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Recessionary Impacts On Hospitals

Mon, 12/07/2009 - 4:01am

According to a recent AHA (American Hospital Association) survey, which is included in the 2010 edition of AHA Hospital Statistics, the recession continues to impact community hospital operations.

  • As unemployment rises, six in 10 hospitals report seeing more uninsured patients in the emergency department and half cite an increased need for health clinics and other subsidized services.
  • Nearly half of hospitals report declining margins and one-third report a negative total margin with most finding it hard to access capital, which has resulted in cuts to capital spending for facility upgrades, as well as clinical and information technology projects.
  • According to the survey, the continued difficulties in borrowing are particularly worrisome as hospitals scramble to invest in information technology.
  • To help stabilize financial performance, more than 80 percent of hospitals are cutting administrative expenses, slightly more than half are reducing staff and 20 percent are curtailing community services.
  • To order AHA Hospital Statistics - 2010 Edition, go to www.ahadata.com.

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