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Much was made of the size and complexity of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act when President Obama signed it into law in 2010. But now that the Supreme Court has upheld much of the act's constitutionality, it's a good time to review key provisions that have already gone live and to plot out what's expected to happen in the next two years.

Changes already in place include:

• Children under 19 cannot be denied coverage because of preexisting conditions.

• Adult children may remain on parents' medical plan until they turn 26.

• Lifetime insurance maximum payouts were eliminated. In addition, annual coverage limits are being phased out. Effective September 23, 2012, the annual limit increases to $2 million.

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Angel Medical Center in Franklin, has announced that Robert J. Adams, MD has joined its physician team.

“The leadership of Angel Medical Center is so pleased to have Doctor Adams become part of our team of physicians,” said Paula Altar, vice-president of Physician Relations. “He will be serving as a Hospitalist and brings with him nearly 40 years experience.”

Dr. Adams comes to Angel Medical from the WestCare Health System where he served as Hospitalist and Clinical Director of the Hospitalist Service.

“Many times patients are admitted to the hospital that do not have a primary care physician or are from out-of-town. That’s where our Hospitalists come in,” stated Bonnie Peggs, director of Marketing and Public Relations.

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Summer has become synonymous with superhero blockbusters, but there’s no need for tights and a cape to be someone’s hero. The Red Cross is asking local citizens to “Find the Hero In You” by giving blood or hosting a blood drive. By supporting the Red Cross, anyone can be a hero to a neighbor in need of lifesaving blood.

“I want to thank our local heroes who make it a priority to give back by giving blood and hosting blood drives,” said Joyce Brendel, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region. “Summer tends to keep many donors away from blood donation centers and blood drives, but the Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient emergencies with blood products.”

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Painless procedure measures breathing

On Saturday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Angel Medical Center, along with all of Mission Health System, will be participating in the World Spirometry Day for the community. A Spirometry test shows how well you breathe and can help in the diagnosis of different lung diseases.

The test, itself, is painless and usually will take less than 10 minutes. It does require taking in a very deep breath and some hard blowing. The device you breathe into is called a spirometer, which measures the amount of air in your lungs and how fast you breathe out.

 

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published: 10/18/2013
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