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CIOs and CMIOs Speak Their Minds about the Supreme Court Decision

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, July 3, 2012

Michael Zaroukian, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer, Sparrow Health System, Lansing, Mich.
Having said that, I think the most important thing is the fact that the vast majority of the Affordable Care Act was considered constitutional and remains intact, which allows us to continue on the path that most of us in healthcare and in healthcare IT have been using as our guide to try to help with the process of redesigning systems to support the expected increased number of care recipients we'd be able to provide care for, the nature of the practices and the workflows necessary to support that care, and to be able to predict a little bit better the resources necessary to be able to support care for those patients in our organizations.

So I think the biggest part of this is to create some sense of certainty about the kinds of patients we'd be seeing, the kinds of care we could be expected to deliver, and the ability to expand our services to populations that need care (and who have perhaps for example been underserved with regard to preventive services), to care for chronic conditions, and to be able to know that there are resources beyond what have been considered before, such as lifetime limits on coverage for some of those chronic conditions, or the ability to provide care for preexisting conditions.

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