Obamacare Creates Conflicting Opinions At Hospitals

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The changes due to Obamacare will create a better healthcare system in the U.S. by 2020, according to 65 percent of top hospital executives. The executives were surveyed by Health Affairs, a health policy journal. Consistently, the executives responded to queries about the health care law with optimism unseen in recent polls of the general population.

Health Affairs did not identify the hospitals or individuals it consulted with. The journal said that 46 CEOs, 17 Presidents, 4 CFOs, 3 COOs, and 4 individuals with a different leadership role partook, and that the “institutions, on average, employed 8,520 workers and had annual revenues of $1.5 billion.”

Obamacare will improve the quality at their institutions as well, 93 percent of the executives said. It will also reduce the number of hospitalizations, according to 54 percent, and roughly half expect to see readmissions decline as well. For 91 percent, the overall healthcare system will see improvements in cost. But hospitals can opt out of Obamacare, and in October, Watchdog.org found many top-tier hospitals are doing just that. Instead of taking insurance from any plan offered by the exchange, many only accept one or two. (A few notable exceptions are hospitals in states where they are required to take all plans by law.)

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