The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently convened a roundtable (for a list of participants, see Appendix B) to discuss whether the traditional bedside care team could be reconfigured to meet the imminent needs of the U. S. population. These needs emanate from a more culturally and socio-economically diverse population, patients experiencing acute episodes with multiple conditions, and an aging population requiring more health care services. Driving the need for change is the reality that, in 2014, more than 25 million new patients will enter the U.S. health care system as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Originally Published By American Hospital Association
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