ISM: Economic Activity in Hospital Subsector Increases in June

Economic activity in the hospital subsector grew in June for the 13th consecutive month, according to the latest Hospital ISM Report on Business from the Institute for Supply Management.

“The Hospital PMI registered 63.1% in June, increasing 1.8 percentage points from the May reading of 61.3%, indicating a 13th consecutive month of growth,” Nancy LeMaster, MBA, chair of the Institute for Supply Management’s hospital business survey committee, said. “The Business Activity Index decreased slightly in June compared to May. The Employment Index returned to expansion territory after contracting in May. The Case Mix Index decreased to 51.5%, down three percentage points compared to the May reading of 54.5%. The Days Payable Outstanding Index registered 46.5%, a four-percentage point decrease from the May reading of 50.5%. The Technology Spend Index registered 57.5%, an increase of nine percentage points from the May reading of 48.5%.

“In June, a vast majority of business survey committee panelists indicated volumes and patient mixes were back to pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) levels. Employment rebounded, but the majority of employment-related comments indicated difficulties in recruiting and retaining talent. There were indications of improved personal protective equipment (PPE) availability, but the panel was split on whether there was pricing relief. Slow supplier deliveries, back orders and shortages of non-PPE supplies continued to be serious problems. Sentiment on inventory continued to include reducing COVID-19 stockpiles, but some comments — including, ‘We are ordering more because of the uncertainty of deliveries’ — suggest that product availability continues to influence inventory levels.”

Hospital PMI History

Month Hospital PMI Month Hospital PMI
June 2021 63.1 Dec. 2020 62.6
May 2021 61.3 Nov. 2020 62.6
April 2021 61.9 Oct. 2020 63.0
March 2021 58.8 Sept. 2020 63.3
Feb. 2021 57.5 Aug. 2020 63.8
Jan. 2021 55.8 July 2020 68.9
Average for 12 months – 61.9

High – 68.9

Low – 55.8

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