Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (June 28, 2012)---Today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides direction for health care providers, such as Botsford Hospital, to move forward with much needed services to the citizens of this country.
"At Botsford, we have been working hard already to comply with the Affordable Care Act and the changing health care environment that will ensue," said David Walters, D.O., MPH, Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Botsford Hospital. "Although parts of this ruling will take weeks to interpret, upholding the ACA means many of our important initiatives can move forward, which will have a profoundly positive impact on the health care that we deliver to our patients and their families."
An ACA initiative impacting Botsford Hospital directly is the adoption of a system of electronic medical records (EMR) that allows for tracking patients’ medical history in one location, electronic sharing of medical information within the hospital and with outside providers, reducing medical errors, providing better coordination of services, and allowing better analysis of data, which will help reduce costs. The EMR system at Botsford would not have been possible without ACA support and funding.
Young adults up to age 26 and people with pre-existing conditions will continue to have coverage, and people will not face lifetime caps on what their insurer will pay for claims. People covered by Medicare will continue to be able to obtain preventive health services, such as diabetes education, without out-of-pocket expenses.
The ACA creates a platform for dealing with a long-term issue affecting health care providers and uninsured and underinsured patients, namely, access to services particularly in the early stage of a chronic disease, such as diabetes.
Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.
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