With a new president and Congress, the US healthcare system is expected to undergo a period of considerable upheaval. In particular, the administration’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replace it with a system that may rely on tax credits raises considerable unknowns around the future of healthcare in this country. While plans have not yet been finalized, questions remain, such as how the changes will be financed. All of this has important implications for the employer-based insurance marketplace and leaves employers asking questions about their role in the healthcare market.
For companies, the main challenge remains how to provide quality healthcare for employees at sustainable costs. Forward-looking organizations are adopting a wide range of tools and innovative approaches to achieve this. These include employee-tailored healthcare programs, ‘pay for performance’ strategies, partnerships with other employers, providers and health plans, and use of technology, data and analytics. Other companies are investing in innovative technologies that are intended to disrupt the healthcare system to find solutions to drive better care. All of these efforts are enabling employers not only to better manage costs, but also to create a healthy, engaged and productive workforce at a time when healthcare is on the horizon of change.
Through a series of high-level interactive panel discussions, one-on-one interviews with leading health experts, innovators and influencers, and transformation case studies, FT Future of Healthcare Forum: Business Strategies and Solutions for a Shifting Landscape, organized by the Financial Times in partnership with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, provides a unique opportunity to review the latest trends in healthcare and their impact on the evolving healthcare system. Networking opportunities will provide a forum to exchange and collaborate with multiple players across the healthcare continuum.