ‘They need to stay healthy and safe. Unfortunately, Medicare operates under the same parameters as insurance—fee for service—and doesn’t pay enough. We can still take Medicare patients and solve the issues.’ “

July 16, 2010
Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business: Seattle Primary Health Care Provider to Open Tri-Cities Clinic
“[Qliance is] just such a simple program and a good system,” Anderson said. “I’m just a huge fan of it. I really think it’ll make a huge impact in our community.”

July 15, 2010
AlwaysOn: Qliance Named AlwaysOn Global 250 Winner
AlwaysOn works with partners and worldwide industry experts to identify the top 250 private companies that are “taking old notions of doing things and forging solutions that will lead to industry shake-up and huge value-creation opportunities.” Winners were selected after undergoing a rigorous 3 month selection process in which thousands of domestic and international companies were evaluated.

July 6, 2010
Mercer Island Reporter: Local Business Helps Local Dollars Stay Put
“Not only is this an interesting business model, but it’s comforting to know we have a local clinic for our health care needs.”

June 21, 2010
stevenstumpf.com: The BLUEPRINT for Health Care Reform
“The article by Qliance CEO Norman Wu is one of the most compelling in the journal edition because they have anticipated the coming changes and implemented their own model for the past twelves years.”

June 16, 2010
springwise.com: Health Care by Monthly Membership
“Aiming to apply some fresh thinking to an area that sorely needs it, Qliance has developed a new model for health care that works like a health-club membership and excludes insurance from the process.”

June 10, 2010
KEPR: New Kind of Doctor’s Office
“KEPR discovered a Seattle-based company that made national headlines this year — is looking at setting up shop in Tri-Cities.”

June 4, 2010
The Huffington Post: Health Insurance’s Bunker Buster
“Regardless of the legislation, people will continue business as usual until people realize there’s a better way as most believe traditional health insurance is the only option. Fortunately there is a better approach.”

May 25, 2010
peHUB: Bezos Investment Puts Qliance in the Spotlight
“In the late ‘90s, when national healthcare reform was still but a glint in the eye of Illinois state legislator Barack Obama, primary care physician Garrison Bliss was experimenting with his own brand of healthcare reform in Seattle.”

May 11, 2010
Local Health Guide: Can Seattle’s Qliance Model Help Reinvent Primary Care?
“Direct care practices’” in which patients pay a flat monthly fee for comprehensive primary care services may help cut health costs while attracting more doctors to primary care, according to a paper describing the Seattle-based Qliance primary-care model.”

May 4, 2010
Health Affairs: A Direct Primary Care Medical Home: The Qliance Experience
“Medical home models providing direct primary care can enable comprehensive primary care and improved access at affordable prices by operating outside the insurance system.”

April 27, 2010
The Puget Sound Business Journal: Qliance Medical Management raises another $6M
“Investors in this round were led by Bezos Expeditions and MSD Capital LP Other participants included comedian and Seattle Sounders co-owner Drew Carey and previous venture-fund investors Second Avenue Partners, New Atlantic Ventures and Clear Fir Partners.”

April 27, 2010
The Wall Street Journal Blogs: Amazon, Dell Founders Help Fund Healthcare Startup
“A Seattle startup that provides primary health care for a flat monthly fee is getting some big-name financial backers from the technology industry: Jeff Bezos and Michael Dell.”

April 27, 2010
The Seattle Times Blog: Bezos, Dell and Drew Carey Fund Seattle’s Qliance
“The company is announcing that it raised $6 million from Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, computer baron Michael Dell and Drew Carey, the comedian, actor and co-owner of the Seattle Sounders.”

April 27, 2010
TechFlash: Jeff Bezos, Michael Dell and Drew Carey back health care startup
“Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, Dell Computer founder Michael Dell and comedian Drew Carey are among the new investors in Qliance Medical Management…”

April 27, 2010
Xconomy: Qliance Nails $6M From Bezos, Dell, Drew Carey for Primary Care That Avoids Insurance
“[Qliance]has nailed down another $6 million in venture capital from a group led by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and which included Dell Computer pioneer Michael Dell and actor Drew Carey.”

April 16, 2010
Examiner: Membership-Based Health Care in Seattle “This proactive, leading approach to healthcare services through a membership not only reduces cost but also encourages a patient to seek care and avoid disruption in routine maintenance exams.”

April 12, 2010
Bureau of National Affairs: Get Ready for More Direct Primary Care Medical Homes – Opening the Door to Insurance-Free Primary Care in State Run Exchanges
“Tucked into the health care bill President Obama signed into law is a relatively little-known provision that could lead to one of the most significant health care reforms in decades…” [Reproduced with permission from BNA’s Health Care Policy Report, 18 HCPR 543 (Apr. 12,2010). Copyright 2010 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) http://www.bna.com.]

March 31, 2010
Real Change News: Scrapping Insurance to Save Money
“Dr. Bliss says primary care has nearly become a “dying breed,” yet it’s the “least expensive and most effective” area of health care. If patients can receive prompt primary care they can often prevent a trip to a specialist or even the hospital.”

March 26, 2010
Healthspottr: Dr. Garrison Bliss Named to Future Health 100 List
“The future health 100 will honor the top innovators working in healthcare today.”

March 24, 2010
The Sunbreak: Health Care Reform Begins at Your Direct Primary Care Medical Home
“One of the health care reform bill reforms that won’t start until 2014 is the implementation of ‘insurance exchanges.'”

March 13, 2010
New Atlantic Ventures: Health Care Reform: Common Sense Solutions
“Health Care Reform is topical. But it need not cost an arm and a leg to do.”

March 11, 2010

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: The Primary Care Medical Home: Whose Home is It? Reaction to the Paper by Karen Davis, PhD, and Kristof Stremikis, MPP
“In their article titled ‘Family Medicine: Preparing for a High-Performance Health Care System,’ Karen Davis and Kristof Stremikis present an exciting and affirming vision for the future of primary care in this country.”

February 1, 2010
Washingtonian.com: Concierge Medicine
“Qliance has opened only three clinics in Washington state, but its backers believe its business model could revolutionize health care in the same way that Amazon transformed the book business.”

January 12, 2010
The SunBreak: Qliance Clinic Comes to Mercer Island
“Direct primary care provider Qliance opened up its third clinic this week, at 7707 SE 27th Street, next to Walgreen’s on Mercer Island”

January 12, 2010
Mercer Island Reporter: Business Briefs
“Qliance, located on S.E. 27th Street, opened on Monday, Jan. 11. The medical clinic is a flat-fee, or insurance-free, direct primary care provider offering hospital and specialist care coordination along with same or next-day appointments.”

December 19, 2009
Marketwire: Primary Care Doctors See Hope in Today’s US Senate Action
“The U.S. Senate today made an important step that could expand health care coverage to more Americans while simultaneously reducing costs.”

December 17, 2009
Health Business Blog: Podcast: Co-founder & CMO, Dr. Garrison Bliss
“I really like the concept and its focus on the patient as the primary customer and user of the service. The company claims its approach can reduce overall health care costs by over half. If true, this could be the wave of the future.”

December 2, 2009
Huffington Post: Health Care Reform Irony: Thousands Could be Denied Low Cost Coverage
“Direct primary care medical homes, which form the foundation for a high functioning, lower cost, higher service health care economy, will no longer be an option for the 50,000 Americans (a number that is growing by double digits annually) who prefer this health care delivery model.”

November 16, 2009
Medical Home News: The Last Resort? The Case for Direct Practice Models in Primary Care
“We have spent the last 50 years trying to tune up health insurance so that the health care works, and every time we fix it, care gets more expensive, less accessible and less effective. You would think that we would have figured it out by now.”

November 13, 2009
KUOW: Ruby de Luna Explores the New Qliance Option for UFCW Union Workers
“Beginning this week the state’s largest employee union will offer the Qliance plan.”

November 12, 2009
The Seattle P.I.: Qliance Nabs First Union Health Plan
“Qliance Medical Management, the Seattle-based company that operates primary care clinics that don’t accept insurance payments, has been selected for a one-year pilot program to offer services to members of Washington state’s largest employee union.”

October 28, 2009
ENToday: Putting the Physician-Patient Relationship First
“With some form of health insurance overhaul likely to accelerate the trend of rising practice costs coupled with declining reimbursement for physicians, some doctors will join those who have already exited a practice model funded by insurance payments.”

October 15, 2009
The Milken Report: Low-cost, High Quality Fix for Health Care – Is Qliance the Answer?
“Could there be a low-cost, high quality fix for much of what ails American health care – a fix that requires no new legislation and no additional taxes?”

October 8, 2009
Always Going On: Qliance Named to the OnDC 100 List
The OnDC 100 competition recognizes the top 100 private companies that are contributing to the renewed and continued prosperity of our country and Qliance has been added to the list!

October 7, 2009
Venture Beat: Will Health 2.0 Start-ups Usher in Consumer-Driven Healthcare?
“Healthcare really is the last frontier where technology innovations can drive profound changes and grow brand new business models.”

September 29, 2009
The Sunbreak: Can Qliance Revive Primary Health Care?
“This is the kind of story that makes Bliss’s eyes light up. He calls our health insurance dependency ‘learned helplessness,’ and likes to reference Marcus Welby when talking about the Qliance difference.”

September 28, 2009
Xconomy: It’s About Health Care, Not Health Insurance
“Health care reform discussions almost always revolve around health insurance, as if care and insurance are synonymous.”

September 21, 2009
KIRO TV: How to Improve Sleep Hygiene
“Dr. Melissa Wolin with Qliance Medical Group talks about the causes of – and some remedies for – the growing problem of insomnia.”

September 18, 2009
The Seattle Weekly: Story Leads to Help for Couple Bankrupted by Group Health Insurance
“Eugene and Yukiko Gatlin, former patients of Group Health who went bankrupt paying its insurance premiums, have found affordable health care.”

September 14, 2009
The Sunbreak: Qliance Expands to Kent
“In an Atlantic Magazine article–‘How American Health Care Killed My Father’–making the rounds right now, a local health care provider gets a mention for its innovative business model and it isn’t Group Health.”

September 13, 2009
American Board of Family Medicine: New Officers and Board Members Elected: Dr. Erika Bliss
“The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is pleased to announce the election of 4 new officers and 3 new board members.”

September 6, 2009
NBC Nightly News: Flat-rate Health Care a Viable Option?
“While Congress debates what to do about ballooning health care costs, a growing number of frustrated patients are opting for an alternative plan.”

September 5, 2009
The Seattle Channel: Seattle Voices with Dr. Garrison Bliss
“Dr. Garrison Bliss is a board certified physician with 30 years of practice in primary care. He is a past president and chairman of the Society for Innovative Medical Practice Design and a leading voice for patient-financed medicine in the US.”

September 1, 2009
The Atlantic: How American Health Care Killed My Father
“After the needless death of his father, the author, a business executive, began a personal exploration of a health-care industry that for years has delivered poor service and irregular quality at astonishingly high cost.”

September
Seattle Business Monthly: Turning Health Care Upside-Down
“But this is more than just a turf battle, because Seattle’s Qliance Medical Group, a subscriber-based primary care startup founded in 2007, threatens to shake the foundation of health insurance as American consumers know it.”

August 21, 2009
Medrants: Direct Primary Care – An Interview
“Direct primary care provide less costly retainer medicine.”

August 19, 2009 Bankrate: 2 Prescriptions to Lower Medical Bills
“While Congress works to reform the health care system, millions of uninsured or underinsured Americans just need cheaper health care.”

August 14, 2009

The Examiner: Is Direct Care an Affordable Health Care Option?
“There’s a quiet buzz stirring about direct care (aka flat-rate primary care, concierge care and direct primary care), a private member-based solution to primary health care.”

August 14, 2009
The Puget Sound Business Journal: While Congress Deliberates, Venture Firms See Promise in “Direct Care” Model and Pump $4 Million Into Qliance Medical
“Some venture capitalists are betting that a way of delivering primary medical care detached from insurance will catch on widely, especially if consumers and employers believe it provides better and less expensive basic care.”

August 12, 2009
The Kent Reporter: Qliance: Leave Insurance Out of it, New Health-Care Network in Kent Says
“Beginning this month, Kent-area residents will have a whole new way to get their health care, and though it’s new, it has something of an old flair to it.”

August 9, 2009
Good Morning America: Cutting Out the Insurance Company
“[They say that] flat rate health care is an insurance alternative as easy as a gym membership.”

August 7, 2009
Medrants: Are Retainer Practices the Model for PCMH?
“Through the magic of Twitter, I learned yesterday (after the outage) of Qliance Primary Care.”

August 4, 2009
Q13 FOX: Health Care Reform-Seattle Doctors Have Different Answer Qliance Clinic Deals With Patients, Not Insurance Companies
“As lawmakers in Washington D.C. continue to struggle over a new health care plan, a Seattle clinic says it has a much different solution to the problem.”

August 3, 2009
Seattle Metropolitain Magazine: Seattle’s Top Docs: Dr. Frances Broyles
“The survey results are in: Nearly 1,200 physicians, nurses and physician’s assistants in King, Kitsap, and Snohomish counties nominated colleagues they would choose to treat themselves and their loved ones.”

July 29, 2009
Real Change News: A Doctor’s Oath: Community, Heal Thyself
“After 28 years in community medicine, Dr. Lester Pittle is changing direction. But not his belief in medicine for all.”

July 13, 2009
Health Leaders Media: Direct Medical Home Offers Health Care Without Insurers
“An insurance-free primary care ‘direct medical home’ that requires patients to pay low monthly fees, but gives them 24/7 access and cheaper healthcare costs has the potential to save hundreds of billions of dollars if it’s included in the national healthcare reform model, one advocate says.”

July 10, 2009
KING 5: Pay-Ahead Health Care Now Available in Seattle Area
“Could the answer to soaring medical costs be flat-fee, no-limit basic health care? A group of Seattle doctors is banking on it and they’re about to open a second clinic to prove it.”

July 9, 2009
KOMO 4: Seattle Health Clinic Takes Insurance Out of the Mix
“A new medical clinic has opened up in the city, and it may change the face of health care.”

July 7, 2009
Xconomy: Qliance Raises $4 Million to Expand New Primary Care Model, Circumvent Health Insurance
“Qliance Medical Management, the Seattle-based company that doesn’t accept health insurance for primary care medical services, has raised $4 million in venture capital to expand its practice in Washington and to other states around the country.”

June 14, 2009
Pharma Knowledge Base: Retainer Physicians Help Uninsured but Face Legal Obstacles
“Retainer physicians have won legal standing in Washington state, where some employers are starting to provide their employees with paid membership in these practices with high-deductible health coverage for hospitalization and specialty care.”

June 9, 2009
KUOW: Basic Health, What Now?
“Washington State’s Basic Health premiums are set to skyrocket in January. We’ll hear the latest and find out what options are left for folks without insurance.”

June 7, 2009
The New York Times: If All Doctors Had More Time to Listen
Qliance’s own Dr. Lili Sacks is profiled in this New York Times article on physician innovation.

May 29, 2009


Governor Christine Gregoire
Signs House Bill SB 5436 Into Law;
Qliance Welcomes Direct Employer Payment

 

 

June 3, 2009
Washington Policy Center: 7th Annual Health Care Conference
Erika Bliss, M.D., FAAFP, Director of Medical Care, Qliance Medical Group, speaks about Qliance and the alternate primary care model at the 7th Annual Health Care Conference.

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May 26, 2009
Just Cause Magazine: The Doctor is In and Insurance is Out
” ‘Our application process? You ask to be a patient? We say yes,’ Bliss says with a chuckle.”

May 25, 2009
KUOW: Health Care Reform and Congressman Dave Reichert
“Will the Obama administration also push for a government–run health care service? How will it be paid for? What health care reform is actually politically feasible?”

February 3, 2009
His Talk Practice: An HIT Moment with…Garrison Bliss
“Garrison Bliss, MD, is president of the Qliance Medical Group of Washington, a medical practice that charges patients a monthly fee ranging from $49 to $129 for unrestricted access to its physicians and nurse practitioners.”

February 2, 2009
CNN: New Visions for Fixing Health Care: Health Care for a Flat Monthly Fee
“To keep up in a world where $1 of every $3 spent on health care goes to insurance companies for claims processing, primary care physicians must keep rosters of thousands of patients and book dozens of appointments a day.”

January 21, 2009
The Stranger: Lessons from the Abyss: How to Get Health Care Out of Its Deep, Deep Hole
“As a primary-care internist in Seattle for almost 30 years, I’ve loved every day and most of the patients I’ve cared for.”

January 21, 2009
The Stranger: Extremely Great and Incredibly Cheap
“In the fall of 2005, Erika Bliss, MD, was helping a friend install a hardwood floor and got a splinter—a big one, deep under her fingernail.”

January 21, 2009
The Stranger: Doctor’s Orders: Expanding Medical Clinic Challenges Health-Insurance Moguls
“Insurance premiums, then about $600 a month per employee, were going up between 10 and 20 percent every year.”

January 18, 2009
The Seattle Times: Northwest Primary Care Medicine: Curing What Ails Us
“At the center of fixing the Northwest’s medical mess, primary care becomes the patient in a remodeled office in the Medical Dental Building in downtown Seattle, Qliance Medical Group is betting that its retainer-fee model is what saves primary care.”

December 22, 2008
Xconomy: Seattle Docs, Via Qliance, Aim to Revolutionize Health Care by Freezing Out Insurance
Xconomy investigates with an in-depth look at why Qliance operates outside the traditional insurance system.

December 3, 2008
Xconomy: Qliance Investor Shares Pearls of Wisdom
Nick Hanauer, a lead Qliance investor, spoke passionately at Seattle University on Wednesday night about new venture companies.

November 21, 2008
Puget Sound Business Journal: Health Care Reform Irony: Thousands Could be Denied Low-Cost Coverage
“Direct primary care medical homes, which form the foundation for a high functioning, lower cost, higher service health care economy, will no longer be an option for the 50,000 Americans (a number that is growing by double digits annually) who prefer this health care delivery model.”

October 6, 2008
Carol.com: Qliance Partners With Carol.com
Qliance announces a partnership with online heath care marketplace, Carol.com.

March 26, 2008
Washington Association of Health Underwriters Symposium: Direct Medical Practices, The Un-insurance Solution to the Primary Care Medical Mess

March 3, 2008
Harvard Medical School Weekly: A New Brew in Seattle
“Many primary care physicians are now finding themselves in hot water. Declining reimbursement for evaluation and management has undercut the economics of providers who cannot also bill for a complement of procedures.”

February 27, 2008
The Artist Trust: Uninsured Individual Artists get Free Health Screening Thanks to a Novel Partnership with Qliance
“This one-day health screening is being offered as part of an innovative partnership with Qliance, a new primary and preventative care clinic that operates outside of the traditional health insurance arena.”

October 7, 2008
Venture Beat: Will Health 2.0 Start-ups Usher in Consumer-Driven Healthcare?
“Healthcare really is the last frontier where technology innovations can drive profound changes and grow brand new business models.”

January 27, 2008
Seattle Business Monthly: Qliance Featured in Seattle Business Monthly
“Concierge Care: Qliance is the latest in a new line of flat-fee health care practices that aim to control costs while improving patient care.”

January 24, 2008
The Stranger: Who Killed Marcus Welby?
A special look at the delivery of health care in America, penned by Qliance’s own CEO, Norm Wu.

January 21, 2008
Consumers for Health Care Choices: Dr. Garrison Bliss on the Genesis of his Vision for Patient-Centered Care
In this video, Dr. Bliss describes the genesis of his vision for patient-centered care using a direct practice model and how Qliance will transform the delivery of health care in America.
Video of Award Acceptance Speech

December 19, 2007
Marketwire: Primary Care Doctors See Hope in Today’s US Senate Action
“The U.S. Senate today made an important step that could expand health care coverage to more Americans while simultaneously reducing costs.”

November , 2007
Governor Christine Gregoire and Senator Chris Marr Speak at Qliance Reception
Qliance Medical Group celebrated its recent launch with a reception attended by over one hundred Washington State legislators and officials, strategic partners, investors and staff, plus many representatives from the Seattle area physician and hospital community.

Senator Chris Marr

Governor Christine Gregoire

October 19, 2007
Consumers for Healthcare Choices: Dr. Garrison Bliss to be Honored at Second Annual Awards Banquet
“[Dr. Bliss’] new company, Qliance, is bringing the same principles to working people, including those who are uninsured.”

August 5, 2007
The Entreprenurial MD: Pushing a Medical Practice Model to its Limits: An Interview with Dr. Garrison Bliss
“When you have to catch a physician for a few minutes on a Sunday morning for an interview, you suspect he’s a busy guy. When he is a full-time clinical practitioner, prominent thought leader and a serial entrepreneur, you’re not surprised.”

July 4, 2007
Seattle Weekly: Qliance Offers Low-Income Patients a Level of Doctor Access Once Reserved for CEOs & Other Big Spenders
“Recently, Singh joined Qliance, a new boutique medical practice in downtown Seattle set to open on July 23. In fact, he says, so did roughly half of Orange Cab’s drivers after hearing Qliance’s pitch at the company’s offices one day.”

May 25, 2007
Puget Sound Business Journal: Qliance Medical Group Becomes the Latest Practice to do Business with Patients, Not Insurers
“Critics carp that doctors practicing so-called concierge medicine cater only to the rich, but several Seattle physicians are about to open a monthly fee practice aimed at offering affordable basic medical care to most everyone.”

May 3, 2007
Washington State Legislature: Senate Bill 5958 is signed by Governor Christine Gregoire!

On May 2, 2007, Washington Governor Christine Gregoire signed Senate Bill 5958, sponsored by Senator Karen Keiser, into law! The bill was endorsed by the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, the Washington State Medical Association, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Washington Artists Health Insurance Project and hundreds of individual patients and small business owners. Kudos to the Legislature and the Governor for their many efforts to help make quality health care accessible to all!

 

 

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