Key Provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HCR)

  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Document [PUBLIC LAW 111–148]
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  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Fact Sheet
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  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Implementation Timeline
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  • Additional Links
  • Physician Payment Sunshine
    • Within the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act there is the Physician Payment Sunshine Provision (pp 1542 – 1563):
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    • Overview of the Physician Payment Sunshine Provisions in Healthcare Reform:
      "Section 6002 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [P.L. 110-148] amends Title XI of the Social Security Act to insert a new section 1128G to establish a system for reporting payments and other transfers of value to physicians and teaching hospitals from manufacturers of drugs, devices, biological, or medical supplies for which payment is available under Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and to require reporting of physician ownership or investment interests in such manufacturers"…
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    • Payment Sunshine Provisions Summary:
      "Passage of this law will bring about a systemic shift in the health care industry, with government taking a larger roll in care of patients"…
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  • Excise Tax
    • Implications Of Health Reform For The Medical Technology Industry:
      ABSTRACT Health care reform will greatly affect the medical technology industry in both positive and negative ways. Expanded coverage is a modest benefit that will increase demand for products. But the medical device excise tax authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act could have negative effects on research, profits, and investments. Moreover, limits on Medicare payments could reduce revenues. The largest long-term impact on medical technology will come from measures to improve quality and efficiency. These could improve the health care system and increase opportunities for medical technology, but inappropriate implementation could slow medical progress and limit patients' access to needed care.
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  • Health Reform Costs
    • Hidden Costs of Healthcare
      "With each passing year, Americans are paying more for health care coverage. Employer-sponsored health insurance premiums have nearly doubled since 2000, a rate three times faster than wages. In 2008, the average premium for a family plan purchased through an employer was $12,680, nearly the annual earnings of a full-time minimum wage job. Americans pay more than ever for health insurance, but get less coverage"…
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    • Health Care Reform and Cost Control
      "Although the bill has now been signed into law, the debate over its design and intended effects has not abated. As concerns appropriately mount about the nation's medium- and long-term fiscal situation, critics of the ACA have resurrected doubts about its cost-containment measures and overall fiscal impact"…
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  • Welch Allyn's Position on Health Care Reform
    • Welch Allyn supports a broad-based health care reform that will ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care. We also support key systemic changes that will improve patient care, enhance the relationship between the patient and the health care professional, and will encourage innovation and access to life saving technologies.

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