The Mayo Clinic is partnering with Premise Health to improve healthcare for workers at large companies that already receive Premise’s primary care, occupational health and pharmacy services at its wellness centers.
Premise is focused on primary care and wellness services to self-insured employers so the arrangement with Mayo will add the noted clinic’s proprietary digital products and related services for more accurate diagnosis and treatment, particularly when it comes to more specialized care.
“We look forward to working closely together to deliver seamless experiences, improve outcomes and enhance health care,” Dr. David Hayes, the Mayo Clinic’s medical director for provider relations said in a statement accompanying the announcement of the relationship with Premise.
It’s the latest effort by Mayo to form ties with employers and big companies making sure workers and their families are getting the right care, in the right place and at the right time. Mayo has already been in Walmart’s Centers of Excellence program for several years along with other top hospitals and health systems that provide the retailer’s workers treatments for cancer, organ transplantation, joint replacement, spine and heart surgeries at specialized sites.
Such models could be followed by a venture launched more than a year ago by Amazon, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to improve healthcare and reduce costs for their more than 1 million employees.
Mayo and Premise said they plan to use technology to bring the expertise of Mayo physicians to Premise “providers at the point of care,” the two healthcare firms said in a joint statement issued Wednesday. Financial terms of the arrangement weren’t disclosed.
The collaboration will begin at a yet-to-be-disclosed time later this year in the form of an initial pilot. The effort will then be rolled out to “both new and existing Premise clients,” a Premise spokeswoman said.
Launched in 2014, privately held Premise operates 600 wellness centers in 44 states and Guam for 275 employer clients including Disney and Goldman Sachs. Depending on the client, Premise centers can offer services from doctors, physical therapists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
The idea behind the collaboration with Mayo is to help employers struggling with healthcare costs rising more than double the rate of general inflation improve quality and reduce medical costs. Having close ties will break down barriers to more specialized care and reduce unnecessary care.
Mayo and Premise say they share similar approaches to healthcare delivery with physicians that are “salaried, with no volume incentive, which means they are fully aligned with patient interests,” executives said in their joint statement.
“The U.S. health care system is fragmented, inefficient and expensive,” Premise Health CEO Stu Clark said. “Premise and Mayo Clinic share a commitment to high-quality, evidence-based care and exceptional patient experiences. And together we have the reach and expertise to overcome barriers and deliver fully integrated, coordinated health care to employers and their employees.”
Date: May 17, 2019