The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act ( Aca )

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The healthcare industry is currently in a state of transition. Several issues are driving the transition, such as, the effort to reduce disparity of care, cost containment, and technology. The United States government altered the healthcare paradigm when it implemented legislation know as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The following is an overview of external factors that will have potential impact for the Mayo Clinic in the coming years.

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External Environment Analysis

Government influences. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a comprehensive approach to tackle some the challenges in the healthcare industry. The first issue addressed by the legislation was the disparity in access to healthcare. The act created healthcare exchanges, which created the opportunity for previously uninsured Americans to obtain health insurance and access to care(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2014). Researchers estimate the new consumer base has significant chronic health issues that were untreated, as the uninsured population did not have access to healthcare providers (The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2011). The newly insured demographic may generate a new market opportunity for the clinic. Secondly, the act addresses the projected shortage of primary care providers the United States will face if current trends continue (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2013). ACA offers
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