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Coulee Medical Center on a Medicare mission to screen


Kelly Steffens, who has been reaching out to groups to get her message across, mans an information table at Gathering of Wellness powwow the hospital organized in September. - Scott Hunter photo

A coming change in federal rules is pushing healthcare professionals to focus more on preventing illness rather than treating it after the fact, and Coulee Medical Center is implementing a plan that focuses on senior citizens.

"It's proven to be quite effective for our patients," Kelly Steffens told people at the chamber of commerce luncheon last week, referring to a free program that has people on Medicare come in once a year for a screening visit.

Steffens, a registered nurse, is in charge of the program under which Medicare patients answer questions that help healthcare professionals bet...

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