By Jan Jennings
With healthcare spending in the United States currently ranking highest in the world, it is safe to say that the time for change is now. Several reform initiatives have already been enacted and more will surely follow, further impacting the way that all hospitals and healthcare organizations deliver care. This constant state of flux has left industry executives confused as to what actions need to be taken in order to ensure future profitability and sustainability. In the article Healthcare Reform: Ambiguity Squared written by American Healthcare Solutions’ own Jan Jennings, the present struggle to effectively provide high-quality healthcare services in a safe environment while meeting rising patient demand and complying with more stringent regulations is discussed.
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“When I was a rookie in healthcare administration, one of my mentors shared with me a definition of “planning.” It went something like this, “Planning is the cooperative participation with the inevitable.”
There appears to be minimal doubt that healthcare spending is going to be trimmed in ways that are completely unimaginable. The U.S. healthcare delivery system is likely to be crushed by an increase in costs and a reduction in revenue from all sources. Therefore, the challenges we face are cosmic to miniscule. At some point in the future, the leadership will emerge to make some sense out of this disorganized chaos.”