Healthcare Trends to Watch in 2020

By Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services

This is the first of a series of blogs covering five healthcare trends in 2020 that will impact rehabilitation programs.

  1. Trend to Watch: Healthcare Consolidation Aims to Close Gaps and Drive Value-Based Care

    In 2020, the continued – and growing – trend toward integrated production, including non-traditional partners, is helping to define an age of major transformation across the healthcare industry. While mergers and acquisitions between hospitals, health systems and physician practices may be waning, consolidation among unlikely partners has accelerated. These types of relationships include the ongoing integration between CVS and Aetna and the announced deal between Walmart and Amedysis.

    In these instances, the players may be looking for a partner upstream, downstream or even “side-stream” to possibly expand their continuum of care or build a more efficient network that can improve care delivery and better tap into value-based payment arrangements.

    Why It Matters
    Greater consolidation and integration across the healthcare system has the potential to play a vital role in improving patient treatment as traditional silos of care are broken down. These new partnerships are emerging in a value-based healthcare environment as they help reduce inefficiencies in care and improve care coordination for patients.

    In 2020, it will be important to watch for controls in the forms of new regulation to ensure some of the benefits go to the consumer. In fact, in November 2019, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), under the direction of Congress, began an initial investigation as to the effects of hospital mergers and healthcare provider consolidation.

  2. 2020 Healthcare Trends That Will Impact Rehab Programs

  3. Trend to Watch: Healthcare System Disruptors
    A rapidly growing trend is the rise of “disruptors” within healthcare – these are often outside sources that have not traditionally been tied to healthcare, but are seeking to radically reform the system.

    One of the most notable disruptors is Haven – the nonprofit stemming from the joint venture between Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and J.P. Morgan – which aims to improve healthcare for the companies’ collective 1.2 million employees. Another disruptor to the status quo is Best Buy and its expansion into home healthcare, with the intent on enabling seniors to “age in place” through the use of technological wearable devices, remote monitoring tools and, eventually, new care coordination services.1

    Why It Matters
    It is important to recognize these recent healthcare disruptors are mostly new and non-traditional participants in the healthcare marketplace. They are leading a trend to interrupt the status quo and forge new pathways to improve healthcare services in America. Non-traditional companies see an opportunity to improve efficiencies in the system and capture a piece of this incredibly large segment of the U.S. economy. By nature, these disruptors will upend the healthcare industry, but the timing and exact impact is unknown.

To read more about key 2020 trends that will impact your health system and how you can prepare your rehab unit for these changes click here to read our White Paper on this topic.


1. Bryant, Bailey, “Best Buy, Amazon and Walmart Leading Retail’s Race into Home-Based Care,” homehealthcarenews.com, September 29, 2019, https://homehealthcarenews.com/2019/09/best-buy-amazon-and-walmart-leadingretails-race-into-home-based-care/

By Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services