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Report Finds Consumers Delaying, Avoiding Getting Hospital Care Due to Pandemic

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A new report from consulting firm Kaufman Hall found hospital volumes softened in November overall, a sign that consumers could be delaying or avoiding care due to the pandemic, writes Fierce Healthcare.  The consulting firm report, based on data from more than 900 hospitals across the country, details revenues and volumes for November before the omicron-fueled surge of COVID-19 took hold. The report found hospitals are still facing major pressures from rising expenses and labor shortages.

Kaufman found that hospital volumes softened in November, with discharges dropping nearly 5% and adjusted discharges by 3.9% compared to the month before. Discharges were also down 6.1% compared with pre-pandemic levels. Meanwhile, the average length of stay at hospitals increased by 0.8% compared to October and 8.6% compared with November 2019.  And the report estimates consumers could be postponing non-COVID-19 care.

The National Hospital Flash Report provides information on 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.

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