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Health Care Trends Report: An Environmental Analysis

Health Care Trends is an analysis of data from professional, governmental and nongovernmental sources by the American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Long Range Planning and Development (CLRPD). The report provides brief overviews of health care issues, identifies related trends and suggests likely implications for patients, physicians and other health care entities.

Several sections of the 2013-2014 edition are available to AMA members and the general public at no charge from the AMA Online Learning Center. This activity has been designed to provide information on the critical factors that will likely influence medicine and the delivery of care in the 21st century and the potential impact of these trends on physicians’ professional practice. Each of these chapters has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Additionally, non-physicians may access the chapters and receive certificates of participation.

Health economics analyzes data on health spending, access to care, the health insurance market, pharmaceutical expenditure growth and drug shortages.

Public health infrastructure analyzes data on the public health work force, health inequities, obesity, tobacco, infectious disease and injury.

Science & technology in medicine tracks trends on data analytics, medical research funding, new medical advances, health information technology, health information exchanges and telehealth.

Health care resources and physician payment includes information on physician satisfaction, the physician work force, modes of practice, emerging payment models, employed physician compensation and the impact of federal regulation on physician payment.

Global health care includes information on health care infrastructures in developing and developed countries, maternal and child health, medical travel and tourism, telemedicine, and the potential health impact of climate change.

Health status of the U.S. population includes information on life expectancy, personal behaviors, chronic and communicable disease trends, the health of veterans and the impact of immigration.

You will be asked to login with your AMA website registration. If you do not have one, you will be able to create one. Subsequent sections of the 2013-2014 edition will be released every few months.

The following chapters are in development:

  • Medical practice & quality will have information on quality metrics and measurement processes.
  • Medical education will include information on undergraduate and graduate medical education, continuing medical education and physician re-entry.