Misplaced concerns over the ACA's impact on patient volume
In a new blog post, LDI Executive Director Dan Polsky discusses the limited impact the ACA has had, thus far, on patient volume, and contrasts that with the potentially dramatic impact it can have on people previously uninsured.
This is new information. Most timely monitoring of the impact of ACA coverage expansions has come from household surveys. Monitoring utilization in real time with provider data offers a glimpse into something everyone is curious about. In particular, physicians are feeling a lot of uncertainty around the ACA and this report replaces the speculation and anecdote with facts on how physician visits have changed over the past few months.
Read the entire post on athenahealth’s Health Leadership Forum.