Where Have the Many Hospital Inpatients Gone?

Inpatient hospital services are making up less and less of health system revenue and could soon become liabilities to a health system. Gone are the days of a one-week hospital stay after surgery, when health systems were only focusing on making money from “heads in beds.” Many patients now have procedures in ambulatory centers and go home the same day. This shift will likely continue, spurred by advances in clinical technology, growing pressure by payers to adopt value-based payment models that incentivize treating patients in lower-cost settings (where appropriate), and consumer desire to avoid hospitals.

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Source: https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/insights/industry/health-care/outpatient-virtual-health-care-trends.html

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