US hospitals and health systems are increasingly faced with the challenge of managing their costs while improving their standards of care amid rising occurrences of chronic disease and an aging population. Over recent years the Institute has seen the level of acuity rising, with 40-50% of its patients admitted now coming through the emergency department1.
“The extent of disease is much worse now in the patients that we see here at the Institute than it was a decade ago. Some of that’s related to the cost of healthcare in their own environment. Some of that’s related to the aging population that we know exists,” says Barry T. Katzen, M.D. founder and Chief Medical Executive of Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. “Some of that exists because of lack of access to health care, and I think some patients are waiting until their disease has really progressed more strongly.”
Between 2000 and 2030 the number of Americans with chronic diseases is projected to increase by 46 million people, or 37 percent2. And while more cases of patients with co-morbidities add additional pressure on the system3, ultimately the goal of healthcare providers remains the same.