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The 21st century cures act one year later: Big ideas still needed

by Margaret Anderson, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP

December 13 marked the one-year anniversary of the 21st Century Cures Act. While the law holds tremendous promise for enabling treatments and even cures for disease, multi-sector collaboration – and federal funding – is likely essential if the law is to reach its potential.

The three-year journey that culminated in the passage and enactment of the law was filled with idea generation and questions.

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Hospitals could find a silver lining in the cloud

by Chris Harris, Specialist leader | Deloitte Consulting LLP

Pennsylvania Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the US, opened its doors in 1755 and built the nation’s first surgical amphitheater 50 years later. In the early 19th century, this surgical area on the hospital’s top floor offered state-of-the-art technology. Procedures were usually conducted in the mid-afternoon – ideally on cloudless days – to take full advantage of the large glass skylight high above the operating table.

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Smart health care: Left hand, meet right hand

by Terri Cooper, PhD, Principal, Global Health Care Sector Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP

I know from experience that being diagnosed with a serious illness is scary and upsetting. Adding frustration to the situation is learning that one (or more) of your health care providers—the clinical left and right hands, so to speak—may not be aware of what the other “hand” is doing – even though they are supposed to be teaming to treat your illness.

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Embracing ongoing change in hospital quality measurement

by David Betts, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Winston Churchill is credited with saying that “to improve is to change, [but] to be perfect is to change often.” Organizations that hope to navigate uncertainty in health care might wish that the pace of change would slow – or disappear altogether. Unfortunately, neither of those scenarios is likely. If the last nine months are any indication,

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By 2025, costs, regs, changing payer mix will help drive innovative partnerships

by James Whisler, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

The health care system is on the cusp of rapid change, which is being driven largely by health care affordability issues. The prohibitive cost of health insurance is causing access issues, and continued large premium increases are likely unsustainable. The premiums are expensive because the medical costs are expensive. And along with higher premiums, out-of-pocket costs for consumers have climbed to historic highs.

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A little less conversation (a little more action) in outcomes-based contracts?

by Mary Cummins, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

I’m recently back from AdvaMed’s annual conference where, as always, I was struck by the deep commitment to bring innovation to patients. But innovation is in the eye of the beholder. When it comes to medtech offerings, there are many stakeholders who decide if an innovation is going to deliver differentiated results, and what value is merited in return.

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