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Reform Now Past the Point of No Return

Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, January 6, 2012

Most of the provisions of the much-discussed, and much feared, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, won't take place until 2017. But making the changes necessary to compete in a drastically altered reimbursement and service environment is far from as simple as flipping a switch in 2017.

In fact, here in the first week of 2012, if hospitals and health systems have not yet begun the work of making significant changes to just about everything they do—including patient care protocols—they are already significantly behind the change curve.

Indeed, this is true for just about any entity that provides healthcare services and depends at least partially on government reimbursement. But as you know, government is not the only entity pushing change.

As I discovered during my reporting for our most recent intelligence report, despite widespread opposition to some of the provisions in the PPACA, the majority of respondents to our survey suggested that it will improve healthcare quality.

Why? Put simply, because revenue and survival are at stake. Certainly some healthcare entities see their death warrants in the signed legislation. Staff and service cuts are sure to be a big part of it as well, and those are well under way.

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Patrick Plemmons (1/6/2012 at 2:54 PM)
This despicable legislation is a death warrant for freedom, and not just in healthcare. Luckily, the Supreme Court will rule on its constitutionality and I'm confident that at least the mandate will be struck down. Perhaps a new administration will deliver the coup de grace in 2013.