We found an interesting article in The Wall Street Journal on May 1 detailing a study conducted by the restructuring firm, Alvarez & Marsal.
According to the study, 2,000 of the nearly 3,900 acute-care hospitals are not able to make a profit from treating patients. Furthermore, nearly 750 of the hospitals who do turn a profit stil do not have enough to reinvest in improvements and other essential expenditures.
Industry experts say competition from same-day surgery cents and outpatient clinics drive occupancy levels down. In addition Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements are decreasing couples with a high number of uninsured patients are part of the problem.
Click here to read the entire story: Hospital Face Financial Squeeze. (Note: Subscription required).