Wednesday, August 28, 2013

South Dakota Wising Up to Benefits of Obamacare

John Thune tweeted some misleading facts again trying to confuse the facts that Obamacare is actually helping to begin to contain some of the costs.  It appears that South Dakota is beginning to ignore Thune that wants to go back to the days of 9% increases in healthcare. Obamacare encourages states to start using coordinated care for patients that are chronically ill.  This model is called the Health Home model and being looked and used in several states to lower costs, thanks to encouragement of ACA.
The health home model has been successful at improving preventive care in Enterprise, Ore., a town of 2,000 in the remote northeastern corner of the state. "You don't feel like you're just pushing papers around here. You really feel like you have an important part to play in improving people's health," said Dr. Elizabeth Powers, one of four physicians at Winding Waters Clinic in Enterprise, an early adopter of the health home model. 
The clinic serves all patients, including those with Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance. The federal Affordable Care Act also encourages wider adoption of the health home model.
South Dakota is now looking into this model to help contain costs.  
South Dakota's Medicaid program is launching a new effort to trim spending by using teams of doctors and other health care workers to coordinate care of chronically ill people in the program that pays medical costs for low-income people. 
Called a Health Home, a team typically will be led by a primary care doctor and will include health coaches, nutritionists and others to manage care for people with chronic health problems. The initiative, a part of the national health care overhaul, is aimed at keeping patients healthier while avoiding trips to hospital emergency rooms and other expensive care.
Dave Hewett, sums up why Thune's push to kill Obamacare is really the #brokenpromise.
Dave Hewett, president of the South Dakota Association of Health Care Organizations, said the Affordable Care Act itself has helped slow the rise in medical costs by reducing Medicare reimbursements to hospitals and other providers. Hospitals also are working to reduce errors, infections acquired in hospitals and patient readmissions. Family doctors, specialists and others are increasingly sharing information as part of an effort to keep people well instead of just treating them when they are sick, he said.
Until the GOP can offer a real alternative that will have this kind of impact on healthcare costs and improving the system of healthcare, they need to stop trying to defund it or they are simply promising a return to a broken system.

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