Hospitals say health reform work still on track

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 13, 2012
President Barack Obama's re-election was a strong indication, one hospital consultant said, that major health systems view the implementation of health reform as a net gain for the industry by expanding revenue for hospitals. Tens of millions of uninsured patients will be incorporated into the nation's health system, either joining expanded Medicaid programs or buyasing private insurance through state-level health exchanges. "Now we don't have to go through the exercise of unwinding reforms," said Keith Herle, a hospital consultant based in Alexandria, Va. "But if for some reason implementation becomes problematic," he said, "the political finger-pointing might pick back up."

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