The Affordable Care Act will transform the U.S. health care system in many ways. A new Commonwealth Fund–sponsored supplement in Columbia Journalism Review looks at how hospitals, physicians, employers, insurers, and states are preparing for the changes ahead and experimenting with approaches to improving access and quality and controlling rising health care costs.
With an emphasis on primary care, coordination of services, and chronic disease management, payment models that take a broader view of health management than traditional fee-for-service are being explored. The aim is to allocate more resources to upfront care and reduce the need for costly acute and emergency care services down the road.
By shining a light on emerging innovations across the country, this report will inform journalists and others of the ways the health system is reforming itself.
Source: Excerpted From www.commonwealthfund.org 11/3/11