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Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / Senator Bob Corker answers a question from McCallie senior Ryan Huynh. Senator Corker visited the McCallie School on November 30, 2018.

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Corker has been named chair of a Chattanooga-based health management company that works with employers to limit health care costs by better early diagnosis and preventative medical practices for employees.

One-to-One Health, a physician-led corporate health management company started in 2013 by Dr. Keith Helton, announced Thursday that Corker will serve as chairman of the company and health care executive Jon Mackler, MPA, FACHE, will serve as the company's chief administrative officer.

Mackler was formerly chief administrative officer for Advocare and Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in New Jersey before relocating last month to Chattanooga to help with the growth of One to One Health.

"I have been able to see the significant benefit of the One-to-One Health approach to health care for employees and their employers and am excited about helping them expand their reach and positively impact many more families and businesses," Corker said in a statement Thursday.

Corker, a former real estate developer and Chattanooga mayor, retired from the U.S. Senate after 12 years in January 2019 and since returning to full-time work in his home town has made several investments in growing and startup ventures. Helton said Corker's "business acumen and leadership will be critical to our continued growth" and he is encouraged that Corker chose One to One to work on among his many business offerings.

"We could not be more excited to welcome Bob and Jon to the One-to-One Health team," Helton said. "After a distinguished stint in public service, we know Bob had countless opportunities before him, and we are honored that he saw something special in our company and has agreed to serve as chairman of One-to-One Health. Jon is a seasoned health care executive with a strong track record in business development, managing growth, and overseeing operations while possessing an unwavering commitment to providing extraordinary services to patients and business associates."

Helton said One to One focuses on education, prevention, and behavioral change and care providers focus on cost-effective treatments and referrals to the best physicians to treat individual health problems.

In 2013, One-to-One Health began serving more than 2,000 employees in Hamilton County government and their families. The company designed, built, and installed an on-site clinic; implemented an on-site pharmacy; designed and formed a 170-member independent physician network; created co-pay differentials; created a shared savings model with network providers; and collaborated with Hamilton County's on-site gym, among other actions.

Since 2013, Hamilton County Government's health care costs have decreased 2.9% annually, on average, without any change to plan design or incentives.

In 2016, One-to-One Health began serving more than 4,000 employees in Sumner County near Nashville and the Sumner County Board of Education. Today, 90% of Sumner County government employees receive care through One-to-One Health Centers and 97% of participants say they are satisfied with the way One-to-One Health and Sumner County are providing care.

In fiscal year 2017, Sumner County estimated it saved $1.5 million over expected claims for medical care and prescription drug costs; net medical claims were reduced from $804 in 2016 to $784 in 2017; and the rate of prescription drug costs were cut by almost two thirds – 17% in 2016 to 5.7% in 2017.

One-to-One Health focuses on reducing health care expenses for employers and improving the patient experience for employees through such services as on-site primary and acute care medical clinics and management; health and wellness programs; chronic disease management; biometric screenings; prescription management; lab services; radiology; occupational therapy; health coaching; preventative care; absence management; and data analytics.

— Compiled by Dave Flessner