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Why your doctor might start asking a lot more questions
Los Angeles Times

Many residents of Los Angeles County might soon find they are getting more attention and questions from their doctors.

That’s because L.A. Care Health Plan — a public health plan in L.A. County with more than 1.8 million members — received a $15.8-million federal grant this week to help change the way physicians interact with patients and deliver care.

The funding, part of the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, is supposed to help achieve a key goal of Obamacare: improve primary and preventative care and thereby reduce healthcare costs. The Affordable Care Act promotes the idea that keeping people healthy — both by providing quality care to patients and catching diseases early — prevents the need for expensive medical care, saving money in the long run.