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Hospital admissions show glimmers of stability amid long-term decline
Modern Healthcare

Although inpatient admissions have ticked up over the last few months, they remain on a long-term downward trend, which has dented U.S. hospitals’ profitability.

Adjusted patient days were up 3.6% in May compared with the prior-year period, which helped boost operating margins 9.2% along with ongoing cost-cutting efforts, according to Kaufman Hall’s National Hospital Flash Report, which is based on data from more than 600 not-for-profit and for-profit hospitals. But on a rolling 12-month basis, inpatient volumes and emergency department admissions have been declining, said Erik Swanson, a vice president of Kaufman Hall.

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