A Look at 2019 Healthcare Trends with Guidehouse's Rulon Stacey

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In this episode, Rulon Stacey, PhD, FACHE, a managing director and leader of Guidehouse’s healthcare strategy business unit, discusses the trends that will significantly impact healthcare in 2019 and beyond, as well as the steps providers and payers should take to prepare for their futures. The trends shared in this podcast by Stacey, a former health system CEO and ACHE chairman, are based, in part, on Guidehouse’s recently-released 2019 Healthcare Outlook, as well as insights from hospital and health system C-suite executives who attended Guidehouse’s 2018 CEO Forum at Texas Health Resources in Arlington, Texas.

Key topics addressed include whether economies of scale exist through hospital consolidation, the benefits and challenges of electronic health record platforms, the influx of private equity into healthcare, and the future of physician practice management.

Among his recommendations, Stacey suggests hospitals focus on being more disciplined. “I just believe that 2019 is the year of discipline,” Stacey says. “That’s what we talked about at our CEO Forum, finding ways to bring that discipline where we haven’t had it in the past to take the industry places where I don’t think we’ve ever expected we can go. I’m looking forward to the ride.

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