National Hospital Flash Report | Kaufman Hall (2022)

The National Hospital Flash Report provides timely and unique insights into the performance of hospitals nationwide. Published monthly, the report includes data and analyses across the key areas of margins, volumes, revenues, and expenses derived from more than 900 U.S. hospitals.

The Current State of Hospital Finances: Fall 2022 Update September 15, 2022 Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, our nation’s hospitals and health systems have coped with intense pressure on staff and resources. As hospital executives... Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report: August 2022 August 29, 2022 U.S. hospitals and health systems are experiencing some of the worst margins since the beginning of the pandemic, and they lack the federal funds to offset the damage. The gains hospitals saw in recent months reversed themselves in July, as lagging outpatient volumes shrunk revenues and expenses jumped up from June. Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report: July 2022 August 1, 2022 U.S. hospitals and health systems are now halfway through an enormously difficult year. While margins were up in June compared to May, expenses remain at historic highs, leaving... Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report: June 2022 June 28, 2022 Kaufman Hall analysis shows some improvement in revenues and volumes from April to May ‘22, but hospitals continue to perform below pre-pandemic levels. Research Report
Hospital Finance Podcast features Kaufman Hall’s Erik Swanson June 9, 2022 Erik Swanson discusses the key findings from the most recent National Hospital Flash Report and the continued financial struggles of hospitals nationwide in a new Hospital Finance Podcast episode. Podcast
National Hospital Flash Report: May 2022 May 31, 2022 2022 is shaping up to be a difficult year for our clients. Hospital operating margins remained in the red for a fourth consecutive month in April as organizations struggle to rebound from the Omicron surge. Although volumes improved and costs abated slightly in March, this changed in April. Research Report
A Special Workforce Edition of the National Hospital Flash Report May 11, 2022 A nationwide shortage of healthcare workers made worse by the pandemic, and hospital and health systems’ increased reliance on contract labor, is driving expenses upward and contributing to steep declines in profit margins, according to a Special Workforce Edition of Kaufman Hall’s National Hospital Flash Report. Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report: April 2022 May 2, 2022 U.S. hospitals and health systems fared better in March following a difficult start to the year due to January’s devastating Omicron surge. While repercussions of the surge persist, hospitals saw early signs of relief as outpatient volumes and revenues returned and expenses eased with fewer high acuity patients. Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report: March 2022 March 28, 2022 2022 is off to a bad start for U.S. hospitals and health systems. Hospital operating margins remained in the red for a second consecutive month in February as healthcare providers... Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report: February 2022 February 28, 2022 The first month of 2022 was devastating for hospitals and health systems nationwide as they were hit full force by the Omicron tidal wave. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations peaked at... Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report: January 2022 January 31, 2022 Hospitals and health systems nationwide closed the second year of the pandemic caught in a vise of rising volumes and ballooning expenses, as COVID-19 cases climbed to new highs and... Research Report
Rising Labor Expenses Strain Hospital Finances January 19, 2022 In a new Hospital Finance podcast episode, Kaufman Hall SVP, Erik Swanson, discusses the results of the January 2022 National Hospital Flash Report that looks at the financial performance of hospitals. Podcast
National Hospital Flash Report Summary: December 2021 January 4, 2022 Hospitals and health systems nationwide experienced another challenging month in November as COVID-19 hospitalizations rose more than 25% over the course of the month. Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report Summary: November 2021 November 30, 2021 Hospital Margins Drop for a Second Month as Labor Expenses Climb U.S. hospitals and health systems were hit with a second consecutive month of margin declines in October as mounting... Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report Summary: October 2021 November 1, 2021 High numbers of high-acuity patients coupled with escalating expenses continued to stress the nation’s hospitals and health systems in September, according to the latest National Hospital Flash Report. Overall hospital performance declined across most metrics for the month. Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report Summary: September 2021 September 27, 2021 Rising COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations from the hyper-transmissible Delta variant continued to deepen pressures on the nation’s hospitals and health systems in August, according to the latest issue of Kaufman Hall’s National Hospital Flash Report. Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report Summary: August 2021 August 23, 2021 A resurgence of COVID-19 cases from rapid spread of the highly contagious Delta variant is raising new uncertainties for hospitals and health systems across the country. Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report Summary: July 2021 July 30, 2021 June was a mixed month for the nation’s hospitals and health systems. While key performance metrics continued to improve compared to poor performance seen in the early months of the pandemic in 2020, margins and volumes remained below pre-pandemic levels from 2019, not including federal CARES Act funding. Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report Summary: June 2021 June 28, 2021 The nation’s hospitals and health systems continued to see gains across key metrics in May compared to dramatic losses experienced in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Volumes and margins both increased compared to 2020 levels, but remain down compared to 2019. Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report Summary: May 2021 May 24, 2021 Hospitals and health systems across the country continued to see gains in April compared to devastating losses in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report Summary: April 2021 April 26, 2021 U.S. hospitals and health systems saw mixed performance in March as national COVID-19 metrics plateaued early in the month before climbing steadily again with increased spread of COVID-19 variants, rising travel rates, and further lifting of pandemic-related restrictions in many states. Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report Summary: March 2021 March 22, 2021 February 2021 was another challenging month for U.S. hospitals and health systems, as margins were affected by continued low outpatient volumes combined with declining inpatient volumes following January’s record-high COVID-19 hospitalizations. Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report Summary: February 2021 February 22, 2021 Hospitals and health systems had a difficult start to 2021 as declining volumes, falling outpatient revenues, and rising expenses contributed to significant January margin declines. The ongoing effects of COVID-19 propelled January’s poor results, but it was a mixed month in terms of COVID-19 metrics. Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report: January 2021 January 25, 2021 Hospitals and health systems across the country closed a tumultuous 2020 with record levels of COVID-19 related hospitalizations and continued poor performance across most metrics in December. Hospital margins fell significantly with declining volumes and outpatient revenues, and escalating expenses compared to 2019. Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report: December 2020 December 18, 2020 Mounting cases of COVID-19 are heightening the stress on our nation’s hospitals and health systems, even as many celebrate the recent approval and distribution of millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report: November 2020 November 20, 2020 COVID-19 Continues to hit hospital finances hard as cases mount. With the federal aid, the median margin was 2.4% YTD. Operating Margin fell 69.4% YTD (6.0 percentage points) without CARES compared to January-October 2019, and 18.7% YTD (1.7 percentage points) with CARES. Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report: October 2020 October 26, 2020 The nation’s hospitals continue to face an uncertain operating environment, with margins fluctuating from month to month. Read more in this month's report. Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report: September 2020 October 11, 2020 Margins have consistently performed below 2019 levels as a result. Even so, the last few months had shown some signs of potential progress, with margins increasing incrementally month-over-month. Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report: August 2020 September 11, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic continued to drive significant volatility in operating performance for hospitals across the country in July, suppressing volumes and revenues compared to the same period last year. Research Report
National Hospital Flash Report: July 2020 August 11, 2020 Even when including the CARES Act relief, the year-to-date median hospital operating margin is still 200-300bps below historical and sustainable performance. Research Report

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