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February 2019
Predictions for Next Month
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Regional Predictions ?
Regionally, hospitals across almost all areas of the United States have projected year-over-year increases. Hospitals in the Midwest are the most optimistic, while those in the Great Plains are the least optimistic. As previously noted, the Great Plains region contains quite a few small hospitals, for which projected year-over-year margins are generally unfavorable. Most regions also appear to have budgeted similarly to January, which may cause greater variances depending on the impact of flu season, as it continues into March.
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National Profitability Predictions
Year-over-year profitability performance is projected to be strong in February. In the Year-In-Review special issue (see Spotlight) we demonstrate an improving trend, and budgets for February appear to have the same optimism. The large percentage increases budgeted are likely too optimistic, as recent trends indicate a potential for improved performance equal to about one-third of the projected figures.
Unless noted, figures are actuals and medians expressed as percentage change
Unless noted, figures are actuals and medians expressed in basis points
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Year Over Year Distributions (Click to enlarge)
Operating EBITDA Margin
5.3%
21.4%
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Operating Margin
6.2%
14.8%
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Year Over Year Distributions (Click to enlarge)
Operating EBITDA Margin
85.0
166.0
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Operating Margin
52.0
131.0
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Bed Size Predictions
As with the national trends, most bed-size cohorts predict profitability improvements in February, with the exception of the 0-25 and 300-499 bed-size cohorts. The smallest hospitals have continued to face mounting pressure with volume declines, and the 300-499 bed hospitals have been challenged to change their expense chassis to allow for improvements—both of these factors likely are reflected in the projections.
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