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To Health & Good Fortune in the New Year!

To Health & Good Fortune in the New Year!

As you popped the Champagne and put oysters on ice to ring in the New Year, you may have wondered about your chances of shucking an oyster and finding a pearl inside. There are stories of this happening,1 but it’s incredibly rare. It’s thought that approximately one in 10,000 wild oysters yields a pearl;2 only a fraction of those, still, will be large and lustrous enough to make for a lucky find — your chances of this, it turns out, are about one in a million.3

Some pearls may develop in as little as six months.4 Yet, over time, as iridescent layers abound, they expand outward, growing in quality and value. As we reflect on the past year, one thing is clear: it has been a year of extraordinary growth and development for Pearl Health and value-based care. Below are some highlights from 2022 that leave us feeling like one in a million as we head into the new year. Cheers!

#1 Entering a New Era of Provider-Led Risk

The American healthcare system has always evolved along with shifts in social policy, market forces, and technological advances. Innovative value-based care programs, new risk-bearing entities entering healthcare, maturing capital markets, and increasing data interoperability are enabling a tectonic shift in healthcare spending and risk management.

This great risk shift from entities that traditionally bore healthcare costs (i.e. the government and insurers) to those who have traditionally been the providers and consumers of healthcare (i.e. doctors and patients) involves the transfer of risk related to $4 trillion (and more as time goes on) of healthcare expenditures.

Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) created the new ACO REACH model “to improve the quality of care for people with Medicare through better care coordination, reaching and connecting health care providers and beneficiaries, including those beneficiaries who are underserved….”

At Pearl Health, we believe value-based care models, like ACO REACH — along with supporting technology to enable effective risk management and care coordination across patient populations — have the potential to both increase the sustainability of our healthcare system and to align providers with their patients in a way that results in better care and more financial reward flowing to those who coordinate it.

The next era of healthcare will be defined by the trend of physician enablement. We see the management of health, with the physician at the center, as leading to the holy grail of healthcare: better outcomes, lower costs and higher patient and provider satisfaction.
The next era of healthcare will be defined by the trend of physician enablement. We see the management of health, with the physician at the center, as leading to the holy grail of healthcare: better outcomes, lower costs and higher patient and provider satisfaction.

We’re excited by the knowledge that is starting to come from the standardization of massive stores of previously non-interoperable healthcare data and the impact that increased data access and portability will have on our ability to generate insights that enable providers to deliver better care and succeed in this new era of provider-led risk management.

#2 Making a Splash in Value-Based Care

In 2022, more than 800 primary care providers from coast to coast partnered with Pearl Health, resulting in more than 10x year-over-year growth and expanding our network from 10 to 29 states.

From small independent PCPs to large groups, the rapid expansion of the Pearl Community reflects the growing appetite for participation in innovative value-based care programs. It also reflects Pearl’s deep commitment to enabling primary care organizations to transition from volume-based fee-for-service payments to value-based care with incentives aligned with keeping patients healthy.

We’re delighted to welcome these new partners to our Community and excited to help them develop care models that put patient- and provider-experience first and allow them to focus on delivering the highest quality of care.

#3 Improving Providers’ Prospects

At Pearl, we believe that innovative value-based care models, like ACO REACH, not only have the potential to improve patient experiences and outcomes: they also present opportunities for PCPs to increase and stabilize revenue and generate shared savings for their practices.

Yet, many primary care organizations lack the analytics capabilities and know-how to understand their options for participating in capitation payment programs, making potential risks and rewards opaque.

Earlier this year, we developed the self-serve Value-Based Care Advisor tool to provide transparency, help PCPs identify opportunities, and make it easy to understand the financial implications of participating in the model before diving in.

Interested in exploring participation in the year ahead? Click the link below!

How much more could your practice earn with Pearl?

Try Pearl's Value-Based Care Advisor tool and get offers on demand.

#4 Surfacing “Clinical Pearls”

Early this year, we announced the launch of the Pearl Platform, technology purpose-built to enable PCPs and clinical staff with insights to proactively manage Medicare patient panels with less work, while surfacing org-level performance trends to deliver higher-quality care at a lower cost and drive continuous improvement.

In 2022, our team developed proprietary data science models that distill complex information across providers and facilities into what’s most important to enable proactive, whole patient care. We also developed several ways to visualize data to provide simple, actionable insights, including:

Anonymized Patient Stories

With proactive care models aided by Pearl’s technology, these practices were better positioned to maintain consistent contact with patients who were likely to need attention, to stay up to date with diagnoses, and to administer appropriate care.

Year in Review: 2022

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Signal-Action Framework & Urgency Score

In this document, you’ll learn about the algorithm that powers the insights surfaced within the Pearl Platform and our vision for how this will evolve in 2023 and beyond.

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As early adopters engaged with our product and took first actions across their patient panels, our team measured progress, took a principled approach to evolving the Pearl Platform, and prioritized building experiences that surface actionable information in low-friction, easily-consumable ways.

We’re proud to report that more than 3,000 actions were taken by the platform’s early adopters in 2022 and 60% of Medicare patients in the platform had actions logged by PCPs or clinical staff. As of December 2022, Pearl’s NPS score from early adopters is a staggering 94.4.

We’re extremely grateful to the providers and staff who partnered with us in 2022 to develop and refine the Pearl Platform and we’re excited to continue evolving with you to generate increasingly helpful patient and performance data in the year ahead.

Pearl is helping us to identify which patients need attention the most. It's obvious they care about their mission and mine.
Pearl is helping us to identify which patients need attention the most. It's obvious they care about their mission and mine.

#5 Growing a One-in-a-Million Team

As we have partnered with more and more primary care organizations across the country and invested in the scalability of our products and services, the Pearl team has been growing rapidly. In 2022, our team more than doubled, growing from 25 employees at the start of the year to more than 60 in January 2023.

In 2022, we’re delighted to have welcomed several senior leaders who have already made significant impacts in our ability to diversify our partnerships and offerings, accelerate product development and innovation, and create scalable systems that position us for rapid growth.

Pearl Leadership Hires in 2022

Dr. Cameron Berg, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Dr. Cameron Berg, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Senior Clinical Advisor

Before joining as Pearl’s Senior Clinical Advisor, Dr. Berg worked as an emergency physician while also developing an interest in population health and a passion for disambiguating complicated workflows. Dr. Berg’s clinical expertise is instrumental in helping create provider- and patient-centric experiences.

Joseph Cianflone

Joseph Cianflone
Executive Vice President, Finance & Strategy

Prior to joining Pearl, Joe founded an asset management company, served as portfolio manager for the Public Sector Pension Investment Board of Canada, and acted as Chief Financial Officer for an engineering firm.

Bill Georges

Bill Georges
Senior Growth Advisor

Formerly Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Bill brings to bear two decades of payer experience across corporate venture, product, strategy, and other leadership roles, offering invaluable expertise as we increasingly form partnerships with payers.

Jon Goldin

Jonathan Goldin
Chief Legal Officer

In addition to in-house experience as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for the financial advisory business of a global consulting firm, Jonathan practiced law at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, representing corporations, directors and officers in litigation relating to M&A, corporate governance, securities law issues, regulatory inquiries, and other complex civil matters.

Angie Inlow

Angie Inlow
Vice President of Enterprise Partnerships

As a healthcare growth leader with more than 25 years of experience across hospitals, payers, providers, and digital health, Angie brings both expertise and a passion for primary care that uniquely positions her to engage and partner with both healthcare business leaders and PCPs.

Matt Solnit

Matt Solnit
Chief Technology Officer

A technology industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience across both startups and Fortune 1000 public companies, Matt joined Pearl at a pivotal moment to build out a world-class Engineering team and accelerate product development and innovation.

Pearl is led by provider-enablement, risk-bearing, and technology experts who are thoughtfully building a mission-driven team to democratize access to value in healthcare.

We’re still rapidly expanding across functions, including engineering, product, sales, marketing, customer success, and operations.

Interested in joining a one-in-a-million team in 2023? Check out opportunities on our Careers Page.

  1. Jack Guy, “New York diner chomps on an oyster, finds a pearl,” CNN Travel. December 18, 2018.
  2. Alvin Goodley, “8 Rarest Types Of Pearls Found In The World,” Rarest.org. June 1, 2022.
  3. Carla Jonas, “What are the odds? Finding a natural pearl in an oyster,” The Pearl Source. May 24, 2022.
  4. American Pearl, “A Brief History of Pearls: How Pearls form in the Oyster.” Accessed December 27, 2022.
Madison Klein

Madison Klein

Director, Product Marketing, Pearl Health