In the state of California, healthcare reform has already begun with the creation of the Low Income Health Program (LIHP). As a way to position the California safety net delivery system for healthcare reform, the Department of Health Services (DHCS) was granted a federal waiver for a demonstration project to expand healthcare coverage to low-income uninsured individuals who are not currently eligible for the Medi-Cal program or other public health coverage programs. The LIHP is a new optional program that is being established at the local level in California and the waiver program brings additional federal funding to California. (more…)
Healthcare Reform Posts
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) regulations that were signed into law this past March will be implemented in stages over the next five years. The government’s overall objectives are to expand insurance coverage for an additional 31 million citizens, and have 95% coverage of the population by 2014. Several of the Act’s rules have recently been implemented during June and July. (more…)
NATIONAL HEALTHCARE REFORM UNDER ACO’S
WALTER KOPP, Senior Consultant.
Many hospitals are learning about the key provisions of National Healthcare Reform and how it will affect their hospital. Many are analyzing how they can participate in the Shared Savings Program offered by CMS to those providers that can reduce costs. This article summarizes the implications of developing an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and recommends where hospitals and medical communities should focus their efforts. (more…)