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Spring 2021 - Volume 37 - Issue 3

  • Trudy Land, FACHE
  • 0748-8157
  • 2475-2797
  • 4 issues per year

From the Spring 2021 Issue


Healthcare’s transition to value- based care delivery and business models, consumer demands for quality and access, consolidation of systems, intense market competition, and financial pressures are all driving forces for the reevaluation of service line strategies. Many hospitals and health systems have used a service line approach for years. However, today’s healthcare dynamics necessitate new assessments.

Healthcare leaders are pausing to adjust, reconfigure, grow, or eliminate services and to examine initiatives as part of the strategic planning process. Partnerships are also being formed to develop or expand service lines, align physicians, integrate technology, and implement evidence-based practices to provide world-class care.

Delivering on consumers’ needs and wants presents both challenges and opportunities. Multiple questions must be answered: which service lines should we grow—cardiovascular, oncology, orthopedics, women and children, primary care? Which parts of the service line should we focus on—inpatient, outpatient, wellness, prevention, population health? Where should we locate the service lines? Which services have physician support and alignment? Which services are high cost, and which ones are profitable?

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