Health in the United States: Health Care Trends 2016-2017 Edition
The U.S. population is projected to grow more slowly in future decades than in the recent past, as these projections assume that fertility rates will continue to decline and that there will be a modest decline in the overall rate of net international migration. Millennials now represent more than one quarter of the nation’s population, which exceeds the baby boomer generation. About half of all U.S. adults have one or more chronic diseases. One of four adults has two or more chronic diseases and the U.S. health system is not performing very well in preventing hospital admissions for people with chronic diseases. While some promising progress has been made in important markers of the nation’s health, the nation continues to struggle with complex and deep-seated health concerns, such as obesity, diabetes, substance abuse, and child poverty. All-cause mortality rates in the United States have reduced for those aged 55-64, driven by decreases in death rates for cancer and heart disease. However, health disparity measures that include social determinants show dramatic differences between U.S. rural and urban counties, most notably premature death rates, for which the gap is widening. Children in poverty are 3 times more likely to have unmet health needs than other children, and poverty rates are accelerating. People with behavioral health needs made up a substantial share of all low-income uninsured individuals in states that had not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Infectious diseases pose a threat and burden on our nation’s health; they can be especially severe in young children and seniors. An increasing percentage of mortality and morbidity is associated with personal behaviors, e.g., unhealthy diet, inactivity, and illicit drug abuse, which mitigate the impact of significant medical breakthroughs that have eradicated some diseases and improved treatment options for others. Life expectancy declined slightly for white Americans due to higher death rates from drug overdoses, liver disease, and suicide. Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335. Should you have questions regarding the content, please contact Susan Close at
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Health in the United States: Health Care Trends 2016-2017 Edition
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Expiration Date: July 27, 2018

At the end of this activity, physicians should be able to:
  1. Describe factors that have contributed to improvement of health status in the United States.
  2. Identify successes that reflect long-term public health efforts.
  3. Recognize facts associated with mental health disorders.
  4. Ascertain dynamics linked to infectious diseases.  
  5. Explain predicted impacts of health in the United States trends for patients, physicians, and policymakers.

Target Audience
This activity is designed for physicians and medical students.   

Statement of Need
There is a need to provide educate physicians on the critical factors that will likely influence medicine and the delivery of health care in the 21st century and the potential impact of these trends that will affect physicians' professional practice in a myriad ways. 

Statement of Competency
This activity is designed to address the following ABMS/ACGME competencies: patient care; practice-based learning and improvement; interpersonal and communication skills; professionalism; and systems-based practice.

Accreditation Statement
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement
The American Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Receiving Your CME Credits
To claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, you must; 1) view the activity material in its entirety, 2) successfully complete the quiz by answering 4 out of 5 questions correctly and 3) complete the evaluation

CME Planning Committee

Ken Beaver - Senior Research Associate, CLRPD
Susan Close, RN - Director, Long Range Health Care Trends, Secretary, Council on Long Range Planning and Development (CLRPD)
Barry Dickinson, PhD - AMA CME Program Committee
Mary Herald, MD - Vice Chair, CLRPD 
Gamini Soori, MD - Chair, CLRPD

Ken Beaver, BA, author
Susan Close, RN, author
James Goodyear, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer 
Mary Herald, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer 
Alfred Herzog, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer 
Marilyn Laughead, MD, content reviewer Glenn Loomis, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer
Omar Maniya, Medical Student, CLRPD Member, content reviewer 
Clifford Moy, MD, content reviewer 
Gamini Soori, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer
H. Hugh Vincent, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer 
Alik Widge, MD, CLRPD Member, content reviewer 

Disclosure Statement
The content of this activity does not relate to any product of a commercial interest as defined by the ACCME; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose for the planners or faculty.  

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Should you have any questions regarding the content of the activity, please contact Susan Close at 

Should you have any technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335.

Type:  Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
Activity Price
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