Primary care practice to launch in the fall

Latus Medical Care, a new innovative primary care practice that will exclusively serve BlueCross BlueShield members, will begin accepting patients this fall.

Latus Medical Care is named to evoke the idea of interlacing the components that make up the health care experience. The practice will provide an integrated primary care experience for BlueCross BlueShield members. It is designed specifically to address several of the key challenges affecting the current health care landscape, including access to care, patient experience and quality of care.

 “Primary care is vital to a healthy, thriving population, yet our entire country continues to face an unprecedented demand for accessible primary care,” said physician Thomas Schenk, a founding partner of Latus Medical Care. “Latus Medical Care will not only increase access to care locally, but will provide a seamless and transformative health care experience for BlueCross BlueShield members.”

The practice will offer an array of primary care and other integrated services, including preventive care, complex care for members with chronic diseases, and behavioral health counseling.

 “Latus Medical Care will provide everything a member needs to manage their care, health, and benefits right at the tip of their fingers,” added Schenk. “Whether it’s finding a doctor or pharmacy, or viewing test results or health history, this model is designed to simplify health care.”

This concept is part of a growing national trend for health care insurers to identify dedicated practices to care for their members.

“BlueCross BlueShield has been a leader in supporting initiatives that are transforming primary care in our region. This new partnership is another step we are taking to increase access to quality primary care for our members,” said David W. Anderson, president and CEO, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. “Latus Medical Care will connect our members to the care they need.”

The new 8,000-square-foot office will be located in at 2350 Maple Road in Amherst.