Essay on The Affordable Care Act ( Aca )

832 Words Aug 21st, 2016 4 Pages
With the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obama Care, there have been many recommendations to improve the health care of all Americans. These programs are designed to expand coverage, keep insurance companies accountable, lower health care costs, give more choices, and enhance quality of care. As nurses, continuity of care/ continuum of care is no stranger. But it is new to the ACA, and a vital part of three models of health care that have been proposed to reduce cost and provide a value-based health care system, rather than a volume based health care system. These models are the Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), the Medical/Health Homes, and the Nurse-Managed Health Clinics (NMHCs). Each of these models requires nurses to expand their role, be full partners in the delivery of care, and participate in health care reform. This is in line with the IOM Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which calls for nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training, be full partners in redesigning health care, and achieve higher levels of education.
The ACOs are models of care designed to financially reward providers for delivering excellent value-based care to Medicare beneficiaries. They are comprised of health care providers and include hospitalists, specialists, primary care providers, and other health professionals. Collectively, they must be able to serve a minimum of 5,000 beneficiaries. Based on…

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