Medical Construction & Design

JAN-FEB 2016

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MCDM AG.COM | JA N UA RY/ F EBRUA RY 2016 | Medical Construction & Design 25 BY WILLIAM EVELOFF The healthcare industry continues to ex- perience signifi cant change in the ef ort to reduce costs and improve ef ciency, much of which has been infl uenced by the healthcare law and other incremen- tal regulatory changes. For example, the recent enactment of the U.S. Bipartisan Act of 2015 added distance parameters for provider-based, of -campus outpa- tient departments, which will change reimbursement and reconsideration of some outpatient program strategies. Government initiatives such as these have sparked disruption, but much of the impact will be driven by market forces. Enterprising new entrants continue to nibble at the edges of the $3.1-trillion national healthcare expenditures, of which consumer out- of-pocket spending already constitutes 20 percent and is rising. These changes are driving the consumer to be more accountable and also more empowered, particularly as technology advances, further enabling better communication, access and transparency. At fi rst, more af uent and connected consumers will drive the strongest initial impact; however, RISE OF THE EMPOWERED HEALTHCARE CONSUMER Located directly behind the main medical center building, the center cares exclusively for patients having surgery or endoscopic procedures and going home the same day. Right: The Queen of the Valley Outpatient Surgery and Procedure Center in Napa, California is the perfect combination of high technology, extraordinary comfort and functional effi ciency. QUEEN OF THE VALLEY OUTPATIENT SURGERY AND PROCEDURE CENTER

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