An online poll of physicians from across the U.S. indicates that more than 60 percent of the respondents agreed with the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. The E-mail poll to 9,500 members of the American College of Physician Executives invited respondents to post comments to the survey, and many strong opinions were expressed.
Keith Marton, M.D., of Seattle, WA said, “The more I’ve learned of the contents of the ACA, the more I’ve come to appreciate it. It has components that will not only increase access to health insurance (the primary goal), but actually control costs and potentionally improve quality.” An opposing view came from Eric Nazziola, M.D., of Paramus, NJ, who wrote, “This is not just higher taxes for working Americans but also forced commerce. The long-run result of this is more wasteful government bureaucracy, rationing of care and erosion of quality.”
Whichever side of the fence they fell on, many of the providers expressed relief that a decision had finally been made. Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems such as Allscripts MyWay, McKesson Practice Choice, and Medisoft Clinical will help handle the increased influx of patients that more insurance coverage may result in. Contact a Microwize Technology healthcare IT consultant for more information.