Dr. Jeff Hoffmann, GMH Chief of Staff, encourages the community to get involved with the process.
"Be at meetings.
Ask questions," he
is cautious about aligning GMH
with a larger entity, especially in terms of retaining the independence to accept a variety of insurance products.
"I'm not against integrating, it's just to what degree," he
told The Press.
goal is to maintain the access to primary care that patients currently receive in Guttenberg
"Primary care still is the center of the new nationwide health care.
Primary care lowers the cost, increases the wellness of a community, and increases lifespan," said Hoffmann
has a different approach in mind for rural practices.
"My concept is to have the independent rural practices throughout the state come together as a group, so that we're able to have better negotiating power with insurance products," he
Hoffmann represents the local physician group as a board member of the Heartland Rural Physicians Alliance, an organization participating in the implementation of transitions that will benefit both patients and members, while maintaining their independent practices within their communities under the Affordable Care Act.
"To keep our independence, we know that we have to be aligned, but we need to keep access open to all different insurance populations," Hoffmann
Dr. Hoffmann has agreed to serve as physician liaison to the work group .
Said Dr. Hoffmann
, "We all want the same thing - to accept all the insurances, to provide best care for everyone in the community, and to keep our hospital here.