More than two years of speculation about health reform came to an end this year when the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. What has yet to end is uncertainty about the potential impact of the presidential election and looming “fiscal cliff” on the future of healthcare.
That notwithstanding, the transformation occurring in healthcare is bigger than politics, judicial mandates or even acts of Congress. Reform continues its inexorable march forward—in the name of lower costs, better outcomes and improved population health. Regardless of who sits in the Oval Office or sets economic policy, the nation demands affordable, accessible, accountable care.