It has been in the media now for two years and now it is official. . .The Affordable Care Act went into effect January 1, 2014.
Over the next few years, approximately 30 million previously uninsured people will become insured, many of whom have no current physician relationship. This will create a much higher demand for primary care physicians. The American Academy of Family Physicians predicts this will intensify the shortage for the primary care physicians throughout the country, specifically rural areas and the poor urban areas. As you can imagine, this will no doubt lengthen wait times to see a doctor. Some of the slack can be taken up by the nurse practitioners, but even these physician-extenders are themselves increasingly scarce.
Community Medical Associates has been fortunate in being able to provide Linn County and surrounding areas with 7 days a week medical care with physicians and nurse practitioners, despite our rural location. Pershing is sponsoring two primary care physicians in medical school who will join our staff within the next 4 years. The effort to recruit additional primary care providers to our health system is an on-going effort.
With this potential for the increase in patient volume, Community Medical Associates now provides online patient access to their medical records. This process will allow patients to access their medical records, lab/radiology results and other information from the convenience of their home. Web view access can potentially reduce administrative burdens on office staff by allowing the patients to gain access to their records from home rather than having to come in the office, freeing up staff to process the patients more timely. This service is available at Community Medical Associated, Applegate Medical Group and Meadville Medical Clinic.
If you are interested in this process, please contact Jennifer Salmon at 660-258-1050 to arrange an appointment for enrollment to access your records on line.