Affordable Care Act Brings Significant Policy Changes to the Minnesota Department of Human Services - Dashe & Thomson Selected to Lead Employee Training

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The Minnesota Department of Human Services selected Dashe & Thomson to lead Affordable Care Act training for 2,800 employees. As the implementation date for the Affordable Care Act draws close, many companies are leveraging training firms to update policies and educate staff before the law goes into effect on January 1, 2014.

As time is quickly running out to update policies and train employees, many organizations are discovering greater efficiencies and relief in working with training companies that specialize in the Affordable Care Act.

Businesses and health care providers are racing to update processes and policies before the Affordable Care Act goes into effect on January 1st, 2014. The reform will bring changes to virtually every industry, each having to comply with new requirements and policies.

With the implementation, health care providers and insurers are facing increasing pressure in preparation to comply with the act, as the Congressional Budget Office projects insurance coverage will expand to an additional 27 million Americans. Some medical professionals have expressed concern over readiness, as Dr. Steven Wartman, President and CEO of the Association of Academic Health Centers, recently said, “As the 2013 deadline for most Americans to have health insurance approaches, the health care workforce is not ready, and we are quickly running out of time."

To cope with many of the new policy requirements, organizations are turning to training and documentation specialists to assist with updating policies and educating employees.

Dashe & Thomson, a training and documentation consulting company, was recently appointed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) to create training on the updated policies and systems for 2,800 existing employees as well as new employees. The State of Minnesota will be adopting a new Eligibility system and Exchange, as part of the act requires large-scale changes from the state before going into effect.

"The Affordable Care Act will require changes and training for DHS at a scale they’ve never seen before,” said Jolene Wilson, VP of Training and E-learning Development at Dashe & Thomson. “Policy, system, and processes are changing for over 2,800 DHS employees. To educate employees in an efficient and timely manner, web-based training will be employed, ensuring employees are up to speed and ready before the go-live date.”

As time is quickly running out to update policies and train employees, many organizations are discovering greater efficiencies and relief in working with training companies that specialize in the Affordable Care Act.

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