Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is bringing a new era in American health care. For those with psychiatric disabilities, the outlook is uncertain. While access will increase as the Medicaid rolls expand by 25%, the availability, quality, cost, and innovation of care could likely decrease, as described in PsychOdyssey’s recent white paper about Medicaid expansion in New Jersey (Will Medicaid’s 3 Big Changes Improve Recoveries of Adults with Schizophrenia in New Jersey?)
Healthcare observers from all corners of the country have made predictions on everything from the ultimate cost of health reform to the percentage of the uninsured. There’s a mix of both optimism and pessimism. 2014 will provide us an opportunity to compare their predictions to the ultimate reality. Managed Healthcare Executive, a trade publication of the managed care industry, polled readers on their forecast for 2014 and beyond. Nearly 350 readers responded and their feedback is summarized here in its 2014 State of the Industry slideshow. See the slide show and its related articles here.