3 Healthcare Trends to Watch for 2017

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As 2016 comes to a close, now is the time to look at what healthcare trends might bring us into 2017. Current healthcare trends can help healthcare organizations predict changes in the marketplace and isolate places of improvement.  From ACOs to behavioral health, here 3 important trends to watch as we enter 2017.

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ACOs

Many organizations are forming accountable care organizations to help control spending, coordinate care and share risk. The push in 2016, which will continue into 2017, is a result of employers and government health organizations putting more pressure on health plans and health systems to coordinate care, in order to improve quality of care and cut costs. Sharable data has also been identified as important aspect of the ACO. In California, UnitedHealth Group (the nation’s largest health insurer) and University of California Health system are creating an ACO that will be “offered to large, self-funded employers statewide.” They hope the partnership will help than create a new “health plan option for employers and expand research into patient data.”

Behavioral Health Integration

Employers are becoming interested in behavioral health, according the PricewaterhouseCooper. This means that 2017 will continue to be a big year for behavioral health. As the demand for these services continues to grow, more organizations will need to look at opportunities for Behavioral Health Integration. Primary care settings for mental health services can enhance access and ease, in addition to helping encourage patients to seek care for mental health issues. Behavioral Health Integration is critical because when care is accessed closer to home, it allows people to maintain daily activities, improving their openness to care as it doesn’t disrupt their daily routines or become more costly, if travel is normally involved.

Telehealth

Telehealth and telemedicine are slowly starting to revolutionize the healthcare industry and are expected to be a continuing trend long into 2017. From remote patient monitoring to distance education, telehealth practices and services are benefiting not only healthcare providers and organization but also patients.  The telehealth industry is expected to grow $5 billion over the next five years. General technological improvements, app development, video conferencing, a greater focus on the digital world and privacy, and an increase in real-time data and patient monitoring are among some of the telehealth sub-trends we expect to see.

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