April 1, 2021

What if You Had a Chief Medical Advisor? Now You Do

Brandon Weber

Kareem Zaki and Dr. Makary host a fireside chat for Nava employees

Imagine if your company had its own "Chief Medical Advisor". This person would help your executive team evaluate different health plans based on the efficacy of care and clinical outcomes. They would advise you on the impact of important new technologies like telemedicine and at-home testing. An expert in clinical care, they would help your organization navigate one of the most sensitive – and expensive – parts of your business: medical benefits.

Historically, only the nation’s largest employers could consider a role like this. We’re here to change that.

I'm excited to share that Dr. Marty Makary — health policy expert, surgeon and professor at Johns Hopkins, and bestselling author — has joined Nava as our Chief Medical Advisor. Marty will be collaborating with Nava's benefits team to "productize" his knowledge and make it available to all of our clients. This partnership brings our vision of a Chief Medical Advisor for small-to-midsize businesses one step closer to reality.

For us, Marty's role is much more than just having a doctor on staff; it's about providing our clients with the guidance of a medical expert who wrote the book on measuring, evaluating, and deploying the optimal healthcare strategy – at scale.

Marty was one of the key inspirations behind our decision to build a modern benefits brokerage. A recognized thought leader in health system reform and innovation, he championed the use of standardized methods to measure clinical outcomes and appropriateness of care. While this has sometimes put him at odds with the healthcare establishment, it improved the health of patients and lowered costs for everyone in the system.

Donald, Kareem, and I have spent the last year getting to know Marty and discussing Nava's plans for changing healthcare. He was the first physician we spoke with who even knew what a benefits broker was. Moreover, he had a detailed understanding of the positive (and negative) impact they can have on the health and financial wellbeing of everyday working Americans. And he shares our conviction that the broker has the unique potential to deploy healthcare innovation directly to the Americans who need it.

In his role as Chief Medical Advisor, Marty will help us evaluate and identify the best solutions for our clients, from digital health tools to insurance networks and medical providers. For us, Marty's role is much more than just having a doctor on staff; it's about providing our clients with the guidance of a medical expert who wrote the book on measuring, evaluating, and deploying the optimal healthcare strategy – at scale.

Nava is committed to bringing the "big employer" benefits playbook to all companies in America, to help them better navigate the complexity and financial pressures they face. Our partnership with Dr. Makary is just one of many exciting announcements we have for 2021. If you'd like a sneak peek of how our Advisory Council guides and supports our customers, join me on 4/13 for a fireside chat with Marty, where he'll answer our customers' questions on COVID-19 and return-to-work.

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