HIEs unlikely to be affected by Obamacare court ruling, says healthcare IT expert

Many care providers will be undeterred from establishing healthcare IT initiatives such as health information exchanges (HIEs) even if the Supreme Court strikes down President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care (PPAC) Act, reports Information Week.

Eric Paternoster, chief executive officer of Infosys Public Services, told the news source that the Supreme Court’s ruling would have little effect on many healthcare providers’ plans to proceed with HIE initiatives. In the event that the PPAC Act is unconstitutional, Paternoster believes many hospitals and care organizations will continue to work on wide-scale healthcare IT projects.

“Given their reading of what happened during the hearings, their thinking [is that if] the mandate is removed and the state exchanges fall, [they will] go ahead with a private exchange or a hybrid model where the state would license private exchanges,” Paternoster told the news source.

Infosys surveyed 100 chief information officers and healthcare IT executives shortly before the PPAC was first evaluated by the Supreme Court. Results of Infosys’ research indicates that approximately 80 percent of healthcare managers plan to implement healthcare IT projects based on the Affordable Care Act.

A further 80 percent of individuals polled stated they plan to participate in a health insurance exchange project, despite regulatory uncertainties raised by the Supreme Court’s assessment of the PPAC Act.

According to Healthcare Finance News, many experts believe the Supreme Court will deliver its ruling on the constitutionality of the PPAC in June.

The news source reports that speculation on the outcome of the three-day hearings has abounded, with many experts believing the PPAC will be declared unconstitutional. Controversy surrounding the individual mandate of the PPAC has taken center stage in the world of healthcare policy, with opponents of the PPAC arguing that Americans should not be federally mandated to purchase health insurance coverage.

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