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The Role of Psychosocial Care in Adapting to Health Care Reform

      In an era of rapidly changing health care policy, community gastroenterology practices and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) centers are looking for methods to provide quality care within the context of increasing time constraints and decreased reimbursement. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into law in 2010, brought revolutionary changes without guidance on how to achieve the triple aim of improving patient experience, improving the health of populations, and decreasing the cost per capita of health care.

      The IHI triple aim. July 2013. Available at: http://www.ihi.org/offerings/Initiatives/TripleAim/Pages/default.aspx. Accessed July 7, 2014.

      However, in light of real-time legislative changes, providers and medical institutions are faced with the need to quickly adapt, often without evidence-based practices driving these changes.

      Abbreviations used in this paper:

      ACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), IBDSF (Inflammatory Bowel Disease Support Foundation), UCSD (University of California San Diego)
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