M&A activity is driving much of the change in healthcare delivery at a record pace.
Rising healthcare costs are increasing the financial burden on employer groups, especially small employer groups who provide health benefit coverage to their employees. According to data released by Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker, health plan cost sharing and deductible spending have outpaced employee wage growth in the past ten years.
According to the World Economic Forum, social and environmental risk factors account for 20% of health outcomes. Social determinants of health include the conditions of the places where people live, learn, work, and play. These conditions can affect a variety of health risks and outcomes. Unstable housing, low income, unsafe neighborhoods, and substandard education are some of the major factors that can influence patient health.
Earlier this year, tech behemoth Apple announced it is launching a personal health record (PHR) feature with iOS 11.3. “App”tly named Health Records, the feature will aggregate existing patient-generated data in the Health app with data from a user's electronic medical record at a participating hospital.
Created in 1965, Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people ages 65 and over, regardless of income, medical history, or health status. The program was expanded in 1972 to cover people under age 65 with permanent disabilities. The program helps to pay for many medical care services, including hospitalizations, physician visits, and prescription drugs, along with post-acute care, skilled nursing facility care, home health care, hospice care, and preventive services.