Partner Jana Anderson was quoted in a Becker’s Hospital Review article, “45 Hospital and Health Care Executives Outline the Hospital of the Future,” sharing the recent, current and predicted priorities for hospitals from a health care attorney’s perspective.
Anderson’s outlooks are as follows: “Over the last several years, we have seen care transition from inpatient care — often long inpatient stays — to outpatient and physician office procedures. Health systems, not stand-alone hospitals, are the future. I think we are in transition. Care has transitioned and will continue to transition to more outpatient and physician office care. Inpatient hospitals will continue to play a role for complex care, but illness with an inpatient stay is not the norm.
“Hospitals have acquired physician practices, and the focus is total care for the patient: physician care, outpatient care, inpatient care, long term care, home healthcare and hospice care.
“Not all hospitals have the reach to do all aspects of care. Larger systems are acquiring providers, and community hospitals are entering into arrangements with other healthcare providers to create care networks to meet patient needs.”