The Affordable Care Act of 2010 will celebrate its second birthday in March. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 43 of the 46 reforms scheduled by the Affordable Care Act to be in place in 2010 and 2011 are already in effect. We’ve seen coverage provided for young adults, a filling of the "donut hole," restraints on premium increases and historic opportunities for practice innovation. So what should we expect in 2012?
There will be continued work on payment reform and practice transformation at the Federal level, but much of the action is also now happening at the State level, around issues like insurance exchanges and determining essential benefit packages. This is where doctors from the community can have a powerful voice. Sign up for DFA’s One Million Campaign and find the resources you need to make yourself heard.
There will be further attempts to defund the Affordable Care Act through a planned 27% Medicare cut also known as the SGR. The next vote in Congress will be February 28th, and it won’t be the last. DFA opposes these cuts and is standing firm in its position that we need to innovate, not amputate, when it comes to healthcare.
Look to the Supreme Court March 26th through 28th. The court will hear challenges to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, with a ruling likely later in the spring. DFA will be planning events and activities around this date to highlight the issues at stake.
The CMS Center of Innovation has announced the first group of Innovation Advisors – seventy-three innovators from around the country who are on the cutting edge of change. You may recognize some of the names.