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The Politics of Healthcare

24-hour News Cycles & the ACA

Published June 29, 2012 2:45 PM by Kelly Bocich

A decision as major as yesterday's Supreme Court ruling to uphold most of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is bound to spur a lot of conversation. We've been asking for opinions on our social media pages -- as well as sharing statements from healthcare associations as we get them.

We're interested in hearing your thoughts about the PPACA, especially now that certain parts have already been implemented and a lot more will come into play in the coming years. Join the conversations happening in our different networking areas-here's a peek at some of the conversations happening:

From the ADVANCE for Administrators of the Laboratory LinkedIn Group:

"How will the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act impact: 
1) Your Business. If you haven't already moved your practice or service into the 21st century, you better hurry. Interoperable SaaS solutions offer the best flexibility and conversationality with little IT impact and hardware/software costs. You need to be nimble and get out of the compliance business and focus on your core competencies. Find a partner if you haven't already. 

2) The Healthcare Sector Overall.The health ecosystem is growing, not just because of increased regulation and shifting business models but also advances in the delivery of care and the diagnosis of conditions and illnesses. As healthcare becomes smarter, things will at first get more tedious and costly but long term we will gain economies of scale from shared knowledge and big data. For now everyone is focusing on "go live" when the crucial question is how to stay alive."

From the ADVANCE for Medical Laboratory Professionals Facebook Group:

  • "More people who can afford healthcare means more healthcare delivered. Since lab tests are how care often begins, this means more jobs for clinical lab professionals. It's a win/win for patients and all healthcare workers in my opinion. I do seem to be one of the few lab folks I know who think this way however....."
  • "If the fee schedule is anything like the current Medicare fee schedule, it won't be a good thing."

On another note, as a journalist, I can't help but to reflect on the major gaffes by both CNN and Fox News, who initially reported that the PPACA had been struck down by the Supreme Court, before retracting those statements and explaining that most of the bill had been upheld. In this era of 24/7 news access, it seems some news organizations are so concerned with being the first to break the story that they forget to check facts. I'm sure the report released by the Supreme Court was lengthy, maybe a little wordy and dense. But the mistakes reminded me to slow down and absorb the facts before jumping into the fray. Disinformation contributes to fear and misunderstanding, and news organizations have a responsibility not to be the first to report, but to report the facts.

Pitch in with your thoughts about the PPACA below or on one of our networking sites. We'll continue to cover the various ways the Act could affect your laboratory.

posted by Kelly Bocich


Editor's Note: This is a guest blog from Jill Glomstad, an editor at ADVANCE . In last week's Supreme

July 3, 2012 10:10 AM

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