Improving Quality Care

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Is it possible to reduce costs and improve quality care? President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and although the Provisions of the Act have helped many individuals obtain health insurance coverage and have made preventative services more affordable, but now the focus is on finding a solution to decrease the rising health care costs while at the same time, improve the quality of health care. The rising health care costs have significantly reduced the accessibility to health care and not surprisingly, people with lower incomes were more likely to be uninsured (CDC, 2012). Forty-one percent of people with incomes below the poverty level, which was $11,170 for a single person last year -- and 39 percent of those earning between…show more content…
According to Folland (2007), the number of uninsured has risen in the United States and 45 million people do not health insurance, while at the same time, concerns have risen with regards to delivering high quality care to those individuals who do not have health insurance, or who have minimal insurance coverage. Others believe that the quality of care in the United States is often excessive, especially for some forms of "high tech" treatments. For such treatments, the cost of the resources may exceed the benefits to the patient (Folland, 2007). The article, Improving Quality and Reducing Costs in Health Care: Engaging Consumers Using Electronic Tools, believes that it is possible to reduce costs and improve the quality of health care by engaging consumers more fully in their own health and health care not only improves the experience of care for patients and their families, it also improves the quality and cost effectiveness of care (BPC, 2012). Patient-centered communication and engagement drive lower costs, better outcomes, and better patient experience in health care. It is believed that patients involved more closely in clinical decision making report less pain and faster recovery, are more likely to adhere to medical recommendations, and carry out more health-related behavior…show more content…
Improving Quality and Reducing Costs in Health Care: Engaging Consumers Using Electronic Tools. Retrieved on 03/23/2013 from http://bipartisanpolicy.org/library/report/improving-quality-and-reducing- costs-health-care-engaging-consumers-using-electronic- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2012). Uninsured Americans 2012: More Than 45 Million Lacked Health Insurance Last Year. Retrieved on 03/23/2013 from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/21/uninsured- americans-2012_n_2918705.html Smith, Aaron (2011). Americans and Their Cell Phones. Retrieved on 03/23/2013 from http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/Cell-Phones.aspx Gahran, Amy (2012) Survey says most U.S. cell phone owners have smartphones; so what? http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/02/tech/mobile/smartphones-majority-pew-
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