|By Sheila Hagar, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Wash.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Beginning in August, Drs.
"This transition developed out of conversations between both organizations regarding ways to better serve their respective patients and provide surgical care to the
Recruiting surgeons to here and other small cities is historically difficult -- striking a balance between having a personal life as an on-call surgeon and a busy enough private practice to sustain family life is a real issue, said
It's also a start of what must come under the Affordable Care Act, he noted.
"Moving forward in health care reform, the three major organizations here in town will have to look at new ways to partner without all three investing in the same things," such as equipment and areas of specialty care, Michaelson said.
"By getting access to the surgery center, typically most procedures can cost up to 50 percent less. In physician-owned groups, compared to hospitals, ancillary services (such as labs, X-ray and physical therapy) can be two to three times cheaper."
Newbold opened his practice here in 1991 and was joined by Reid in 2011. Specialties planned for rotation include orthopedic surgery and gastroenterology, with other specialties being considered.
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