As the new Presidential Administration takes office, those of us in the healthcare industry (and particularly, in the fields of quality and patient safety), find ourselves wondering; what will take shape in the coming years? How will coverage and benefits change, both to commercial and Medicaid plans? Will the extended funding of quality/patient safety initiatives from the ACA disappear? How will price, quality, and access to safe care change? While much remains to be seen in the coming months, we invite you to dive into an extended Friday 5 to begin making sense of the question: What Should We Expect for the Post-ACA Healthcare Industry?

This Week's "Friday 5":
What Should We Expect for the Post-ACA Healthcare industry?

1. The ACA received blow back for increases in premiums for many. But do we really understand the reasons behind those increase, and will we truly find relief from them — or exacerbate the rise — through ACA repeal?
Read Report

2. President Trump stays aligned with bi-partisan support to fight the opioid epidemic. Can this remain a reality if the ACA is repealed?
Watch Video/Read Article.
3. Incoming HHS Secretary, Tom Price responds to analysis showing that up to 27 million individuals will suddenly lose health coverage:
Read Article.

4. “Healthcare is not like Almond Butter-" What you need to know about how supply & demand market methodology is different in healthcare, and how the ACA effects this:
Read Article.

5. A post ACA climate doesn’t just effect those covered by Medicare/Medicaid. Learn about changes to coverage provisions that will effect even those covered under commercial, employer sponsored plans: Read Article & Watch Video/Read Article.

6. VIDEO: ACA support in unlikely places: Many conservative counties now fear complete repeal of the ACA; the face of those most effected by ACA repeal might not be what many assume:
Watch Video/Read Article.

7. Our partner agency the Bree Collaborative offers some insight on post ACA health policy, as summarized from a recent 2017 State of Reform Conference. Read blog by Bree Program Assistant, Emily Wittenhagen and Bree Director, Ginny Weir:
Read Post.


Celebrating 2016 & Looking Forward to 2017

Join us Wednesday, January 25th from 12 - 1PM as our Program Director, Kelly Veit, MHA details the work of the WPSC in 2016, and what to expect in 2017. Learn more about new and ongoing participation benefits to your WPSC membership, as well as growing opportunities to share your important work with a broad network of fellow patient safety professionals and leaders. Register now.

WPSC Announces 2017 NW Patient Safety Conference! Learn More and Register Today 

Early Bird Rates in effect until 3/24/17

Find more details about the event at the conference page here.

Digital Healthcare and Patient Safety: IT's Complicated

Join Virginia Mason Friday, March 17, 2017 for a breakfast lecture with breakfast at 7:00 a.m. and lecture 7:30 - 8:30AM, presented by Guest Lecturer Robert M. Wachter, MD. The lecture will be held at Virginia Mason Medical Center | Volney Richmond Auditorium — Lindeman Pavilion, Level One | 1201 Terry Avenue, Seattle, Washington | For more information, call: (206) 341-0142.


Virginia Mason is seeking a Director of Quality and Patient Safety

Kelly Veit, MHA

Program Director. Washington Patient Safety Coalition
Foundation for Healthcare Quality
705 Second Ave. Ste. 410
Seattle, WA 98104 | 206.204.7383


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