The Affordable Care Act and the future of clinical medicine: The opportunities and challenges
The Affordable Care Act is a major change to the U.S. health care system. Among other things, it guarantees access to health care for all Americans, creates new incentives to change clinical practice to foster better coordination and quality, and alters the payment system to reward value. The Act and the health information technology provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act remove many barriers to delivering high-quality care, such as unnecessary administrative complexity, inaccessible clinical data, and insufficient access to primary care and allied health providers.
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