Via Christi Health reaction to Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act
Via Christi Health President and CEO Jeff Korsmo released the following statement in reaction to today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act:
“The Supreme Court’s ruling keeps in place improved access to health care through expanded insurance coverage and important insurance reforms, which were key elements of the Affordable Care Act. But those of us in health care know that much more work needs to be done to provide Americans with higher-quality health care that produces better outcomes at a lower cost.
“At Via Christi, we are creating a patient-centered health care system of the future. With the leadership of our physicians, nurses and other clinicians, we are developing a team-based approach to provide the communities we serve with safer, higher-quality care that also helps our patients and residents live healthier lives – and at a lower cost.
“The way we deliver health care has been changing since the Affordable Care Act took effect two years ago, and it will need to change even more dramatically in the years ahead. The growth in the cost of health care in the United States is simply unsustainable, and it’s going to get worse because 10,000 baby boomers a day are reaching Medicare age. Those costs, combined with our federal and state governments’ fiscal challenges, all call for major change in health care.
“The problem that wasn’t settled by the ruling is that the Affordable Care Act does not address in a significant way the factors that are driving the high cost of health care. That problem will still need to be addressed in the future. We need to change the way we pay for health care to reduce overutilization of medical procedures and reward providers for delivering high-quality care and keeping people healthy.”