The Shakeout of 2020: The Year That Small Changes Emerge From the Big Hype

Posted by Brian Chapman on January 13, 2020

With a new year and a new decade underway, it’s a great time to trot out my latest healthcare predictions. Perhaps one of the areas that healthcare’s transformation will be most evident is in the transfer of power across care settings. In the US, hospitals will lose a high number of orthopedic and cardiac procedures—and their corresponding profits—to ambulatory settings. Headline-grabbing trends like AI, big data and robotics are on the list, too, and although their individual impact on the sector will be meaningful, it likely won’t measure up to the hype. Finally, medtech will take advantage of the decade’s fresh start by modernizing its business approach and finally entering the digital age. Here’s how these five trends will alter the way that medtech companies do business and make decisions in the coming years.


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Alternate Sites of Care: The Changing Face of Healthcare Delivery

Posted by Parijat Sharma on December 23, 2019

Matthew Ruple co-authored this post with Parijat Sharma. A version of this blog post was originally published on The Active Ingredient.

A confluence of factors is driving a dramatic shift in healthcare delivery from traditional sites of care such as hospitals and clinics to outpatient and retail care sites such as urgent care clinics and ambulatory surgical centers. Of course, this shift doesn’t just change things for patients and providers. It also greatly affects the go-to-market strategies for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. As the care setting evolves and diversifies, stakeholders throughout the healthcare ecosystem have to evolve in kind.


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How Payers Are Driving the Site-of-Care Shift

Posted by Prateek Harsh on November 11, 2019

With all of the recent news from payers, 2019 is the year that the floodgates opened for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). This belief of mine was reinforced when I attended the 2019 Becker's ASC Annual Meeting, which took place Oct. 24-26 in Chicago. Payers, commercial or government, know that ASCs are about half of the cost of a hospital and have amassed increasing evidence of equal if not better outcomes than the hospital itself for the appropriate patient pool. These groups are now making big moves to realize significant cost savings from shifting the site of care.


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Oil Changes and Knee Replacements: Healthcare’s Shift to Lower-Cost Care

Posted by Prateek Harsh on November 5, 2018

As the final speaker of the day shared his closing thoughts at Becker’s ASC Annual Meeting, held Oct. 18-20 in Chicago, one thing was clearer to me than ever before: Healthcare delivery is finally starting to operate like a “business” similar to what you’d typically expect with most other industries in a free-market model. And ASCs—ambulatory surgery centers—come closest to the free-market model in healthcare. Consumers often are paying a big chunk out of pocket for their treatment and, as a result, shop around for the best price and quality. Similarly, providers are competing to drive efficiency while maintaining costs. With the help of these forces, ASCs are ripe for growth. 


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