Supreme Court upholds healthcare reform
With today’s Supreme Court decision upholding healthcare reform,
Community Hospital, and indeed all hospitals, have much-needed clarity
to continue on the path toward transformation. We are committed to
remaining sustainable, accessible, affordable, and financially strong.
We are fortunate to have a highly engaged and well-trained staff,
generous philanthropic support from our community, the latest
technology, and a highly skilled, board-certified medical staff. For
those reasons and many more, we are confident we will be around for our
community and surrounding communities for a very long time.
That said, here are some important considerations about today’s Supreme Court decision.
- Today’s decision lifts a heavy burden for millions of Americans who need access to healthcare coverage.
- California hospitals in general, and Community Hospital
specifically, are pleased that the Supreme Court has chosen to
uphold the ACA. Admittedly, there
are elements of the ACA that are not perfect, but the law goes a long
way toward the goal of ensuring that all Americans have access to
- Transforming healthcare takes more than the strike of a
gavel or the stroke of a pen. It calls for the entire community to
work together. For Community Hospital, that means continuing to
deliver high-quality care more efficiently — continuing to develop
the patient-centered medical home, the expansion of disease
management programs, the implementation of complex case management,
the enhancement and support of electronic health records in
community physician offices and clinics, and the commitment to growth in
our health information exchange known as PHIL.
- Although much of the focus of the Affordable Care Act is on
expanding coverage to the uninsured, the law also includes
numerous provisions aimed at improving quality and lowering costs.
Community Hospital has been on the leading edge of these delivery
system reforms. We will continue down that path.
- Community Hospital knows our local residents and employers
will expect us to deliver on the direction to which we have
With Community Hospital CEO/President Steven Packer leading the way
as California Hospital Association board chair, California hospitals
look forward to continuing our partnership with state and federal
officials and other stakeholders as we move toward implementation in