2020 has been a turning point for the future of healthcare. As providers and payers continue to look for ways to provide the best care in the year to come, let’s look back at some of our best blog posts from the past year. Each one provides a different perspective on the biggest challenges faced by payers, providers, and patients. And each post also highlights the need for a model of healthcare that creates value by focusing on patient outcomes. 

global-healthcare-4-models1. Global Healthcare: Four Major National Models And How They Work 

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to innovate our current healthcare system and further opened the discussion about which healthcare model is the best solution. This blog post provides an explanation of four major healthcare models, how they work, and the primary criticisms of each one. This post is a good entrance point into the continuing conversation about which healthcare reforms will build a model that works for everyone. 

weighing-pros-cons-wellness-programs2. Weighing The Pros And Cons Of Wellness Programs 

Workplace wellness programs have seen a surge in popularity in recent years. This trend has been shaped by the changing preferences of patients, the ever-present reality of rising healthcare costs, and the necessity of virtual wellness solutions during COVID-19. This blog post examines the pros and cons of five common approaches to wellness programs: 

  • Fitness centers and club memberships
  • Nutritional education
  • Health screenings and health risk assessments
  • Weight-loss programs
  • Fitness and health competitions 

3-major-healthcare-innovations-failed3. Three Major Healthcare Innovations That Ultimately Failed ... And Why

The concept of healthcare “innovation” isn’t new in itself. Each evolution of healthcare is built on a foundation of lessons learned from past attempts at change. This blog post shares three stories of major healthcare innovations that failed — what they aimed to do, why it didn’t work, and what important lessons we can learn from the outcomes. 

build-vs-buy-clinic4. Build vs. Buy A Clinic: That Is The Question

As payers explore the benefits of getting into the business of primary care delivery, they face an important strategic question: will they build their care delivery system from scratch or buy it by working with an experienced partner? This blog post explores the four questions that a payer needs to answer before they decide to build or buy. The information will help payers determine if they have the infrastructure and budget needed to build and operate a primary care system. It also outlines the options that payers have when it comes to control and customization for specific member populations. 

ryan-schmid-healthcare-vision5. Ryan Schmid’s Healthcare Vision For The Next Decade 

This blog post was published almost exactly one year ago, and while we couldn’t have predicted COVID-19 and its widespread effects, Ryan’s vision for healthcare still holds true. Although healthcare providers have adopted virtual care solutions, the need for more human connection is still essential. Whether a visit with a provider takes place in a care center or via video chat, patients will always need to feel seen, heard, and truly understood. 

This blog post outlines how advanced primary care takes a more personal approach to addressing the root causes of health concerns — by considering biological, psychological, and social factors. Read the full post for a more in-depth look at a future where our healthcare system pays for value and treats health as more than just the absence of disease. 

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