There is a continuous process of evolution of health-care sector challenges are always going to be evolving alongside the breakthroughs and innovations. In 2017, there are new healthcare sector challenges that go alongside the age-old difficulties.
For healthcare professionals, here are 7 of the key healthcare sector challenges they are currently facing in the year ahead for 2017.
1) Increased access of Retail Care offerings
Retail giants like CVS and Walgreens are coming further into care delivery, trying to put pressure on conventional providers to increase access to care.
According to Laura Jacobs, the greatest challenges for most organizations will be finding the right pace for adapting to or embracing new healthcare payment models.
Doctors will be needed to increase their efforts to optimize the patient experience, beyond calculating patient satisfaction.
2) Behavioural healthcare
The healthcare sector is beginning to recognize that Mental Health is important to the well-being of employees and consumers.
The report says that 1 out of 5 American adults experience a mental illness every year. These conditions cost companies more than $440 billion every year. Healthcare organizations and employers will look at behavioural care as a key to keep expenses down, productivity up and consumers healthy; as per the reports.
3) Use and Value Based Payments
Eligible providers and eligible hospitals are working on meaningful use of EHRs.
Value-based purchasing programs are solidly in place, and eligible doctors are starting to experience the penalty phase of CMS’s reporting. In fact, CMS said that above 257,000 eligible professional providers who are not meaningful users of certified EHR technology would have their Medicare Fee Schedule cut by one percent.
All these changes and new reporting needs can become overwhelming for already busy physicians, which is why the American Medical Association has repeatedly asked for relief.
4) Switching to ICD-10
The much anticipated change to ICD10 codes in 2015 led to discomfort for doctors. The increase in codes from 14,000 to 68,000 means a lot of diagnosis criteria must be learned again.
There is loads of planning, training and new systems that go along with the up gradation in codes. For physicians, finding the time to do this proved to be a huge challenge, and yet it is.
5) Data Security
Patient privacy issues, which include concerns about data breaches, continue to be a challenge for providers, payers, and consumers.
6) Managing Patient volume
Currently new payment methods are aiming to reduce acute hospital utilization, the continued expansion of Medicaid and the insured population through the public exchanges will seemingly keep demand up.
The rise of obesity and chronic disease and population aging are creating a demand for medical services like never before.
Emergency departments will continue to be overworked until efforts to filter volume through urgent care, better care management or redesigned primary care models begins to take effect.
7) Implementing Telemedicine
The idea of a doctor seeing you through a PC screen might no longer be new, but the adoption of the Telemedicine services by physicians with their own patients is yet a struggle.
To find a balance between in person visits and telemedicine will need doctors to adjust their approach to care. To know how to diagnose remotely also needs new skills and detailed reporting.
Of course, Healthcare Sector Challenges are nothing new. Technology and legislation will continue to change the landscape. Physicians and their teams must evolve their approach and focus to meet them.
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