Much has been written about the problems with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), particularly related to its costs and complexities. Instead, the healthcare industry, and specifically health plans, should regard the legislation as a positive catalyst to make the strategic health information technology (HIT) investments that have been postponed thus far.
The tumultuous forces roiling the industry were set in motion long before the ACA was enacted in March 2010, but while the ACA unquestionably has accelerated and influenced much of that upheaval, healthcare was already changing. Although many stakeholders put ACA implementation on hold pending election results, it is now time for industry players to think strategically about the ACA, decide how to respond to best advantage, and then execute on those strategies. | Read More