All facets of the healthcare delivery system were anxiously waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court decision on whether they would uphold the federal subsidies to 34 states that did not develop a state-run health exchange. The courts’ decision was announced on June 25, 2015, and favored the Obama administration by upholding federal subsidies for those 34 states.
In my opinion, whether you support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or not, the decision to uphold federal subsidies to those states essentially put to rest any mounting effort to overturn the ACA. Both sides of the political aisle have spent a lot of energy fighting each other over the ACA but, in my opinion, it’s time to recognize that it is not going away.
With that being said, LVMC Recently hosted a planning session with representatives from our medical staff, hospital staff and governing board to discuss the current and future environment of the local health care delivery system. A major component of the ACA is to improve hospital-physician integration in an effort to improve access, improve quality and efficiency and to reduce costs. The planning session was facilitated by Steve Valentine, President of the Camden Group, a nationally recognized healthcare consulting firm. The meeting concluded with an overall agreement that we are committed to maintaining our independence and being significant partners navigating the healthcare changes on the horizon.
The attendees also recognized the need to:
- Monitor and have input on what type of Accountable Care Organization is established in Santa Barbara County. (An Accountable Care Organization is a group of doctors, hospitals, and healthcare providers united together to give coordinated high-quality care to patients)
- Promote improved physician and hospital integration
- Promote more population health services by partnering with other community agencies to better serve our residents
- Create a contemporary environment for recruiting new primary and specialty care physicians
To complete the planning process it is critical for the providers in Lompoc to hear from the people we serve. In the near future, LVMC will host a Community Healthcare Forum and listen to your thoughts on how the local healthcare delivery system can best address the changing landscape, provide the services our community needs and become more efficient and cost-effective.
We welcome the opportunity to receive your input and suggestions.