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Podcast 162: Revolutionizing Health Care: A Disruptive Approach to Primary Care and Employer Partnerships with Dr. Jeff Wells

Jan 14, 2024


Explore the power of incentives in health care, innovative approaches to Medicaid programs, and the importance of primary care in today’s evolving landscape. From the nuances of incentives in Medicaid to pioneering primary care models, we’ll delve into the evolving health care landscape and how Marathon Health is making a significant impact. Dr. Wells takes us on a journey through his experiences in State Medicaid, offering profound insights that have driven innovative approaches to advanced primary care.

In this episode

Jeff Wells, MD

Jeff Wells, MD, is the CEO and co-founder of Marathon, a modern health company that partners with employers, benefit consultants and unions to deliver a health care experience that focuses on driving real behavior change, resulting in better employee health and financial savings. Marathon Health’s model consists of onsite health centers, Network health centers and virtual advanced primary care. Wells, who earned his MD in internal medicine from Indiana University, was president and co-founder of OurHealth, which merged with Marathon Health in January 2020. He is the former director of Indiana's Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning.


John Marchica

John Marchica is a veteran health care strategist and CEO of Darwin Research Group. He is leading ongoing, in-depth research initiatives on integrated health systems, accountable care organizations, and value-based care models. He is a faculty associate in the W.P. Carey School of Business and the graduate College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University.

John did his undergraduate work in economics at Knox College, has an MBA and M.A. in public policy from the University of Chicago, and completed his Ph.D. coursework at The Dartmouth Institute. He is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is pursuing certification as a Fellow.

About Darwin Research Group

Darwin Research Group Inc. provides advanced market intelligence and in-depth customer insights to health care executives, with a strategic focus on health care delivery systems and the global shift toward value-based care. Darwin’s client list includes forward-thinking biopharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as health care providers, private equity, and venture capital firms. The company was founded in 2010 as Darwin Advisory Partners, LLC and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. with a satellite office in Princeton, N.J.


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