There are several health care issues that are in the news and in the minds of many people these days. President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan deserve significant credit for getting their alternative, the American Health Care Act, or AHCA, across the finish line But the version of health reform that the Senate will send back in the coming weeks or months will likely look very different from the legislation the House passed Thursday.
Again, I think Republicans would have been far better off taking a big gulp and accepting Obamacare as the baseline in health insurance public policy and then use many of their ideas to tell the American people how they could make it work a lot better.
A new study by Partners HealthCare shows that patients enrolled in the integrated care management program, part of the Partners Pioneer ACO, had lower rates of emergency department visits and non-emergency visits, and an 8% decrease in hospitalizations.
For instance, approximately one billion people still lack the access to quality health care services. These two efforts will do more to reduce the price (and costs) of health care than any Obamacare folly or any Obamacare repealing and replacing idiocy. Even today, the number of people operating clinics, chiropractor care centers, hospitals, health centers, dental units… is increasing day by day.
A quaternary care hospital may have virtually any procedure available, whereas a tertiary care facility may not offer a sub-specialist with that training. And while they pioneer new diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, new challenges await as healthcare shifts from a volume-based to a value-based care model.