With the Affordable Care Act being deemed as constitutional by the Supreme Court, sweeping change is coming for healthcare patients and providers alike. Over the course of a few blog posts, the team at MedEdge, a comprehensive malpractice insurance designed for the needs of physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and optometrists, would like to break down what the changes coming with healthcare reform will mean specifically for providers of healthcare.
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New investments in prevention and public health will support your efforts to help patients live healthier lives.
In addition to expanded access to preventive services, the Affordable Care Act will give states and local communities new resources to address the nation’s mounting health problems, such as the increase in chronic diseases, or in conditions linked to obesity. This will strengthen provider efforts to help patients make healthy choices like losing weight or quitting smoking.
With government investments in preventative care under the Affordable Care Act, in which preventative visits will be covered, healthcare providers will have more of an ability to help their patients stay healthy through preventative initiatives like losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight or quitting smoking.
Health care providers will help drive improvements to health care delivery.
New models of patient-centered, coordinated care will give you and your patients more control over how care is delivered. Investments in medical homes and other advanced care coordination and disease management models will help you ensure that your patients receive seamless, efficient care. Providers who provide high-quality services will be rewarded based on standards that they help develop, based on solid medical evidence. And Medicare will pay bonuses to qualified primary care doctors and general surgeons, particularly those who practice in underserved areas.
Healthcare providers are going to be given more control on how care should be delivered to their patients in an effort to make receiving care more efficient. Also, Medicare is going to be paying bonuses to primary care physicians and general surgeons who practice in areas that don’t have enough healthcare providers to administer care to patients.
The Affordable Care Act is aiming to put more control in the healthcare industry in the hands of healthcare providers and their patients, while eliminating a lot of the back and forth with paperwork involved in coverage and administering treatment. Hopefully, this will lead us to a more efficient form of health care, where patients can get treated faster and doctors can play more of a role in the delivery of that care.