Paul  Martino

Paul Martino

Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer

My Area of Expertise: I am responsible for negotiating value-based arrangements and partnership arrangements with key health plans in markets to support our primary care model.

My Passion: My greatest satisfaction comes from helping primary care physicians realize the economic benefit from the value they create by optimizing patient care and the patient experience. As the most trusted partner for patients in the health system, primary care physicians are in the best position to care for a person’s overall health. Primary care practices should recognize the benefit in delivering this type of patient care.

Why I Helped Create VillageMD: Having spent over 30 years working for health plans, I fully appreciate the value of a true partnership. Often times, it is difficult to truly innovate within a health plan, as there are many competing priorities. Given my responsibilities for clinical strategy and innovation for one of the nation's largest health plans, I had the opportunity to experience these challenges first hand. Recognizing the need to demonstrably change and improve the way health plans compensate primary care physicians, I decided there was another way to accomplish the same goal—improve the patient experience and clinical quality, while at the same time lowering the total cost of care—by joining in a partnership with physicians. That is the very heart and soul of VillageMD.