In the News: August 18-24, 2016
Sg2 is dedicated to helping our clients interpret the latest news and trends in health care. Below you’ll find our analysis of this week’s key industry headlines, along with links to related Sg2 resources.
Providers Partner With Uber, Lyft to Meet Transportation Needs
Several health care providers across the country have partnered with Uber and Lyft to address the growing challenges that people without access to private transportation have in accessing medical care. This week, Kaiser Health News highlighted the value that ride-hailing services have added, particularly for patients with chronic conditions and who live in areas without enough public transportation options. Providers who have engaged in these partnerships include MedStar Health in Maryland and Hackensack UMC in New Jersey, which have expanded access for communities that they serve.
Health systems are exploring ways to continue to engage consumers and better manage chronic care populations, particularly through strategic partnerships. Learn more about forming creative partnerships to serve chronic care populations during our upcoming webinar on August 31 at Noon CT.
Family Medicine Physicians in High Demand
As featured in a recent Health Affairs article, the Center for Health Workforce Studies released a report that ranked 25 of the largest specialties in their relative demand, using data from New York State. They found that family medicine specialists are in highest demand, which highlights the growing need for primary care services.
Sg2 is hearing about similar workforce challenges from organizations across the country, and growing the primary care base is crucial for health systems to gain footing in their market. Given the physician supply and demand mismatch, it is important to optimize the use of advanced practitioners and look into alternative care models.
Debate Over Freestanding EDs Continues
A recent Washington Post article featured a review of the current landscape and recent proliferation of freestanding emergency departments (EDs). The authors captured perspectives from both sides of the freestanding ED debate.
Sg2 has followed the evolution of the emergent and urgent care market as health systems look to expand access and grow or defend their ambulatory market share. As consumers are increasingly exposed to higher out-of-pocket costs through high-deductible health plans, health systems are looking to innovative facility models to meet consumer needs while expanding access.