Future Direction of Health Care

1442 Words Jun 30th, 2011 6 Pages
There are many challenges that are defining the future strategic direction of health care such as information technology advancements, access to health care, maintaining a skilled workforce, proposed health care reform and legislation, and rising costs. I will look at these challenges and how an organization may adapt its direction and strategies in accordance with these challenges.
The Affordable Care Act of 2010 marks a new era in American health care. Yet in many ways, this era began more than a year earlier, with the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 and its Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) provisions. Although HITECH may be viewed narrowly as legislation to
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There are now nearly as many uninsured non-elderly people as those receiving Medicaid or other public insurance (such as CHIP, the children's insurance program, Medicare, and military/veterans coverage).
Not having health insurance makes a difference in people’s access to needed medical care and their financial security. The barriers the uninsured face in getting the care that they need means they are less likely to receive preventive care, are more likely to be hospitalized for conditions that could have been prevented, and are more likely to die in the hospital than those with insurance. The financial impact can also be severe. Uninsured families already struggle financially to meet basic needs, and medical bills, even for minor problems, can quickly lead to medical debt. (McCarter, 2011)
The greater degree of uninsured or underinsured in rural areas is a result of having a higher percentage of people who are self-employed, work for small businesses, do seasonal work, or fail to apply for Medicaid. There is great variation in the degree of the uninsured from state-to-state and also by ethnic groups. According to the National Rural Health Association twelve percent of non-Hispanic whites are uninsured, compared with 21.5 percent of blacks, and 34 percent of Hispanics.
Strategies that health care organization should consider to help with the challenges of the uninsured in rural areas include: * Cultivating a network of informed individuals and organizations