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By an overwhelming majority, leaders in health care and health policy think the new reform law will successfully expand access to affordable health insurance to millions of Americans. The latest Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders survey also found that nearly all key features of the health reform law—including income-related subsidies, new insurance market rules, and innovative payment methods—are supported by a large majority of opinion leaders.
Looking toward implementation, respondents identified the nation's supply of primary care providers, states' capacity to implement reform, and enforcement of the individual mandate as areas of potential concern. Longer term, opinion leaders believe that improved affordability provisions for low- and moderate-income families, prevention and control of chronic disease, and stronger cost controls are the most important issues to be readdressed in the next two to three years.
The new health care reform law includes numerous provisions affecting health care coverage, the health care delivery system, and sources of revenue for financing of reform. Some of these provisions will go into effect immediately, while some will be implemented over the next decade. To help navigate through the legislation, we have created the following timelines:
We have updated WhyNotTheBest.org with the most recently available performance data for the process-of-care "core" measures and hospital patient experience measures reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Users of the site can conduct side-by-side comparisons of 4,500 hospitals nationwide, track performance over time against benchmarks, and download tools to improve health care quality.
In addition, registered users can now download trend data from the performance reports. To access this new functionality, log in to the site, create a performance report or access one of your saved reports, view the report table, then click on any one of the measures. You will then be able to export the trend data as an Excel file and the most recent data as a PDF.