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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 growing burden of mental health on emergency departments

The stress, disruption, isolation, and lives lost during the pandemic have exacerbated longstanding challenges in access to mental healthcare. In the graphic below, we highlight how COVID has impacted the…

The investor landgrab for physician practices

As consolidation among physician practices continues apace, investor-driven acquisitions have been heating up. According to a recent USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy report, private equity (PE) deals have dominated the…

An unsettling start to the school year

As a long hoped-for sign of the “return to normal”, most children went back to in-person learning this fall. And with the patchwork of COVID safety protocols and masking policies across school…

Preparing for generations of Medicare growth

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 continue to bring a rapid…

A bidding war for critical nursing talent

As the pandemic rages on, hospitals across the country are experiencing significant labor shortages for critical clinical roles. In the graphic below, we highlight the shortage of nursing talent, perhaps the most…

Shortage of healthcare workers amid high demand for jobs

The US now has more job openings than any time in history—and the mismatch in workforce supply and demand in the broader economy is even more acute in the healthcare sector. While…

A Delta-driven decline in consumer confidence

After a calmer start to the summer, the Delta variant is eroding consumer confidence as COVID-19 surges across many parts of the US once again. Using the latest data from…

Healthcare hacking on the rise

From the largest global meat producer to a major gas pipeline company, cyberattacks have been on the rise everywhere—and with copious amounts of valuable patient data, healthcare organizations have become…

Physician employment continues to gather pace

The number of independent physician practices continued to decline nationwide as health systems, payers, and investors accelerated their physician acquisition and employment strategies during the pandemic. The graphic below highlights…

How would “Medicare at 60” impact health system margins?

An estimate from the Partnership for America’s Healthcare Future predicts that nearly four out of five 60- to 64-year-olds would enroll in Medicare, with two-thirds transitioning from existing commercial plans, if “Medicare…