Medscape September 23, 2020
Ken Terry

America’s hospitals and health systems have shored up their financial position considerably since the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring, a new report from Strata Decision Technology indicates.

Inpatient volumes are now approaching 90% to 95% of 2019 levels, the Chicago-based analytic firm says. The researchers reached this conclusion after evaluating financial and operational data for 275 hospitals across the United States from March through July.

Surgical procedures are 18.6% lower than they were last year, but screening and chronic care services have come back strong, Strata reports.

Outpatient volumes have rebounded after falling 56% at the bottom of the pandemic. During July, they were only 1.5% lower than in the previous year.

Emergency department utilization, which fell...

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