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Premier’s Economic Outlook highlights emerging economic and industry trends to put healthcare executives ahead of the curve. Each edition of the Outlook reveals key financial, clinical and supply chain insights from a diverse range of industry experts.

The Economic Outlook is full of actionable knowledge on best practices and strategies to improve your organization’s performance – all drawn from the industry’s most progressive leaders.

Fall 2017 Economic Outlook

Nearly one year after the biggest upset in this country’s election history, healthcare policy remains uncertain. We have seen several fits and starts to move away from Obama’s Affordable Care Act – including the American Health Care Act and the Better Care Reconciliation Act – and as of the writing of this publication, a Senate-approved plan that suits the U.S. healthcare system has yet to emerge. The Trump administration and policymakers are back to the drawing board to determine what goes away and what remains from the Affordable Care Act. While much is unknown and health systems and providers wait with baited breath to learn the path forward, Premier believes some trends are here to stay. This edition of the Economic Outlook centers around the blueprints we believe must be part of a sustainable, cost-effective and outcomes-driven healthcare system.

Spring 2017 Economic Outlook

Six years after the country’s largest healthcare reform and the healthcare community again faces significant change under a new administration. With further pressure to mitigate costs and complexity while improving outcomes, health systems are playing an elaborate game of Jenga®. Components of healthcare delivery – new payment and delivery models, population health management, EHR interoperability – are all interwoven. Taking one piece out can put the whole tower at risk, meaning health system executives must be thoughtful about the system fits together. And in a complex and competitive market, many executives will be asking themselves, “How do we stack up?” The content in this edition of the Economic Outlook is intended to help our readership better understand the healthcare environment so that industry stakeholders will be equipped to strategically stack up to the challenges and maintain stability in the ever-changing landscape.

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Fall 2016 Economic Outlook

Payment and delivery reforms, changing incentives and a push toward consumer value are all driving immense change in today’s healthcare environment. Fighting increasing complexity and rising costs are core objectives of many of the reforms and forefront on many healthcare executives’ minds. Facing unprecedented challenges and opportunities, one thing is for sure: the healthcare system of tomorrow won’t be what it is today. The healthcare community is braving uncharted territory, and each stakeholder plays a role in paving the path to future success and sustainability. The content in this edition of the Economic Outlook is intended to help our readership better understand today’s healthcare environment and provide insights into existing and evolving opportunities for healthcare stakeholders to improve value and patient care in a newly-shaped marketplace.

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Spring 2016 Economic Outlook

As healthcare continues to face pressure to reduce costs, improve quality and increase access through population health measures, members of the industry – providers, suppliers, and others – are facing numerous headwinds to meet and adapt to these challenges. In an environment where reimbursement is decreasing at the same time various imperatives, such as interoperability, require large and long-term investments, the industry at large needs to adjust its sails to co-create innovative ways to meet the needs of patients. And our members are doing just that. Providers are trying out alternative payment models, expanding their post-acute network to better serve patients, implementing new technologies and data analysis methods, and much more. They, with help from industry partners like Premier, are doing what it takes to transform healthcare from the inside.

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Fall 2015 Economic Outlook

Unlike bees in a hive, the U.S. healthcare system has long valued individual expertise as long as it retains autonomy – and because of that, we largely have not focused on the strength of combining all of that expertise into a cohesive system of care. But while our industry still highly values – and really hinges on – specialized experts, personalized care and precision medicine, we’re increasingly identifying ways that individual practices can hamper the big picture of population health. Like hive mind, where each bee has to each deliver on its separate tasks by constantly communicating, providers need to synchronize the components of care delivery so that we can all achieve our goal of healthier communities.

Purchase your copy of the fall 2015 Economic Outlook to learn how integrated pharmacy processes can help improve population health and supply chain.

Spring 2015 Economic Outlook

As health systems expand as end-to-end care facilities – including home health aides, palliative care, urgent care and physician offices – it’s important that their internal processes follow suit. Increasingly capable and integrated data systems give health system executives and employees the visibility necessary to drive improvements in cost, quality and outcomes across disparate departments and facilities.

Purchase your copy of the spring 2015 Economic Outlook to learn how to coordinate the supply chain life cycle, whether in procurement of supplies or a full-scale change in the way services are contracted and savings monitored.

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