CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Curadux, the innovative physician-led health management firm that provides highly customized healthcare guidance through a network of Physician Care Guides, announced that Rick Johnson and Claudia Wyatt-Johnson will serve as key strategic and management advisers to the company.
Curadux was founded by David Brown, MD, an internationally renowned physician who for decades held clinical leadership positions at Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic. He founded the company to address the fact that Americans aren’t always living well with health issues because their unique values and goals aren’t driving their healthcare decisions. This common scenario is due in large part to the third-party payer health system, which disrupts the normal buyer-seller relationship so that healthcare services aren’t naturally aligned around the best interest of the patient.
“I’m very pleased to join an organization that has designed an intelligent working model to address serious problems faced by individuals, their families and employers, including overtreatment, a serious practice which often causes unwanted, invasive, expensive, as well as unnecessarily prolonged treatments,” said Rick Johnson, the nationally recognized senior executive who specializes in workforce health strategies and productivity initiatives. “The cost in human terms is enormous and on a system and employer level extremely expensive in terms of direct costs and lost productivity. The latter extends well beyond the patients themselves to family members who spend time and emotional energy navigating this extremely fragmented system for their loved ones.”
For more than 30 years, Johnson has led organizations in creating programs that increase shareholder value. He has worked closely with boards and senior leaders to design programs that deliver enhanced business performance and results. His clients include Fortune 500 companies as well as mid-size public and private companies.
“With the reaction to the high costs of healthcare, there is also the specter of under-treatment, which is an emerging problem of tomorrow. The withholding of healthcare services for individuals who may legitimately need them is a plausible result of healthcare reforms designed to reduce costs,” said Claudia Wyatt-Johnson, a nationally recognized compensation strategy consultant who for 30 years has worked with senior leaders to design compensation programs to retain key executives, reward performance, and increase shareholder value including in providers, insurers, biotech, and pharmaceutical organizations.
Curadux addresses multiple challenges across the healthcare spectrum. For employers, health management programs are often too generic and tend to be siloed into specific conditions; the bureaucracy and impersonality of these programs can limit employee participation and thus efficacy. Payers also face unnecessary payout due to the extremely high cost of overtreatment. Johnson and Wyatt-Johnson believe that the Curadux model addresses all of these challenges. Data suggests using this model can reduce the cost of care by up to 30%.
David Brown, MD, commented, "Rick and Claudia have a deep appreciation for the healthcare challenges that patients, and their families and employers, face. They bring outstanding strategic and management talents to our organization so that we can make our Physician Care Guide services widely available. We are very fortunate to have the benefit of their experience.”
Curadux provides highly experienced Physician Care Guides to assist individuals and their families with healthcare decisions. Curadux physicians remain as advisors and guides throughout the Curadux relationship. This employee/family-focused advisory model is highly efficacious and provides a significant improvement over traditional health management programs offered by employers.