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Healthcare in Latin America: What are consumers looking for?

– A survey of more than 4,200 people paints a picture of typical healthcare consumers in Latin America, including their tendency to defer care and their desire for more convenient settings of care.

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What to expect in US healthcare in 2024 and beyond

– A new perspective on how technology, transformation efforts, and other changes have affected payers, health systems, healthcare services and technology, and pharmacy services.

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Closing the women’s health gap: A $1 trillion opportunity to improve lives and economies

– Investments addressing the women’s health gap could add years to life and life to years—and potentially boost the global economy... by $1 trillion annually by 2040.
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2024 payers outlook: Opportunities abound

– Five considerations for payer executives as they navigate potential challenges in 2024 and position themselves for future growth.
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2024 healthcare services outlook: Challenges and opportunities

– The healthcare services sector has seen rapid growth over recent years. Despite the challenges organizations may face in 2024,... opportunities for the sector still abound.
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2024 health systems outlook: A host of challenges ahead

– Health systems may face a challenging year ahead, with increasing competition from nontraditional players, workforce shortages,... and demands for new capabilities. However, these challenges also present opportunities for leaders to focus on resilience, find efficiencies, and take a multilever approach to growth.
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Untapped opportunities for health system pharmacies

– Two McKinsey surveys of health system pharmacy leaders reveal that pharmacies could do more to manage margins, improve patient... access, and position themselves as strategic sources of growth.

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McKinsey on Healthcare: Innovate to thrive

– A selection of recent articles exploring ongoing uncertainties within the US healthcare industry in 2023 and the opportunities... for innovation and improvement that have emerged throughout the year.
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The Future of Healthcare

A new set of forces buffeting our industry foretell, perhaps, a significant restructuring of our sector. While challenges to healthcare... affordability and access, and industry economics abound, so too do opportunities for rapid, at-scale innovation to improve the future of care.
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The future of US employee healthcare benefits

Continued inflation is threatening the viability of employee healthcare benefits. It’s up to employers to rethink how they... are managed. Innovation will be key.
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McKinsey on Healthcare Podcast

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Speaking to hearts and minds in healthcare

– The power of the spoken word can be a messenger for change.
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Beyond the numbers: Creating a more diverse future for health

– A conversation about leadership, visions for a future of integrated healthcare systems, and the clear benefits of more diverse... teams.
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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.

Provider Insights

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Payment integrity in the age of AI and value-based care

– The rise of AI and value-based care is poising the $9 billion payment integrity industry for change.
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2024 health systems outlook: A host of challenges ahead

– Health systems may face a challenging year ahead, with increasing competition from nontraditional players, workforce shortages,... and demands for new capabilities. However, these challenges also present opportunities for leaders to focus on resilience, find efficiencies, and take a multilever approach to growth.
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Understanding and prioritizing nurses’ mental health and well-being

– More than half of surveyed nurses in the United States reported symptoms of burnout. Employers can take additional steps to better... support nurses today and sustain the profession for the future.
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Leadership rundown: How US healthcare leaders are scaling innovation and transformation

– Healthcare organizations are exploring ways to use data, analytics, and AI to drive and scale innovation and transformation.

Payer Insights

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2024 payers outlook: Opportunities abound

– Five considerations for payer executives as they navigate potential challenges in 2024 and position themselves for future growth.
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Leadership rundown: How US healthcare leaders are scaling innovation and transformation

– Healthcare organizations are exploring ways to use data, analytics, and AI to drive and scale innovation and transformation.
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Sweeping changes to Medicare Advantage: How payers could respond

– The Medicare Advantage program is undergoing its biggest shifts in more than two decades. Payers can take steps now to mount a... strategic, agile response as the changes unfold.
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The individual health insurance market in 2023

– This represents an outsize year for insurer and enrollment growth. More than 3.6 million new consumers entering the market are... choosing among an average of 88 plans.

Healthcare Services & Technology Insights

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2024 healthcare services outlook: Challenges and opportunities

– The healthcare services sector has seen rapid growth over recent years. Despite the challenges organizations may face in 2024,... opportunities for the sector still abound.
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Untapped opportunities for health system pharmacies

– Two McKinsey surveys of health system pharmacy leaders reveal that pharmacies could do more to manage margins, improve patient... access, and position themselves as strategic sources of growth.
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Setting the revenue cycle up for success in automation and AI

– As new technologies emerge, revenue cycle leaders can prepare to harness the potential of these capabilities by establishing the... conditions for success today.
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Tackling healthcare’s biggest burdens with generative AI

– Disparate sources of unstructured data, which abound in healthcare, are now assets to power generative AI. Here’s how private... payers and healthcare systems can use the technology to deliver care.

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Business Building in Healthcare

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Leadership rundown: How US healthcare leaders are scaling innovation and transformation

– Healthcare organizations are exploring ways to use data, analytics, and AI to drive and scale innovation and transformation.
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Women in the healthcare industry: An update

– Although healthcare continues to outpace other industries in the representation, hiring, and advancement of women, the latest... data show there is still plenty of room for improvement.
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Investing in the new era of value-based care

– Recent trends appear to make a case for investing in value-based care. Here’s why value-based models now show both the potential... and propensity for growth.
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US health systems: Diversify to thrive

– US health systems are diversifying their businesses to unlock growth and support core hospital operations, carefully choosing... investment areas and structures in line with their objectives.

Consumer Health Insights

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Healthcare in Latin America: What are consumers looking for?

– A survey of more than 4,200 people paints a picture of typical healthcare consumers in Latin America, including their tendency... to defer care and their desire for more convenient settings of care.
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Consumers’ perceptions of their health-related social needs

– Healthcare ecosystem entities can use insights gleaned from a US consumer survey of health-related social needs to inform policies... and programs and improve outcomes.
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Meeting changing consumer needs: The US retail pharmacy of the future

– In the face of industry headwinds, pharmacies can work to make the most of their distinct advantages to meet shifting consumer... needs.
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Marketing in healthcare: Improving the consumer experience

– The time has come for healthcare providers to wake up to the modern consumer and start building the alignment, capabilities, and... infrastructure to support next-gen marketing in healthcare.

Behavioral Health Insights

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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 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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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.

Public Health Insights

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Future-proofing health systems for climate risks and pandemics

– Climate change and infectious-health risks are threatening health systems across the globe. High-impact investments that address... these risks concurrently could also help build resilient health systems.
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The end of the COVID-19 public health emergency: What’s next?

– As a raft of federal COVID-19 support interventions and regulatory waivers expire, healthcare providers, payers, and other private... stakeholders can respond strategically.
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Virtual health for all: Closing the digital divide to expand access

– Affordable broadband with wraparound support could expand access to cost-efficient virtual health for underserved communities.... Seven actions could help state and local leaders unlock this opportunity.
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Federal funding may boost social determinants of health infrastructure

– Federal-funding mechanisms represent an often-underused funding source for public- and private-sector stakeholders when enhancing... SDoH data, analytics, and technology infrastructure.

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Interview - McKinsey Institute for Black Economic Mobility

Accelerating diversity in clinical trials

– Experts from across the healthcare ecosystem discuss insights, actions, and imperatives for better representation in clinical... trials.
Interactive - McKinsey Quarterly

Employee well-being: The holistic way

– Thinking comprehensively about health can help workers live longer, better, and more productively.
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How payers could unlock value by improving transitions of care

– Using a three-step approach, payers could seek to reduce hospital readmissions, potentially improving patient experience and care... outcomes and cutting costs for stakeholders.
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Is virtual care delivering on its promise of improving access?

– Although virtual-care adoption has substantially increased, healthcare organizations can pursue additional opportunities to reduce... disparities in access.
Interview - McKinsey Health Institute

‘We need to invest in health workers between major pandemics—not just when we have a pandemic’

– Former US government official and long-time social entrepreneur Raj Panjabi shares insights on the importance of community health... workers and on how being a refugee connects to his perspective on health equity.
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Healthcare’s next chapter: What’s ahead for the US healthcare industry

– The US healthcare industry faces continued uncertainty in 2024, but healthcare leaders can seize opportunities for innovation... and improvement. Building resilient and agile organizations will be crucial for success in this challenging environment.
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What early-stage investing reveals about biotech innovation

– Public funding for biotech remains tenuous, but in 2022 and 2023 venture capitalists have continued to pour money into innovative... platforms that could revolutionize the sector.
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Digital diagnostics: A path forward for IVD

– In vitro diagnostics players are being tested as their offerings are increasingly commoditized. Digital diagnostics offers a path... to growth.
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Understanding and prioritizing nurses’ mental health and well-being

– More than half of surveyed nurses in the United States reported symptoms of burnout. Employers can take additional steps to better... support nurses today and sustain the profession for the future.
Article - McKinsey Health Institute

Aging with purpose: Why meaningful engagement with society matters

– A McKinsey Health Institute analysis shows older adults are happier and healthier when they engage more in society—and helping... them do so could benefit the economy.
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Improving US orthopedic care via patient-centric pathways

– Orthopedic care is among the largest categories in US healthcare; improvements could have far-reaching positive effects. We analyze... care pathways to spot opportunities for better coordination.
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