Digesting the Healthcare Overhaul

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Healthcare’s historical week continued with last Tuesday’s signing by President Barack Obama of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, followed by Thursday’s passage by the House of Representatives of the budget reconciliation bill that tweaked the sweeping healthcare overhaul.

It’s a lot to digest. There is certainly confusion over the one-two punch of the bills; many seek a simpler, streamlined version of the changes. We took some time last week to gauge industry reaction, and found that just over half of 125 respondents to our online survey see the landmark legislation as positive. Respondents also predicted the impact of healthcare reform on care access, delivery and cost and described the steps they’ll take immediately to prepare for immediate and long-term changes spelled out in the bill.

Watch this space next week for an e-summary of the survey results, or e-mail me at pdonovan@hin.com to request your copy.

What is clear is that healthcare reform will reward payors, purchasers and providers for innovations that streamline care delivery and reduce costs. In this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update, we launch a new feature — Chart of the Week — to track trends and innovations in healthcare, starting with a look at populations targeted by telehealth.

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