For other parts of the law being rolled out in regulation, such as penalties for higher rates of readmissions and preventable hospital-acquired infections and other conditions, readmission penalties and requirements to reduce hospital-acquired conditions, which Umbdenstock said hospitals will work to change through the regulatory process already underway. And the AHA will work for quick results from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute for comparative effectiveness conclusions.
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And Umbdenstock said, the AHA will continue efforts to strengthen the legislation with parts that were dropped before passage, such as tort reform and clarity on how providers help patients make decisions about end-of-life care, a divisive point during the pre-passage debate.
"The nation still needs to have a responsible and continuing dialogue end of life care, and the best way for all of us to plan for the day when we have an advanced illness, and to make decisions before that time as to the way in which we would like to receive that care," he said.
Other key segments of the industry responded favorably to the court's opinion, with some caveats.
"This decision protects important improvements, such as ending coverage denials due to pre-existing conditions and lifetime caps on insurance, and allowing the 2.5 million young adults up to age 26 who gained coverage under the law to stay on their parents' health insurance policies," Jeremy Lazarus, MD, president of the American Medical Association said in a statement.