Hospitals are vital to community health, not just for heart attacks, cancer care, and appendicitis but as major employers for the communities they serve.
High inflation and labor shortages, as well as sicker patients who require complex care, and low reimbursement rates combined with continued fallout from a global pandemic have created an unsustainable financial situation for hospitals and health systems around the country. Many face a devastating pressure point, forced to eliminate services, such as labor and delivery, reduce staff on top of existing unfilled positions, and more.
As the AHA advocates for hospitals and the patients they serve, we are amplifying the stories of the hard decisions hospitals are making as they fight to protect care – despite challenges – so their communities don’t lose access to essential health care.
The Financial Burdens Facing Hospitals
AHA Advertorial: Strong Hospitals Help Create Healthy Communities
Data Brief: Financial Challenges for Hospitals Persist Through 2022
Rural Hospital Closures Threaten Access: Solutions to Preserve Care in Local Communities
2022 Costs of Caring Report
Commercial Health Plans’ Policies Compromise Patient Safety and Raise Costs
Pandemic-Driven Deferred Care Has Led to Increased Patient Acuity in America’s Hospitals
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