Hospital Administrator Survey Finds Inpatient Utilization Continues to Slow

Summary: Inpatient utilization increased only 0.7% in 2018’s second quarter, which is down from 1% in 2017 during the same time. Read on for more details and a link to Sg2 expertise on service line growth opportunities and utilization.

A recent Modern Healthcare article highlights a survey of 50 hospital administrators showing that inpatient utilization continues to slow, with respondents indicating that inpatient utilization increased by only 0.7% in the second quarter of 2018, down from 1% during the same time in 2017.

Nearly two-thirds of the responding hospital executives said they don’t plan to change their capital spending in the next year and expect urological, gynecological, spine and knee procedures to continue to migrate to outpatient settings. The survey’s authors expect inpatient prices will continue to increase to offset rising acuity and weak volume.

While Sg2 expects inpatient growth to flatten and outpatient growth to be 15% over the next decade, demand will vary significantly within service lines, based on changes in demographics, a continued outpatient shift in certain areas, advancing technology and epidemiologic trends. To learn more about future growth opportunities and utilization by service line, read the Sg2 Expert Insight Sg2 2018 Impact of Change® Forecast: Key Growth Trends by Service Line.

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