We hope your new year is off to a great start. For those of us who work in health care, 2017 promises to be one of the most interesting and challenging years that we’ve faced. The Trump Administration is in office and efforts are underway to repeal and replace the controversial Affordable Care Act (ACA). There is no guarantee on what the final product may look like, but it will likely retain some elements of the ACA—keeping the elimination of the pre-existing condition clause and continuing to allow eligible children up to the age of 26 to remain on their parent’s insurance. Regardless, change is coming to the nation’s health care insurance system and that creates a lot of uncertainty for patients and providers.
Huntsville Hospital Health System CEO David Spillers recently discussed the future of Alabama’s cash-strapped Medicaid program; why Medicare reimbursement rates for Alabama hospitals are among the lowest in the U.S.; and his new role as chairman of the state hospital association.