Among the more popular provisions is the extension of health insurance coverage for adult children through age 26.
Healthcare providers from all setting of care (ambulatory, acute and post-acute) are feeling the constraints and reduction of healthcare reimbursement year over year. Reimbursement rates will continue to decline while healthcare demand grows. This is a burning platform requiring healthcare providers from all disciplines to look at their delivery and range of services, costs, utilization (supplies and resources) and associated clinical outcomes. The acute healthcare provider needs to take a leading role coordinating patient care across all the settings and help the delivery points of care (ambulatory and post-acute) understand their contribution, value, and associated costs. The acute care provider has the informatics and sophistication to measure the performance of each delivery point of care, provide feedback on clinical outcomes and associated costs. This information helps each organization assess their own practice patterns to make the appropriate adjustments in care
The Economist came out with an article last week, “Squeezing out the doctor: The role of physicians at the centre of health care is under pressure,” which argues that a physician’s traditionally exalted status in our society is weakening. The authors cite the health of the world is changing in a way that may find many physicians unprepared. First, with technology becoming a larger part of health, the role that doctors play may be diminished or shaped in a way that gives less flexibility in their decision-making (through automation, variation elimination through evidence-based medicine, etc.). In addition, as it is reported that about half of American adults have a chronic condition, many doctors who are educated to address episodic care (broken legs, flu, surgery, etc.) lack the training to deal with chronic health problems like diabetes and asthma.
I found this topic very relevant and thought I would continue the conversation myself. It is true that physicians are
Legal experts and political pundits are filling the airwaves and newsprint with their thoughts on what will happen to federal health reform (ObamaCare) when the US Supreme Court rules later this month (NFIB v Sebelius). What will happen to the individual mandate? Will they strike down the entire law? What about insurance coverage for my 24-year old college student?
All that speculation aside, there are common sense reforms that are being implemented today — in the private sector — without 2,700+ pages of Congressional mandates.
Let’s pick three areas where we can make a difference NOW: 1) Accelerate a Patient-Centered Model of Care; 2) Support the migration to Health Information Technology (Health IT) by Physicians and Hospitals; and 3) Demand Disclosure and Transparency of Healthcare Quality and Price Measures.
We should accelerate the development of a patient-centered model of care. When providers put the patient at the center of the relationship and do what is in the
If the Affordable Care Act stands as-is (and it likely will, at least for accountable care), providers have a significantly higher burden to provide a full range of care to their patients. Their scope is broadening from providing care to an individual patient to that of an entire population. In order to deliver on the promise of improved, coordinated care (while also being expected to lower costs), providers are re-evaluating how information is shared across their overall care network. In particular, more attention is being focused on how technology be used for cost and quality metrics, provider network management, and care management.
Improved access to healthcare was one of the main selling points of federal health reform. ObamaCare places a great deal of importance on expanding coverage with a special focus on advancing health wellness, preventative services and primary care.
However, there is an underutilized healthcare resource which is available to everyone … now.
That underutilized and often untapped healthcare resource is your community pharmacist. In Georgia and most other states, pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare professional.
From Dade County in the mountains of northwest Georgia to Camden County on the Georgia coast and from Maine to California, pharmacists are an untapped resource. Unlike physicians and hospitals which are usually located in more populated cities, community pharmacists are located in virtually every one of Georgia’s 159 counties and in most small communities throughout the US.
And, pharmacists are very knowledgeable healthcare professionals. After college,
Last month, ObamaCare had its day (or days) in court. The case … NFIB, et.al. vs. Kathleen Sebelius, et.al. will be the most celebrated Supreme Court cases in modern history.
The Supreme Court heard six hours of oral arguments over three days. That is unprecedented.
There are 26 states that are suing the federal government. That is unprecedented.
The Supreme Court’s decision will impact over twenty percent of the US economy. That is unprecedented.
But what happens if the Supreme Court does strike down all or part of ObamaCare? We better have “Plan B” ready to go.
We all know that our healthcare system is broken. However, we can’t all seem to agree on how we reform or transform our healthcare system. Here is my short list of those things that the Congress should consider if the Supreme Court strikes all or part of ObamaCare:
• Make significant changes to the way we litigate medical professional liability cases. Physicians today order too many tests, prescribe unnecessary
Later this month, fellow AJC blogger Mark Reiboldt and I will be presenting to financial executives and other healthcare leadership at the Dixie Institute for the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) on February 23. Our topic examines how healthcare reform is taking shape today, particularly around accountable care and the coordination of care. Specifically, we examine growth and what caregivers must consider in order to remain competitive in an evolving marketplace. For today’s post, I thought I would highlight some of those points and why leaders in the industry cannot just sit idly on the sidelines today. Inaction will likely have a much larger detrimental effect than any misstep made along the way to an integrated system.
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are the latest rage in healthcare. You cannot attend a conference, seminar, or even inter-company meeting without hearing the muttering of those words when talking reform. And for
Mental health disability is on the rise. The American Journal of Public Health recently reported a study which shows a 2.7% increase in self reported mental health disability among the non-elderly. The researchers attributed this increase to the impact of factors including socioeconomics and mental health literacy. It is also well known that people with chronic diseases are more prone to mental illness. This speaks to a growing need for mental health evaluation and treatment but most of all prevention. Well that’s a easy one. Every body just stop what you are doing; take a deep breath; and just relax! Well anyone who has ever suffered from clinical Depression or Anxiety will tell you ’ it is not quite that easy’.
You may have heard of the Social Economic Determinants of Health. This concept speaks to the many factors in our environment outside of our physical bodies that attribute to our health. When it comes to Mental health the stressors of our day to day environment
In general, the letter requests that the IRS make Part V, Section B optional for 2011 (as the IRS did for 2010) to allow additional time to work through the application of these rules to a diverse group of charitable hospitals, to eliminate redundancies that have no clear relationship to the statutory requirements of the law or that do not result in a clear benefit to the public, and to simplify reporting for increased understanding (and to eliminate unneeded paperwork).