Factors Affecting Medical Trends: Deflators

All players in the healthcare system are thinking bottom line. Hospitals are slimming operations down to the essential components to achieve “systemness” by streamlining administrative activities and consolidating and standardizing clinical programs. As more cost shifts to consumers through higher deductibles and copays, they choose more frugally among health options. With quality bonuses and penalties attached to physician and hospital contracts, the delivery of care is being better managed and coordinated.