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   March 2017
           
SECTOR HIGHLIGHT: PROVIDERS
The Affordable Care Act - Are Providers Ready for Change?
By Doug Barry
 
While the financial health for safety net hospitals was once consistently in jeopardy, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare” has reversed this course for many of these hospitals, and with the expansion of Medicaid, many struggling hospitals have avoided bankruptcy. According to the COO of one of the largest Medicaid Advocacy Service Companies in the healthcare space, “Obamacare” helped them to significantly improve the lives of thousands of patients who would have otherwise fallen through the cracks. So why is there such an effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act? 
 
 
Welcome To Our Newsletter!
 
This year has been off to a very exciting start. As of January 1, 2017 WeiserMazars LLP has changed its name to Mazars USA LLP. The Healthcare Consulting Group continues to grow, so in the spirit of change and growth we will now be publishing our thought leadership through a quarterly newsletter. Each edition will contain general-interest articles that affect both individual industries as well as the entire healthcare sector. We will also provide information on upcoming events and webcasts. As always, we hope that you will find these items interesting and of value.

- Debra Bornstein, Principal, Healthcare Practice Leader
 
FEATURED ARTICLES
Cybersecurity: Board Members Hold the Keys
Bill Ahrens and David Parry
 
Healthcare Board Members and Corporate Officers have a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that their organization is properly managed, financially sound, committed to achieving the corporate mission, and is in compliance with laws and regulations.  Among their many requisites is a thorough understanding of the organization’s environment and risks.  One of these risks – data breaches – is a significant threat that cannot be ignored. 
Adult Day Care Centers: A Value-Based Delivery Model Supporting Healthcare's Triple Aim
By Shawn Dunphy and Lydia Missaelides
 
Adult Day Health Centers (ADHCs) provide a variety of daily care services to high-risk patients, usually between 4-6 hours a day, which includes assistance with daily needs and skilled medical and social work services. In California alone there are more than 300 of these programs. Nationally, the CDC estimates that approximately 4,800 centers are currently in operation.
Is A Narrow Network Strategy Right For Your Plan?
By Syed Ali
 
The goal of narrow networks is to provide members access to all of the medically-necessary services that they are accustomed to while limiting the number of providers to those of low cost and/or high quality, with cost being the main driver. But, as is the case with any approach, the methodology has its pros and cons.
 
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