With the Supreme Court validating the individual mandate in health reform and tweaking Medicaid expansion provisions, hospitals will start to see a large decrease in uncompensated care, says Dave Roberts, vice president of government relations at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Consequently, hospitals will financially be able to invest more in health I.T. beyond electronic health records to improve care coordination and quality, he adds. Health information exchange technology, accountable care organizations and a new HIPAA transaction for electronic funds transfers, among other reform initiatives, can really start to roll out now. And uninsured patients, brought into the system via the mandate, will increase their focus on health wellness and require supporting I.T. tools.

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