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Answering patients’ ACA questions made simple

More than 80 percent of physicians say they don’t have enough information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to answer patients’ questions or understand its impact on their practices, according to a recent survey by QuantiaMD. Fortunately, there are numerous resources readily available online to help ease this transition for patients and practices.

The American Medical Association (AMA) has a wealth of information online, such as this fact sheet, which provides helpful information about the ACA rollout, including information about the new insurance exchanges, Medicare benefits and the individual mandate. An accompanying FAQ document provides answers to common questions from patients.

The Department of Health and Human Services offers a patient brochure about the health insurance exchanges, guidance on how the Healthcare.gov website works, and a patient pocket card listing relevant websites and phone numbers.

A new checklist, developed by the AMA and the Medical Group Management Association, identifies six actions that can ease some of the administrative challenges physicians and their patients may face during this implementation phase. The checklist includes recommendations on training staff, discussing cost information with patients and understanding your state’s essential health benefits.

More resources and information will be added to the AMA’s web page on the ACA as they become available, and the Society’s website has additional information and resources geared to Wisconsin patients and physicians.

Editor’s Note: Information included in this article was provided by the American Medical Association.

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