September 2017 community letter from David Spillers, CEO

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September 2017

Dear Community Friend,

There is an old adage about focusing on what you can control rather than the things you can’t. Those of us in health care understand this well. While national and state leaders struggle for political answers to health care questions, we’re focusing on where we can make a difference—in the quality and service we provide to our patients. Even though decisions that are made in Washington and Montgomery have enormous impact on us, we’re taking big steps at Huntsville Hospital Health System to improve your experience with us.

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An approach that makes sense

In the Spring 2017 issue of Source, Huntsville Hospital's community magazine, I hesitated to predict what Congress might do regarding the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare. The Republican controlled Congress has tried to come up with a plan that is acceptable to all segments of the party, but as of early August, the nation’s health care law remains unchanged. The rub for some is the impact that repealing the current law will have on state Medicaid programs, which serve the indigent. In Alabama, the Medicaid program remains in a state of uncertainty following the recent announcement that the proposed model to use regional care organizations (RCO) would no longer move forward. There were many reasons for the decision but the primary factor was the changing environment in Washington that no longer points to RCOs as the best solution.

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Community letter from David Spillers, CEO

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David Spillers, CEO of Huntsville Hospital Health System

June 2017

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What you can count on from HH Health System

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.

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