Diagnosis: Obamacare burden; Prescription: dictation

A recent article in the “Valley News” entitled “Untangling ‘Obamacare’: With Four Weeks to Go, Questions About the Affordable Care Act Abound” gives an excellent overview of what businesses, healthcare facilities, and individuals can expect as the act’s next phase begins on Oct. 1 with the advent of the Health Benefit Exchanges.

CEO Linda Sullivan

While it’s interesting to me on a personal level, the following paragraph leads me to believe that the opportunity for physicians to use dictation as a time-saving efficiency should be seriously considered by both ambulatory and acute care facilities.

Kathryn Sterns writing for the “Valley News” looks to the Massachusetts experience for some predictability in what will happen over the next several years in delivery of healthcare.

“The Massachusetts experience also suggests that gains in coverage will lead to higher demand for health care services, particularly in underserved communities. Medical facilities in Massachusetts saw more patients after 2006 — as many as 50,000 more in community health centers by 2010 and 100,000 more in hospitals serving the poor, straining facilities, the Kaiser Family Foundation reported.”

Practice and hospital management needs to find tools to make their already over-burdened healthcare providers more efficient. Dictation is one of those cost-effective tools.

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