A comprehensive new report from The Physicians Foundation, “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Beyond the Horizon into 2015,” examines the ACA’s political and budget dynamics, initial successes and failures, and its most serious challenges for the future. Specifically, the report provides updates on the Medicare physician fee schedule, emerging physician-insurer network and contracting issues, and new Medicare legislation.
Find the report here.
Preliminary figures suggest the ACA has helped about 9.5 million individuals secure coverage, though not without complication. Aspects of the law continue to face political pushback, technological issues, regulatory changes and persistent consumer confusion.
Physicians are at the forefront of this uncertainty. You continue to care for patients all while trying to navigate and manage the changes affecting your practice: adoption of EHR, new quality measures, data reporting requirements and complex new payment models.
The mission of The Physicians Foundation, a nonprofit organization, involves ensuring physicians are aware of ongoing and future changes that could potentially – and significantly – impact the practice of medicine.
A final follow-up report focusing on how the ACA is driving health system changes through Medicare regulatory dynamics is slated for release later this year.
Check the foundation’s website regularly for the follow-up report on their website.