This Week's Challenge: With the healthcare industry moving ahead to implement the upcoming requirements of the Affordable Care Act following the Supreme Court decision to uphold the law, a noticeable jump in the formation of accountable care organizations, and new healthcare delivery models, including the patient-centered medical home and bundled payment programs, healthcare organizations have much to monitor in the year ahead. We wanted to see the key focus areas for each industry sector in 2013.
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What We Learned: "Some of the unknown impacts that we are worried about are the presidential, Senate and House elections; the one-trillion-dollar sequester, and the sustainable growth rate in physician compensation. We do not expect them to knock down the fees by 30 or 31 percent because then the doctors would drop out of the system. Some or all of these factors are going to have an impact on utilization of the healthcare facilities."
Steven Valentine, president of The Camden Group
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Excerpted from Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2013: A Strategic Planning Session, a 60-minute webinar, during which Steven Valentine, president of The Camden Group, along with Hank Osowski and Dennis Eder, both managing directors at Strategic Health Group, described the key trends and opportunities for healthcare organizations in the coming year.