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Squeezing Costs out of Healthcare Tops PricewaterhouseCoopers' List of Health Industry Issues in 2010
Date:12/17/2009

e will be an increase in collaborations among pharmaceutical and life sciences companies with one another as well as retailers and other organizations to address education, clinical effectiveness, product safety, wellness and compliance.
  • Physician groups to rejoin health systems -- The percent of hospitals employing physicians has nearly doubled since 1994, and PricewaterhouseCoopers expects the trend will continue in 2010 as physicians seek greater stability and electronic connectivity. The realignment of physician groups with hospitals, including new models such as accountable care organizations (ACO), will require all providers to re-evaluate their relationships, operational infrastructure, payer contracting and overall funding models.
  • Alternative care delivery models to emerge -- As the health system continues to struggle with costs and capacity, traditional care delivery models will give way to alternative models of care outside of physicians' offices and hospitals. Expect to see an increase in the number and scope of services offered by work-site and retail health clinics and home health services as well as other technology-enabled delivery such as e-mail, telehealth and remote patient monitoring.
  • H1N1 elevates emphasis on readiness for public health outbreak -- Another wave of H1N1 flu in 2010 will put pressure on healthcare organizations, public health officials and employers to re-evaluate readiness for a major public health outbreak. They will need t
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