Nine months into an extremely challenging year characterized by dramatic fluctuations in margin, U.S. hospitals and health systems are still operating substantially below pre-pandemic levels. Most metrics improved month over- month in August as revenues increased and expenses slowed their climb compared to July. However, organizations are still in poor shape, with a negative median operating margin.

The median Kaufman Hall Year-To-Date (YTD) Operating Margin Index reflecting actual margins was -0.3% through August.

The September issue of the National Hospital Flash Report covers these and other key performance metrics.

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Erik Swanson

Erik Swanson

Senior Vice President
Erik Swanson is a Senior Vice President with Kaufman Hall’s Data Analytics practice, focusing on Performance Improvement.
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