Top 5 Trends for Healthcare

As the initial two months of the new year are already in the rearview mirror, five trends are emerging from the headlines to form the 2018 healthcare agenda: 

  1. The opioid crisis
  2. Social determinants of health
  3. Healthcare reform
  4. Patient experience
  5. Leadership alignment

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1. Tackling the opioid crisis – Opioids are the leading cause of death for US adults younger than 50. (1) This year all stakeholders must collaborate to prevent opioid misuse, improve treatments for chronic pain, and support patients struggling to recover from opioid addiction.(2)

2. Social determinants move to the forefront – As healthcare organizations continue to shift toward value-based care, they are working to understand the social factors that affect health. (3) In fact, 73% of provider executives and 50% of payer executives are working with community allies, such as schools, grocery stores, and churches, to address these social issues. (2)

3. Healthcare reform isn’t over, it’s just more complicated – Many are predicting the replacement of Medicaid expansion with a block grant system – a move that will reduce federal spending on the program by up to $800 billion over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation.(4)

4. Emphasis on the patient experience – Healthcare providers have succeeded in making administrative tasks more convenient for patients (5) but 2018 will see significant strategic investments in patient experience.  Forty-nine percent of provider executives said revamping the patient experience is one of their organization’s top three priorities over the next five years.(1)

5. Maintaining leadership alignment to organizational initiatives – The turnover rate in the C-Suite is steady at 18%, according to the American College of Healthcare Executives, (6) which is costly and disruptive.  Look for increased attention to executive recruitment and retention efforts, as well as succession planning, throughout the year.

KBA Interim Leadership

Kirby Bates Associates, LLC, works with healthcare executives to achieve sustainable outcomes for their greatest leadership challenges through a comprehensive platform of proven services:  

 

Interim Leadership – to provide immediate value-added leadership resources 
Executive Search – to find the culturally complementary leadership talent
Coaching – to help new or struggling leaders be the best they can be
Consulting – to evaluate resources and identify innovative solutions for increasing quality and decreasing costs

 

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Doris A. Sinkevich MS, RN, CENP 
Executive VP Interim Leadership
508.796.2207​
dsinkevich@kirbybates.com

Doris is an accomplished healthcare executive, bringing over 30 years of nursing and healthcare leadership experience to her responsibilities at KBA.

Her previous roles as a CNO, COO, and regional senior healthcare executive have encompassed acute care, behavioral health, and long-term acute care settings including public and private hospitals, for-profit organizations and private industry.