July 2018
Volume
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National Volume Observations
Overall, hospital discharges showed significant underperformance relative to budget (discharge budget variance -4 percent) and month over month (-3 percent). Other volume indicators were down as well, with emergency department visits and operating room minutes showing similar declines. Volume statistics were largely in line with 2017, indicating that organizations projected year-over-year increases that have not materialized. Both day and discharge indicators varied widely year over year, however, with about half of the hospitals seeing volume increases, and half seeing decreases. The wide variation in performance underscores the challenges to succeeding in the current healthcare environment. It is imperative that healthcare leaders not lose focus of near- and long-term initiatives to drive performance.
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