Healthcare costs are climbing and present a significant fiduciary challenge to unions and their health and welfare funds. Balancing rich benefits, while containing costs, is further compounded by the fact that members often avoid seeking primary and preventive care which may result in fatal outcomes for the fund financially. Dedicated health centers operating with an advanced primary care (APC) model help to solve these financial challenges by providing a broad scope of services that address the risks amongst the population.

APC models focus on driving engagement and creating enjoyable member experiences that encourage follow-up visits with their provider. With the model, patients can see providers for acute care, primary care and preventive care, behavioral health or physical therapy. The services provided often align to the unique challenges, needs and risks amongst the fund’s population. The health center promotes a holistic approach that serves as the front door to care.

Health centers that implement an APC model provide convenient, same-day or next-day appointments to ensure members have access to sick care when it’s needed. More importantly, advanced primary care helps to promote good health and ultimately reduces sick days and time away from work by improving overall health outcomes and reducing the acute effects of chronic conditions.

An advanced primary care model aligns with the overall purpose and mission of unions to improve pay, benefits and working conditions. Health centers are often provided for little to no copay keeping money in the pocket of members. It provides a unique benefit that members and their families can use which enhances union organizing efforts and improves member retention.

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Carey Wood, Vice President Labor/Union

Carey brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Marathon Health with 30 years of healthcare experience. For the past 11 years, he's worked exclusively within the onsite health and advanced primary care market. His past roles have primarily been in marketing and business development. Carey has worked in Medicare, the provider space, the insurance market working with self-funded groups, and was an early adopter of consumer-driven health plans. He enjoys working with Marathon Health clients and partners in the multi-employer plan segment to create engagement and overall healthier lives for the members they serve.