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The Patient As Consumer: The Future of Hospitals

For a very long time, patients have been simply that: patients. But things are shifting in our world with the Affordable Care Act, and patients are now becoming more like traditional consumers. In order to keep patients healthy and happy—and coming back for their ailments in the future—hospitals have to keep their patients satisfied both inside the hospital walls and out. Let’s look at how things are changing, and what that means for hospitals. Continue reading The Patient As Consumer: The Future of Hospitals

The Future of the Affordable Care Act

We’re right in the thick of the political season, and outlandish claims come with the territory. But some of these have direct ties to the work many of us do every day—especially when those claims are about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It seems like politicians on both sides of the aisle have their own ideas of what they would like to do with the ACA, but how feasible are these ideas? Let’s look at a few and look at how the presidential candidates’ ideas might affect the industry. Continue reading The Future of the Affordable Care Act

Focusing on Reduction of Readmissions Important for Hospitals

Of the many things the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has attempted, one major focus is on the reduction of readmissions for patients. The financial penalties levied at hospitals that see a high number of readmissions is meant to provide more focus, though unfortunately, there’s not always an easy way for the hospital to do so. Continue reading Focusing on Reduction of Readmissions Important for Hospitals

International Differences in Healthcare Payment

Healthcare is tumultuous. There’s talk among every politician currently campaigning about the Affordable Care Act, what they think of it, and how they would change it. But one thing is certain: many Americans are increasingly looking at other countries’ models of healthcare to determine how they would like to see the American healthcare system evolve. Continue reading International Differences in Healthcare Payment

How the ACA Has Affected Quality of Care

For better or worse, the Affordable Care Act has impacted the medical hemisphere in a lot of ways. At six years, we’re finally starting to see the way it’s changing how we interact with patients. Of course, the major way we interact with patients is through care, and we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the quality of care they are receiving. Let’s look at a few ways quality of care has improved. Continue reading How the ACA Has Affected Quality of Care

Medicaid Expansion Lowers Uninsured Hospital Stays

 

While the debate goes on over the Affordable Care Act, one thing has been proven: the recent expansion of Medicaid in many states has lead to a sharp drop in uninsured hospital stays, and a rise in stays covered by Medicaid. States that opted not to expand Medicaid have seen no significant change in inpatient payers. Continue reading Medicaid Expansion Lowers Uninsured Hospital Stays