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HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY PAPERHealth Care Industry PaperMary H. SellersHCS/449May 12, 2016Martha Owen1
HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY PAPERPast Analysis of HealthCareIn years past, the hospital experience included lengthy stays, severe blind spots in prevention and a lack of patient respect, according to medical historians and health care professionals. Because of cultural shifts, policy adjustments, the price of care and technological advances, over the last century hospitals have moved toward a more patient-empowered approach that prioritizesprevention. Ten years ago, the term fee-for-service was still being used. But that term was the least of people’s worries. Some hospitals used to segregate everyone by race up until the 1960’s. With that being said, some hospitals were worse by overall refusing to treat patients that were not the “race” that the hospitals accepted. Some hospitals segregated races by the floors in the hospitals and ensured that the white race had the best that was offered, while other races had the bare minimal, knowing that the hospital could offer them the best as well, but because of their race, they were subjected to the so called “leftovers”. They also provided the only professional training available to black doctors. A series of cases litigated by the National Association for The Advancement of Colored People in the late 1960s helped eliminate racial discrimination in hospitals. Ten years ago, when a woman gave birth, it was required to meet the ten days stay in the hospital before being released and cleared by the doctor versus now that the requirement is usually 3-4 days before being medically released. Also, when a patient had a hernia, the patient had to stay for a minimal of 4 days in the hospital versus now, it’s an outpatient procedure. Technology Ten Years AgoTechnological advances drove many of these changes. Some patients with kidney disease today can bring home a dialysis machine, for example. Laparoscopic surgery, which uses a high-resolution camera and very small incisions, allows patients to heal faster. Having a patient stay in2
HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY PAPERthe hospital for long periods of time, would only increase the patient’s chances of not only being exposed to different illness’s and becoming ill. Years ago, a patient would have been admitted overnight for a series of tests after complaining of chronic stomach pain. Now, even some procedures that required a hospital stay in the past are performed on an outpatient basis today, according to the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association. A few examples include pacemaker implantations, tonsillectomies and cataract extraction.Financial & Economics Health spending has been growing at historically low levels in recent years. The Office of the Actuary (OACT) in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reports that national health spending grew by 3.9% each year from 2009 to 2011, the lowest rate of growth since the federal government began keeping such statistics in 1960. There has been a significant focus on whether