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Teaming up

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 13th, 2013

photo by Jon Stinnett From left, Quality Care Manager Sandy Green-Galbraith, Primary Care Physician Jim Harrison, Care Manager Lynn Groat, Care Manager Joann Langkow, diabetes specialist Julie Scalisi and triage nurse Candice Chrestman form a team of local health care professionals at Cottage Grove Hospital under the 'medical home' model.

As the old saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child, and if early developments brought about by national health care reform are any indication, itís going to take a team of committed health care professionals to keep that child healthy throughout his or her life.

The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, was passed into law in 2010, with many of the most sweeping changes mandated by the law set to take effect in 2014. At Cottage Grove Community Hospital and other facilities nationwide, though, new approaches to patient care have already begun to transform the health care landscape, approaches that administrators say will be crucial to providing affordable care to all as mandated by the new law.

In Oregon, more patients have received coverage than would have previously due to changes that bar insurance companies from denying coverage to patients with preexisting conditions. Coverage has also been extended for young people, who are now allowed to retain coverage under their parentsí insurance plans until they reach age 26.

For the complete article see the 02-13-2013 issue.

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