Monday, February 21, 2011

In the real world: Health Care Experts Surveyed say Reform “right course.” In the Republican Bizarro world: Repeal.

So what do the egg headed expert elitists think about the Affordable Care Act:
More than nine of 10 leaders in health and health care policy believe the Affordable Care Act sets the right course for health reform, according to a new survey. 
And despite wide differences of opinion in Congress, and varied levels of support among the general public, nearly seven of 10 (68%) experts favor implementing the law with little or no change, according to the latest Commonwealth Fund/Modern Healthcare Health Care Opinion Leaders Survey.  
Few leaders surveyed expressed clear opposition to the law: only 9 percent believe the health reform law sets the wrong course for the nation; Respondents voiced strong support for moving forward with all the major provisions of the law, note Commonwealth Fund researchers.  
More than eight of 10 think it is important or very important to implement state-based health insurance exchanges (86%), the requirement that individuals purchase insurance coverage (84%), and the expansion of Medicaid to cover more lower-income individuals (82%). 
In addition, delivery system reform provisions including the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to develop and implement new payment and delivery system approaches (83%), the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to develop best practices in health care delivery and organization (79%), and the Independent Payment Advisory Board to help reduce the growth of Medicare spending (71%) received support from a large majority of experts.   
Nine of 10 leaders believe that improving care coordination for patients with chronic conditions will be effective. Other options that received substantial support include permanent increases in Medicare and Medicaid payments to primary care physicians (72%), aligning payment methods and rates across public and private payers (69%), and accelerating the implementation of bundled payment methods (66%). 
Few leaders believe allowing consumers to purchase insurance across state lines (38%) or expanding the use of health savings accounts (22%) will be effective in achieving a high performance health care system. Few leaders support converting Medicaid into a block grant program for states (26%) or converting Medicare into a premium support or voucher program (22%).

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