As the Affordable Care Act’s policies roll out, Dr. Richard Kube has already prepared the Prairie Spine and Pain Institute for the changes. While patients may not notice direct changes Dr. Kube says his entire approach to healthcare has changed.
“We did all of this to stay ahead of the game for our patients,” said Dr. Kube. “We want to provide them with the best care possible at all times, but we also want to maintain that level of care even after the Affordable Care Act is implemented.”
In late February the Obama administration finalized the federal rules. The rules expand what insurance companies must cover, including mental health services, rehabilitation and chronic disease management.
“We specifically added the behavioral health services within the last year, anticipating this expanded coverage,” said Kube.
Over the last year Dr. Kube in Peoria saw the potential changes coming and tailored his practice to accommodate them. He offers an integrated care model, meaning patients who come to his office can and will receive everything from a behavioral evaluation, a customized chronic pain management program, physical therapy and rehabilitation both before and after surgery and a surgical procedure, if necessary.
“We made all of these changes ahead of time to provide integrated care for our patients so they can receive all the services they need under one roof,” said Dr. Kube. “I want to make it as easy as possible to give them the care they deserve.”