Health Care Reform
The past few years we have witnessed, as at no other time in our history, the multitude of interconnecting environmental forces that are now driving transformational change within the health care system. These transforming trends of health care reform include:
- An increased aging population living with multiple chronic illnesses that together produce a growing demand on health care services.
- Pressures from employers, government and the public at large to stem the tide of unsustainable increases in their costs of health care.
- Continued advances in medical technology, pharmaceuticals and newly developed treatments based upon genetic analysis.
- Greater demands for transparency and accountability placed on providers for patient safety and the quality of their health care services.
- A shift away from paying providers based upon a fee-forservice that rewards volume to a more desired payment system that rewards value received from outcomes and efﬁ ciency.
- Demand for capital to address information system, medical technology and building replacement needs.
These and other driving forces are producing a dramatic paradigm shift in how health care services will be delivered and paid for, for decades to come. Their implications will continue to shape the priority of, and means for, addressing the annual agendas of government at both the state and federal level well into the future.