President, Main Street Health
As part of the process of co-founding value-based care startup Main Street Health, Bennett Graham would sit in hospital parking lots surveying license plates to determine how far patients were traveling for care. Now, he and his team are trying to make it easier to connect rural patients with health services.
Graham co-founded Main Street in 2021 to bring value-based care to rural communities, where the model has been slow to come to fruition. As president of the Nashville, Tennesee-based company, he aims to help close the gap.
Main Street places health navigators in partnered clinics to assist with care coordination and reduce administrative burdens on staff. The navigators help patients schedule preventive screenings, remind them to pick up medications and help arrange transportation for visits.
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During Graham's tenure, Main Street says, the company has partnered with more than 900 primary care clinics in 18 states, with plans to expand into eight more states this year. It has raised $342 million from venture capital firm Oak HC/FT, major Medicare Advantage carriers and provider partners, among other investors.
Last year, Graham traveled to about 30 states to hear from residents and healthcare workers about healthcare accessibility challenges. During a visit to southeast Iowa, he learned a physician would drive twice weekly from Nebraska to see patients at a clinic inside a recreation center.
“When you actually spend the time in that community, you start to see the real practical challenges of accessing that care,” Graham said.