July 2018
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National Expense Observations
June was a good month from an expense perspective for hospitals and health systems nationwide. Total expense per adjusted discharge was on par with last year and under budget. All other components of expense demonstrated similar trends: making improvements over last year and being under budget, but showing increases from the prior month (with the exception of drug spend, which increased year over year). As June concluded the fiscal year for many hospitals, the year-over-year improvements may reflect tighter cost controls throughout the year, while the monthly uptick may represent some last-minute spending of unused budget. As mentioned, drug expenses continued to increase and will be a continuing source of pressure for hospitals, reflecting the importance of improving drug utilization strategies.
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