Hospitals on the Rebound, Show Stronger Operating Margins

Hospitals in the U.S. have rebounded from the Great Recession and are showing stronger operating margins than in years past, even as more care shifts from inpatient to outpatient.

Hospitals in the U.S. have rebounded from the Great Recession and are showing stronger operating margins than in years past, even as more care shifts from inpatient to outpatient.

Those findings from the American Hospital Association's annual Hospital Statistics guide—which includes data from fiscal 2012—show that the nation's acute-care providers are delivering more care in emergency room and outpatient settings as the number of inpatient days, inpatient surgeries and births continues to decline. The findings were released exclusively to Modern Healthcare.

At the same time, inpatient beds per capita have remained steady at 2.6 per 1,000 people—unchanged since 2009—and the average length of stay has remained consistent at 5.4 days.

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Source: Modern Healthcare