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by Alicia Caramenico, FierceHealthcare
For most people, a vacation means leaving work far behind, but not for me. So while a recent trip to the Dominican Republic was a small break from editing and writing about the healthcare industry, I still found myself getting caught up in (or starting) discussions about healthcare and healthcare reform.
Although, it wasn't my fault--I sat next to a nurse who worked at a hospital in the greater Philadelphia area at dinner one night. So two topics, the Philles and healthcare, were bound to come up.
There's been a big push for education around healthcare reform so I was shocked to hear talk about how she and the nurses in her unit don't really know what the law means or how it will affect them. She added that the hospital didn't offer educational opportunities but that she and her fellow nurses wish they could take a class to help them know what Affordable Care Act changes mean for them.
With U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last year cementing the ACA as law of the land, how can delivery and payment reforms produce results if we don't inform those charged with delivering care under these new systems?
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