Financial concerns continue to be top of mind for hospital executives as they navigate staffing and behavioral-health issues, according to a new survey. Finances topped the list of hospital CEOs’ concerns in 2019 for the third-consecutive year, according to the American College of Healthcare Executives’ annual survey that polled 395 hospital administrators. Personnel shortages ranked second while behavioral health/addiction issues ranked third, up from fifth last year. “What we have is almost the perfect storm: an increase in patients seeking behavioral-health services, a reduction in programs and facilities—all combined with a lack of funding,” said Michael Fosina, chairman elect of ACHE and president of NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital.
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