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Reform of the U.S. health care system is at hand. On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) upheld one of the most historic health care laws in the U.S. since the establishment of the Medicare and Medicaid programs in 1965 under President Lyndon Johnson—the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Last year, 21.4 cents of every Federal income tax dollar received went to Medicare and health care spending, second only to the military in U.S. expenditures. According to the last report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued in March 2012, ACA will cost $1.76 trillion (net cost of $1.1 trillion) to fully implement between now and 2022. That amount represents significant provisions to fuel reform.
Prior to ACA, use of electronic health records (EHR) was triggered under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The HITECH component of this law is specifically designed to reward and accelerate interoperable EHR adoption by hospitals and providers through an incentive program known as Meaningful Use.
Between ARRA and ACA, delivery of health care in America will look very different in the next five years. The following numbers and metrics are brought to you by SuccessEHS and tell the tale of health care transformation. Enjoy!