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
Geisinger is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development of innovative care delivery models such as ProvenHealth Navigator®, ProvenCare® and ProvenExperience®. As one of the nation’s largest health service organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 45 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania, and also in southern New Jersey at AtlantiCare, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. In 2017, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital became the newest members of the Geisinger Family. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, and a 583,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $12.7 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Geisinger has repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit Geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.