Changing Landscape, New Risks
The primary challenge for health care systems going forward (whether a large conglomerate or a small community-based provider) is to successfully navigate the changes that the Affordable Care Act will bring as it slowly turns into law.
There are plenty of risks associated with the changing health care landscape. An influx of new insureds will flood the market while health care exchanges will make purchasing insurance different than ever before. With new insureds comes the need for more physicians and nurses, meaning that hospitals must do a good job of training them and integrating them into their hospital's culture.
"Hospitals must make sure doctors are using the most innovative procedures and treatments," said Dan Nash, practice leader at Zurich in North America. "That will not only help patients get better quicker, but it will also help prevent malpractice lawsuits."
On the IT front, hospitals need to make sure they can integrate their systems to handle increased data sharing, while at the same time maintaining security so they don't violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
October 15, 2013
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