The healthcare reform law conjures an appealing vision for hospitals: No longer will they have to manage the burden of uninsured Americans with a mix of federal and state subsidies, cost-shifting and contorted accounting.
In less than six months, about 7 million people are expected to enroll in new health insurance plans sold in state exchanges for coverage in 2014.
The tightly regulated health insurance marketplaces and tax credits to help people buy coverage in them are among key provisions the law's drafters counted on to reduce the number of uninsured Americans. By 2023, about 25 million may have coverage that they purchased in the exchanges, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Modern Healthcare asked CEOs attending the recent congress of the American College of Healthcare Executives how they expect the launch of the exchanges will actually change their businesses next year. Here are some of their edited responses: