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Steve Lunn, CEO of Porter Health Care System

Steve Lunn, CEO of Porter Health Care System

Republicans in Congress introduced their plans last week to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 health care law known as Obamacare.

Northwest Indiana health care executives are waiting to see the final form the bill takes and whether President Donald Trump signs it into law. Until then, it's hard to know what to expect.

"I think if you're going to sum it up in one word, there's a lot of uncertainty right now," said Steve Lunn, CEO of Porter Healthcare System.

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Hospitals stand to lose a lot of revenue if millions of Americans lose coverage under the Republican health care plan, as some health policy analysts predict will happen if it is enacted.

But some trends should continue regardless of what happens in Washington, Lunn said. Some of those are the shift from a fee-for-service payment model to value-based reimbursement; a rise in high deductible plans and increased consumer responsibility; and partnerships between health care entities like hospitals, ambulance services and nursing homes.

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Health Reporter

Giles is the health reporter for The Times, covering the business of health care as well as consumer and public health. He previously wrote about health for the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.