Archive for April, 2013

Roadblocks to Reform: The Influence of HIPAA and HITECH on the Affordable Care Act

This article was first published at Michigan Business Professional Association on April 30, 2013.

When it comes to health care, our nation has reached a crossroads.  President Obama’s fledgling Affordable Care Act is a multifaceted, aggressive program designed to overhaul the delivery of health care by effectively restructuring its foundations from the inside out.  In doing so, it seeks to reduce the number of uninsured patients who have for so long been a burden to a struggling health care system that must provide medical care as a service while also turning a profit as a business.  But such a far-reaching plan has little chance of success if it is forced to evolve while fettered with the restrictions placed upon providers by certain grandfathered programs, most notably the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).  As a result, we as a nation must now consider whether the ACA’s fundamental mission or patient privacy should rule the day. Continue reading →

Modern American Health Care (in 83 slides)

This presentation provides an overview of the Affordable Care Act three years after its passage. It explains how the landmark legislation evolved, what provisions are in place today, and what can we expect in the years to come. The implications for patients, providers and payers are massive, and this presentation is designed to provide a comprehensive overview for anyone interested to learn about health care reform.
 

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