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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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The World Cup of Healthcare is back!

Every four years, soccer teams from 32 nations across the globe come together to compete in the World Cup, with the latest men’s tournament kicking off in Qatar this Sunday.…

Pharmacy chains rapidly expand into primary care

Retailers and insurers are building out their primary care strategies in a bid to become the new front door for patients seeking healthcare services, especially seniors on highly profitable Medicare Advantage…

Who is still dying of COVID?

While we have mercifully moved beyond the crisis phase of the pandemic, COVID remains a leading cause of US deaths, taking the lives of hundreds of Americans each day. In…

COVID’s lingering effects on the US workforce

As the nation continues to grapple with the fallout from COVID, one of the greatest unknowns is “long COVID”, the broad range of health problems experienced by a significant number…

Still a long way away from real “value” 

The belief that healthcare should, and would, transition from “volume to value” was a key pillar of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, with more than a decade of experience and…

Virtual care solidifying its post-COVID role 

After COVID restrictions introduced millions of Americans to telehealth, it became an open question whether virtual care would revolutionize healthcare delivery, or turn out to be a flash in the…

A rough year so far for health system finances

As everyone in our industry knows, sluggish volumes amid persistently rising costs, especially for labor, have sent health system margins into a downward spiral across 2022. Using the latest data…

Bear market for recent digital health IPOs cautions investors

COVID fueled a record year for digital healthcare venture funding in 2021, which included 85 digital health startups achieving “unicorn” status with $1B+ valuations. But 2022 has been marked by cooling expectations amid…

ED patient acuity largely unchanged by COVID (at least so far)

Many health systems are wondering if consumers are now leveraging new access points, including telemedicine, for low-acuity urgent care instead of going to the emergency department (ED), something which many…

Medical care inflation rising as consumer sentiment hits historic low

In June 2022, US inflation reached its highest rate in four decades, with energy and food price increases leading the way. In the graphic below, we use Bureau of Labor Statistics data to examine…