Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 124,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that's 192 million visits annual
Dr. Hoffmann graduated from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, and completed his residency at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines.
After fulfilling a 4 year Public Health commitment in Rock Rapids, Iowa, he moved to Guttenberg, Iowa in 1991, and has been in private practice since.
Hoffmann is a Fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor for the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.He has served as the President of the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians, and is currently on the Clayton Ridge School Board.Hoffmann has been married for 35 years to his wife, Carolyn, and have they two sons, Zach (daughter-in-law Monika, and granddaughter, Kathryn) and Alex.
Dr. Jeff Hoffmann, a physician with Cornerstone Family Practice, prefaced his remarks by telling the council he was speaking as a representative of local physicians and not as a representative of the hospital.
Dr. Hoffmann read portions of a statement that was presented by the physicians to the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital Board on Oct. 28.
He told the council of the board's subsequent public statement on plans to pause alignment discussions with UnityPoint Health (see story in the Nov. 5 issue), and expressed appreciation for the board's efforts in trying to do what is best for the community.
"The hospital board has done an excellent job," he said.
He told the council that local physicians feel it is important to maintain the hospital as a municipal entity.
"As physicians, we feel the need to remain locally owned and operated," Dr. Hoffmann said.
He expressed concern over the future of local healthcare if the Guttenberg hospital becomes aligned with a large corporate entity, citing physician retention rates and recruitment, among other factors.
In today's healthcare climate, Dr. Hoffmann said affiliation with others is necessary in order to be a critical access hospital.
"You need to be affiliated.... it is just the degree of alignment that we are concerned about," he said.
"We feel strongly that any alignment needs to retain municipal status," he added.
He asked that different alignment models be studied.
graduated for the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in 1984.He completed his residency at Broadlwan's Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
Dr. Hoffmann joined Cornerstone Family Practice in 1991.He is a fellow in the AAFP and Past President of Iowa Academy of Family Physicians.Dr. Hoffmann is a member of the Affiliate Faculty of the University of Iowa Medical School and Medical Director for Prairie du Chien Hospice.
Dr. Jeff Hoffmann, GMH Chief of Staff, encourages the community to get involved with the process.
"Be at meetings.
Ask questions," he said.
Hoffmann 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.
His 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.
Dr. 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 explained.
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 said.
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.
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