Survey: Healthcare execs pessimistic about healthcare reform bill

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In reaction to the healthcare reform bill passed by President Barack Obama, an initial response survey from healthcare staffing company AMN Healthcare suggests that the majority of healthcare executives are  pessimistic about the reform’s effects on their facilities and believe healthcare reform will create more patient demand for services, creating a need for more clinicians.

Nearly three-quarters of responding healthcare executives stated that healthcare reform will have a negative financial impact on their facilities. Sixty-two percent of those surveyed said healthcare reform will cause them to add more physicians while 56 percent said reform will cause them to add more nurses.

Conducted by the San Diego-based AMN Healthcare, surveys were sent via email to 7,000 healthcare executives on April 7, from which 172 responses were collected by April 15, equating to a 2.45 percent response rate.

According to the survey, only about 22 percent of respondents were greatly or moderately pleased by the passage of healthcare reform while 72 percent were either "somewhat concerned" or "very concerned" about passage of the new law.

Similarly, 63 percent of respondents said healthcare reform will have a "somewhat detrimental" or "very detrimental" effect on the quality of care their facilities are able to provide, while only about 23 percent of executives said that healthcare reform will have a somewhat beneficial or very beneficial effect on the quality of care their facilities are able to provide patients.

Sixty-six percent of respondents said that healthcare reform will have a somewhat detrimental or a very detrimental effect on the overall quality of care all Americans are able to receive, while 27 percent said that healthcare reform will have a somewhat beneficial effect or a very beneficial effect on the overall quality of care U.S. patients will receive.

The survey authors did note, however, that is it reasonable to believe that the views of healthcare executives regarding reform may evolve over time.

“The survey was self-selecting, and further data collection will be needed for a more definite examination of how healthcare executives view the passage of healthcare reform,” concluded the survey. “Nevertheless, the survey does signal that the initial response to healthcare reform of the majority of hospital and medical group leaders is one of concern and that many healthcare executives are apprehensive about how reform will affect their facilities.”