Future Direction of Health Care
There are many challenges the health care system faces in the future. In moving forward in a strategic direction challenges they face are: access to health care, technology advancements, maintaining a skilled workforce, health care reform, legislation, and rising costs. These areas present challenges and there is much need for changes and reforms. In this paper I will address five areas with challenges in health care and strategies organizations can adapt to take a strategic direction.
The Affordable Care Act of 2010 marks a new era in American health care. This act will begin to have a positive effect on families, business owners, and their ...view middle of the document...
This can help to deter rising costs with strong statistics that can prove itself. “Our nation’s health It infrastructure will enable and power these critical efforts-making possible the types of fundamental changes in access and health care delivery proposed in the new health care law”. (Buntin, 2010).
There are health care incentive payments for health care organizations that can demonstrate use of EHR’s in an effective and secure manner. In order to qualify for incentive payments, physicians and hospitals must display proof of meaningful use of technology while implementing the following: Certified EHR Technology-Use of a certified product as determined by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which must include the use of electronic prescribing, Information Exchange-EHR must be connected in a manner that provides electronic exchange of health information to improve the quality of health care, this includes promoting care coordination, reporting on measures using EHR must comply with submission reports on clinical quality measures.
Hospitals and physicians that adopt EHR systems will benefit the most. Physicians can earn more over time by leveraging a Medicare or Medicaid incentive program. Providers may receive benefits under only one of the two programs. This should have been implemented by 2014 to receive incentive payments. Hospitals and physicians should adapt their strategic direction to implement this technology to their organization in order to receive the benefits of the incentive program. This offsets the costs of the technology and prevents them from reductions in Medicare and Medicaid funding.
Every American should have access to quality, affordable health insurance coverage. Without coverage, millions of Americans are denied access to needed care, prescription medications, and other necessary services. “Not only has the number of uninsured gone up, the increase has also disproportionately affected the most vulnerable groups”. (Bloom & Canning, 2011, p.1). Barriers that the uninsured face is the difference between preventative care and needing more complex medical care. The financial impact is severe and many people struggle to meet their everyday needs. Strategies that organizations can consider include: providing a network of trained individuals to help maximize participation in public health insurance programs. Statistics need to be measured in order to adequately understand the demographics of the uninsured. Providing free clinics and more information on care that is being provided will help to produce better health outcomes. The goal is to solve problems created by geographic, cultural and other specific barriers. In order to move forward all of the states should embrace community based services that are provided through the Affordable Care Act.
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