The Affordable Care Act ( Aca )

1292 Words Dec 14th, 2015 6 Pages
Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), consumers are utilizing different resources to gain more knowledge about healthcare choices. While many consumers survey websites from healthcare organizations, they also viewed websites from quality agencies and medical information sites generated by their favorite search engine. These websites provide information on medical concerns that influence the choices that consumers make regarding healthcare. By using quality agency websites, consumers can acquire essential information on healthcare organizations and providers in order to make educated decisions about the quality care they receive.
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Healthcare in the United States has evolved from simplistic delivery methods of local doctors providing services as the patient required care to complex systems, including healthcare maintenance organizations (HMOs) and multiple healthcare options with the passing of the ACA. As of 2004, there were over twenty-five agencies that furnish accreditation for various healthcare organizations, as well as other governmental agencies that monitor quality and safety (Walshe & Shortell, 2004). Consumers are utilizing different resources to appraise safety and quality of healthcare organizations and providers in order to determine where they seek their healthcare services. With the passage of the ACA, consumers are becoming more perceptive of the types of healthcare services that are available and desire access to information about…

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