Modern Healthcare August 15, 2019
Alex Kacik

SSM Health and Paladina Health have created a joint venture to launch a direct-to-employer primary-care service to St. Louis businesses, the organizations announced Thursday.

Under the model, employers will pay a flat fee for each employee’s primary-care services. That will give workers access to a personal physician without co-pays and other out-of-pocket costs, including in-house pharmacy and lab services.

“With the continually rising cost of health care in the U.S., SSM Health is committed to finding new and innovative ways to make high-quality health care services affordable and sustainable,” Carter Dredge, chief transformation officer for SSM Health, said in prepared remarks.