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Largest PPO Administrator in the U.S. Partners with Cambia Health Solutions

First Access Providers Gain Access To Direct Pay Patients

Portland, OR — SpendWell HealthTM, an online marketplace for health care services, has signed an agreement with Competitive Health’s First Access, a network of more than 400,000 medical professionals nationwide. Through the partnership, providers of the First Access network can now expand their business’ reach through SpendWell’s e-commerce platform to provide cash-based health care services.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Cambia Health Solutions, SpendWell is building a nationwide online marketplace to give consumers with high deductibles a way to shop for quality routine health care services at competitive and fair prices. The marketplace gives providers an opportunity to expand their business and treat more cash-pay patients with no financial risk.

Competitive Health is devoted to finding unique payment solutions in the health care network space,” notes Kimberly Darling, Competitive Health CEO and founder. Darling continues, “We’re in the middle of transformative changes in the health care market—some good changes, and some changes that will challenge the industry. Cambia’s online marketplace gives our providers a way to offer their services at clear, real-time pricing and attract patients who are looking for providers who understand their need to be smart with their health care dollars.”

As high-deductible health plan adoption continues, consumers bear more health care cost responsibility. Employers are exploring benefits like SpendWell to help their employees manage their health care spending while still receiving quality care.

Consumers can use the online marketplace to search for health care providers and services, see reviews from other patients, determine their out-of-pocket costs for services, and pay online for selected services prior to the appointment. A few of the health care services that will be available through the online marketplace include provider office visits, laboratory tests, imaging, outpatient procedures and specialty services from chiropractors and acupuncturists as well as speech, occupational and physical therapists. After the patient’s appointment, providers simply click to verify services and SpendWell releases the patient’s payment.

“SpendWell offers many benefits to providers, and we’re excited that Competitive Health is putting their providers at the forefront of the market,” said Marcee Chmait, president of SpendWell. “The online marketplace for health services gives providers a way to speed their revenue cycle management, improve their business operations and grow their business through additional accessibility.”

First Access providers can join the marketplace directly. The onboarding team at SpendWell helps providers curate their services and determine competitive market prices so practices can attract direct-pay patients.

SpendWell is currently building its provider base prior to offering the service to employer groups nationwide and is expected to launch at the end of 2014.

About Competitive Health.
Founded in 1996, Competitive Health is an award-winning, privately-held network and program enhancement company that provides patented technology-based, consumer-driven programs and payment solutions to clients throughout the United States. To learn more about Competitive Health, call 1-888-642-6490 or email