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Learning Center Experience
By Dr. Matthew Caines
Many people are familiar
with the Affordable
Care Act (ACA) and the impact health insurance reform has presented in
terms of coverage, benefits, protections, and lowering cost of services. What some do not realize is that a large part
of the ACA is not focused on insurance but rather on funding and opportunities for
the fields of public health and health education. Referred to as Health System Reform, this part
of the ACA deals with improved quality and efficiency for health services, creating
a stronger workforce infrastructure and focusing on prevention. “To fully
understand the implications of the ACA on health services careers, one must
understand public health and education and learn how professionals with public
health careers are improving our health care system,” said Matthew Caines, DHed, MPH, CHES, Kaplan University's department chair for public health, health education, health informatics, and health information management.
According to the
Centers of Disease Control Foundation, “Public health
connects us all.” The term public health refers to a population as a whole
and that population’s relationship to health issues. Public health is affected by the general lifestyle
of a population as well as factors such as research, detection, and control of
diseases and injury prevention. Health education is the avenue by which we support
behavioral changes within a population which can positively impact the health
of a community. “With the implementation of the ACA, our government made strong
commitments to the improvement of our nation’s public health and, in this way, new career avenues have developed,” said Dr. Caines. “Many of these public
health careers are in health education, as a significant contributor to health
system reform is proper education on how to be healthy and how to access health
care,” he said.
The implementation of
the ACA moved our country toward broad adoption of the electronic health record
(EHR) by requiring mandatory compliance for all health care providers. Although
the EHR affects insurance reform in terms of billing and payment improvements,
the EHR also offers opportunities for health system reform in terms of better
research and assessment capabilities.
The ACA also
coordinated the development of Accountable
Care Organizations (ACOs). ACOs
allow health care providers to work collaboratively and accept accountability
together for the quality and cost of care for a given population. The goal is
to control cost, increase quality, and improve population health. “For public
health departments and public health professionals, these changes translate
into potential roles within ACOs and medical homes and positions creating
services and programs enabling ACOs to meet population health goals,” said Dr.
Caines. “Opportunities in public health also exist in regard to the collection
and analysis of data obtained via the EHR,” he added.
The ACA impacts public
health with a strong emphasis on preventative medicine. Within insurance reform, this is illustrated
by negating deductibles and copayments for cancer screenings, certain
vaccinations, tobacco cessation counseling, interventions, and other
preventative services. Within the public
health arena, the Prevention
and Public Health Fund, established by the ACA, became the United States’
first mandatory funding for public health. This much needed investment in prevention funds Community Transformation
Grants (CTG), the National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII), and
other key public health provisions, including public health education
campaigns, health equity promotion, and workplace wellness programs. In general, the focus of these monies is to
promote tobacco-free lifestyles, active living, healthy eating, quality preventive
services, and healthy and safe physical environments.
Caines notes it’s
expected that these new policies within the ACA allow for the development of
additional jobs in the public health arena. For instance, one specific regulation
requires restaurants with over 20 locations to document caloric
value for nutrition on their menus. “A regulation like this impacts not
only the health department in terms of program management personnel, but the
restaurant business needs to comply with these new standards and new jobs are
created to fulfill these needs,” said Dr. Caines.
For those interested in
careers paths in public health and health education, Dr. Caines recommends
finding the best education and experience available to further career goals. “How
does the ACA affect public health? In terms of career paths and the
future, it's expected that individuals may have more options,” said Dr. Caines. “Students could benefit from a global,
holistic, comprehensive program that includes training in health management,
public health, and health education,” said Dr. Caines.
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programs available through Kaplan University.
Dr. Matthew Caines is Academic Department Chair for the Master of Health Informatics, Master of Health Information Management, Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management, and Medical Billing and Coding Certificate programs.
Electronic Medical Records and the Future
Public Health and Health Education: What’s the Difference?
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