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Innovating Healthcare Beyond the Primary Season

Innovating Healthcare Beyond the Primary Season

As the race for the White House heats up, healthcare will continue to be a focal topic.  According to Representative and House Budget Committee Chairman, Paul Ryan, the debt crisis is, above all, a health care spending crisis. About one-quarter of all federal government spending goes to health care — a percentage that would rise dramatically under the president’s new health care law.  For taxpayers, employers and families alike, health care costs rose about 8 percent in 2011 and are projected to rise by 8.5 percent in 2012.

At the rate health care costs are rising, no one-time tax increase could keep up with spending on health care — taxes would have to rise again and again, devastating the economy. As President Obama recently said, “If you look at the numbers, then Medicare in particular will run out of money, and we will not be able to sustain that program no matter how much taxes go up.”

At its root, the Affordable Care Act is designed mainly to extend healthcare coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans by expanding Medicaid for the poor and establishing state exchanges where people with low incomes who do not qualify for Medicaid can buy subsidized private insurance.  In addition, it also calls for innovations that could guide America’s $2.6 trillion healthcare system, the world’s most expensive, toward incentives to contain costs.

In efforts to further this concept, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the billion dollar Health Care Innovation Challenge in October 2011.  Moving at a speed more characteristic of private industry, the first set of advisors were announced a mere two months later.  According to Kathleen Sebelius, “Public and private community organizations, including hospital, physicians, churches, and other groups, are developing innovative solutions to help improve our healthcare system. This competition will help them build on their success.”  Combining process improvement, technology and utilization of appropriate labor forces, the potential exists to reduce redundancy and waste prevalent in the current system.

With the primary season in full swing, Republican candidates have one thing in common—they all want to repeal the health reform law, the Affordable Care Act.  While campaign protocol requires a general response to what they would replace it with, few have stated specifically how they would reduce healthcare costs, improve quality and simultaneously provide coverage to the uninsured.   With the labor force participation rate – the percentage of able bodied adults in the workforce – falling in December and 60,000 falling out of the labor force altogether, the debt crisis – aka the healthcare debate – will continue to rage.

Principle Healthcare Associates is an expert resource and dedicated advocate for Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Physician and Healthcare Executive job seekers. With many years of recruiting experience, we deliver strategies to help clients identify diamonds in the rough and candidates stand head and shoulders above the competition.

Contact us at PHA email and be sure to visit us at PHA Website

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