The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act-health system reform legislation signed into law by President Obama on March 23-contains a number of key provisions for providers and patients. Some changes may have an immediate impact on Medicare payments, while others will take effect over the next five years.  We asked Medicare Payment experts what impact they believe the new law will have on Medicare Payment jobs.  Here's what they had to say:

Overall, as hospitals are mandated to continue to demonstrate enhanced value in their services, the pressure will be on to elevate service delivery at higher quality and reduced cost.  Administrative personnel will perhaps be more vulnerable than the clinical resources required to deliver the service quality.  Nonetheless, as government and payers increase oversight and measurement of quality standards, I see continued demand for talented, dedicated professionals in Medicare payment jobs as hospitals will still be required to maintain regulatory compliance and optimize reimbursement and collection.

Dan Silver
Vice President
R-C Healthcare Management Services, Inc.

Professionals who specialize in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement will be busy as providers seek guidance on the health care reforms.  In addition, lawyers may be busy bringing legal challenges to the reforms (some litigation has already been filed) or the government's regulatory implementation of the reforms. 

Barbara Straub Williams,
Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC

The new legislation does not change Medicare payment policy for hospitals. In the future, as the law is implemented and possibly challenged,  we may see regulations that complicate payment (e.g. hospital payment tied to quality measures) and these might create the need for more Hospital Medicare Payment people as well as additional consulting services.  For now, however, there is nothing specific to project.
Paul Shoemaker, FACHE,
American Hospital Directory

Publication Date: Friday, May 28, 2010