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Providers, Payers Largely Favor PPACA Decision

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2012

For other parts of the law being rolled out in regulation, such as penalties for higher rates of readmissions and preventable hospital-acquired infections and other conditions, readmission penalties and requirements to reduce hospital-acquired conditions, which Umbdenstock said hospitals will work to change through the regulatory process already underway. And the AHA will work for quick results from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute for comparative effectiveness conclusions.
 


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And Umbdenstock said, the AHA will continue efforts to strengthen the legislation with parts that were dropped before passage, such as tort reform and clarity on how providers help patients make decisions about end-of-life care, a divisive point during the pre-passage debate.

"The nation still needs to have a responsible and continuing dialogue end of life care, and the best way for all of us to plan for the day when we have an advanced illness, and to make decisions before that time as to the way in which we would like to receive that care," he said.

Other key segments of the industry responded favorably to the court's opinion, with some caveats.

"This decision protects important improvements, such as ending coverage denials due to pre-existing conditions and lifetime caps on insurance, and allowing the 2.5 million young adults up to age 26 who gained coverage under the law to stay on their parents' health insurance policies," Jeremy Lazarus, MD, president of the American Medical Association said in a statement.

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R Daniel King (6/29/2012 at 4:33 PM)
First, how does an inefficient, quality challenged government agency provide the leadership in designing a path to an efficient, quality-driven health care delivery system? ObamaCare is a coffin not vehicle to the Golden Age of Medicine and it appears some are blinded by the idea that there will be more patients paying $7 for a service costing $100. What the Supremes have upheld is the right for government to limit freedoms, limit profits and dictate what medical services will be given for free. Today it is only health insurers, tomorrow everything else. Once government claims everyone has "government" insurance and cost shifting is something in the past, nothing stops CMS from limiting hospital CEO salaries based on a factor times the average nurses salary because "it's fair" and all his hospital patients now pay. How about creating profit ceilings to" make it fair" by controlling the profit range between specialist and primary care physicians? Or say that a hospital that exceeds a 5% profit threshold has to give the excess to a competing hospital that is not close to the threshold to "make it fair." We are knee deep in an entitlement culture that wants governmen to "make it fair." Which is exactly what health care leadership is presently doing, waiting for government. Remember, four Supremes found the WHOLE law unconstitutional. Roberts had to import a reference to taxes which is unprecedented. Now, there is nothing stopping government from adding the "tax" to FICA for subsidizing the uninsured poor so all your patients can pay. Remember, Democrats stated during the ObamaCare debate, "it would be so much easier if we could just tax like we do Medicare." Robert's has granted their wish. With profit controls and mandated free services on private insurers, how many do you think will be left in five years? What will be left will be "Medicare" for everyone with universal price controls, hundreds of oversight agencies and hundreds of thousands of regulations, all freedom killers, quality killers and inflation builders. The Democrats are presently on a full court press to attach anyone who makes reference to "the tax" and mandate in the same sentence, because they do not want the voters to connect the dots before November. I do not feel the tingle up my leg that the individuals in this article are feeling.