Published on-line in advance of print edition of the American Health & Drug Benefits, Dr. Randy Vogenberg, Principal, Institute for Integrated Healthcare, and Board Chair, Employer-Provider Interface Council (EPIC); and John Santilli, President, Access Market Intelligence, authored Global Issues Driving US Healthcare Trends in 2021 and 2022.
This century has featured an increasingly interconnected marketplace in the United States and worldwide. Supply chains, research and development, and care-delivery knowledge, along with instant information sharing are now global. Access to the Internet, coupled with longstanding global travel for education or leisure, has inexorably altered the geographic limitations of healthcare and population health.
For the remainder of 2021 through the end of 2022, the key trends explored here will reflect the transition from pre– to post–COVID-19 healthcare environment and the related health reengineering by key stakeholders, global influences on domestic decision-making, as well as the effects of evolving federal or state government policies.
The post–COVID-19 healthcare environment will be much more complex than originally thought, continuing with the vaccines and COVID-19 testing, and as pressure on supply chains increases. As we move deeper into 2021, it will become increasingly clear that the country will be well into 2022 before we will return closer to normalcy.