More than two years after the pandemic started to impact U.S. healthcare, we seem to be past the worst parts of it. However, while the battle of the ICU bed, availability of PPE, and closing of profitable elective procedures may be problems of the past, deeper issues have emerged that represent long-term challenges for U.S. health systems.

Although the beginning of the end of the pandemic is prompting us to take a sigh of relief, the worst may still be ahead of us. 2022 will be a determining year for U.S. health systems as they grapple with how to address structural and systemic change. To ignore the deeper issues as we leave the pandemic behind us would perpetuate a vulnerable healthcare landscape and leave hospital systems unprepared for financial and patient care performance in the years ahead. . .

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