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Health Insurance Industry Outlook 2017

What are the trends for US health plans in the coming year?

Health plans are on the precipice of opportunity and transformation, tackling issues from affordability and regulatory changes to advancing information technology. Listen to our interview, which examines some of the game-changing industry trends that are driving health plans today.

Navigating a shifting health care landscape: US health plans

What trends are on the horizon for 2017 and how can health plans prepare? Listen to our interview with Greg Scott, Deloitte's national leader of the Health Plan's practice, as he discusses opportunities and developments in the health plans sector.

Health plans together with the Medicare program of the federal government have been blazing the trail in developing new payment models, new contractual arrangements, new collaborations, new ways to enable clinicians to think about value, to assess value, to focus on what's the best thing for this patient at this particular time. We're excited about this trend.

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2017 US Health Plans Outlook: What are the opportunities looking ahead?

In 2017, the challenge of affordability remains the signature issue, while government regulation and innovation continue to make profound impacts on the industry. Despite the demanding nature of the health plans sector, bright spots do exist on the horizon especially for health plans willing to make investments in the empowered health care consumer.

Key discussion points include:

  • Understanding possible implications of the 2017 US election
  • Examining how affordability is changing the health care landscape
  • Navigating a system that is shifting from volume to value and the implications of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)
  • Harnessing opportunities in advancing information technology
  • Identifying game changing emerging technologies
  • Playing a role in the shifting changing regulatory landscape
  • Diversifying products, services, business models

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"Health plans, as some of the more technologically savvy stakeholders in the US health care system, have opportunities to ease some of the most important interactions with their members. Members are looking for providers who understand who they are. They want personalized interactions, and data at the fingertips. They are generally ready, willing, and able to have more productive encounters between physicians and the consumers."

- Greg Scott

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Global Health Care Outlook

An aging global population and chronic diseases are fueling the rising demand and associated spending of care and an increasing patient awareness, knowledge, and expectations are putting pressure on the development of costly clinical innovations. The Global Health Care Outlook explores trends and issues impacting sector organizations; and suggests considerations for stakeholders as they seek to deliver cost-effective high-value health care.

Read our 2017 Global Health Care Outlook.

Global Life Sciences Outlook

Life sciences sector growth is closely tied to global health care expenditures which, in 2017 and successive years, are expected to be fueled by increasing demand from an aging population and the burgeoning prevalence of chronic and communicable diseases. This 2017 outlook reviews the current state of the global life sciences sector; explores trends and issues impacting market segments and individual organizations, and suggests considerations for stakeholders as they seek to grow revenue and market share.

Regulatory Life Sciences Outlook

Life sciences companies should prepare to face continued uncertainty in the regulatory landscape in 2017. With drug pricing in flux and regulations aimed at improving patient outcomes and value-based contacting in play, life sciences companies will likely need to adapt to the downstream impacts.

Access the full report for a deeper look at these trends.

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What might Donald Trump’s election mean for health care?

In November, Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States and the Republicans retained majorities in both the Senate and the House. What does this portend for our health care system?

President-elect Trump ran on one main policy issue related to health care – to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Could he, together with a Republican-led Congress, do this? And what might his election mean more broadly for health insurance exchanges, value-based care initiatives, and consumers’ and employers’ desires for more affordable health care?

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Read more about President-elect Trump’s key policy positions and what the new Trump administration could mean for health care.

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