Tired of answering to insurance companies? Do you wish you could just take care of people? We might have a job for you…
You went to medical school to take care of people, not navigate insurance regulations. With us, you won’t worry about insurance regulations or anything else that is currently getting in the way of physicians taking care of patients.
We’re a direct primary care clinic – meaning we offer memberships directly to patients and employer groups in order to free ourselves from the typical fee-for-service system. We don’t deal with meaning
lessfull use, MIPS, or even ICD-10 / CPT codes.
Our location – Yakima, Washington – is in beautiful Central Washington State, which gets around 300 days of sunshine per year (unlike rainy Seattle), has 4 wonderfully comfortable seasons, and grows some of the best produce in the nation. Read more about us below, or if you’re ready to start the application process, click the button below to apply now.
Assurance Healthcare & Counseling Center opened January 1st, 2014. Co-founders and owners include: Chief Executive Officer Jason Larsen, Chief Medical Officer and lead physician Richard Edgerly, MD, and lead mental health counselor Holly Porter, LMHC.
As a Direct Primary Care practice, we are 100% membership-based. We do not contract with or bill insurance companies or other third party payers (with the exception of employer groups, which does not hinder our ability to care for people), which helps reserve the benefits of membership for our patients.
Cost is one aspect of healthcare that is currently out of control. Therefore, one of our core values is price transparency. We do not profit from the sale of medications, labs, or X-Rays, but pass on our negotiated price directly to our members. This not only helps save money, but we believe earns the trust of our members, as we have no ulterior motive for ordering services.
We practice evidence-based medicine and psychotherapy. We are not opposed to alternative forms of medicine or treatment, but we seek qualified clinical trials and sufficient data before recommending or administering those methods to our members.
We believe health and wellness are important but do not practice treatments which micromanage our members’ lives regarding weight, diet, smoking and/or other lifestyle choices that may affect their health. We believe our role is to educate, inform, and care for members while respecting their freedom of choice regarding their own health.
About Working with Us
We encourage our physicians to practice within the comforts of their medical license with one exception: we are not a pain clinic and do not allow management of chronic pain medications. We are not opposed to firing members for non-compliance in this area.
Our hired physicians are NOT responsible for filling their own member panel – that is our responsibility as owners of our clinic.
Physicians are responsible for offering excellent care in an efficient manner in order to retain members. We do not believe that all patients need or want sixty minute appointments with their physicians (this has been proved from member feedback). Our standard appointment lengths are 30 minutes for both establish care visits and follow up appointments, (with exceptions, of course).
Our physicians will consistently see 12 to 16 patients per day (some exceptions to that – both under and over depending on the needs of the day), and if help is needed with efficiency of seeing patients or charting, we are there to help.
We love it here, and think you will, too…
Yakima is located in Central Washington State, within a three hour drive of Seattle, Spokane, Pullman, and the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland). We are technically high-desert climate, as we average about 7 inches of precipitation per year, and boast 300 days of sunshine.
Yakima is the agricultural hub of the northwest. We grow hops, apples, grapes, cherries, pears, peaches and other produce. Our agriculture has created the rise of local wineries, breweries, and farmer’s markets.
Most Yakima natives enjoy our true four seasons. Outdoor activities including hiking, snow skiing, water skiing, fly fishing, hunting, and floating / rafting the Yakima and Naches Rivers.
The population of Yakima is small enough that you never get stuck in traffic and never pay for parking. Yet it’s large enough to attract many big-box stores and amenities, including Costco, Cabelas, Macy’s, Lowe’s, Home Depot, and many more.
Our Company Culture
As a small business, we prioritize efficient and effective decision making that benefit our staff and our members. In other words, we make decisions very quickly, especially when it means a better experience for our members or staff.
We try to create a culture which allows our staff to flourish in the workplace, which we hope translates to flourishing at home as well. We recognize we all have areas of tremendous strength that can help further our mission of providing the best care possible to our members, and we try to encourage and develop staff in their strengths.
We try not to take ourselves too seriously, as we know we are all flawed and have areas of growth. We like to joke around and laugh at life; yet, we also aren’t afraid to embrace life’s challenges.
Full Disclosure (aka, why you might love or hate us)…
We are a family-owned and operated business. Of the current 11 employees, 4 of us are family. This can be hard, yet we do our best to operate as a healthy team and encourage conflict resolution on a regular basis.
As owners, we believe in Jesus, but don’t expect the rest of our staff to do the same. We simply expect our staff to love and care for people, realizing they could as easily be in the other person’s shoes. We swear at times, enjoy alcohol appropriately, and might lean towards favoring the laws accepting marijuana in our state. Although we are Christians, we do not run a Christian business. Many of our members are likely unaware of the spiritual beliefs of the owners. We believe that regardless of spiritual preference, we can all be a part of helping our community thrive.
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After filling out the application below, we will contact you within a few weeks. If you have yet to hear from us, please initiate via our contact form.
Thanks for considering being a part of our team. We look forward to meeting you.