Employer Health Benefits, Northwind Pharmaceuticals


INDIANAPOLIS, April 28, 2023 – Northwind has announced the acquisition of QVI Risk Solutions, a health benefit administrator based in Bend, Oregon.

“The self-funded employers, unions, advisors, and healthcare providers, with whom we work, feel that the economic and experiential value of healthcare has become disordered,” said Phillip Berry, CEO. “They continue to ask us to help them create options that drive value back to those who pay for and access the healthcare system.”

“Northwind’s mission is to re-center healthcare around self-funded payer and employee plan members by leveraging points of health influence to remove cost, access, and complexity barriers,” continued Berry. “With our acquisition of QVI Risk Solutions, we add another piece to our Nexus of CareTM vision by supplementing our direct contract pharmacy benefits services with the ability to administer a complete health plan for our clients. We are building a future that re-localizes and re-centers healthcare around the self-funded payer and the employee member.”

QVI Risk Solutions, Inc. (QVI) was founded in 2003, in Bend, Oregon, to provide Third Party Administrator (TPA) services to employers who choose to self-fund their employee benefit program and Business Process Outsourcing services to other TPAs and commercial health insurers. Led by Founder and CEO Carolyn Jarschke, QVI has grown to serve thousands of members and their sponsoring organizations across the country and will continue to operate out of Bend.

“For 20 years, QVI has shown-up for our clients and their members by being a good steward of their health and financial resources. Northwind’s values and vision for the future align ideally with our own,” said Carolyn Jarschke, Founder and CEO of QVI. “Quality, value, and innovation, have been hallmarks of our success and we are excited to enter this next chapter by joining our story to Northwind’s.  I am thrilled to join Northwind’s leadership team in pursuit of the mission to remove cost, access, and complexity, barriers to healthcare for our clients and their members.”

Northwind offers a national pharmacy and health services platform that brings the logistics of drug distribution and home delivery pharmacy together with advanced analytics, pharmacy benefits, health benefits, chronic disease-focused Clinical BlueprintsTM, and RxStewardTM software, to help self-funded plan sponsors create a Nexus of CareTM to influence healthcare costs and outcomes for their plan members.

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