The US healthcare industry stands at a tipping point. During these uncertain times, hospital leaders must take it upon themselves to adjust to ongoing regulatory reform, shifting payment responsibilities and impending physician shortages. Read this report to stay abreast of the latest industry megatrends affecting hospital strategic direction in the US, including:
Repeal and replace has been a rollercoaster for the healthcare industry. However, as the pros and cons of the Affordable Care Act continue to be debated in the halls of Congress and boardrooms of healthcare organizations, hospital leaders still have a responsibility to serve their communities while maintaining their margins.
For many hospital leaders in urban and rural areas, the realities of provider shortages are already here. Population growth and aging continue to drive demand for physicians and nurses at a rate that will soon exceed the supply nationwide. Further complicating matters is the fact that current shortages are impacting job satisfaction and increasing burnout across the board.
In response to the disproportionate growth of healthcare spending in the US, hospitals are being burdened with greater responsibility and risk for financing care, not just performing care. This shift comes at a time when patient populations are requesting price transparency, more advanced technology and economic relief based on ability to pay.