This Week's Challenge: With unprecedented economic conditions continuing to impact the industry, emerging healthcare payment and delivery options and the ongoing implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, healthcare organizations have much to monitor in the year ahead. For example, physicians under pressure will increasingly look to hospitals for relief. Also, health plans will likely acquire market position with seniors and gain the knowledge of how to manage care. We wanted to see what other trends hospitals and health systems should prepare for in 2012. Click here to view a printable version of the table.
What We Learned:
"With economic conditions going forward, we see a soft demand for elective procedures and unemployment remaining at current levels. There will be little to no improvement, which means that we see adverse selection in the HMO world and the healthier patients gravitating to the high deductible PPO. This means patients will have fewer elective procedures done and then they’ll price shop more. We also expect to see continued consolidation of hospitals. We see the employers beginning to move out and try to pass on more of the cost to the employee. We see the employees picking up more of that cost, therefore there will more price sensitive. With labor reductions, we expect staffing reductions and mostly in the non-clinical areas."
— Steven Valentine, president of The Camden Group.
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Excerpted from Healthcare Trends in 2012: A Strategic Industry Forecast, a 45-minute webinar replay, during which an industry expert provided healthcare executives with an inside look at the trends impacting the industry to help shape strategic plans. This annual event provides a first look analysis at the key trends and opportunities for healthcare organizations in the coming year.