Why docs couldn’t love Obamacare and what they want in a replacement

dollar_heart-1As we welcome a new president with very different views of healthcare from his predecessor, the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare”, is being replaced. While we do not yet know what its replacement will look like, we can still learn from the ACA’s mistakes to keep history from repeating itself. The instability of the ACA marketplace was not only due to premium hikes and insurance company withdrawals, but also the low number of physicians who accepted the coverage.

In 2016, the number of doctors participating in health plans on public exchanges dipped 4 percent to 57 percent of physicians in “health insurance plans offered in the federal or state exchanges under the ACA,” according to SERMO, a doctor social media network.

Lawmakers can use lessons learned from the ACA to create a more effective, coordinated plan. The first step? Make the plan more attractive to physicians.

By Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum | MedCity News

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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