Physician Careers And The Effects Of Obamacare-aapt.exe

Arts-and-Entertainment Most readers will have heard of "Obamacare" by now, but many may not know all the details of the new healthcare legislation that was passed in 2010. In March of that year, President Obama signed into law the Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act as well as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. These two pieces of legislation brought hope for many individuals and despair for others, depending on their particular perspectives. Although the legislation will not be fully implemented until 2014, it remains a significant (and perhaps the most significant) change in the US healthcare system since its inception. Proponents look forward to what they see as the US’ first steps at joining first-world countries with universal healthcare coverage, while critics lament what they call government encroachment on personal freedom. Without a doubt, these new laws will impact the outlook for emergency medicine jobs, interenal medicine jobs, hospitalist jobs, and many other physician and nursing specialties. There are several aspects to the new healthcare laws. For one thing, it works on the premise of shared sacrifice – or the idea that while everyone deserves care as a basic right, we all have to take part in paying for it and no one gets a free ride. Participation will be .pulsory, because care cannot be universal if some people are allowed to opt out. That is, there are likely to always be individuals who do not wish to have health insurance (whether for financial reasons or others), but under Obamacare everyone must participate. Anyone who doesn’t .ply will face a .bination of penalties and fees, while businesses and low-in.e individuals will get tax credits and subsidies to help cover the cost of purchasing healthcare. The health insurance market itself will also be changed by the new legislation – a new health insurance exchange will be created, and regulations will be put into place that guarantee eligibility and terms when health plans are issued. For instance, patients with preexisting conditions will not be turned down as they have in the past; insurers will have to provide them with coverage (this is known as "guaranteed issue"). The annual lifetime cap (or the maximum amount that an insurance .pany will pay) will be banned, so patients can no longer be dropped from a policy because their care has reached a pre-determined limit. While this particular point is unlikely to be an issue for most of us, it is a huge victory for patients who have suffered catastrophic illnesses or accidents and who will need extensive or very advanced care over a long period. Likewise, insurers can’t drop patients just because they be.e sick. In order to encourage patients to make use of preventative services and head off disease before it be.es costly and time-consuming to treat, new rules will eliminate co-payments, co-insurance, and deductibles for health care benefits that are considered basic preventative care. For example, routine screenings for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease will be fully covered and made more affordable so that patients can detect and begin to treat these conditions before they progress into serious afflictions. The reasoning behind this is that it’s always less expensive (not to mention better for the patient!) to treat something early rather than later. The so-called "contraceptive mandate" covers well-woman visits and screenings for breast cancer, HPV infection, FDA-approved contraceptive methods and contraceptive counseling, breastfeeding support, etc., all of which are medically beneficial to women. The political climate in Washington is rife with bipartisanship, and it’s unlikely that the full extent of Obamacare will be clear for some time, as legal, political, and implementation challenges continue to arise. The overarching goal of the reform is to reward quality of care while reducing unnecessary costs. For hospitalists in particular, it’s likely that more patients will need to be treated while the reimbursement rates for each decline; the incentives facing hospitals could radically change in response to this. The new legislation is also predicted to change the practice of medicine itself, and hospitalists are likely to be.e involved in implementing the coordination of care or to be.e designers of clinical processes and protocols designed to keep hospitals profitable. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: