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Transforming Health Care: Mercy and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Today’s Supreme Court decision related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will complement Mercy's mission to provide care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.

As the nation’s sixth largest Catholic health care provider, Mercy has always worked to meet the health care needs in the communities where it serves regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. Today’s Supreme Court decision related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will complement that mission. 

“The Supreme Court decision to uphold the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act validates what Mercy has been doing all along,” said Lynn Britton, Mercy president/CEO.  “The founding of Mercy was based on the availability of health care for all – especially the poor and underserved. We look forward to working with state and federal government leaders on building and implementing a model to care for the most vulnerable members of our society.” 

Mercy has been in the process of transforming the delivery of health care for a decade. Many of Mercy’s initiatives are core parts of the Affordable Care Act. These include:

  • Streamlining the care process with the help of electronic medical records.
  • Improving access to specialists through telemedicine.
  • Structuring new organizations through integration with physicians.
  • Focusing on the patient in coordinating care across the spectrum of health providers and settings.
  • Improving efficiency through supply chain management.

It will take time to fully assess all of the implications of this important decision; however, Mercy has been preparing for and working toward health care reform for a long time and will continue to do so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PaulRevere September 07, 2012 at 08:33 PM
If Mercy "already" provides health care "regardless" of abilility to pay, then why did this country need the affordable care act. As to the Poor and needy Patients inability to pay! I have a question for Mercy--Would you please issue a report showing this state EXACTLY WHO PAID THEIR BILL? Might you then take that amount and compare that to the BILLIONS that Will be TAXED to every business and individual in Missouri, Because of the Affordable care act. Maybe Mercy will conclude that we Already overpay our current medical insurance to allow you to overcharge and compensate for the needy. If that be true, then would Mercy PLEASE REDUCE ALL YOUR HOSPITAL STAY COSTS ACROSS THE BOARD. NOW! The supreme court decision DOES NOT validate what Mercy has been doing all along. The supreme court decision only validated the ability of Congress to FORCE EVERY AMERICAN TO PAY FOR YOUR SERVICES, whether needed or not. The affordable Care act has no provisions to Reduce Mercy's long-term medical cost increases coming!. Excuse the upset feeling I am going through.

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