Affordable Healthcare Act Improves Patient Safety and Outcomes

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The Affordable Care Act of 2010 will have a positive effect on patient safety and outcomes. It will provide many resources to allow patients easier access to insurance for health care costs and preventive care such as cancer screenings and vaccines. It will give incentives to health care facilities to improve the care being given. It also is mandated healthcare facilities to use electronic health record systems to keep track of all patient information to minimize errors. The legislation will increase federal loan money to nursing students to boost the number of high-skilled nurses going into the practice. It will also increase the federal funding being given to nurse managed facilities the benefit their care to promote patient outcomes.…show more content…
These systems will also help cut down on medication errors by comparing the patient’s to medications or interventions so that it is given to the correct patient. Also documents the care given so there would be no human error in the case of questioning whether care had been given as long as the caregiver documents in the record. These features of the electronic health record are in place to promote patient safety by reducing errors. The Partnership for Patients, a voluntary program under The Affordable Care Act’s main goal is to reduce hospital acquired illnesses, medical errors, and complications due to care. This partnership will involve the complete healthcare team; patients, their families, physicians, nurses as well as the federal, and state governments. This group will to work together to improve the safety and quality of the care being given to the patients and decrease readmissions. Involving all parts of the healthcare team will improve the care due to complete access to all resources to prevent implications and promote the ideal outcome for all patients. “By the end of 2013, preventable hospital-acquired conditions would decrease by 40% compared to 2010. Achieving this goal would mean approximately 1.8 million fewer injuries to patients with more than 60,000 lives saved over three years.” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2011) Health care facilities involved in the partnership

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