President's Perspective – Ian Morrison on the Outlook for the Future of Healthcare
(June 26, 2020) – Earlier this week, Kansas Hospital Association hosted an exclusive webinar for KHA members featuring Ian Morrison. Ian is an internationally known author, consultant and futurist specializing in long-term forecasting and planning with particular emphasis on health care and the changing business environment. Ian has written, lectured and consulted on a wide variety of forecasting, strategy and health care topics for government, industry and a variety of nonprofit organizations in North America, Europe and Asia. He also is the author of numerous books on the future of healthcare. Ian's presentation was made through the sponsorship of APS.
In his presentation, Ian discussed the impact of COVID-19 and the outlook for the future, with a focus on hospitals and healthcare. He noted that healthcare has been hammered three times: by Covid-19 itself, by the elective shutdown, and by the aftermath of despair economically and in terms of physical and mental health. He lamented that while there is a consensus among public health experts about how to re-open safely, some issues like masks and testing have become politicized.
In terms of enduring effects, Morrison offered that he thinks the "impairment" that COVID-19 has created with payor mix will be permanent, as the loss of employer coverage has created more Medicaid beneficiaries and uninsured. He also thinks more consolidation is inevitable, driven at least partly by the COVID situation. And he suggested that a return to "business as usual" in healthcare is unlikely, due to greater demand for telehealth, increasing needs for behavioral and long-term care, and growing concern over transparency issues like surprised billing.
The KHA Education Department strives to provide our members with timely, informative and important educational programs. Being able to offer a nationally recognized expert like Ian Morrison is a great example. We appreciate all those who logged on for this virtual seminar with Ian Morrison, as well as the enabling support from APS.