In the final installment of our three-part series on Making Good Health Profitable, we discuss the Affordable Care Act and its impact of adding 20 million people to the health insurance rolls in the Obamacare age. It sounds like a net positive on the surface, but questions remain about access to care, health literacy, and quality of care for parts of this newly-insured population.

Michael Heifetz and Karen Timberlake examine the growth of the insurance rolls from a care delivery perspective and the need for better data surrounding some of the ‘experimental’ steps that health systems are taking to improve access and quality.

Be sure to watch Part 1 where Heifetz and Timberlake discuss the delivery of healthcare and payment system. In Part 2 in this three-part series, they discuss why the measurement of healthcare data needs to become simpler and more consistent across the country.

Michael Heifetz
Michael previously served as a Principal at Michael Best Strategies. He specialized in healthcare reform, policy implementation, and government relations and advocacy, focusing his work in the following areas: Medicaid optimization, state healthcare policy, federal healthcare reform, and helping clients navigate the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Karen Timberlake
Bio Link Karen works with clients who are pursuing shared value business development strategies. She guides strategy development and facilitates relationships between business, government, and non-profit organizations to advance initiatives that benefit businesses and produce positive results for employees, customers, and communities. Karen also supports collaborative initiatives in healthcare transformation, concentrating on population health improvement. Expertise: Shared Value Business Strategy Development, Population Health, Healthcare Transformation, Coalition Building, and Leadership Development

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