It is hard to believe, but we are quickly approaching the second half of 2013. 2014 will have the greatest impact on the healthcare delivery system, because it is the year that the Healthcare Reform Act insurance requirements will be implemented. The insurance changes potentially expand patient coverage and offer new payer sources through the health insurance exchanges; ultimately, impacting providers’ reimbursement. As always, when the money sources change, what providers offer for services, staffing and allocation of resources adjusts. With all of these moving parts, below is a list of top 5 changes that need to be addressed by all providers.
1. Health Insurance Exchanges
In accordance with the Healthcare Reform Act, health insurance exchanges must be operational by January 1, 2014. Each State has an opportunity to either establish its own health insurance exchange or to allow the Federal government to administer the exchange. The health insurance exchange is