In this issue of The Real Economy, RSM Chief Economist Joe Brusuelas reviews leading indicators of economic activity as the United States heads into the late innings of this current business cycle. He also examines the impact of rising gasoline prices, which are pinching consumers' wallets just in time for the holiday driving season. And our new ... READ MORE >
From hospital systems to home care providers, the health care sector is replete with middle market companies. The health needs of an aging population assure that this industry will continue to grow in coming years.
Some health care systems are using acquisitions to install their own talent pipelines in response to a shortage of skilled labor. In March, HCA Healthcare Inc., the large, publicly traded national hospital system, acquired a majority stake in Galen College of Nursing, a for-profit nursing school. In April, another large health system, non-profit Atrium ... READ MORE >
On March 16, Stanford researchers released results from the Apple Heart Study; this significant research project relied on data gleaned from some 420,000 adult Americans who agreed to wear an Apple Watch that monitored their cardiac rhythms to identify irregularities. The study, which used an iPhone app to enroll participants, left observers questioning ... READ MORE >
Telemedicine—like other industries where digitization of service has transformed an entire ecosystem—is dramatically changing health-care delivery. Many large integrated health systems view telemedicine as an opportunity to more affordably provide primary care. The technology allows patients to be examined virtually using two-way video conferencing for a ... READ MORE >
Recent employment releases, while generally positive, belie a systemic problem in the health care labor market: How will health systems, payers and other providers possibly find enough of the right people to deliver the care their patients expect? ADP released its February jobs report earlier on Wednesday. Health care services, which include providers, ... READ MORE >
Four states—Idaho, Nebraska, Utah and Montana— included Medicaid expansion on their ballots in 2018’s midterm elections. Montana’s ballot item was a renewal of expansion, which failed; the three other states saw Medicaid expansion initiatives pass, and we expect health care providers in those states to benefit in 2019. In addition, a few states saw party ... READ MORE >