Healthcare is constantly changing, whether involving the advancement of technology, modernization of medicine, or political reform, and with 2017 just around the corner and Donald Trump as President-Elect means major changes are coming for healthcare, nursing, and medicine in the United States.
With these changes, healthcare administrators are forced to place themselves to manage a rapidly changing industry. These changes are the driving force to new ways of management, care, quality, safety, efficiency, and customer satisfaction.
“Change is imperative, not an option,” said Lucille Lore, RN BSN, Advance Practice Nurse and Nurse Executive Candidate. “In today’s healthcare, caregivers are facing challenges and must adopt to various care models in practice and it is due to biomedical and information technology advances.”
Healthcare has become increasingly virtual and convenient for patients through shorter hospital stays, remote monitoring, mobile apps, digital pharmacy solutions, home deliveries, etc. With the positive changes in healthcare have come the negatives. There has been a dramatic increase in healthcare prices and demand for access, quality, and affordable care.
“With shorter hospital stays, it calls for more healing time management and rehabilitation in the home, which brings another issue of safety factors and skilled practitioners outside of the institution to the home,” said Lore. “The future will include telehealth, care practice, and reimbursement from insurance carriers.”
This growth is attributed to the expanding adoption of various healthcare IT solutions by healthcare providers in order to meet increased regulatory requirements for patient care and safety, need to restrain increasing healthcare cost, and need to improve quality of care while keeping up with operational efficiency of healthcare organizations, according to referralMD.
Health insurance premiums on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, are expected to increase rapidly in 2017 due to considerable losses by insurers in the market along with the phasing out of ACA’s reinsurance program. Because of these losses, Aetna announced their withdrawal from the ACA marketplaces and the individual market in some states, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation website.
It is clear that the Affordable Care Act will be repealed with a Trump presidency and Republican-led Congress,and now Tom Price, Trump’s choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services. The orthopedic surgeon and six-term Republican congressman has made it a goal to dismantle Obamacare for last six years, according to the New York Times. It is still unclear what new policy will replace it.
“Policy and practice is waiting for change in healthcare from the government to see what’s in store for our healthcare leaders,” said Al Lore, Medical School student. “Now we are just left with questions of are we forced to change the way practice, how big do we have to be, what kind of forces do we have to pull together, and the fact that our leaders need to be highly skilled practitioners.”