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Charting the Future of Children's Hospitals: Trends, Implications and the Hospitalist Opportunity

Mark Wietecha

Objective 1:
Review the major market drivers of pediatric health care and their underlying causes

Objective 2:
Achieve a shared understanding of how current trends may shape the future business models of children's hospitals and pediatricians

Objective 3:
Speculate on the leadership requirements of the future and the possible opportunities for pediatric hospital medicine

Our nation's health care system has performed exactly as it has been designed, reimbursing a wide range of providers for services rendered on a decentralized basis according to individual discretion and local practice custom. The outcomes - high utilization, high costs, non-standardization, provider proliferation, unbridled competition and rising costs - are now targets for reform on both the public and private sector policy side. While change has occurred over recent decades, the process has been glacial compared to other industries over the same period. This session explores the underlying factors, speculates on the possible next generation of developments, and offers a perspective on how pediatric leadership will emerge over the coming decade.