Having expanded Medicaid, Iowa remains well-positioned for the future. However, many states (including four of the six bordering Iowa) have declined the offer, leaving millions of Americans even more on the fringes of the health care system. In that way, ACA has fallen short as a national solution for providing health care access to uninsured Americans.
With a greater focus on patient-centeredness and safety, the necessary involvement and encouragement of “care partners” has been duly recognized. By reducing fear and anxiety, they support the healing process. By serving as scribes and advocates, they increase understanding (for both providers and patients) and help reduce the likelihood of errors or readmissions.
Dr. Locke advocates for community members when they can no longer speak for themselves and does not count the hours he serves, but only the quality and outcomes that he guides. He is beloved by his patients, to whom he gives exceptional, individualized care. For Dr. Locke, the needs of the patient always come first.
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