With the election behind us, news about health care has ramped up. Most of the news, not surprisingly, now is focused on implementation of the Affordable Care Act since many key deadlines are rapidly approaching.
On Tuesday, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), in collaboration with WellPoint, held a Capitol Hill Briefing titled “Partnerships in Health: Innovations in Care Delivery Models and the Role of Physician Incentives.” It was part of an ongoing effort to highlight barriers to effective prevention and management of chronic disease.
With the President’s re-election taking place on Tuesday night, the future of health reform had been a hot topic this week. As reported in Bloomberg Wednesday, major components of the Affordable Care Act will move forward in all 50 states, regardless of continued pushback from certain states. “State officials who held off implementing some aspects of the 2010 Affordable Care Act now face pressure to make decisions almost immediately.
With the election now in our rearview mirror and the President’s second term set to begin in January, it’s important to take a look at how this result will shape the healthcare landscape and, in particular, impact the fight against chronic disease. With near certainty, the President’s landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will continue with its full implementation and that brings with it many considerations.
Until the results are known from next week’s election, implementation of the Affordable Care Act hangs in the balance. Since the SCOTUS’ June ruling on the Affordable Care Act, states have been tasked with making a decision regarding their plans for a Medicaid expansion. So far, only 19 states have finalized their decision with 13 planning to expand and 6 planning not to expand. The presidential elections will likely change that dynamic as well.
Health care spending growth was the subject of a new study released in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s 12th Annual Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured report…among the most interesting results, as reported by Paul Barr of Modern Healthcare, was that “total Medicaid spending grew 2% on average across all states in fiscal 2012, the lowest rate of growth since 2006 and down from the 9.7% rate of growth in fiscal 2011.” The Kaiser report attributed some of these findings to the improved coordination of care within Medicaid populations.
As reported in this blog time and again, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease certainly understands and values the heavy burdens patients and providers alike have to take into consideration when vetting options for treating chronic disease. It is for this reason PFCD supports the mission of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Initiative (PCORI), an organization that “is authorized by Congress to conduct research to provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and their health care providers make more informed decisions. PCORI’s research is intended to give patients a better understanding of the prevention, treatment and care options available, and the science that supports those options.”
There were a few notable healthcare headlines amongst the barrage of both post-debate and pre-debate coverage this week…On Tuesday, the New York Times ran a story stressing the importance of getting senior citizens “digitally connected” to better take advantage of the technological strides of recent years. “Getting more seniors digitally connected, either personally or through caregivers, is expected to greatly enhance opportunities to protect the health and well-being of older people and, at the same time, reduce both individual and national health care costs” writes Jane Brody. This drive will be especially important for the aging baby boomers entering the Medicare system over the next decade or so and for those current Medicare beneficiaries that, as Brody mentions, want to live longer “despite chronic ailments and encroaching physical limitations.”
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The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a coalition of hundreds of patient, provider, community, business and labor groups, and health policy experts, committed to raising awareness of the number one cause of death, disability and...