Weekly News Scan: Healthcare predictions for 2019, New activity guidelines clear a path for PT

This week in the news, we include Forbes’ annual top healthcare predictions for next year, how the new physical therapy guidelines have cleared a path for PT and more. We hope you enjoy!

Top 8 healthcare predictions for 2019, Forbes, November 13, 2018: Forbes has published a list of healthcare predictions for the past 10 years and becomes scarily accurate with every passing year (its 2018 predictions were 98% accurate). So, what can we look forward to in healthcare in 2019? Forbes’ top three predictions include an increase in global healthcare spending tied to value-based models, a growth in the healthcare artificial intelligence community bringing it to nearly $2 billion, and a 30% increase in the digital health technology market. Want to know more? Find out all of Forbes’ predictions in this article.

New physical activity guidelines stress the importance of movement, PT in Motion, November 13, 2018: The US Department of Health and Human Services just released updated physical activity (PA) recommendations for Americans. The bottom line? We need to move more and sit less. The revised guidelines create a clear path for physical therapy to play a main role in getting people back the movement needed to optimize their health and, ultimately, improve their life. Learn more about the guidelines and how PTs can help in this APTA article.

CMS needs a translator to demystify MACRA models, Modern Healthcare, November 12, 2018: Many providers still don’t understand the CMS Quality Payment Program so the agency is looking for a contractor to help. A recent MGMA survey found that 49 percent of practices interviewed are struggling to understand parts of the MIPS program and many practices have already spent thousands of dollars to hire consultants to unravel the program’s complex language. Read more in this Modern Healthcare article.

The benefits of laughing in the office, Harvard Business Review, November 16, 2018: Ever felt the need to crack a joke in the middle of a meeting? Well, science says it could be good for you. According to studies from MIT, Wharton and London Business School, every chuckle brings with it a host of benefits (especially in the workplace). Laughter has been shown to relieve stress and boredom while spurring creativity, collaboration and productivity. So next time you’re tempted to crack a joke or let out a laugh, science says go for it.

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Taylor Goldsmith

Content Marketing Program Manager

Taylor Goldsmith is the Content Marketing Program Manager at Clinicient where she manages the blog, social media strategy, supports lead generation activities and more. She provides insightful direction to a variety of other daily Clinicient activities and brings to her team knowledge of core and emerging marketing strategies. Taylor earned a Public Relations degree from the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. In her spare time, she likes to travel, explore the Portland food scene, and cheer on the Oregon Ducks.

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