The Status of Healthcare and Its Infrastructure Operations

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and on March 30, 2010, he signed into law the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act. Both of these laws will add an entire new level of pressures onto the existing healthcare infrastructure in the United States.

The specific direct impact upon reimbursement for certain providers in this at this time is not known. Some items of the Acts that invariably affect providers are:

What we can discern from this truncated list of items outcropping from these acts is that enormous additional pressures are going to be placed on insurers and providers starting in the next few months and barring any legislative changes, these pressures will be long-lasting with substantial financial and operational impact on an already stressed system.

Per the White House, they anticipate paying for the $980B Act in a number of ways, including:

In addition, the Government shall put aside $500M per year for "comparative effectiveness research" which will analyze and deduce which drugs, devices and medical treatments work best and most cost effectively for the population. All of these measures will invariably impact the operations of provider and payor delivery systems, necessitating the need for technology and services to keep up with these dramatic stressors.

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