SOURCE: VHA Inc.

VHA Inc.

June 28, 2012 12:10 ET

VHA Inc. Media Statement: Supreme Court Upholds the Affordable Care Act

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire - Jun 28, 2012) -  Today, the Supreme Court announced its historic decision upholding the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate while invalidating aspects of the Medicaid expansion.

The good news is that the decision eliminates the uncertainty surrounding the constitutionality of the Act, which unquestionably has served as a catalyst for important change in the industry.

However, the political and fiscal challenges facing the health care industry will continue. This is particularly true given the uncertainty about how Congress and the Administration may choose to address the Court's concerns about the proposed Medicaid expansion, and the fiscal impact that resolution may have on hospitals and the patients they serve in states that choose not to participate in the expansion.

Across the nation, VHA's members are working diligently to deliver higher quality, more accessible, and more affordable health care. VHA supports these three objectives and will continue working with our members to create health care's necessary future state -- one in which hospitals and health systems are rewarded for maintaining and improving health and wellness as well as for treating and curing illness.

VHA is keenly aware that to reach this future state, we must manage and use health-related information more effectively. While implementing electronic health care records is important, it is only the necessary first step in assuring that hospitals, physicians and other health care providers have the information they need to improve health on a community-wide basis and to deliver the best possible care to every patient. 

Continuing the journey we began 35 years ago, VHA will bring its powerful analytics capabilities and its clinical and business insights to bear as we work with non-profit hospitals and health systems to bring affordable, high-quality care to all Americans.

For VHA's perspective from Lillee Gelinas, RN, BSN, MSN, FAAN, vice president and CNO at VHA please go to: http://vhatv.vha.com/media/2012/vha/AffordableCareAct-Upheld.asx

About VHA Inc.
Based in Irving, Texas, VHA Inc. is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations that work together to drive maximum savings in the supply chain arena, set new levels of clinical performance, and identify and implement best practices to improve operational efficiency and clinical outcomes. Since 1977, VHA has leveraged its expertise in analytics, contracting, consulting and networks to help members achieve their operational, clinical and financial objectives. In 2010, VHA delivered record savings and value of $1.7 billion to members. VHA serves more than 1,350 hospitals and more than 30,000 non-acute care providers nationwide, coordinating delivery of its programs and services through its 16 regional offices. VHA has been ranked as one of the best places to work in healthcare by Modern Healthcare since the publication introduced this list in 2008. For more information, visit www.vha.com and follow us on Twitter (@VHAInc).

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