2019 Healthcare Trends
Spotting Arlington healthcare and support service trends for 2019
What exactly should the an Arlington senior expect this year?
We’ve made it to the beginning of the year, and are now halfway into the first month of 2019. With 2018 in the rear view mirror research shows that that 2018 was one of the most eventful years in the history of the long-term and post-acute care industry.
Here are just a few of the upcoming trends that the industry might see and that will be on Health Care’s radar this year.
2019 Trends in Health Care
1. Value-Based Care Is Set to Replace the Fee-for-Service Model
“The transition from fee-for-service payment models to value-based care may allow business owners and their employees to find cost-effective solutions for getting care. There are several different approaches to value-based care, but they all center on the idea that health care providers should be paid based on the overall quality, efficiency and outcome of their care as opposed to being paid for each separate service that they perform.”
2. Telemedicine Will Gain Popularity
“Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technology to provide clinical health care from a distance. The use of telemedicine has skyrocketed over the past few years, and it shows no signs of slowing down. In one survey, health care provider executives said that telemedicine is the technology they expect to have the biggest impact in the near future. Meanwhile, SHRM found that over half of employers will make providing more virtual care options to employees their top health care priority in 2019.”
3. Employers Will Offer More CDHPs — But Not Alone
“Consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs) are entering the spotlight in American workplaces. These plans pair a high-deductible payment model with a pre-tax account funded by the employer, employee or both that employees can be used to pay for out-of-pocket medical costs. Health savings accounts (HSAs) first became available in 2004, and enrollment in HSA-qualified health plans has grown steadily every year since. Enrollment in CDHPs is expected to continue to increase. Plans with higher deductibles help employers keep premiums at a manageable level, and employees are becoming more aware of the triple tax advantage of HSAs. Millennials the largest segment of the U.S. labor force are increasingly opting for HSA-qualified health plans.”
4. Technology Will Drive Senior Health and Benefits Initiatives
“Effectively communicating benefits options from employees to clients and aging senior care families on the health of their loved ones with become more and more technology driven. As well health care plans for the young and old alike with become a before and during open enrollment process, as a perpetual challenge for employers target, but technology is making it easier. After employees make their plan selections for the year, a plethora of apps are available to help them home in on how they can lead healthier lives and provide care to their staff and clients needs.”
“It’s impossible to tell exactly what’s going to happen within the healthcare industry in 2019 — so far, all known attempts at using a crystal ball to get ahead of healthcare trends have been unsuccessful — but these four future trends in health care are sure to be guiding forces for everyone involved, from insurers and providers to employers and their workforces.”
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