Sep 25, 2012
 

Health Sciences professor to deliver Health Care Reform Law lecture

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Patrick S. Cross, P.T., D.P.T., R.H.F., associate professor of physical therapy at the University of South Dakota, will deliver remarks concerning health care reform at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Lee Medical Building 107.
 

His lecture, entitled “The Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Law on Rural and Underserved Populations: The Present, the Future and that TBD” will address the potential effects of the legislation, which was passed in 2010 and takes full effect in 2014. Cross was the first physical therapist in the nation to complete a fellowship through the National Rural Health Association, and during that time, he completed an extensive study on the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Law on minorities and other underserved populations, such as those in rural areas.

Cross’s fellowship experience provides the foundation for his lecture, which he said will help his audience understand the practical implications of the legislation.

“The presentation will allow health care professionals, students and other community members to gain a deeper understanding about how the bill will affect them and those they serve, while highlighting some of the questions that must still be answered in terms of policy implementation in the coming years,” said Cross.

Cross’s lecture is sponsored by the University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences.

About the School of Health Sciences

USD’s School of Health Sciences has nine programs offering bachelor of science degrees in alcohol and drug studies, dental hygiene, health sciences, medical laboratory science, nursing, and social work; an associate of science degree in nursing; master of science degrees in occupational therapy and physician assistant studies; master of social work; master of arts in addiction studies; and a doctorate of physical therapy degree. For more information about USD’s School of Health Sciences, please visit www.usd.edu/health/ or call (605) 677-5000.

 
About The University of South Dakota
 
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,200 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

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