While 2017 was a year of turmoil with legislative uncertainty over the potential Affordable Care Act reforms, vendors entered 2018 with optimism that providers would accelerate their shift towards value-based care and risk-sharing contracts.
However, this optimism seems to have subsided as the year has progressed, with many now painting a bleaker picture for the remainder of the year.
Population health management is a core long-term growth driver for many EHR vendors. After a lull in the market in 2017 where the PHM market saw single digit year-over-year growth for the first time, there was a sense that the market could continue to grow in line with its historical rates. However, the market has suffered to some extent because of the proposed changes to the CMS Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) via the introduction of the ‘Pathways to Success’ proposed rule.