The Affordable Care Act has only been law for less than five years with early results becoming apparent during the past two years. Millions more Americans have health insurance and important consumer provisions give protection to those with pre-existing conditions, force insurers to spend more on actual treatment rather than administration, and enable parents to keep adult children on their health policies until age 26.

But the law is also affecting how-and when-providers get paid. While the pressure on healthcare provider revenue streams may seem daunting, there are steps hospitals and physician practices can take to improve payments.

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