HealthExec November 30, 2022
Amy Baxter

Hospitals are still facing tough financial conditions heading into the end of 2022, with the latest National Hospital Flash Report revealing negative margins in October.

During the month, hospital operating margins were -0.5%, worse than the -0.2% for September, but in line with the -0.5% operating margin in August. In fact, Kaufman Hall’s report shows hospitals had negative margins consistently throughout 2022, and the trend doesn’t bode well for the immediate future.

“October represented another month of negative operating margins for hospitals, with a slight downturn from September,” the flash report stated. “As the year comes to a close, compounding months of poor performance could signal continued difficulties for hospitals in the near future.”

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