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McKinsey on Healthcare: Weathering the storm

A selection of recent articles exploring the forces unleashed by the pandemic and the opportunities that now exist to improve access, affordability and quality of care.

Part I

Macroeconomic trends


The gathering storm: The uncertain future of US healthcare

– Forces are acting to challenge affordability and access in healthcare and threatening the industry’s economic outlook. At-scale... innovation is key to filling the gaps.

The gathering storm: The transformative impact of inflation on the healthcare sector

– Inflation is at record highs and is now blowing through healthcare.

The gathering storm: The affordability challenge of endemic COVID-19

– Even as the acute threat to lives from the COVID-19 pandemic recedes, the ongoing challenges for the healthcare industry will... persist.

The gathering storm: The threat to employee healthcare benefits

– US inflationary pressures could significantly raise annual employer healthcare costs and impact vulnerable household finances.

Part II

Care delivery transformation


The next frontier of care delivery in healthcare

– McKinsey explores the latest evolution in healthcare and key changes facing US organizations around care delivery.

Telehealth: A quarter-trillion-dollar post-COVID-19 reality?

– Strong continued uptake, favorable consumer perception, and tangible investment into this space are all contributing to the continued... growth of telehealth in 2021. New analysis indicates telehealth use has increased 38X from the pre-COVID-19 baseline.

From facility to home: How healthcare could shift by 2025

– Up to $265 billion worth of care services for Medicare fee-for-service and Medicare Advantage beneficiaries could shift to the... home by 2025.

The math of ACOs

– Several factors will shape the financial performance of physician- and hospital-led organizations under total cost of care payment... models.

Part III

Administrative simplification

Executive Briefing

Administrative simplification: How to save a quarter-trillion dollars in US healthcare

– About thirty known interventions could deliver up to $265 billion in annual savings for US healthcare.

Next-generation payer operations: How to prioritize for success

– A journey-based view for payer operations allows insight into how different functions contribute to strategic value.

Part IV

Workforce and clinical productivity


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.

Part V

How it gets done


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.

The gathering storm: An opportunity to reorder the healthcare industry

– Leaders will redesign their organizations for speed, accelerate productivity improvements, reshape their portfolio and innovate... new business models, and reallocate constrained resources.

Something’s coming: How US companies can build resilience, survive a downturn, and thrive in the next cycle

– The US economy continues to throw off mixed signals. But one thing is becoming clear: executives should prepare for an extended... period of higher interest rates.

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