To enlightenment, 2014 and beyond

A good resource can be hard to find.

Heck, palatable information on sprawling topics can be one of the most frustrating and challenging tasks for any information-seeker. When the information you seek involves the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) though, the task becomes all the more daunting and mindboggling.

A recent article in American Medical News highlights a startling truth about physician education and knowledge on matters of the ACA: While many doctors understand that ACA regulations will bring about significant change, many still aren’t entirely conscious of just how extensive the changes will be.

As the article states: “But although physicians have been hearing since 2010 that things are going to change, some still may not realize that the ACA ‘is the biggest change we're going to go through’ since the establishment of Medicare in 1965, said Peter Anderson, MD, who practiced family medicine for 30 years and is now president of Team Care Medicine LLC, a healthcare management company in Yorktown, Va. The overhaul doesn't just add 30 million newly insured patients into the system. It also is testing major new payment reforms, such as accountable care organizations, alignment of pay rates with quality measures and bundled rates, Anderson said. ‘It will impact every physician in active practice.’”

So if you and/or your practice are still grappling with conceptualizing the 2,000-page statute, as most institutions seem to be, below are some helpful resources that may point you down the path the enlightenment:

  • The American Medical Association breaks down areas and aspects of ACA with impressive dexterity by providing multiple links at the bottom of this page and direct reference to efforts being made by the organization to change certain aspects inherent in the legislation.
  • If any organization can comprehend the full breadth of ACA payment schema, it’s the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Here CMS provides information on operating rules to end-to-end testing.
  • To acquire a patient perspective on the law, look no further than this U.S. Department of Health & Human Services description drop-down. Find out information regarding how patients will choice doctors under the new legislation and what their benefits and struggles will look like.  
  • Toggle to the bottom of the previously mentioned amednews article to take a quiz to test your ACA skills and trivia.