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Chapter 5 1.Identify the major factors that have resulted in the shift in utilization from inpatient hospitalization to ambulatory care services. Describe the implication of this shift for hospitals, consumers, and the health care delivery system as a whole.a.A few of the major factors driving an increased emphasis on ambulatory care facilities in the healthcare system are cost, ambulatory care units can be built in locations that are significantly less expensive to operate than hospitals. Technology advancements enable outpatient facilities to deliver coordinated treatment regimens. Patient expectations- ambulatory facilities can provide the convenience of easy access and a shorter visit length that patients want. Another factor is competition, hospitals can now compete with other healthcare organizations by adding ambulatory services, which is less costly than making
capital investments in hospitals. The ambulatory services are beneficial for the hospitals, physicians and consumers because the severity of injury or risk of deathcan be reduced to the maximum extent. This definitely improves both the patients