Healthcare Trends in 2018: Synergies from the Non-Traditional CVS Health-Aetna Merger

=As 2017 draws to a close, the recent CVS Health-Aetna merger continues to dominate the healthcare conversation. David Buchanan, president, Buchanan Strategies, weighed in on the non-traditional partnership during Trends Shaping the Healthcare Industry in 2018: A Strategic Planning Session, a December 2017 webinar now available for replay.

In this HealthSounds episode, Buchanan predicts the future of mega mergers in healthcare, the impact of the CVS-Aetna alliance on brand awareness, and the real ‘bonanza’ of the $69 billion partnership beyond bringing healthcare closer to home for many consumers.

During Trends Shaping the Healthcare Industry in 2018: A Strategic Planning Session, a December 2017 webinar now available for replay, David Buchanan and Brian Sanderson, managing principal, healthcare services, Crowe Horwath, provide a roadmap to the key issues, challenges and opportunities for healthcare organizations in 2018.

The webinar examined key trends impacting healthcare providers and payors for 2018—how industry consolidation and fragmentation is reshaping the healthcare landscape; the expanding role of technology in healthcare, including artificial intelligence and blockchain breakthroughs; expectations for the CSR reduction, health insurance exchange product changes and MACRA; cost reduction and cost efficiency improvement strategies; 2018 strategic opportunities for healthcare organizations, including consolidations, joint ventures, strategic partnerships, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, risk-based contracts and patient and health plan member advocacy models; and much more.


Length: 5:25 minutes

Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2014: Expect Surge in Commercial ACOs to Continue

Despite the migration of some Pioneer ACOs to CMS’s Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), expect the surge in commercial accountable care organizations to continue in 2014, predicts Steven Valentine, president, The Camden Group. In this audio interview, Valentine suggests improvements to patient handoffs, an area in which ACOs have disappointed, in Valentine’s view, as well as expectations for the other much-modeled care delivery platform, the patient-centered medical home (PCMH).

In both the ACO and the PCMH, Valentine anticipates specialists will be critical parts of the solution, especially when it comes to emerging payment models, quality and performance.

Steven Valentine and Catherine Sreckovich, managing director, healthcare, Navigant, provided a roadmap to the key issues, challenges and opportunities for healthcare providers and payors in 2014 during an October 30, 2013 webinar, Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2014: A Strategic Planning Session.


Length: 8:13 minutes

Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2014: 7 Payor Strategies That Will Reshape Primary Care

From partnering with non-traditional providers like retail clinics to targeting larger physician practices to achieve savings and boost health outcomes, watch for health plans to continue to reshape primary care delivery over the coming year, predicts Catherine Sreckovich, managing director, healthcare, Navigant. Ms. Sreckovich outlines seven ways in which payors will influence primary care, advocates for big data for both payors and providers, and comments on the longevity of the bundled or episodic payment trend in this HealthSounds interview.

Catherine Sreckovich and Steven Valentine, president of The Camden Group, provided a roadmap to the key issues, challenges and opportunities for healthcare providers and payors in 2014 during an October 30, 2013 webinar, Healthcare Trends & Forecasts in 2014: A Strategic Planning Session.


Length: 7:37 minutes