The Affordable Care Act (ACA)

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will cause a large influx of patients into the health care system. For a variety of reasons, this will change how the front-line health care personnel provide care. Nurses will expand his or her scope and territory of care. Front line providers will change to include more advanced practice nurses because of the national shortage of primary care providers ("Department Of Health And Human Services," 2014). No longer will they just practice in brick and mortar hospitals. Because of the recently instituted Medicare, reimbursement regulations after patients are discharge from the hospital more nurses will be in the field performing well patient checks. These nurses will ensure the follow through of discharge …show more content…
On the other hand, having a computerized order entry leads to better quality of care as processes and all activities taking place are now automated in the computers. With reduced paperwork, these processes become fast and a lot of time is saved (Wolper, 2011). A doctor is able to examine more patients in an effective manner because he can quickly pull the records and get information of a patient who had previously visited the hospital in a matter of seconds.

Societal beliefs and values influence the Affordable Care act. The health care budget is under constraint, how to provide the most recent and enhanced health care while saving money has become a major issue. With this new health reform, millions of Americans who could not afford insurance with their employers or are uninsured due to lack of employment have the opportunity to become insured. The major economic change in this society has created enormous challenges for workers, families, as well as employers. The implementation of this act reduced this plague in the health delivery system.
One influence on the ACA is that consumers prefer independence on making health decisions. Being healthy is very valuable, making individual health care decisions gives consumers a sense of control over health concerns. The ACA allows individuals to choose any doctor without being rejected, given the doctor is within their health plan network. Another societal influence is the concern of pre-existing conditions.

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