We’ll help you navigate reform
Special section outlining aspects of new healthcare law starts today online
At last month’s American College of Healthcare Executives’ Congress on Healthcare Leadership, I attended a presentation by Richard Pollack, executive vice president and head of advocacy and public policy at the American Hospital Association. Pollack’s comprehensive presentation via satellite feed from Washington came less than 48 hours after the House passed the Senate healthcare reform bill on March 21 and about four hours before President Barack Obama signed it into law on March 23.
I had covered the reform debate for months leading up to March 23 and read what I thought was everything there was to know about the bill. But Pollack’s talk revealed to me that what I knew about the reform legislation was just scratching the surface of what’s in the new law and the myriad ways it will change the healthcare delivery system in the U.S. and the daily lives of Modern Healthcare readers. Build America bonds? 340b? GME slots? Medicare extenders? It’s not just insurance reform.
So, I started to think about how we’re going to cover it all for our readers, and I floated a few ideas by some executives I spoke to at the ACHE conference. Here’s what we came up with: Healthcare in Transition: A User’s Guide to Reform. Starting today, you’ll see this new special section in the heart of our website, ModernHealthcare.com. The special section will feature five subsections:
■ First and foremost is our exclusive, original, staff-written news coverage of how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is being implemented.
■ Second, we’ll feature reform coverage from more than two dozen sister publications of Modern Healthcare published by our parent corporation, Crain Communications. There, readers will find coverage of reform from angles other than the healthcare industry.
■ Third, we’ll be running feature stories on specific provisions or subjects in the new reform law and organize them by topic. With one click, readers can access our coverage of such subjects as accountable-care organizations, employer mandates, Medicaid and the Indian Health Service. Those pages also will include links to additional resources on those subjects.
■ Fourth, we’ll have a reader forum through which executives can share their opinions of and experiences with the reform law.
■ And fifth, a retooled Essays on Reform section will feature thought-provoking commentary from the industry’s leading figures. For a taste of our first two essays, please turn to p. 20.
Our goal is to provide readers with a single location to access all the news and information they need to successfully cope with a new federal law that changes everything in healthcare. Please let us know if we’re meeting that objective and how we can make Healthcare in Transition: A User’s Guide to Reform even more helpful to you.
In addition to this new healthcare reform section, we’ve created a separate, standing special section on the economic stimulus law, or the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and how some $150 billion of the $787 billion allocated by the law is being spent on healthcare. It, too, features a reader forum and links to additional resources to take advantage of the law and all it has to offer.
Finally, for those readers less inclined to write a formal letter to the editor in our weekly print edition or post a letter in one of our many reader forums on our website, we’ve added comment boxes below each and every story on ModernHealthcare.com. There, you can post and share your instant reaction to what you’ve just read. To participate in this new community feature on our site, you must be a registered user, and registration is free. It’s just one more way Modern Healthcare is bringing readers together at the dawn of a new era in healthcare.