Communities' Readiness to Commit to High-Quality Health Care

Now that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has become law, the question is whether the country is ready to implement its provisions, especially regarding quality.

President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, believes that the answer is yes, at both the national and local levels. Lavizzo-Mourey states that we must apply the lessons learned from previous health reform missteps to ensure the new law’s success. Many Americans believe that the law’s provisions concerning health care quality are not specific enough. However, this lack of specificity might provide the flexibility needed to successfully implement those provisions.