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Don't Fear the Future of Healthcare - It's Working

William "Kip" Schumacher, MD, for HealthLeaders Media, March 3, 2011

I am also seeing great strides being made on the more prosaic, but important, business processing side of healthcare. Patient data input, something that used to be a laborious and disjointed task, is becoming considerably more streamlined.   Merely getting a bill out to the right person at the right time used to be a major challenge for many facilities (and still is for some).   But processing improvements are being made and the administrative costs of medicine will subsequently go down.        

Health reform is going to accelerate these efficiencies through its various advisory boards, readmission reductions programs and related cost containment and quality improvement prods. Of course, for an administrator worried about evolving payment systems, or for a physician with a line of patients out the door, or for a managed care executive fretting over new insurance regulations, the day-to-day challenges can obscure the big picture.

But forget the trees for a minute.   Look at the forest.   It's becoming a more manageable, habitable place, and in the future it will be better still. 

 


William "Kip" Schumacher is board certified in emergency medicine and is chief executive officer of Schumacher Group, one of the largest emergency medicine management companies in the United States.

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4 comments on "Don't Fear the Future of Healthcare - It's Working"


liberalrebel (3/6/2011 at 2:41 PM)
Yes, President Obama has introduced reform here in the U.S. but how do you explain similar intiatives being implemented in other countries? Is this also communist plot to take away individual liberties? The World Economic Forum is driving a health data initiative for the member nations to develop a Health IT (HIT)program similar to the program in the health reform initiatives here in the U.S. for its member natios. This is a simplistic response and of course you will find snarky responses to support your opinions so have at it.

Bob Dimick (3/5/2011 at 8:18 PM)
So very good to hear positive commentary from Dr. Schumacher! Medicine has overcome a great many challenges over the past 100 years - we can keep going strong! The heart of Medicine is compassion for our fellow humans. As physicians we all try to alleviate suffering. Kris Johnson in the first comment to this article: calm down, stop shouting, and try to care about someone else besides yourself.

Kris Johnson (3/4/2011 at 4:40 AM)
It's all part of putting all Americans on a network containing our medical records. (That's one of the things the National Socialists (Nazis) did first, collect medical records, did you know that?) So much for having any reasonable expectation of privacy, as Americans have a right to. So much for states rights. So much for control of our lives. When the government has a say-so about our medical condition, what DON'T they have a say-so about? How long before they tell us what to eat, when to die? But the fools who don't understand individual liberty, who are uneducated in WHY our Constitution says what it says, will have us all living in tyranny. It's only a matter of time. NOT TO MENTION, OBAMACARE HAS BEEN RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL, AND JUDGE VINCENT HAS TOLD OBAMA AND FRIENDS TO CEASE AND DESIST ALL PREPARATION!!