HEALTH CARE REFORM 5
HealthCare Reform (HCR) acts a platform through which medical care policiesare designed or changed with an objective of achieving a goal set bythe government. The reform attempts to improve the quality ofhealthcaredelivery, increase the number of people receiving medical services,and decrease the cost of medication among other aims. Accordingly,the essay discusses various parameters in consideration of theimplications that HCR may have on the nursing practice and a society,which is culturally,economically and ethnically diverse.
Theemerging technology has greatly influenced the nursing practice inthat, there is need to improve the skills needed in the healthcaresectors. With advances in sophisticated tools for diagnosis andtreatment, there is increased for an accompanying human capital fortheir effective use in aiding the recovery process of patients(Jacobs & Skocpol, 2015). For instance, the introduction of 3Dprinters and robotics in the medical care institutions reduced theworkload that was often executed by nurses and improved the overallefficiency. With technology, the use of biometrics aided filing inhealthcareorganizations has increased as a consequence of the increased need tosecure patient data from probable threats, especially cyber-attacks.In this regard, electronic documentation of patients’ healthhistory has simplified the process of retrieving patient data whenrequired (Jacobs & Skocpol, 2015).
Payfor Performance (P4P) programs have been widely embraced by Centersof Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) with an aim of improving thedelivery of quality of health care services. Affordable Care Act(ACA) was established in the medical care industry to maximize theeffectiveness of P4P by modifying its design and overall efficiency.Through this program, the health care institutions are evaluatedbased on their performance in both Medicare and non-Medicarepatients.
Thereisa myriad of benefits linked to HCR for a diverse society. Theintroduction of HCR facilitates the ACA in generating money to fundMedicare services and promote quality health care programs (Jacobs &Skocpol, 2015). In this perspective, the stakeholders involved are ina position to design services delivery system and payment reforms ina manner that ensures cost effectiveness. HCR also provides financialincentives to the health care organizations to ensure their stabilityin the long run. Implementation of health care policies aimed atreducing the cost of medication is enforced through governmentsponsored insurances. Despite the aforementioned benefits of HCR,there are various setbacks associated with the rubric. As aconsequence of the huge amount of money required to harmonize thecost of health care services, the government is compelled to imposeheavy taxes on the citizens with an objective of generating the needrevenue to run the sector (Jacobs & Skocpol, 2015).
Themyriad of changes in the healthcare sector brought by HCR and ACAhave raised various legal and ethical concerns. Effective managementof these changes will entail establishing a well-designed health careleadership program that will ensure that quality medical serves areprovided at an affordable cost (Jacobs & Skocpol, 2015). Theprograms should be featured in that they enhance better patient careand effective organizational operations. Based on the weakness in thehealthcare sector, innovative strategies will be enacted to enhancethe performance of health care systems.
Toconclude, in a diverse society, technology, ACA, and HCR impactthe nursing practice in numerous ways. ACA should be implementedeffectively to enable easy access to cost-effectivemedical services. Nurses should ensure that the changes brought byreforms in the healthcare sector are managed in an ethical and legalmanner.
Jacobs,L., & Skocpol, T. (2015). Healthcare reform and American politics: what everyone needs to know.Oxford University Press.