ISM: Hospital Sector Economic Activity Expands for 20th Consecutive Month

Economic activity in the hospital subsector grew in January for the 20th consecutive month, according to the nation’s hospital supply executives in the latest Hospital ISM Report On Business.

The report was issued by Nancy LeMaster, MBA, chair of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Hospital Business Survey Committee.“

The Hospital PMI  registered 64.1% in January, a 0.3-percentage point increase from the December reading of 63.8%, indicating a 20th consecutive month of growth,” LeMaster said. “The Business Activity Index increased to its highest reading since June 2020. The New Orders Index increased in January compared to December. The Employment Index remained in contraction at its lowest reading since May 2020. The Case Mix Index decreased to 55%, down four percentage points compared to the December reading of 59%. The Days Payable Outstanding Index registered 47.5%, the same reading as in December. The Technology Spend Index registered 54.5%, a 2.5-percentage point increase from the December reading of 52%.

“The surge of COVID-19 patients and labor constraints were top of mind for Hospital Business Survey Committee respondents,” LeMaster said. “Many commented on staff absences due to COVID-19 and the inability to hire and retain staff. In April and May 2020, employment contraction was intentional and due primarily to temporary furloughs as the industry reacted to lockdowns. A lack of supply is driving the current contraction in the Employment Index. Despite labor and supply shortages, the Business Activity Index climbed to 74%, a number that has only been reached three times since the survey began in April 2018. Supply disruptions continue, with many panelists citing illness and the shortage of truck drivers as factors. A few panelists remarked that COVID-19 cases were stabilizing in their areas and were hopeful they were beginning to decline.”

Hospital PMI History

Month Hospital PMI Month Hospital PMI
Jan 2022 64.1 Jul 2021 62.8
Dec 2021 63.8 Jun 2021 63.1
Nov 2021 64.5 May 2021 61.3
Oct 2021 63.4 Apr 2021 61.9
Sep 2021 60.6 Mar 2021 58.8
Aug 2021 60.4 Feb 2021 57.5
Average for 12 months – 61.9

High – 64.5

Low – 57.5

The Hospital PMI was developed in collaboration with the Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM), an association for the health care supply chain profession, and a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA).

The data presented herein is obtained from a survey of hospital supply executives based on information they have collected within their respective organizations. ISM makes no representation, other than that stated within this release, regarding the individual company data collection procedures. The data should be compared to all other economic data sources when used in decision-making.

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