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Employer-sponsored care presents a number of benefits: better availability, convenience and quality of primary care, all of which can prevent utilization of higher cost services.

SpaceX, a company known for its revolution of space technology, is attempting to modernize another largely untraversed arena — employer-sponsored primary care.

A new peer-reviewed study from Collective Health and One Medical, published in JAMA Network Open, examines the impact of SpaceX’s holistic health care program, which integrates on-site, employer-sponsored health clinics with near-site and virtual primary care. Among the treatment group (those with more than 50% of their primary care visits at on-site or near-site clinics), total health care costs were 45% lower than costs for a comparable population receiving traditional community-based care — the equivalent of $167 per member per month (PMPM). The cost savings were due to lower utilization of downstream care categories such as emergency care, hospital visits and prescription medications.

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Nichole Morford

As ALM's Digital Editor-in-Chief, Nichole Morford is responsible for the development of digital strategies to maximize web traffic, deepen audience engagement and effectively monetize digital products. Previously, as Editorial Lead, Digital Content Strategy for ALM's Insurance Group, Morford directed the digital strategy and growth of the division’s web products. Prior to joining ALM through the acquisition of Summit Professional Networks, Morford was managing editor of LifeHealthPro.com and managing editor of Agent's Sales Journal magazine. She started her career as an editor at Penguin Group.

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