Healthcare providers worry about the impact of reform on the industry supply chainA recent survey has shown that many healthcare professionals are concerned about the impact that healthcare reform might have on the industry's supply chain.

According to the survey, conducted on 200 supply chain leaders by IDN Summit and Expo, nearly half - 49 percent - of respondents feel that healthcare reform will have a net negative impact on the supply chain, and 50 percent feel that it will have a net negative impact on the healthcare industry as a whole.

The survey found that 93 percent of the supply chain leaders were concerned about reduced reimbursement, while 63 percent were worried about a 2.3 percent excise on medical devices, 62 percent worried about the long-term impact of commercial payer contracting strategies, 55 percent worried about payment reductions for preventable readmissions and 54 percent were concerned about payment reductions for healthcare acquired conditions.

However, the respondents did concede that healthcare reform could have some positive impacts for patients, doctors and providers. Reform might highlight incentives for physicians and providers to collaborate on patient care, as well as provide greater comparative effectiveness research and new funding for health IT in those areas they find most important.

Healthcare reform has been a contentious issue for years, with Americans on both sides of the political spectrum expressing strong views. According to a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 68 percent of Democrats support the reform, while 77 percent of Republicans oppose it.

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