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21-888-569-1000Thetermx1chealthcarereformx1dhasbeeninthenewsquiteabitinrecentyears.The2010AffordableCareActoutlineschangesthatmustbemadeinthehealthcareindustrytoaddresstheexponentialriseinhealthcarecoststheunacceptablepublichealthoutcomesintheUnitedStatesandthelargenumberofAmericanswhodonothavehealthinsurance.Asthehealthcareindustryundergoesadramatictransformationtherewillbemanyfinancialandlogisticalchallengesforhealthsystemshospitalsandothercareproviders.Thegoalsofthisdifficultworkincludeahealthierpopulationmoresustainablehealthcarecostsandabetteroverallexperienceforpatientsandtheirfamilies.AtlantiCarealreadyhasmadegreatstridestowardchangingthewaywedelivercare.Somechangesyoumayhavenoticedx14andmanymorewilltakeplaceinthecomingmonthsandyears.SowhatdoeshealthcarereformreallymeantoyouItmeansthatyourcarewillbemoreintegratedmoreaccessiblemoreeffectiveandmorepersonalized.HerearesomeexamplesofchangesyoucanexpectfromhealthcarereformPrimaryCarePlusYourprimarycareproviderx19sPCPx19sofficewillbecomex1chomebasex1dforyourhealthmanagement.YourPCPwillgiveyouthesupportandresourcestohelpyouliveahealthierlifestyle.Youwilltakeadvantageofannualpreventivecarevisitsappropriatehealthscreeningsandextrahelpmanaginganychronicconditionsyoumayhave.Seex1cNurseCareManagersPioneeringaNewApproachtoPrimaryCarex1donpage3ofthisnewsletterformoreonourprogressinthisarea.YourPCPalsowillcoordinateanyspecialtycareyoumightneedandwillbeinregularcommunicationwiththosespecialistssoeveryoneinvolvedinyourcareisinformedandconnected.AtlantiCarex19spartnerprimarycarepracticescalledPrimaryCarePlusalreadyhavemadeacommitmenttoprovidingtimelyappointmentsandtoconnectingandcoordinatingeveryoneinvolvedinyourcare.Evidence-BasedMedicineYourPCPandotherproviderswillfollowevidence-basedcareplansformanymedicalconditionssuchasdiabetesandhypertension.Thismeansthatyouwillreceivethecareandtreatmentthathaveproventobemosteffective.Byprovidingthemostappropriateandhighest-qualitycareyourproviderswillhelpyouachievethebestpossibleoutcome.BetterPatientExperienceSincehealthcareproviderswillsoonbepaidforqualityandserviceratherthanvolumeyoucanexpectanincreasedfocusonyourcustomersatisfactionaswellasonthequalityofyourmedicalcare.Youwillenjoyincreasedaccesstoyourproviderswithsame-dayornext-dayappointmentsusuallyavailableformostservices.Yourproviderswillexplainallaspectsofyourcareplantoyouandwillmakesureyouunderstandwhatyouneedtodotomaintainyourhealth.Theywillaskforyourfeedbackonyourcustomerexperienceandwillmakeimprovementsbasedonwhatyoutellthem.IncreasedEfficiencySomeotherchangesinhealthcareyouwillnoticerelatetoincreasingefficiencyandreducingwasteandredundancyinthecareprocess.Providerswillbemovingtowardelectronicmedicalrecordstoreducepaperworkelectronicprescribingandelectroniccommunicationwithotherprovidersandwithyou.Thehealthcareservicesyouneedwillbecomemoreintegratedandstreamlinedsotherewillbelesswaitingbetweenappointments.Caremanagersandotherprofessionalswillhelpyounavigateandcoordinatetheprovidersandservicesyouneedandyourtestresultsandotherinformationwillbesharedasappropriatewiththeprovidersinvolvedinyourcare.Whilex1chealthcarereformx1dmaysoundscaryandcomplicatedittrulyisallaboutimprovingpatientcareandservicewhileatthesametimereducingthecostofcarethroughincreasedefficiency.Itwilltakeseveralyearsfortruetransformationtounfoldbuteachincrementalchangealongthewaywillbeasteptowardtheultimatedestinationofstreamlinedpatient-focusedhealthcare.IfyouneedaprimarycareproviderpleasecalltheAtlantiCareAccessCenterat1-888-569-1000.WhatHealthReformMeanstoYou