Jul 7, 2010

Reform Law Promises Big Changes in Health Care System

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Regardless of how you feel about the health system reform bill signed in March by President Barack Obama, it is now the law of the land. And experts say it is likely to be the biggest change in the health care landscape in America since the enactment of Medicare in the 1960s.

Few people truly know exactly what is in the measure or what its consequences might be, intended or otherwise. And stakeholders in the health care industry are scrambling to determine how to deal with it.

The cover story in the June issue of Texas Medicine magazine takes an in-depth look at process that produced the health care reform bill and what its likely impact will be.

In this installment of Podcast TMA, TMA President Susan Rudd Bailey, MD, of Fort Worth and TMA Board of Trustees member Douglas Curran, MD, a family physician from Athens, discuss how the health system reform law was enacted and what it portends for patients and their physicians.

This installment covers:

  • Whether the reform law will be good for patients and physicians.
  • How elements of the reform law stack up against a set of guiding principles TMA developed for evaluating health care reform proposals.
  • How the legislative process played out in a highly partisan atmosphere.
  • What TMA is doing assist physicians understand the new law and maintain the viability of their practices in the new environment.

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