Senator Announces New Asante Partnership

MEDFORD, Ore. — A new partnership in the Rogue Valley promises better patient care between providers.

State Senator Dr. Alan Bates of Creekside Family Medicine was on hand to announce the partnership which is said to improve efficiency communication between providers and reduce costs.

Senator Bates highlighted the possibility of shorter waits at the emergency room by eliminating patients that could be treated by preventative care or outpatient physicians.

“This is going to allow us to open up our practice more to Medicare and Medicaid, OHP, in other words. We won’t be so restricted and concerned on pair bases, we’ll be more open to taking on all patients and opening our practice to all patients. That’s what part of the partnership brings to us,” stated Senator Dr. Alan Bates.

With the new partnership, Asante Physician Partners now has more than 60 physicians and providers in Jackson and Josephine Counties.


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  1. Stan says:

    Story makes no sense. Not even vague who Asante Physician Partners are and if associated with Asante Medical Corporation.

  2. Barb says:

    Say What? Who are Asante Physicians? How will closing the ED to “certain” patients be determined and if they are turned away, how is the provider selected for them? How will this open practices up to more indigent or Medicare clients? If they are going to the ED, they are not being seen by practitioners nnow, or they would go to their doctors. Will doctors be opting back into accepting Medicare/Medicaid clients? Choice has been rapidly dwindling for those patients. What is the partnership? Is it “partnered” with Asante Medical Systems. There are a lot more questions here. This article is entirely unclear. Is this the start of Obamacare in the Rogue Valley? Restrict, restrict, restrict.

  3. Donna says:

    I’m hoping that by having the Physicians (General Med MD’s) partner with the hospital it will eliminate that patient that comes in with the common cold, flu, or tooth ache to be referred/transferred to the “Partners” to be treated. To often you go to the ER and there is a wait, a long WAIT. That’s because the illegals, indigent people with no health coverage comes into the ER in front of you to be seen for something a Family MD could have seen them for and allow the REAL sick people to be seen. People in this valley have learned the system too well. They know that the hospital can not turn you away for inability to pay. So even if you are covered by Medicaid, it doesn’t pay for non emergent or non life threatening, which that is the only reason you should be going to the ER anyway. So hopefully the long wait in the ER decreases, and the Partnered Physicians will be able to see the Medicaid or Non covered patients that with partnering with the hospital will be able to absorb the debt as a write off. Hopefully everyone wins.

  4. Grant says:

    This is Grant at Asante. Thank you for your concerns.

    Asante Physician Partners are doctors working for and with Asante and its two hospitals in Medford and Grants Pass. This will not restrict access to care, but expand it. The goal is to do a better job of keeping people well. Asante physicians will take Medicare and Medicaid. More people can have a doctor instead of having to going to the emergency room because they don’t have one. The ER will not be closed to any patients. We take care of everyone.

    You can read more here: http://www.asante.org/about-us/news-media/2012/pr101512

    If you have any questions, please contact me at grant.walker@asante.org.

  5. Glenda P says:

    Grant, thank you for clarifying this article and for providing the link which explains the questions/concerns voiced. It looks like Asante is thinking about the needs of healthcare in the valley and is acting on it!!. Thank You again.

    1. Grant says:

      Thanks, Glenda.

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