Affordable Care Act
On March 21, 2010, Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (now abbreviated as “ACA”) that is resulting in the most significant changes to our national healthcare system since Medicare was implemented in 1965. Every person in the U.S. will be touched in one way or another by this law.
Many aspects of the ACA are positive; others present challenges. Some aspects of the ACA are being felt presently; others will not go into effect for several years. Exactly how the ACA will impact the general public, businesses and the healthcare industry will be determined over the next several years on the local, state and national levels as rules are created interpreting the intent of the law.
As a comprehensive healthcare delivery system with a 27-county service area - with hospitals, a physician network, a major health plan, continuing care services, research and education - ProMedica will have access to all the latest information on health care reform and how it impacts you and your family.
Read more below about other healthcare reform resources.
ACA to continue as national health reform model
The re-election of President Obama has affirmed that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will remain America’s national health reform model. In a statement following the election, Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association commented, "The election clearly indicates the ACA will move forward, so we've got to work on the implementation through the regulatory side and we'll look for opportunities to improve it on the legislative side." Implications for hospitals include the importance of margin management due to likely reimbursement cuts, the transition to new payment models and state implementation of coverage expansion.
ProMedica is committed to remaining engaged with elected officials at all levels -- in dialogue, development and implementation of the ACA’s specifics – so that we may continue to serve our patients and families through high-quality, affordable and compassionate care. Moreover, ProMedica remains focused on being efficient and effective through cost-reduction and process-improvement efforts. Additionally, our emphasis on prevention and wellness continue; specifically, addressing the social determinants of health locally – including hunger, obesity and tobacco cessation – through our robust advocacy efforts.
The below links provide further background on the implications of the election and the future of healthcare reform:
Patient-Centered Medical Home
Even though it's called a home, patient-centerd medical home is not a place. It's actually much bigger than that. It's a whole team of people who know you and work together to give you your best care. It's led by your personal healthcare provider who gets to know you well and works with people like nurses and pharmacists to make sure everyone's on the same page when it comes to your care.