As the current administration is learning very quickly, health care is incredibly complex. It's also critically important, as it affects every American, and the total cost is almost 20% of the GDP. Every lobbyist has a position to take. Every politician seems to have a different idea as to how to handle some part of healthcare. It really is mind-boggling.
One thing - perhaps the only thing - that is clear about it is that the Affordable Care Act is effectively in hospice care. It has limited time. However, no one knows what its successor will look like. I suspect it will be many months before that is determined.
Nevertheless, I think we can continue to assume that the concept of "value added" care will survive; I think that's a concept that is bi-partisan. I will be speaking in June in Orlando at the annual conference of the Medical Group Management Association on the topic of "Living in a Value Based World." I hope to see many of you there!
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