ACAView Report Shows Medicaid Gap Widening Under Affordable Care Act; No Growth in New Patient Volumes

athenahealth, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination, today announced ACAView, a joint initiative between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and athenahealth to measure the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on providers, patients, and physicians from 2014 through 2016. ACAView will monitor the impact of coverage expansion on a monthly basis, mining insights from a subset of athenahealth’s growing cloud-based network of more than 52,000 health care providers and 56 million patients.

athenahealth and RWJF also announced today the release of ACAView’s first comprehensive report, analyzing the impact of the ACA through May of 2014. The report focuses on the provider perspective, showcasing how the ACA affects the practice patterns and economics of physicians and other care team members around the country. Key findings from the report include:

“With ACAView, our goal is to inform, exchange ideas, and provide a timely, front-row view of how this landmark legislation affects a robust cross-section of providers across the nation,” said Josh Gray, vice president of athenaResearch, athenahealth. “Our work with RWJF is enabling us to provide an objective, non-ideological barometer about how health care coverage expansion is affecting the day-to-day realities of physician practice. We look forward to using our unique data set to provide both granular and broad insights on the health care landscape, the practice of medicine, and patient behavior.”

“Health care leaders are unclear about how health reform ultimately impacts them and their patients, and they need more information on how new policies affect practices,” said Katherine Hempstead of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “The new ACAView helps connect the dots. Already, the data suggest some surprises. These data suggest there hasn’t been an immediate increase in primary care utilization, and there’s been no major influx of chronically ill people into the system. These and other measures will be important to watch over time.”

To view the full comprehensive ACAView report, please visit Monthly updates can be viewed at Reform by the Numbers or on the athenahealth CloudView Blog at

* athenahealth defines new patients as one who has not visited a particular physician in two years or more.

About athenahealth, Inc.

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About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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