With the Affordable Care Act now a certainty in California, how has the past year affected the healthcare industry and how will it proceed? Declining reimbursements, hospital physician alignments, emphasis on quality and the ongoing pressure to reduce costs are all moving forward. The expansion of electronic medical records is facilitating the integration of all levels and venues for healthcare. The emphasis on primary care and the maintenance of chronic diseases will increase the demand for nurses and nurse practitioners. For example, CVS Pharmacy intends to locate Nurse Practitioners in 1000 of their drug stores in the next four years. How will facilities support these evolving changes in health care delivery?
- Will there be major hospital-led, full service campuses or will health care service be decentralized?
- Will the impact of large new patient populations drive non-hospital construction in the short term, with discrete, high tech hospitals following in the future?
- Will the family doctor become the family clinic?
- Will freestanding emergency departments be a viable care delivery model in the future?
Join us on October 24, 2012 at the Marriot Marquis, San Francisco, CA to discuss these important issues facing all Californians at the fourth annual Healthcare Facilities Forum.
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See also the related article on aiacc.org, “Fire Station Health Centers: Designing Healthcare Access,” by Brad Leiben.