Financial Management

Jan 3, 2023
A recent Wall Street Journal article on hospital divestitures and closures “fails to acknowledge the critical roles that low government reimbursement, population shifts and old infrastructure play” when nonprofit health care systems make access decisions, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack writes…
Dec 21, 2022
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…
Dec 19, 2022
A series in the New York Times entitled “profits over patients” has presented a flawed narrative of America’s hospitals — specifically not-for-profit health systems. The
Dec 6, 2022
The American Hospital Association (AHA) today released a new report on delays in hospitals’ ability to discharge patients to the most appropriate care setting and the negative consequences these delays are having on patients and the hospitals that care for them.
Dec 5, 2022
Patients requiring additional care after a hospitalization — such as skilled nursing, behavioral health or therapy-at-home — face growing delays in accessing that care. Delays in discharges as patients move through the continuum of care can cause harm to patients’ health outcomes and can impact…
Dec 5, 2022
Significant workforce shortages at facilities, such as those in post-acute and behavioral health, is making it more difficult for hospitals to efficiently and appropriately discharge patients. Hospitals have to bear the costs of caring for patients for those excess days without any reimbursement.
Nov 28, 2022
Hospital and health system leaders can register for a Dec. 6 AHA Advocacy Day event in Washington, D.C. The in-person event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon ET. Attendees also can participate in a networking event on Monday evening, Dec. 5.
Nov 14, 2022
Representatives of our nation’s hospitals and health systems, ask Congressional leaders to prevent the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go sequester from taking effect.
Nov 3, 2022
U.S. hospitals and health systems in September experienced their ninth consecutive month of negative operating margins, according to the report released yesterday by Kaufman Hall. Median operating margins were down 46% in September compared to a year ago, driven by declining revenues and discharges…
Oct 28, 2022
A new AHA video features hospital and health system leaders from across the country sharing how severe financial pressures are jeopardizing access to care and services for patients in their communities. Visit AHA’s Pressure Points webpage for more information and resources about the challenges…