|Ocala, FL -
June 28, 2012|
This morning, the United States Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold the Affordable Care Act in its entirety. By upholding the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court decision has clarified the constitutionality of the individual mandate and Medicaid expansion. The good news is that the decision eliminates uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act and hospitals across the country can continue their focus on the important changes to the delivery of healthcare that this Act has generated.
While we have confronted the uncertainties of healthcare reform, Munroe has not wavered from our belief that continuous quality improvement promotes the best of care for our patients. We will continue to be committed to reshaping the current healthcare environment into one that focuses on high quality, well coordinated, cost effective patient care, prevention and wellness education. Our physician-led clinical integration initiative is one important example of how we are working to provide an integrated and coordinated care model for our community.
In the days ahead, Munroe will work with our state and national hospital associations on what today’s decision means for the medical center and its future impact on healthcare in Marion County. We are hopeful that following the Supreme Court’s decision today, that most of the 84,000 uninsured Marion County residents will be provided with health insurance coverage by 2014. While the debate in Washington drags on, Munroe will continue to advocate for policies that support our goal of improving access to care, providing high quality services and reducing costs.
Steve Purves, FACHE
President & CEO
Munroe Regional Medical Center