Direct primary care group files for bankruptcy after abruptly closing clinics

Seattle-based Qliance Medical Group of Washington and Qliance Management filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy May 17, nearly a year after Qliance closed its primary care clinics, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Qliance Medical Group listed its assets as just under $600,000 and its estimated liabilities as $1.2 million in its bankruptcy petition. Qliance Management has less than $8,100 in assets and $1.7 million in liabilities.

Erika Bliss, MD, co-founded the membership-based primary care business in 2007, and high-profile investors, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer, originally backed it. However, the company's backers stepped away from Qliance in 2016, and Dr. Bliss and her partner purchased it.

The company abruptly closed its six primary care clinics in the Seattle region in June 2017. At that time, Dr. Bliss said the loss of contracts and patients, as well as the inability to secure funding was at the heart of the company's closure, according to the report.

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