PPACA's Impact on Quality of Care Isn't Getting Its Due

Cheryl Clark, July 12, 2012

Like most of you, I've been reading everything I can to understand the varying views on the Supreme Court justices' decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Yes, I have no life.

But what I haven't seen much about—dare I say anything—is that in upholding most of the law, the court validates its many pages that improve and streamline provider quality and safety of care. Even if the individual mandate had been tossed aside, there are more than 40 sections of the law that critically affect how we measure and pay for, and improve, quality of care. 

By that I mean the healthcare that improves outcomes without harming patients in the process.

Quibble with the metrics or don't; they're pretty darn important. For it wouldn't matter much if we expanded access and made healthcare cheaper if the care that was provided was deficient, needless, inappropriate, or even harmful.

It is, after all, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


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