|By BOBWARREN; BOBBY WARREN|
In reviewing the past year, the medical director for the
The Clinic added 12 physicians and five mid-level physicians' assistants and nurse practitioners, Medical Director Dr.
There were more than 4,650 procedures performed at the
Areas of growth include general surgery where surgeons are performing minimally invasive procedures for gallbladders and hernias, Surgical Director Dr.
The Clinic also has added two full-time gastroenterologists, Drs.
Guttman said Baggott and Golden are also doing breath tests to look for lactose and fructose intolerance, and they are doing esophageal dilatations for dysphagia. This is an important area because so many people have trouble swallowing, Guttman said.
Internationally recognized colorectal surgeon Dr.
Physicians also are performing minimally invasive sterilizations without incisions, using laser treatment of prostate and kidney stones and providing expanded pain management services.
While it is important to have the necessary physicians, access to those doctors also is important. Tizzano said the Clinic is working hard to make sure if someone needs to see a physician, then there will be same-day service.
An aim of the
"Those are forming our foundation for primary care," Tizzano said.
As the ACA continues to be implemented, the
One of the things the health care law is doing is moving the industry from a volume-based payment model to a value-based payment model, Madasz said.
"And who wouldn't want that?" Tizzano asked.
Over the past year, the Cleveland Clinic Wooster provided
"We're here to take care of patients," Madasz said. "We have to try to find a way to do it with declining reimbursements. It's a more complex market."
"Part of that is efficiency," Tizzano said.
Because health care reform is not fully implemented and some aspects have delayed, Guttman said no one is really sure how it will all "shake out." The Clinic was working with one patient who lost coverage and could not get covered in the exchange. The Clinic provided the needed care.
"A patient shouldn't have to worry about this," Guttman said. "I hope it gets better soon."
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