SMA’s President Addresses the PPACA Decision: What’s Next?

Many supporters of the PPACA breathed a sigh of relief last week. The Supreme Court with its interesting decision allows the PPACA to continue moving forward and weave its tentacles even further into the nation’s healthcare system. Was there a better way? Is this bill the best Congress could do? Many believe that the PPACA is a blue print for fiscal failure and just a bridge to a single payer government run system. No matter how you feel as a physician; the law and its payment, delivery, and quality systems changes are here to stay in some form or another. For better or worse, we all will feel the effects of this legislation for the rest of our lives. Physicians and patients are in for a roller coaster ride.

The Southern Medical Association (SMA) is hosting a Healthcare Summit in Nashville, TN, November 16 – 17, 2012 that has an outstanding faculty of healthcare thinkers, movers, and shakers who represent the many stakeholders involved in the healthcare sector. Please visit www.sma.org/summit for details.

As physicians, many of us not only sit on the sidelines but also actively belittle and ridicule other physicians who are passionate advocates of physician issues. I am not going to get involved because …. (Fill in the blank, there are many excuses). One way you can get involved is to become informed. That information process begins by joining with other physicians at the SMA Healthcare Summit in Nashville, TN on November 16 and 17, 2012. The SMA is a vehicle for you to voice your opinions on this and other important issues. Please post your comments and let us know how we can represent your views…….

Michael C. Gosney, MD, JD, MBA
2011-2012 President, Southern Medical Association

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