In addition to expanding Americans' access to health insurance coverage, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) 1 promotes a host of health care service delivery models, strategies, and payment structures to improve health care quality and access. These delivery approaches have the potential to improve the health outcomes of millions of Americans, including vulnerable populations such as seniors, those on Medicaid, and ethnic and racial minority groups, while reducing the costs of health care. 2,3,4
The AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange has featured a rich collection of profiles on programs at the forefront of health care delivery advancement since 2008. This Web page highlights innovative programs and policies that reflect health care service delivery models and strategies related to the ACA and exemplify some of its key principles, in particular Title III , “Improving the Quality and Efficiency of Health Care”. The page includes a wide range of exemplary, frontline programs; some of the innovations are precursors to the ACA and others illustrate approaches to improving quality and efficiency that support ACA goals. It is intended as a resource for users implementing provisions of the ACA, although it includes innovations that did not arise directly from the Act.
The programs featured here also align with the three aims of the National Quality Strategy : Better Care, Healthy People/Healthy Communities, and Affordable Care. These aims are being used to guide and assess local, State, and national efforts to improve health and the quality of health care in response to the ACA.
Go to the tabs on the left of this section to access information on each of the main topic areas covered on this Web page, including descriptions of the featured innovations and their relationship to the ACA.
- Healthcare.gov. Health Insurance Marketplace. Available at: https://www.healthcare.gov/marketplace/b/welcome.
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Affordable Care Act. Available at: http://www.medicaid.gov/AffordableCareAct/Affordable-Care-Act.html.
- Hanlon, Carrie and Giles, Brittany. State Policymakers' Guide for Advancing Health Equity through Health Reform Implementation. National Academy for State Health Policy. August 2012. Available at: http://www.nashp.org/publication/state-policymakers-guide-advancing-health-equity-through-health-reform-implementation.
- Ross, Janell. Affordable Care Act May Help Close Gap on Health Disparities. National Journal. April 9, 2014. Available at: http://www.nationaljournal.com/next-america/health/affordable-care-act-may-help-close-gap-on-health-disparities-20140409.