Os­car part­ners with Mount Si­nai on pri­mary-care clinic in Brook­lyn

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Jonathan LaMan­tia, Crain’s New York Busi­ness

Start-up in­surer Os­car has col­lab­o­rated with Mount Si­nai to open its first mem­bers clinic.

The health cen­ter in Brook­lyn will ini­tially be staffed by a pri­mary-care physi­cian, a nurse prac­ti­tioner, a be­hav­ioral health spe­cial­ist and a med­i­cal as­sis­tant.

By de­liv­er­ing healthcare di­rectly to the con­sumer, Os­car hopes to im­prove its mem­bers’ ex­pe­ri­ence and forge tighter re­la­tion­ships with the providers in its net­work, said Os­car CEO Mario Schlosser. At the same time, the ap­proach could lower med­i­cal costs that have con­trib­uted to the in­surer’s fi­nan­cial losses.

The clinic will also connect Mount Si­nai to a new source of pa­tients, which could lead to re­fer­rals to the sys­tem’s spe­cial­ists.

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