With the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) recently being upheld by the Supreme Court we must now start working toward the goals of this future direction of healthcare. Namely population medicine and health. Let's begin to look at the potential directions of the future of healthcare that we must now embrace.
The Affordable Care Act's premise is to increase the availability of health care coverage to make it more affordable, which it increases accessibility for all US citizens. This accessibility is meant to be throughout both private and governmental sectors that include Medicare, Medicaid, private insurances, and federally qualified health plans. Through the digital interaction of the components of healthcare, including ambulatory offices/clinics, overall ambulatory outpatient care, public health, home health care, community-based medicine, must now learn to interface in real time with areas of institutional care, of such as acute care facilities, rehab facilities, long-term care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities.
By providing real time, continuum communications interlacing healthcare, so that the patient can receive the proper care, at the proper time, in the proper environment - this will maximize healthcare effectiveness/efficiency and minimize health costs.
Only then can we truly attain quality throughout the spectrum of healthcare. In order to attain these goals, our imminent future of healthcare will ensure the increased emphasis on population medicine.
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