Thursday, July 12, 2012

Supreme Court Decision: What We've Learned and Where We're Headed


From the blog: "On June 28, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold most of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Obama's health care reform law. The opinion upheld the individual mandate requiring most U.S. residents to have health insurance, while striking down the government's threat of withholding existing Medicaid payments to states that choose not to participate in the expanded Medicaid program called for by the ACA. The decision is a landmark one, and now with a final ruling that the law is constitutional, the health care sector can move forward with more clarity. 

I've been thinking about the ACA and how it will affect health IT. Although the ruling did not directly touch on IT, it will define the health care landscape and the amount of money spent on improving it in the future. With that backdrop, I've identified key takeaways from the decision and where I see health IT moving forward post-Supreme Court decision." Read more