Future Direction Of Health Care

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The Future Direction of Healthcare Keshia M Sessoms HCA421 Health Care Planning & Evaluation Instructor Joanne Puia March 11, 2013 It seems like health care in the Unites States is always changing. Although change is a part of life it is imminent. The U.S Healthcare system has been a subject of debate for centuries. It has been said that the United States has the best health care system in the world. We have made advancements with our technology, our pharmaceutical agents, as well as in treatment of illnesses. The future direction of health care has already begun to make extreme changes especially within the last two years. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2010. It seems as if the Act will be…show more content…
As the baby boomer population ages, that means an increase in health care issues such as cardiac disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. It also means more hospitalizations, emergency room visits, long-term care facilities and the increase in the care-giving of this generation. There will be an increased need for physicians who specialize in the areas of care such as primary care and geriatrics. With this increase for specialty care needs, will come yet another decrease in the amount of physicians choosing to specialize in primary care in the United States. Therefore, organizations need to adjust to the possibilities that there will not only be a need for specialist as well as primary care physicians but nurses as well. It is really up to the educational institutions to try to persuade these future doctors to go into these decreasing fields of…show more content…
Pay for performance, also referred to as incentive pay or P4P incentive programs are designed to overcome the limitations of current reimbursement arrangements by aligning financial reward with improved outcomes. These idioms pertain to health care payment systems that reward health care providers for their efficiency. Under the current mode of operation, providers are paid for each service performed, giving our health care providers the financial enticement to perform as many services as they possibly can. This can possibly lead to abuse in over prescribing medication and ordering unnecessary testing. By adopting a pay for performance stance on impacting the preventative side of health care, a substantial savings in rising health care costs may be met. Challenges for putting into practice a pay for performance system is it is very difficult to get everyone on board with quality standards. “Quality standards are objective measures that are used to verify whether or not health care providers are offering the best high quality health care. It is difficult to predict what the effects will be of a pay for performance system”. It probably won’t have much of an effect on individual patients but eventually those patients may benefit from better health care without paying a higher price for it. As organizations strive to improve their quality of care, there will certainly be a positive impact on the future of health care.

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