Both human resource professionals and healthcare providers are grappling with the immediate compliance issues associated with the Affordable Care Act, even as the rules continue to evolve. Practitioners on both sides of this equation are also contemplating the longer term cost and management implications of the Act. Despite, or perhaps because of all the press that the ACA receives, there is still plenty of confusion about what the Act really means for employers and healthcare providers.
In order to shed some light on how practitioners are gearing up for the ACA, I spoke with our board member, Dr. Tim Porter O'Grady and Kronos Senior Director Jim Rowe. Tim has been involved in health care for 40 years and has held roles from staff nurse to senior executive in a variety of health care settings. Jim Rowe is the Senior Director of Total Rewards at Kronos. Both are deeply embroiled in the practical implications of implementing the ACA, on both the employer side as well as the healthcare delivery side of the equation. And both agree that while there should be long term benefits for Americans in the form of more comprehensive, economical and effective healthcare, there are also plenty of short term challenges to enacting the law.
You can listen to a podcast of our discussion of the following questions at: Tim Porter OGrady and Jim Rowe Discuss the ACA 1.20.14.
What about you? How is your organization preparing for the ACA?
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