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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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Developing an Effective Employee Value Proposition

Health systems are facing stiff competition for lower-wage workers, and high attrition among younger RNs. To attract and retain all types of employees, health systems need to design and implement an employee value proposition that responds to pressures in the job market and distinguishes them from their competitors.
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Developing a compelling value proposition for employees

As we’ve been discussing, the COVID pandemic and ensuing economic environment have driven health system job vacancies and attrition rates to all-time highs. Right now, for myriad reasons, many hospital workers are…

More drugmakers limiting 304B contract pharmacy sales

This month, Bausch Health became the 18th pharmaceutical manufacturer to restrict 340B drug discounts to contract pharmacies. This is the latest development in a protracted saga involving health systems, pharmaceutical companies, and…

Current state of President Biden’s healthcare policy agenda

With a closely divided Congress, President Biden has leaned heavily on regulatory actions to advance his healthcare priorities. With the midterm elections fast approaching, the graphic below assesses the impact of…

Setting the post-COVID agenda for health systems

As the economic situation has worsened over the past few months, we’ve been working with several health systems to recalibrate strategy. For many, the anticipated “post-COVID recovery” period has turned…

Younger hospital nurses leaving the profession altogether

The prevailing opinion earlier this year was that the hospital registered nurse (RN) shortage was being driven by older nurses retiring early or leaving hospital employment for less-demanding care settings…

Hospitals face increasing competition for lower-wage workers 

Although the nursing shortage has attracted much attention in recent months, the healthcare workforce crisis is hitting at all levels of the labor force. As the graphic below shows, the attrition rate for…

Anticipating the end of the public health emergency

The Biden administration recently signaled that it will extend the federal COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), which has been in place for nearly two-and-a-half years, beyond its current July 15 expiration date.…

How other industry players are expanding their healthcare platforms  

Last week, we introduced our framework for value delivery as a “healthcare platform”, in which an organization’s proximity to both the consumer and to the premium dollar determines how it…

Becoming a healthcare platform

As we’ve been discussing over the past few years, several environmental forces—shifting consumer behavior, evolving demographics, new technology, and a flood of new market entrants—are pushing health systems to adopt…