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Hint Health and RubiconMD Partner to Increase Access to Specialty Care for Membership-Based Providers

Collaboration will provide more than 1,500 direct primary care practices with access to same-day insights from 120+ specialties and subspecialties

San Francisco, Calif. – (November 16, 2021) – Hint Health, the leading provider of membership management, billing, and direct contracting infrastructure for direct care and membership-based providers, today announced its strategic partnership with RubiconMD, the leading eConsult platform providing access to specialist expertise. The collaboration will provide direct care organizations and membership-based practices in the Hint Health community with special access to RubiconMD’s eConsult platform for same-day access to insights across 120 specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, infectious disease, and psychology.

“Joining forces with RubiconMD means the growing number of direct care organizations and membership-based primary care providers can now drive additional value through specialist insight within the walls of their own practice,” said Zak Holdsworth, CEO and Co-Founder, Hint Health. “Through this collaboration, physicians can stay at the center of their patients’ care journey while confidently delivering a higher-quality care plan, reducing the total cost of care, and improving both the patient and provider experience by saving time compared to a traditional referral model.”

Under terms of the agreement, the more than 1,500 clinics and enterprises in nearly every state across the country who rely on Hint Health’s HintOS™ member management platform will have streamlined access to RubiconMD to easily and quickly discuss eConsults with leading specialists. The RubiconMD eConsult platform enables specialists to deliver advice in under three hours on average, and nearly 80% of primary care physicians have reported these insights have improved the quality of their care plan. The model also delivers cost savings by avoiding unnecessary referrals 45% of the time, reducing procedures, labs, and emergency visits. Additionally, the platform integrates with most electronic health records and can be seamlessly incorporated into existing clinical workflows.

“From having an orthopedic surgeon advise on knee pain to getting an endocrinologist’s opinion on blood work to having a neurologist consult on migraines, we’ve established a network where patients can get the care they need without adding extra time or budget concerns,” said Gil Addo, CEO at RubiconMD. “This is completely synergistic with the direct primary care model, and our partnership with Hint will extend these benefits to hundreds of physicians and their patients.”

More than half of the people in the U.S. currently do not have access to specialty care, which is simultaneously compounded by an estimated 15-30% of medical care that is deemed unnecessary. The collaboration will help increase patient access to specialty care by preventing co-payments and out-of-pocket costs traditionally associated with specialist visits, while also avoiding unnecessary long wait times or having to travel long distances.

“RubiconMD has benefited our patients and practice by allowing us to better diagnose and care for certain medical conditions that otherwise would have required referral to an external specialist. Of course, the backbone of our ability to use RubiconMD is directly correlated to the amount of time we have with our patients,” said Dr. Robert Boyer, Founder at Trailhead Clinic. “Having this extra time would not be possible if it wasn’t for the Direct Care model and Hint’s platform. I have found the recommendations from RubiconMD to be helpful, insightful, and educational and I can definitely say this has led to better care with less cost for our patient population.”

About Hint Health

Hint Health powers forward-thinking provider organizations seeking the freedom to operate partially or fully outside of today’s insurance-based system. The HintOS™ platform eliminates complexity with direct-to-consumer membership management and effortlessly scales employer direct contracting for independent provider organizations, including direct primary care (DPC) practices & networks, virtual-first care, and near-site/onsite clinics. The HIPAA-compliant, ISO27001 and SOC 2 Type 2 certified platform has processed over $1B in payments and is approaching 1M lives supported. As a leading authority in DPC, Hint also produces Hint Summit, the largest annual conference for the industry.  

Backed by top investors including AXA Venture Partners, Launchpad Digital Health, Meridian Street Capital, and SpringRock Ventures, Hint’s vision is to redesign the healthcare system to enable easy access to high quality, affordable care. To learn more, visit www.hint.com and follow @HintHealth.

About RubiconMD

RubiconMD is leading the mission to democratize medical expertise through its virtual-first specialty care solutions. The RubiconMD eConsult and Behavioral Health platforms remove barriers to specialty expertise by rapidly connecting primary care clinicians to a board-certified panel of experts. These solutions empower clinicians to deliver higher-quality care plans in a timely manner. RubiconMD eliminates unnecessary referrals and services, reduces patient wait times and travel burdens, and allows primary care to practice at the top of their license. With RubiconMD clinical teams can streamline their workflows, lower the cost of care, and deliver a better patient experience. For more information, please visit www.rubiconmd.com, or follow us RubiconMD on LinkedInFacebook, or Twitter.

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