Dr. Colin Cooke Discusses the Affordable Care Act's Impact on Patient Outcomes
"I think probably most importantly, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) seeks to expand insurance coverage for a large population of people," said Colin Cooke, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Dr Cooke also discusses the importance of accountable care organizations (ACOs) in regard to the ACA. Groups will be responsible for the cost of care for their patient population as well as the quality of care. Dr Cooke states that the success of accountable care is dependent upon patients no longer being limited to their choice of provider. He says that the quality of care will improve now that there is accountability for measuring quality.
This video was taken on May 19, 2013, at the ATS 2013 International Conference in Philadelphia, PA.
Dennis Scanlon, PhD, professor of health policy and administration at Penn State University, says that it is important to consider what details patients need in order to make informed decisions. For payers, this might include informing consumers about enrollment decisions.
Not every patient responds the same way to the same treatment, yet healthcare is moving toward a system based on population health. How can researchers, health plans, and providers respond? This month in The American Journal of Managed Care, Jennifer S. Graff, PharmD, and co-authors call for an approach that identifies when differences in patient responses are mostly like to matter, and offering greater flexibility when the patient’s health is most at stake.