The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the most sweeping overhaul of the U.S. health care system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The ACA will change how consumers can buy health plans, the health plan products we can offer them, and who will be covered. The question is whether the law will truly transform the U.S. health care system.
The Florida Blue Center for Health Policy, led by Jason Altmire, has a vision for the future of health care, which is why it created the Blueprint for a Healthier Florida 2013. The document is a comprehensive, high-level plan to transform the health care system to deliver higher-quality care, value to patients and improve the health of Florida residents.
“This is an anchor document that aligns our internal thinking about how the health care system must transform as we move forward,” says Carl Patten, director of the Florida Blue Center for Health Policy. “Ultimately, we have to align the incentives of patients, providers and payers to focus on quality and costs.” The goal of the Blueprint is to lay the foundation for care to be more accessible, higher quality and more affordable then it is today, or even will be under the ACA.
The document outlines the five pillars of successful health care reform:
1. Health care quality
2. Health care cost
3. Access to health care
4. Private marketplace and innovation
5. Public health
As Patten points out, there is no silver bullet that will fix all that ails U.S. health care. Each of these pillars is intertwined with one another and must be addressed holistically. And everyone from patients to providers to payers must be knowledgeable and engaged.
“We created the Blueprint as a go-to resource to answer requests from trade associations, researchers, community-based organizations and other interested stakeholders,” Patten says. “It sets out in detail the five pillars we believe are required for successful healthcare reform, and our proposed solutions to accomplish each.”
When you consider that the U.S. national health expenditures are estimated at $2.8 trillion, yet health care is still not delivered in an efficient way to the largest possible population, there is room for change. We invite you to read The Blueprint for a Healthier Florida 2013 and leave us a comment here with any questions you might have.
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We’ll be covering each of the five pillars and Florida Blue’s proposed solutions in future articles. To engage our health policy leaders directly, follow Jason Altmire on Twitter @jasonaltmire and Carl Patten at @carlwpattenjr.