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Hospitals face whole new world under health law
« on: October 20, 2013, 07:47:17 PM »

 Shelley DuBois, The Tennessean 4:10 p.m. EDT October 20, 2013

One thing about the Affordable Care Act is clear: Hospitals will exist in a world where they are rewarded more for the quality of care than for the volume of patients they treat.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A grisly headshot of Walter White, the anti-hero of "Breaking Bad," glares from two computer monitors on the desk of Mike Schatzlein, the CEO of Saint Thomas Health, one of Nashville's major health care systems. The TV character's meth-cooking ways don't exactly line up with Saint Thomas' mission of faith-based care, Schatzlein joked, but he still loves a good show.

Schatzlein took the helm at Saint Thomas three years ago, just in time to pilot the system through some drama of its own — namely, the Affordable Care Act and federal health reform.

Today, hospitals across the country must transform to survive.

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Re: Hospitals face whole new world under health law
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2013, 08:45:39 PM »
They literally have CMS "monitors" following people around in the hospitals now tracking what they are doing - oh and these monitors are not doctors... but they are judging everyone from doctors to nurses as well as people who perform x-rays, cath-labs, etc.
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Re: Hospitals face whole new world under health law
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2013, 10:25:52 PM »
In my neck of the woods, the nearest hospital was wiped out by a flood about four years ago. The staff was transferred to the next-nearest in that direction, about 10 miles further down the road, while they attempted to devise a plan to rebuild.

Well, now, thanks to Obamacare, not only is the original hospital not going to be rebuilt, but that other hospital is also closing.
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