Gail Fisher, Jennifer Friesema; Implications of the Affordable Care Act for Occupational Therapy Practitioners Providing Services to Medicare Recipients. Am J Occup Ther 2013;67(5):502-506. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2013.675002.
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The Affordable Care Act’s sections on improving quality and health systems performance for Medicare recipients are likely to have significant implications for occupational therapy.
The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA; Pub. L. 111–148) represents the largest expansion in government funding of health care since Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965 (Curfman, Abel, & Landers, 2012). Although the health insurance mandate and Medicaid expansion have received the most attention as a result of legal challenges and the July 2012 Supreme Court ruling on the legality of the ACA (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2012), other ACA initiatives may have even greater implications for occupational therapy. The ACA includes sections on improving quality and health systems performance for Medicare recipients, with some sections also applying to Medicaid recipients. Insurance companies commonly follow Medicare rules; therefore, the Medicare reforms are likely to spread across all payers, health care settings, and care recipients.
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