The past 12 months have brought significant and radical change in the healthcare industry. The following are some of the top stories of 2012 revisited.
The past 12 months have brought significant and radical change in the healthcare industry. Here are some of the top stories of 2012 revisited.
The top story of 2012 was unquestionably the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). By joining the four liberal justices on the court, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. provided the key vote that upheld the individual mandate, the key piece of the PPACA, requiring Americans to purchase health insurance. The mandate was deemed constitutional under Congress’ power to lay and collect taxes.
Aside from the historical significance, the decision brought with it a plethora of additional considerations. For instance, medical spending and quality of care were two major focal points following the Supreme Court’s decision. States were left to ponder the pros and cons of Medicaid Expansion. Additionally, individual states were also left to grapple with the decision of whether or not to implement their own health insurance exchange (HIX). Even today, legislative and economic challenges still exist, causing some states to refuse any part in setting up a HIX, while others continue to move forward thanks to government grants.
But beyond the fallout from the Supreme Court’s decision, there were many other significant stories in managed care in 2012. Some of those include the following:
Finally, the past year included many managed care conferences that brought with them new data on revenue models, cost savings, personalized medicine, and much more. The AJMC editorial team had the privilege of covering many of these conferences on site to bring the latest information to readers. Here are some of the highlights:
The past 12 months have brought about an unprecedented amount of change in the healthcare arena. In many instances, change is just beginning, meaning that 2013 and beyond will bring about continued change, as stakeholders from all sectors of the healthcare industry come together to examine new strategies to deliver better care while reducing costs. As always, we look forward to bringing you the latest information as the industry continues to evolve.