Key Trends Impacting Rural and Community Hospitals in 2017 Despite Potential Legislative Changes, and How Your Organization Should Respond
In our 2016 health care trends article, we anticipated trends that would influence the trajectory of health care and the implications for hospitals and health care providers. Those trends included health insurance, cost containment, the rise of new payment methodologies, technology, analytics, investment, and industry consolidation. These trends certainly gathered momentum throughout the year, and we expect that momentum to continue into 2017 and beyond, with some qualifiers.
2017 will usher in a new president and congressional majorities. More than anything, this has led to significant speculation and uncertainty regarding the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While potential changes in federal policy would undoubtedly create change and market shifts in the industry, they are not likely to alter the underlying trends that we anticipate to continue into 2017.
Continue reading to learn about three areas to watch in 2017 and strategies to respond appropriately for your organization.
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