The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the health care reform law today by a narrow vote of 5-4.
The law, which was passed just over two years ago, has begun to change the landscape of health care across this nation. The measure will increase access to health care to 32 million uninsured Americans by expanding Medicaid, create health exchanges where people can buy affordable policies and require all Americans to have health coverage.
It also has several components to improve the quality of health care and how it’s delivered to patients. The law creates a new level of accountability in American health care.
Important provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that call for improving the health care system are rippling across the nation. Many of these changes are going on now at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
“We will continue to improve patient care, increase quality and decrease costs” said Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at The Ohio State University and Chief Executive Officer at the Wexner Medical Center.
“We will continue to be efficient in our research and translating that into improved patient care. And we will continue to train the best physicians in the nation.”
Value-based care is at the core of the health reform law. This is an approach to provide health care for people not just when they’re sick. Value-based care rewards health systems and health providers that achieve better patient outcomes and contain rising costs.
This is stark contrast to the current U.S. health system, which rewards for the quantity of care delivered — more tests, more treatments equate to more fees.
The High Court’s decision supports the Wexner Medical Center’s roadmap to transform health care in Ohio.
The P4 Medicine model implements many of the positive ideas in the health reform law. P4 is about prevention, prediction, personalized medicine that requires the patient be an active participant in their own health.
“P4 Medicine is a more efficient and effective form of health care that encourages and supports the long term doctor-patient relationships that over time will save our hospital system and this country money,” said Peter Geier, Chief Executive Officer of OSU Health System and Chief Operating Officer of the Wexner Medical Center.
Upholding the law will directly affect academic medical centers like OSU’s Wexner Medical Center. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, 700 physician training positions in the law will be funded. And money for more than 10,000 primary care providers through National Health Service Corps is maintained. Both of these provisions are attempts to address the current doctor shortage.
The High Court’s decision will streamline changes, improvements and innovations already happening at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.
“We must continue our mission to become more efficient and more effective at improving people’s lives,” Gabbe said. “We believe Ohio and our nation deserve improved health care and that’s what we’re giving our patients.”