March 2019
National Hospital Flash Report
Based on February Data from Over 600 Hospitals
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Dear Readers,
It is no secret that hospitals face great uncertainty, as disruptive forces press in from nearly all directions. As I welcome you to the March issue of the National Hospital Flash Report, I would like to reflect on what we are doing here—taking the pulse of the nation’s hospital sector. It is a critical exercise in any environment, but even more so in times of instability.
This month’s report provides a comprehensive review of February performance for acute care providers across the country. Volume indicators continued to show poor results, but the sector saw strong revenue performance and positive year-over-year profitability gains. Performance on expense indicators remained mixed in February, but generally unfavorable.
This month’s Spotlight article focuses on using clinical analytics to target Healthcare-Associated Infections, which contribute significant harm, are costly to treat, and are largely preventable. A common, inherent theme throughout the article—and the overall report—is the importance of tracking trends over time to best understand past and present performance, and to help identify effective strategies for improvement.
With the hospital sector expected to see continued instability for the foreseeable future, the National Hospital Flash Report aims to provide valuable insights to help you in developing such strategies for your organization.
Thank you for your interest.
Jim Blake
Managing Director and Publisher
Kaufman Hall
Real Data. Real Insight. Real Time.
©2018 Kaufman, Hall & Associates, LLC
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