August 2018
Expense
ic_arrow_up.svg
Hide Page Sections
ic_arrow_drop_down_black_24px.svg
Show Page Sections
National Expense Observations
Similar to June, July was a good month from an expense perspective. Total expense per adjusted discharges were down when compared to this year’s budget and the previous year’s actual expenses. The other components of expense—with the exception of drug expense per adjusted discharge—also were down compared to this year’s budget and the previous year’s actual expenses. Drug expense per adjusted discharge was below this year’s budget but slightly greater than the previous year’s actual expenses.

As July is the first month of the new fiscal year for many hospitals, the strong budget and year-over-year improvements likely reflect immediate cost control initiatives hospitals are conducting to start the new year strong. As we mentioned last month, drug expense continued to increase from the prior year, and will be a continual source of pressure of hospitals, reflecting the importance of strategies to improve drug utilization, and manage the additional expense related to shortages.
By Region
By Bed Size
National Observations
By Region
By Bed Size
National Observations
scroll_up.svg
kha_logo.svg
National Hospital Flash Report
menu_icon.svg
mail.svg
Share article
You are viewing a complimentary copy of the National Hospital Flash Report.
For continued access to the industry’s most current and thoughtful review of hospital performance, sign up for a free trial today.
close.svg