The healthcare issue has once again reared its prominent head in the US Congress following the mid-term elections of 2014. It would appear that nothing more than minor tweaks to the existing laws is all that will occur during the policy debates that legislators engage in this year. USA Rx wants everyone to be aware of some very significant factors and issues that come to center stage and possibly shape the future.
Trend #1: Decision support tools and EHR’s (electronic healthcare records) – healthcare providers will likely be inundated with updated technologies in automating processes and data capturing. Unfortunately, these newer systems don’t always “talk” to one another so their potential will be somewhat limited.
Trend #2: Increased availability of healthcare data – 2015 will see increased amounts of healthcare data being made available to the general public, especially financial information. Medicare recently released data regarding benefits of the health insurance marketplace, insurance premium comparisons, and the costs associated with physician care nationwide.
Trend #3: More innovation in healthcare – many states are now seeing a number of healthcare innovations developing within their borders that were once federal incentives. This includes improved disease management, a greater coordination in overall patient care, and more preventive care options.
Trend #4: Takeover by bundled payment groups – much attention has been and will continue to be placed on ACO’s (accountable care organizations) as the primary care transformation option. As a result, we should see the rapid expansion of bundled payment groups and the services that patients are provided will being cared for.
Trend #5: The ever-increasing costs of specialty medications – today’s employers, healthcare providers, the insurance industry, patient groups, and pharmacies all fear the ever-rising costs associated with specialty medications. These drugs will continue being extremely costly and only targeting an extremely small portion of today’s US populace.
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