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An annual checkup on the Affordable Care Act

An annual checkup on the Affordable Care Act

An excerpt from the article by by  at  the December 2011 issue of

As we approach the end of what has been another roller-coaster year for our country, it seems an appropriate time for an “annual checkup” on healthcare reform in the U.S.

Like many of my colleagues, I have followed the implementation of the monumental Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) with great interest, mild trepidation, and a small measure of optimism.

It’s hard to believe that almost two years have flown by since the passage of this historic, game-changing legislation that will influence how healthcare is delivered and reimbursed in the U.S. for decades to come.

Although debates will continue to rage about the law and its sweeping array of mandates, the ACA and the overwhelming majority of its provisions are likely here to stay.

The popular media tends to focus on the “chief complaints” — a few hot-button issues such as “death panels” and the significant number of state-sponsored challenges to the legality and “constitutionality” of some of the law’s provisions.

However, in the course of a comprehensive “annual physical” exam, it is clear that a surprisingly large number of the law’s provisions have already gone into effect — smoothly and as planned across the entire industry.

Here are just a few …..

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December 13, 2011 - Posted by | health care | , ,

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