Reducing health costs has been a mantra for years. But as payment shifts to value-based models, health systems in 2016 will pursue lower-cost care settings more aggressively and creatively than before. Many are literally relocating costs.
Pressure on margins will continue to necessitate a move away from inpatient care. Infrastructure for community hospitals, bedless hospitals and virtual care centers require large capital investments.
Access to a skilled and efficient referring diagnosis-to-treatment system allows improved access at rural and community levels without un-necessarily overburdening top level and specialty hospitals. It’s about the right level of diagnosis and care at the right place at the right time.