Hospital Medicine's Role in Healthcare System Under Affordable Care Act Takes Shape

Hospitalists to field changes in patient care delivery, health policies propelled by Obamacare for decades.

As America’s favorite pastime began a new season, hospitalists from all parts of the country engaged in a variety of healthcare policy discussions at HM14. That’s why the baseball analogy that SHM advocacy guru Ron Greeno, MD, MHM, used to describe how far along the industry is in implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was particularly fitting: “We’re in the first inning,” he said.

So, while hospitalists are dealing with myriad policy issues stemming from the generational healthcare reform legislation colloquially referred to as “Obamacare,” policy experts at HM14 noted that hospitalists can help control how changes will be incorporated into day-to-day care delivery.

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Source: The Hospitalist