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Business Building in Healthcare

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Overcoming the cost of healthcare transformation through partnerships

– Players are adapting to the evolving healthcare landscape by using a range of partnership models—beyond M&A—to... create value. Anticipating and avoiding five common mistakes can be key for success.
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Leap to the future of healthcare: Reinvent through business building

– In a post-COVID-19 era, healthcare executives are preparing to reinvent their businesses.
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Moving digital health forward: Lessons on business building

– Building a successful digital health business involves several strategic steps, as illustrated through the lens of six digital... health start-ups.
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The future of healthcare: Value creation through next-generation business models

– While the consumption of healthcare services will likely continue to grow, it is unclear that industry profit pools will expand... over the next three years given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare players who develop new and innovative business models will create disproportionate value in this environment, even as they face long-term challenges.

Featured Insights

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The future of US healthcare: What’s next for the industry post-COVID-19

– Shifts in profit pools will accelerate, spurring likely business model changes in three areas—diversification, vertical integration, and new business building.
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Assessing the lingering impact of COVID-19 on the nursing workforce

– Analysis suggests potential instability and workforce gaps in the US healthcare sector. A call to action for all stakeholders... could help.
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Around the world, nurses say meaningful work keeps them going

– While some surveyed nurses said they plan to leave direct patient care, the effects of COVID-19 on the nursing workforce may be... leveling off.
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The next frontier of care delivery in healthcare

– McKinsey explores the latest evolution in healthcare and key changes facing US organizations around care delivery.
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Patients struggle with unmet basic needs: Medical providers can help

– Addressing unmet basic needs can have a positive impact on health access and outcomes. Here are some best practices for providers.

Featured collections

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McKinsey on Healthcare: Perspectives on the pandemic

– Since early 2020, the healthcare industry has been on the frontlines of seeking solutions for COVID-19.
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McKinsey on Healthcare Podcast

A new series of podcasts around transforming healthcare
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Coronavirus vaccines progress: What’s next?

The rapid development of the COVID-19 vaccines is having a profound effect on the world. This collection takes a closer look at... the development, rollout and future of vaccines.

Our conversations

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Meeting the member where they are: What is the future of health equity?

– A conversation about addressing the well-being of underserved patient populations and ensuring zip codes are not a key predictor... of health outcomes.
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Aging reframed: Seeing aging as an opportunity in healthcare

– An inspiring conversation about aging, women in leadership, and the chance to change the narrative on old age.
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Health equity: Activating meaningful change

– The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted longstanding health and social inequities in healthcare and raised the urgent question of... how health equity can be achieved.
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Nurses and the Great Attrition

– A recent McKinsey survey found that more than 30 percent of nurses are thinking of leaving direct patient care. What can be done... to inspire them to stay?

Provider Insights

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How providers are meeting patients’ basic needs—and where they could do more

– Providers play an important role in addressing social determinants of health for patients and employees. While most understand... this imperative, more coordination is likely needed to scale efforts and impact.
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Around the world, nurses say meaningful work keeps them going

– While some surveyed nurses said they plan to leave direct patient care, the effects of COVID-19 on the nursing workforce may be... leveling off.
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Survey: US hospital patient volumes move back towards 2019 levels

– Some hospitals have reported returning to pre-COVID-19 volumes for certain services, but the pandemic continues to affect outpatient... and surgical volumes, largely due to workforce capacity constraints.
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Patients love telehealth—physicians are not so sure

– During the pandemic, patients have said that they like telehealth, especially for behavioral-health treatment. But physicians... say they are concerned about telehealth’s long-term sustainability.

Payer Insights

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Insights into the 2022 individual health insurance market

– In this report, McKinsey’s Center for US Health System Reform shares its analysis of the individual health insurance market... and outlines trends in products, plans, and prices from 2014 to 2022.
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Employers look to expand health benefits while managing medical costs

– A survey of US employers reveals their strategies and approaches for designing appealing health benefits packages and managing... costs.
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What Medicare Advantage members want from their onboarding experience

– Medicare Advantage payers that apply the results of a recent survey to improve the onboarding experience could reap benefits such... as improved health outcomes for beneficiaries and reduced churn.
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Innovation and value: What payer-led managed-care models may look like

– Healthcare payers are redefining their role in care delivery through provider ownership, technology, and provider enablement to... deliver higher-value care to members.

Healthcare Services & Technology Insights

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What payers and providers can learn from successful cloud transformations in other industries

– Cloud transformations can create value, but requires engagement from the entire healthcare organization.
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How AI helps identify preventable emergency health visits

– Using AI on claims and other data sets can help identify those potentially needing care.
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How healthcare services and technology companies can boost productivity with data and analytics

– Building data and analytics capabilities can help them take advantage of robust growth in outsourced health services.
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The future of healthcare: Value creation through next-generation business models

– While the consumption of healthcare services will likely continue to grow, it is unclear that industry profit pools will expand... over the next three years given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare players who develop new and innovative business models will create disproportionate value in this environment, even as they face long-term challenges.

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Behavioral Health Insights

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How affordable is mental healthcare? The long-term impact on financial health

– Those who report mental illness have disproportionately faced economic disadvantages and report greater financial stress.
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COVID-19 and burnout are straining the mental health of employed parents

– Employed parents cite apathy and fatigue in new survey.
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How employers can improve their approach to mental health at work

– Employers benefit when they help employees to prioritize mental wellness, thereby reducing the stigma of mental-health issues,... addressing disparities in their incidence and treatment, and providing support through formal structures and programs.
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Overcoming stigma: Three strategies toward better mental health in the workplace

– Employees are worried about their mental health as they return to the workplace after the COVID-19 pandemic. Stigma can exacerbate... their concerns, but employers can thwart its impact.

Consumer Health Insights

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What Black and Latino consumers want healthcare stakeholders to know

– Understanding consumer behavior and attitude drivers may help stakeholders improve health outcomes and experiences for Black and... Latino patients.
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Consumer Health Insights: How respondents are adapting to the “new normal”

– American consumers are navigating a “new normal” of living with COVID-19, embracing at-home testing and the added... convenience of virtual care, and seeking new options for how and where they conduct work, according to the latest consumer healthcare insights survey.
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Who’s left? Engaging the remaining hesitant consumers on COVID-19 vaccine adoption

– While more Americans receive and show openness to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, concerns persist among guardians of children... and other cautious segments.
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The role of personalization in the care journey: An example of patient engagement to reduce readmissions

– A personalized care approach can help consumers manage in a COVID-19 era, as well as potentially reduce unnecessary healthcare... costs.

Public Health Insights

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A data-driven approach to addressing COVID-19 vaccine uptake in Africa

– To help improve COVID-19 vaccination rates across Africa, stakeholders may consider improving research efforts to gain a better... understanding of barriers and drivers behind population vaccine uptake.
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As more Americans ask for public aid, could integrated benefits help?

– Public-health and human-services programs help more than 100 million Americans. States that better integrate these programs could... increase access, improve outcomes, and reduce costs.
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Africa’s plan for a continent-wide pandemic recovery

– Dr. John Nkengasong, director of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), explains what’s needed... to tackle COVID-19 across the continent.
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Finding solidarity in an effort to vaccinate the world

– Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, strengthens ties with partners to help increase global immunity in the context... of COVID-19.

More Insights

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Pandemic to endemic: Where do US public-health systems go from here?

– As COVID-19 moves from a pandemic to an endemic disease in the United States, the country could take the opportunity to create... stronger, more equitable public-health systems.
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When will the COVID-19 pandemic end?

– Europe and the United States have entered the endemic stage of the COVID-19 outbreak: the virus is widespread, is significantly... less fatal than it was in 2020, and is spurring only limited changes in public behavior. These endemic conditions are likely to continue through the summer and autumn, unless and until immunity-evading new variants emerge. As immunity wanes, however, the next stage remains highly uncertain. In this update, we discuss the outlook, the current and potential future use of boosters and therapeutics, and the shifts in response strategies to the COVID-19 crisis around the world. We also introduce the McKinsey COVID-19 Immunity Index—a tool for understanding a community’s current level of risk from the disease.
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Care for the caretakers: Building the global public health workforce

– Public health systems globally can play a pivotal role in addressing workforce shortages across the health ecosystem. Here are... four shifts that governments can implement today to prepare for tomorrow.
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Digital health: An opportunity to advance health equity

– Digital health solutions have the potential to make healthcare more equitable. Here’s how innovators can deliver on that... promise.
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In sickness and in health: How health is perceived around the world

– A new McKinsey Health Institute survey examines the views of residents in 19 countries on their physical, mental, social, and... spiritual health.
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Self-learning: The dawn of a new biomedical R&D paradigm

– Science and technology are driving breakthroughs at each stage of the biomedical R&D value chain. Enhancing feedback loops... among them could unleash a self-learning model that would benefit patients.
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Growth opportunities for digital health in KSA and UAE

– Digital health can improve patient services and well-being in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The sector... offers growth opportunities for existing players and new market entrants.
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What are the biotech investment themes that will shape the industry?

– From 2019 to 2021, venture capitalists plowed $35 billion into biotech companies with advanced platform technologies that could... transform the industry.
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CROs and biotech companies: Fine-tuning the partnership

– Emerging biotechnology companies are less satisfied than large pharmaceutical companies with their contract research organizations... (CROs). How can CROs raise their game with this key segment?
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Author Talks: We need to talk about Asian American mental health

– Dr. Jenny Wang created the Instagram account @asiansformentalhealth in fall 2019. As the pandemic—and anti-Asian hate—spread,... it became a haven for Asian Americans seeking mental-health resources.
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Ten ways to accelerate the benefits of digital health in Saudi Arabia

– Saudi Arabia has already taken steps to digitize its healthcare system and fast-track improvements in patient experience, quality... of care, and efficiency.
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