Thursday, December 12 2013, 12:01 PM MST
Web Exclusive: Affordable Health Care Act in Utah
SHAUNA LAKE: How do you feel about affordable healthcare act and how does that affect your job, your clinics and Utah?
Linda Leckman: The affordable healthcare act is mostly about health insurance so in terms of how it affects physicians and their practices that's not so much. One thing that the act does do is to provide for organizations called accountable care organizations. They essentially take the financial risk for taking care of the health of a population. That was a fancy way to say capitation. So systems across the country are looking at that. How do we do that how we keep people healthy rather than taking care of them when they are ill. How do we make sure the right kind of treatment is given rather than a multitude of x-rays or procedures? How do we give tools so people are able to make decisions that best fit their value systems?
That is one thing the affordable care act has done it has pushed systems to look at how we deliver care better.
SHAUNA LAKE:One thing that I think is interesting about you is that youre very into preventive. You've done blogs and radio shows talking about hey I don't really want to cure you. I mean Ill be there to cure you when youre sick but lets keep you healthy.
Linda Leckman: Intermountain Healthcare has a campaign called live well. We are within the corporation to focus on wellness initiative focusing on that right now. Giving them the tools to enable patients to make good decisions to terms of their health. Also, getting within our clinics some online helps that help patients see if I do this, what's the likely outcome, if I do don't do this, what's the likely outcome. And its been very well received.
-Produced by Angie Dennison
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