Where healthcare challenges find solutions
As providers and the government try to lower healthcare costs, much of the action rests on lower reimbursement. Meanwhile, patients increasingly are reaching into their own pockets to cover their healthcare costs. They want price transparency and convenient ways to pay their bills, and providers want to maintain healthy margins. Read more about how payment innovations affect the industry.
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Managerial positions in health and medical services are projected to grow at a far higher rate than the average for all occupations in all industries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Despite much progress, the industry has yet to adopt a universal way to move patient records from one care setting to another.
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Since it was enacted in 1997, the Children's Health Insurance Program has been largely hailed as a success and enjoyed support from both sides of the political aisle. While it got caught up in partisan bickering in late 2017, CHIP was ultimately reauthorized through 2023.
Unknown is how much of an impact the wave of new members will have on legislation and oversight.
After investing considerable effort in managing throughput, many hospitals and health systems today have created a more coordinated inpatient experience. But as hard as it is to create a harmonious environment within a hospital's walls, unifying patient care outside those walls is exponentially more difficult.
The healthcare sector continues to lead the way in hiring. A new study found more than 16% of healthcare professionals surveyed in 2016 were born outside the U.S.
Life expectancy stays relatively flat, but deaths from suicide and drug overdoses continue to climb.
A snapshot of the industry's financial and operational gauges from Modern Healthcare Metrics indicates that the average hospital is doing OK on some measures—operating margin for instance—and not so great on others, such as occupancy.
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