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2012

Accountable Care Organizations (January 1, 2012)
Provides incentives for physicians to join together to form “Accountable Care Organizations where doctors can better coordinate patient care and improve the quality, help prevent disease and illness, and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.

Understanding Health Disparities (March 2012)
Any ongoing or new federal health program will be mandated to collect and report racial, ethnic, and language data. The Secretary of Health and Human Services will use this data to help identify and reduce disparities.

Voluntary Long-Term Care Insurance (October 1, 2012)
The health care reform law will create a new voluntary long-term care insurance program (called CLASS) for adults who become disabled. UPDATE: On October 14, 2011, Secretary Sebelius transmitted a report and letter to Congress stating that the Department does not see a viable path forward for CLASS implementation at this time.

Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program (VBP) ( October 1, 2012)
Offers financial incentives to hospitals to improve the quality of care.

Electronic Exchange of Health Information (October 1, 2012)
A series of changes to standardize billing. Using electronic health records will reduce paperwork and administrative burdens, cut costs, reduce medical errors and, most importantly, improve the quality of care.

Closing of the Medicare Coverage Gap Improving Coverage for Seniors and Disabled
Persons (phased between 2011-2020)