Health Care Reform Update: Consumer Portal Launched, Consumer Concerns Grow

With the first of many key health reform implementation dates arriving on July 1, The New York Times noted that the health care overhaul’s beginnings were earning high reviews from some constituencies.  The Obama Administration celebrated the launch of a new consumer web portal, with coverage option information available state by state, and the availability of a new federal Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan under the law’s temporary high-risk pool program.

An Associated Press story last week pointed out that research shows health care reform may well mean longer emergency room waits because of an increase in the number of those covered by Medicaid, while a new consumer sentiment index from Thomson Reuters shows that Americans’ confidence in their ability to access and pay for health care reached a new low in May.

The Congressional Budget Office’s new Long-Term Budget Outlook concludes that federal health care spending, taking into account the expected impact of the new health reform law, is still on an unsustainable course. It is clear much more work remains to be done to fix the health care system.

Michael F. Arrigo

Michael is Managing Partner & CEO of No World Borders, a leading healthcare management and IT consulting firm. He serves as an expert witness in Federal and State Court and was recently ruled as an expert by a 9th Circuit Federal Judge. He serves as a patent expert witness on intellectual property disputes, both as a Technical Expert and a Damages expert. He leads a team that provides Cybersecurity best practices for healthcare clients, ICD-10 Consulting, Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records. He advises legal teams as an expert witness in HIPAA Privacy and Security, medical coding and billing and usual and customary cost of care, the Affordable Care Act and benefits enrollment, white collar crime, False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback, Stark Law, Insurance Fraud, payor-provider disputes, and consults to venture capital and private equity firms on mHealth, Cloud Computing in Healthcare, and Software as a Service. He advises self-insured employers on cost of care and regulations. Arrigo was recently retained by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding a significant false claims act investigation. He has provided opinions on over $1 billion in health care claims and due diligence on over $8 billion in healthcare mergers and acquisitions. Education: UC Irvine - Economics and Computer Science, University of Southern California - Business, studies at Stanford Medical School - Biomedical Informatics, studies at Harvard Medical School - Bioethics. Trained in over 10 medical specialties in medical billing and coding. Trained by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and PTAB Judges on patent statutes, rules and case law (as a non-attorney to better advise clients on Technical and Damages aspects of patent construction and claims). Mr. Arrigo has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and National Public Radio.

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