Dr. David Feinberg addresses the potential Affordable Care Act repeal in LinkedIn Post
DANVILLE, PA -- Today, David T. Feinberg, M.D., MBA, president and CEO of Geisinger Health System, posted a LinkedIn column that discusses the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act. In his article, Dr. Feinberg reminds Americans that there were problems with health care before the ACA, and that a repeal might not have the catastrophic implications many Americans fear. In his post, Dr. Feinberg suggests that reform start with a shift of focus from the White House to health care providers and the communities they serve.
“We need to step back and take a few deep breaths before we lament the so-called health care apocalypse,” Dr. Feinberg writes. “The United States health care system was a mess long before the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.”
Dr. Feinberg explains in his post that true health reform began before Obamacare became law. The reform began as a commitment by health systems like Geisinger to provide higher quality, lower costs and population health efforts aimed at keeping patients out of the hospital. With the new administration, Dr. Feinberg recognizes that there will be changes, but writes that a change in the White House should not affect the goals of health care providers to deliver value to patients through better outcomes at lower costs.
“The presidential transition is over. We the doctors, nurses, support staff, the communities we live in and the patients we serve need to fix the health care system from the inside. It won’t happen in Washington,” says Dr. Feinberg. “As one great country, together, we need to make America healthy again.”
The LinkedIn post dives into the importance of healthy habits to cut health care costs. Dr. Feinberg recommends that equipping communities with quality health care, accessible nutritious food and an option to be genetically tested for predispositions to certain illnesses could greatly improve overall health.
To read Dr. Feinberg’s article in full, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/david-feinberg-4b5b76
One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Geisinger is known for its focus on caring and innovative programs including the ProvenCare® best-practice approach to maximize quality, safety and value; ProvenHealth Navigator® advanced medical home; Springboard Health® population health program to improve the health of an entire community; ProvenExperience™ to provide refunds to patients unhappy with their care experience; and Geisinger’s MyCode® Community Health Initiative, the largest healthcare system-based precision health project in the world. With more than 215,000 volunteer participants enrolled, MyCode is conducting extensive research and returning medically actionable results to participants. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.