We’ll help you nav­i­gate re­form

Spe­cial sec­tion out­lin­ing as­pects of new health­care law starts to­day on­line

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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.

DAVID BURDA Edi­tor

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