With the deadline for general signups for the Affordable Care Act passed, and millions more Americans insured and starting to visit individual doctors, clinics and hospitals, healthcare professionals are beginning to react to this change. A recent survey from the Medical Group Management Association, with results reported in Forbes magazine, polled doctors in 46 states to find out their feelings about the changes the ACA has brought to the industry during the first four months it has been in effect.
The use of insurance by those newly covered under the act may be the most surprising part of the poll, as 94 percent of physicians, out of the more than 40,000 healthcare providers surveyed in all, reported seeing some patients who were using ACA coverage. Additionally, 24 percent of doctors had already seen a slight increase in the number of patients visiting their practices by the end of April, while another 44 percent expected to see a small rise in total patient volume by the end of the year.
Many offices also reported having to bring on additional staff to manage the insurance verification process and properly gather information, as well as bill patients and their insurers. While having more patients is a positive sign, the added expenses may prove troublesome to some healthcare providers.
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