The Affordable Care Act (ACA) – also known as Obamacare – has been making big waves ever since it was introduced. Regardless of whether you support the ACA or not, it’s undeniable that the legislation will impact businesses of all sizes in the National Capital region, and across the country.

The ACA’s goal is to increase the affordability and rate of healthcare coverage for American citizens and bring down overall healthcare costs. It includes a number of provisions, mandates, subsidies, and tax credits that aim to increase the coverage rate and affordability of insurance, while improving health outcomes and streamlining how we deliver healthcare.

Arguably the most controversial provision of the ACA has been the requirement for some types of businesses to provide healthcare insurance to their full-time employees. While that’s partly true, requirements can greatly vary between small to mid-sized businesses.

And the ACA doesn’t just impact companies and the benefits they offer their employees. It also will have long lasting effects on how healthcare providers and other businesses in the healthcare industry operate. When it comes to streamlining how we deliver care to our patients, the ACA is pushing for the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) in order to keep patients engaged and decrease hospital readmissions. Hospitals that fail to decrease readmissions may even face penalties.

The ACA raises many questions for enterprises across all industries. Now, business leaders in the National Capital region have the opportunity to discuss the act and what it means for their businesses at ACG National Capital’s latest seminar, “Health and Healthcare in America: Challenges of Living Through Reform”.

The event will feature a distinguished panel of experts sharing information about what businesses need to know about the ACA. These panelists include:

–       Moderator: Chad Magee: Vice President, of Corporate Development and Finance, ManTech International Corporation

–       D. Dmitry Krasnik: Director, Healthcare Group, Houlihan Lokey

–       Edward D. Miller, M.D.: Former Dean of the Medical Faculty and Former Chief Executive Officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine

–       Bill Oldham: Senior Vice President, ManTech International Corporation

–       Helen Quick: Partner and a Leader, National Healthcare Practice, Nelson Mullins

In addition to discussing what the ACA is and how it’ll impact businesses, panelists will also go over EHRs and Health Insurance Exchanges (HIE), and how the latter can potentially benefit uninsured employees at small businesses. Other topics of discussion include potential market opportunities that the ACA may create for businesses and the impact the ACA will have on corporate growth activities.

“Health and Healthcare in America: Challenges of Living Through Reform” will be held July 10, 2013 at the Tower Club in Vienna, from 7:30AM until 9:00 AM. For more information and to register, click here.