ASSESSING FEDERAL, STATE AND MARKET CHANGES IN THE NEXT DECADE

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Assessing Federal, State and Market Changes in the Next Decade

The goal of our project is to provide factual research, data and analysis regarding the state of health care in Alaska.

The U.S. health care system is rapidly changing, influenced by pressures on cost, quality and access. It is likely Alaska’s health care market — dominated by small, rural and independent providers — will be particularly impacted in the coming years as payers demand more for less, as quality is tied to payment and as the industry consolidates to respond to cost pressures. Though federal law and regulations under the Affordable Care Act will drive much of the change, there also will be new demands from Alaska state government, private employers and the overall market. The only certainty is change is inevitable.

Alaska lacks a centralized knowledge repository and unified communication channel for stakeholder groups affected by upcoming reforms. It is our intent to fill that void.