The health editors at Wolters Kluwer have released a Special Briefing summarizing the Supreme Court arguments regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This Special Briefing analyzes the four key issues before the Supreme Court – applicability of the Anti-Injunction Act, constitutionality of the Individual Mandate, whether the entirety of the law would need to be struck down if the Individual Mandate was declared unconstitutional, and whether Medicaid expansion is coercive to the States.
The Special Briefing also discusses some of the Medicare provisions that were included in the Affordable Care Act that have already gone into effect or have been implemented by the Federal Government. Many of these provisions focus on quality improvement and Medicare reimbursement for providers. These provisions include: the expansion of the RAC program; payment bundling; value-based purchasing; quality reporting for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities; and the implementation of Accountable Care Organizations.
Let us know your thoughts on the Supreme Court arguments and whether your facility or firm will be impacted significantly if the entire Affordable Care Act law is struck down.
As discussions surrounding the Affordable Care Act continue, stay tuned to the Law & Health Blog for further political-free analysis from the health writers at Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.