2019 has flown by so quickly that it is difficult to know everything that happened, let alone remember it. Healthcare, especially, changes significantly from year to year, even though many people don't interact with a hospital enough to notice all of the differences.
Changes that happen on a national level eventually lead to action on the local level. Sometimes, it is as simple as changing trends in conversation. For example, one of the big trends this year is to talk about the opioid crisis. Lawsuits have been made against pharmaceutical companies, leaders in Washington have started to take note of the statistics surrounding opioid addiction, and grants have become available to help organizations address the problems. This year, many organizations have applied for grants and started working together to create solutions for the problem.
On a more local, rural level, hospitals are dealing with the shifting change in services. Knowledge, technology, and Medicare are all continuing to push the focus away from inpatient towards outpatient. Healthcare is faster, easier, more mobile, and cheaper when it can be done on an outpatient basis, or even at a person's own home. As a result, Perry has seen a shift over the past 25 years from 50:50 inpatient/outpatient, to more than 85% outpatient. Changing trends make it difficult to predict volume and hospitals have to devote more time to education about services, rather than waiting until people become sick and need help.
Annette Schnabel, President and CEO of Perry Memorial Hospital, joins this episode of the Pulse podcast to take a look at what happened in 2019, and lay out some of the plans for 2020.