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Preparing for generations of Medicare growth

by Gist Healthcare, Sep 24, 2021

The healthcare industry is now at the peak of the long-awaited transition of the Baby Boom generation into Medicare. The “greying” of the Boomers will…

Preparing for generations of Medicare growth

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Tenet driving growth and profitability through ASC segment 

In this week’s graphic, we dive into recently released data on Tenet Healthcare’s 2023 financial performance.While the for-profit healthcare services company’s annual margin on hospital operations has declined since 2017, its…

The model vertically integrated payer

In this week’s graphic, we take a closer look at UnitedHealth Group (UHG)’s 2023 financials to show the success of its vertical integration strategy. The company reported $367B in consolidated revenue in…

Looking beyond the median hospital 

In this week’s graphic, we use data from Kaufman Hall’s National Hospital Flash Report and Syntellis Market Insights to assess the current state of hospital operating margins. While the median hospital operating margin rose…

Nurse practitioners fueling primary care workforce growth

In this week’s graphic, we highlight how the primary care provider workforce has evolved over the past decade in both the pursuit of team-based care models and value-based care, as…

Physician burnout persisting above pre-pandemic levels

In this week’s graphic, we highlight new data from the 2024 Medscape Physician Burnout & Depression Reporton the sustained high rates of physician burnout. In 2023, nearly half of physicians reported feeling…

Financial distress increasingly prevalent in health system M&A deals

This week’s graphic highlights data from Kaufman Hall’s recently released 2023 Hospital and Health System M&A Report on the current dynamics in health system mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity. After a slowdown…

Providers exiting insurance networks over contracting impasses

In this week’s graphic, we highlight new data on the increase in payer-provider contracting disputes covered by the media. From 2022 to 2023, there was a 69 percent increase in the number of…

Expanding beyond patient experience 

In this week’s graphic, we highlight the importance of broadening the domain of health system experience initiatives beyond patients to include consumers and even employees. While reimbursements tied to HCAHPS…

Providers threaten to leave MA networks amid contentious negotiations  

This week’s graphic highlights increasing tensions between health systems and Medicare Advantage (MA) plans as they battle over what providers see as unsatisfactory payment rates and insurer business practices. On…

Health systems risk being reduced to their core

This week’s graphic features our assessment of the many emerging competitive challenges to traditional health systems. Beyond inflation and high labor costs, health systems are struggling because competitors—ranging from vertically integrated…