Friday, 13 September 2013 03:42

3rd Annual Healthcare Reform Symposium Discusses How ACA Impacts Georgia

Written by Anne McSweeney

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The Third Annual Healthcare Reform Symposium was held on August 29, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta. CEU Concepts was proud to collaborate with Georgians for a Healthy Future to host the event: Navigating the New Waters of the Affordable Care Act.

Erin Brown, a professor at Georgia State College of Law, kicked off the day by providing an overview and timeline of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She touched on the act’s goals, brief history, and main provisions. Amanda Ptashkin, Outreach & Advocacy Director for Georgians for a Healthy Future, provided an overview of how the ACA would affect Georgia.

The ACA protects women from certain discriminatory health insurance practices and attempts to improve health outcomes for women by making preventative health services more accessible and affordable. Janelle Yamarick of the Feminist Women’s Health Center discussed how these provisions would impact clients and patients.

TeleHealth’s Matt Jansen provided information on innovative new ways technology is impacting health care. He described some of the recent innovations and benefits of the telehealth field. He also discussed different programs and state-wide initiatives.

Dr. Kimberly Rask, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Quality Improvement Organization for the State of Georgia, presented on 30-day re-admissions and the ACA. She discussed the ACA’s specific rules around the 30-day re-admissions as well as the penalties. She also shared information on how the readmission data is collected and how the penalties are determined. Dr. Rask also discussed ways for health care systems and partners to collaborate to prevent unnecessary re-admissions.

Linda Lowe with Georgia Legal Services Program and Matt Hicks, vice president of government relations at Grady Hospital, provided an overview of Medicaid Expansion in Georgia. They emphasized the need for continued advocacy for the GA Medicaid expansion. They also addressed how hospital systems may be impacted if the Medicaid expansion is not approved in Georgia.

CEU Concepts and Georgians for a Healthy Future would also like to thank the event's sponsors: Aging Options, Atlanta Oxygen and Medical Equipment, Bickford Senior Living, Dignity Memorial, the Fountainview Center, Guardian Home Care and Hospice, Kadan Homecare, Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service, and St. Joseph's Hospital.

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