Issues, Opportunities, and Challenges in Healthcare
As the new year approaches, many issues, opportunities, and challenges the healthcare industry faces in 2020 are closer than we realize. There are opportunities in customer experience, issues in delivery system transformations, and problems in healthcare policy.
There are solutions to every problem and ideas for overcoming challenges. Let’s take a look at what’s in store for 2020.
Issues, Opportunities, and Challenges the Healthcare Industry Faces in 2020
As a society, we’re only beginning to see this new phase of the healthcare industry. The important thing is to note that change is already happening. Change and growth can go hand in hand, but with growth comes some adjusting.
The current and future innovations are sure to change the entire system and its delivery – for good.
There are many aspects and changes happening and still to come within the system. The end goal is to create a system where the patients are the main priority.
CMS has made several revisions to different proposals after getting feedback from the public and healthcare professionals.
Not only does CMS welcome, but they encourage the public and doctors to comment. To fix our healthcare system, the consumers should give ideas and feedback when CMS releases proposals for change.
Beneficiaries, doctors, and caregivers may all see a shift in the system come the new year. January 1, 2020, will bring changes to Medicare and the entire healthcare system.
While this is good news and a step in the right direction, several challenges in healthcare lie ahead.
We are amid the digital age, and technology plays a role in almost all aspects of life – the medical world has been somewhat resistant to the change. Some of the world’s best technology may treat or diagnose all manners of illness.
The shift to go digital within the medical field has been long overdue. The use of technology has taken over almost all other industries.
However, the healthcare industry is starting to slowly introduce and use technology to enhance the patient’s experience. A big priority for 2020 is to provide patients with a better quality of care.
As the population continues to age, the high demand for changes in quality healthcare experiences rises. Telehealth is becoming a booming industry.
Delivery System Transformation
The transformation of the delivery system has been a topic of discussion for legislative and regulatory policy for years. Next year’s proposals to change the delivery of patient care should be a priority.
The Centers for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is changing the delivery system, although it has been challenging. Specifically, providers serving a large proportion of Medicaid members find this most difficult.
CHCS is helping states by developing programs aimed towards transforming how the system delivers care to consumers with Medicaid. The organization is assisting in creating models with more coordination and integrated care.
Additionally, new system models work with supportive, relevant behavioral, and public health services. Also, they may broaden health determinants providing patients with a way to prevent the development of chronic illnesses.
Holistic Individual Health
The year 2020 opens the door for new healthcare opportunities, such as including individual holistic health. Holistic doctors use a different approach to treating patients.
Rather than relying on internal medicines and prescription drugs, holistic treatment focuses on the patient’s accountability for their benefit to help them achieve the best possible health.
Treatment may include educating patients about self-care and how to make lifestyle changes to achieve overall wellness. From spiritual counseling to diet and exercise – more consumers are looking for alternatives to prescriptions.
Times are changing; consumers want more options for healthcare. Disease and cancer continue to take the lives of many each year. In turn, more consumers are looking to have an overall healthier lifestyle.
Accessible Points of Care
Other potential opportunities in healthcare include the improvement of having more accessible points of care. Innovations such as automated patient guidance and artificial intelligence models are just some of the changes the new year will see.
Again, the overall goal is to improve the system for the patient. Having a more comprehensive and better quality of care is vital to the consumer’s overall well-being and health.
The future of medicine and healthcare is about to see a revolution. Although many advances are in their early stages of development.
Patient access includes individualized attention. Meaning, disease treatment may gradually prevent it as well.
Daniel Kraft, physician-scientist, spoke, “Think of it: ever-present, analytics-enabled, real-time, individualized attention to our health and well-being. Not just to treat disease, but increasingly, to prevent it.”
Challenges in Healthcare Policy
Doctors have been paying more attention to the events following federal healthcare policy changes in 2019. The changes in policy could impact the national healthcare system for future years.
The 2020 presidential election presents the opportunity for more Americans to have access to health insurance.
The slogan “Medicare-For-All” may not apply to all aspects. Still, it may work with some of the suggestions for expanding healthcare coverage.
However, many changes take place in the federal healthcare policy.
CMS may present many proposals that come 2020 to change healthcare policy for the better. Although this process is tedious, it’s necessary for a successful, comprehensive system.
U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD, spoke during the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) annual conference on Oct. 13, 2019. Touching on hot topics for next year and the healthcare industry.
He said issues of high healthcare costs is a priority for both democratic and republican parties. The system should provide more quality, sustainable, and affordable healthcare from all aspects of care.
Cassidy later went on to say he thinks Medicare is looking at bankruptcy within the next eight years. “Medicare gives access to quality affordable healthcare, but if you go bankrupt, it is ultimately not affordable.”
By 2020, according to Cassidy, the issue of surprise insurance billing should be fixed. Additionally, the senator and gastroenterologist said, “The administration has proposed that hospitals and insurers publish their negotiated rates for things which they’ve commonly before.”
Bringing more transparency to healthcare prices leaves fewer patients with surprise medical bills they weren’t expecting.
More Challenges in Healthcare to Come
The problems within our healthcare system are vast. Congress is working towards a more patient-driven healthcare system.
The calendar year 2020 may face several issues or challenges along the way – but change is coming.
Opportunities and innovative ideas are likely to impact the system – and in the right way. CMS releases proposals for updates and changes within the healthcare system or policy.
The public and healthcare providers must present ideas or concerns as CMS encourages. The 2020 updates should target a patient-friendly system at an affordable cost.