Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act

1793 WordsMay 21, 20168 Pages
Nurses have a unique positon on the healthcare team; nurses are, literally and metaphorically, at the patient’s bedside to influence care on several avenues. The nursing profession already plays a critical role in cost control, quality of care, and patient safety, The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will increase opportunities for nurses to improve both individuals and the Healthcare system for healthier outcomes (Health care reform: Improving quality of care, 2016). To do so nurses must understand what the ACA is about and how our profession will play a large part to facilitate a positive outcome for all. What is Heathcare Reform/ObamaCare or the officially known as Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), this Bill was signed on…show more content…
The American Nurses Association (ANA) has been campaigning for health care reforms that will guarantee access to quality health care for everyone. Since PPACA was passed, millions of people now have increased protection against being denied health insurance coverage and losing their coverage; with improved access to preventive and primary services. ANA identifies the debate of health care is not over, and remains devoted to educating the nursing public about how the changing system effects our lives and our profession (Health Care Reform, 2016). How will this affect the roles of nurses? The 2010 healthcare reform act (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or PPACA) provides nurses many new opportunities to deliver care and play a vital role in leading change. Comprehending these opportunities is the first step. Nurses need to recognize how they can be part of the resolution to achieve improved patient outcomes at a more realistic cost. We, as nurses, will be required do more to inhibit disease(s); provide chronic care management to an aging, sicker, and more diverse population; and offer end-of-life care that stresses comfort and compassion. Across all setting nurses must do more to prepare for the future (Hassmiller, 2010). Moving forward the nursing profession has some challenges it must confront if we are going to help lead the country to a healthcare
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