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Richard Neubauer Joins Providence to Oversee New Primary Care Clinic for Seniors



New senior care clinic will benefit Medicare patients in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, AK - Richard L. Neubauer, MD, FACP, has joined Providence Health & Services Alaska to oversee its new primary care clinic for seniors, scheduled to open in January 2011. The new clinic will serve patients older than 55 and will be based on the patient-centered medical home model of care.

Because of reimbursement issues with Medicare, most primary care physicians no longer accept patients who use this federal health insurance. In addition, the number of Alaskans aged 65 and older is expected to nearly double in the next 10 years.

"Providence's Mission to serve the poor and vulnerable calls us to help improve health care access for all those in need," said Tom Hunt, MD, chief executive of the Providence Physician Services Organization, which will run the clinic. "We are honored to have a physician of Dr. Neubauer's caliber leading our efforts to provide our community's seniors with better access to care."

Dr. Neubauer was in private practice in Anchorage from 1982 to 2007 and then served as chief of service for the Internal Medicine Department of the Alaska Native Medical Center for the past three years. He is board certified in internal medicine. Dr. Neubauer has a long history of physician leadership roles at ANMC, Alaska Regional Hospital and Providence Alaska Medical Center. He is published nationally on topics related to internal medicine and currently serves on the Board of Regents for the American College of Physicians.

He earned a bachelor of science from Cornell University and his medical degree from Yale University, both with honors. Dr. Neubauer's post-graduate medical training included an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan. Following his residency, Dr. Neubauer served with U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps as clinical director of an Indian Health Service clinic in Wyoming.

"I'm excited by this opportunity to serve Alaska's seniors," said Dr. Neubauer. "Finding a solution to the ever-increasing problem of access to primary care for seniors is key to the future health of our state's elders."

Drs. Hunt and Neubauer estimate that half of the 26,000 people in Anchorage on Medicare do not have a primary care provider. The patient-centered medical home model of care is an approach to providing primary care that emphasizes partnerships between the patient, their physician, and when appropriate, the patient's family. The model is gaining traction nationwide as a better way to deliver care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective.

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