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Hospital Financial Trends

White Paper Published By: Truven Health Analytics
Truven Health Analytics
Published:  Aug 01, 2014
Type:  White Paper
Length:  2 pages

The median fiscal and operational performance of U.S. hospitals over the past year remained relatively flat, despite expectations to the contrary. The data spans a four-year period from 2009Q4 to 2013Q4. Overall, hospitals saw flat or no growth in utilization, but major teaching hospitals saw steady utilization growth. Among the other trends:

  • Outpatient charges are increasing as a percentage of total charges
  • Hospitals have been able to control margins by managing costs
  • Hospital margins have recovered since 2011 and have regained historic levels
  • 25% of all hospitals had negative margins
  • Hospitals control labor and supply expenses better than other operating expenses
  • All components of supply expense have been well-controlled
  • Average age of the plant continues to increase