Insight From Hindsight Issue 26 Article
Demand for ambulatory care is exploding, while health systems are facing dual challenges — reducing the per-unit cost of healthcare and improving access — to be successful in a future that rewards value and improved population health. Ambulatory networks assembled over recent decades and under different market conditions can present a challenge to even the most successful health systems. Evolution of new technologies, health system consolidation, and growth in “disruptor” companies (nontraditional providers), are just a few of the crosscurrents that providers need to understand as they explore options for expanding access and streamlining their portfolio of outpatient services. Strategic deployment of ambulatory care and wellness services is a key lever for health systems to compete effectively in a consumer-driven, value-based world.
This article covers the historical context of ambulatory care and key trends that will affect network development going forward, and provides a guide to assess the performance of your portfolio and strategies related to implementation.